It’s no secret that the economy isn’t doing so hot here in the States, so it’d be understandable if both aspiring and experienced photographers didn’t want to shell out excessive amounts of dollars on a new camera. So to help any and all future camera shoppers buy their next product the smart way, DigitalCameraReview has created a neat guide on how to find the right used camera.
There’s always going to be a risk involved no matter when or where one buys something used, and digital cameras are no exception. Buying a refurbished shooter from a manufacturer like Canon, Sony, or Nikon may tempt users by not being quite as good as the newer cameras adorning their sites, and they’ll likely cost the most of any used option too, but the likelihood that a major camera manufacturer will sell a lemon through its official website is relatively low.
Of course, those who want to support local businesses over the giant industry ones would be wise to visit their local camera shop. This gives users the all-important ability to physically hold and play around with the camera, something that is becoming increasingly lost in today’s digital world.
But there is a reason that today’s world is going digital, and for camera shoppers, no place will give a wider selection of products than an online retailer. Places like Amazon, Adorama Camera, B&H Photo, and many others offer an enormous amount of used shooters for consumers’ perusal, while online bidding sites like eBay can offer the cheapest prices around. These may be the riskiest options of the bunch (especially through eBay, or worse, Craigslist), but for the value shoppers that do their homework ahead of time, they may be the best bet.
That’s not all there is to buying a used camera though, so to get completely informed, set your sights on DigitalCameraReview’s complete How To guide for buying a used camera.