• A unique Canon hologram is included on the packaging of all genuine Canon ink cartridges*, laser toners, copier toners, camera and camcorder batteries. The hologram has a unique colour-changing feature which appears as an iridescent gold when viewed from the front, but changes to a dark iridescent green when tilted horizontally. If the hologram is counterfeit, this colour change does not occur or the change is slight.
(* the European plastic type inkjet packaging or blister multipacks may not include the unique hologram.)
• Fake holograms are often displayed on fake packaging in an untidy way and appear damaged, blurred, in the wrong colour or size.
• Canon logos on counterfeit Canon packaging and products may be blurred and in the wrong colour, font or size.
• Packaging of counterfeit products may look like it has been resealed, reused or tampered with.
• Counterfeit products or packaging may have spelling errors.
Find out more information about counterfeit accessories of digital cameras and video camcorders here.
Counterfeit Speedlite products have also been discovered on the market and further information on these can be found here.
For further information on genuine and counterfeit batteries, visit the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) website.
Other signs of counterfeit products
• Price: Be cautious of sellers with unusually low prices.
• Place of purchase: Caution should be taken when purchasing from internet auction websites. Not all products purchased from these sites are counterfeit; however counterfeiters use these sites for speed, anonymity and global reach.