Nikon has brought back the ‘Nikon Yellow’ trial program, allowing US-based photographers to try the new Nikon Z5 full-frame mirrorless camera “worry free” for 30 days. If you don’t like it, simply send back the camera at the end of the trial period for a full refund, including pre-paid shipping.
The “home trial” program, which was first launched in December and centered around the crop-sensor Nikon Z50, is essentially a no-questions-asked 30-day money back guarantee. We can’t be sure how successful the program was at getting people to try out the Z50, but with a more exciting entry-level camera like the Nikon Z5, we can genuinely imagine lots of full-frame-curious creatives taking Nikon up on this offer.
“There are thousands of camera users who are considering upgrading to a compact full-frame mirrorless camera that is perfect for a fast-paced and creative lifestyle,” says Jay Vannatter, EVP of Nikon Inc. “Yellow allows them to do just that, in a worry-free way. We’re so confident you’ll enjoy using the Z 5 that we are letting customers try it for 30 days and if they don’t fall in love with it, they can just send it back.”
The program itself is pretty straight-forward. From now until November 30th, US-based photographers can take advantage of Nikon Yellow by picking up a Nikon Z5, Nikon Z5 + 24-50mm kit, or Nikon Z5 + 24-200mm kit (currently out of stock) through the Nikon Store online. Nikon’s FTZ Z-mount to F-mount adapter can also be added to the cart “worry free,” and buyers will receive free expedited shipping on their order.
Then, come the end of the 30-day trial period, you can either keep the camera you already bought, or return it using a Nikon-provided return shipping label for a full refund. Nikon does have to inspect the camera once you return it, but as long as it’s in “like new” condition they’ll refund your money via the same payment method you used at check out.
To learn more about the Nikon Yellow program or give the Z5 a “trial” for 30 days, head over to the Nikon USA website. As mentioned above, this program is (currently) US only, but hopefully other Nikon subsidiaries will give this idea a try, as we could see it being very popular in an era of shuttered brick-and-mortar stores and lots of choice on the entry-level end of the spectrum.