Reliable Camera Shops in Singapore

Truth be told: there are dishonest camera shops in Singapore.

For most of us, buying a camera is a big expenditure. Nothing is more frustrating than to be cheated or to feel cheated after buying an expensive camera.

On this page, I describe the reliable camera shops in Singapore, the ones I've personally used.

These shops are not listed in any order of reputation, but each has its own unique characteristics.

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I hope this review helps you get the camera you want, at the price you like, with a shopping experience you enjoy.

So here goes...

1. Cathay Photo

Peninsula Plaza Branch

Address: 111 North Bridge Road #01-05, #01-07 to 08, #01-11 to 14

Nearest MRT Station: City Hall

Telephone: +65 6337 4274

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.

Marina Square Branch

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-215/216

Nearest MRT Station: City Hall

Telephone: +65 6337 4274

Opening Hours:
Daily 11am to 9pm
Closed on New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Labour Day.

Cathay Photo is probably the largest of the camera shops in Singapore, as their shop space will tell you. It stocks a tremendous range of camera equipment, even some collectors' limited editions.

Their salespeople are knowledgeable, but what I like about them is that they don't hurry you into making a decision. Nor do they try to upsell, i.e. they don't try to promote a related product to increase sales volume.

You get this feeling that they are secure about their reputation and are not in a hurry to clinch the sale. Even when I was on my basic photography course, the instructors pointed us to this shop. I've also found their prices to be very competitive.

2. John 3:16 Photo Supplies

Address: Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109 North Bridge Road #05-46 

Nearest MRT Station: City Hall

Telephone: +65 6337 2877 (Email enquiries:

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 12 noon - 9pm (till 7pm on eve of public holidays)
Closed on Sunday, New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Good Friday, Christmas Day.

John 3:16 Photo Supplies is probably the friendliest of all the camera shops in Singapore. Walk in and you'll find yourself chatting with the shop people in no time, and not necessarily about cameras only. The shop seems to have a base of customers who have become friends and drop in regularly, so this feels more like a photography hub than a camera shop.

I bought my first digital SLR camera at John 3:16 Photo Supplies. Samuel, the shop owner, went to great lengths to help me choose a suitable novice lens. In the end, I settle for a 18-200mm zoom which served me well because I used my camera mainly for travel. Samuel even wrote a note - blessing my photography skills - on the free coffee table book that came with the camera body!

3. Alan Photo Trading

Sim Lim Square Branch

Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road #01-38

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis or Little India

Telephone: +65 6336 0922

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 8.30pm
Sunday, 10.30am to 7.30pm

Funan DigitaLife Mall Branch

Address: 109 North Bridge Road #02-07

Nearest MRT Station: City Hall

Telephone: +65 6883 0922

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 8.30pm
Sunday, 10.30am to 7.30pm

If you are a tourist on a tight schedule, and would like to shop for all your electronics at one spot, you might want to consider Alan Photo Trading. It is located on Level 1 of Sim Lim Square, Singapore's largest consumer electronics mall. So after getting your camera, you could go upstairs and look for your MacBook or other computer accessories.

A few of Alan Photo's neighbours might have made it to the press for embarrassing reasons. But Alan Photo remains on my list of reliable camera shops in Singapore.

Their salespeople are polite and obviously know their stuff. When I checked in recently to enquire about a fish-eye lens, the salesperson was not afraid to let me see what it looks like through a variety of camera bodies. There was no pressure; and I felt at ease here.

4. MS Color Service

Ang Mo Kio Central Main Branch

Address: Blk 711 Ang Mo Kio Central Ave 8 #01-3501C 

Nearest MRT Station: Ang Mo Kio

Telephone: +65 6457 6380

Email Enquiries: [They really do reply!]

Ang Mo Kio Hub Branch (in Shopping Mall)

Address: 3 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #02-24 

Nearest MRT Station: Ang Mo Kio

Telephone: +65 6452 2828

MS Color Service is another of the friendly camera shops in Singapore. When I called to ask about a few lenses, I was surprised at how willing and patient they were to go through the prices one by one, checking their stocks at hand, and then giving me the quotes.

A few of my photoshoot buddies told me they really reply to email enquiries, and quite quickly too. They often use MS Color as a benchmark for prices of equipment they consider buying.

MS Color's disadvantage might be that they are not located in the so-called tourist areas. But the Ang Mo Kio MRT Station is just 20-minute ride away from the Orchard Road shopping belt.

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