Buying used Digital Cameras

Despite the fact that there are some passable and inexpensive solutions on the market, many people feel that they do not get enough use from a digital camera to justify buying a brand new model. They may feel that they only want a camera for holidays and in the past they might have simply brought a disposable camera for this purpose.

However, there are now many places from which it is possible to buy a second hand (or “pre-loved”) digital camera which might give them a basic model for next to nothing or a high-spec model for a much reduced price.

There are many people who might still feel cautious about buying anything, especially an item of electronic equipment, second hand but with notice of a few precautions, it couldn’t be safer or simpler to buy a pre-loved digital camera and still have money left.

Physical inspection

The majority of people would be unwilling to buy any item they hadn’t seen working or had the chance to inspect and a digital camera should be no different. It’s not worth handing over any money until you have inspected the camera or had the assurance of a professional that it is in full working order.

The starting point of your inspection should be the lens. The easiest way to inspect this is to hold it up to the light hand check for marks which would affect the quality of your pictures. You might see fungus, chips or scratches and if this is the case then any pictures you take could also have these marks on them. If this is the case then it’s wise to avoid.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that anything which connects to the lens such as the mounts fit well and aren’t damaged as this could also affect your picture quality.

Whilst you’re carrying out the inspection pay attention to the manual focusing ring if the camera has one. If this is broken or damaged, it could prevent you taking magnified images.

The body of the camera will give a good indication of how the owner has treated the camera and if this is dented, scratched or scuffed then it may be a good indication that there could be an underlying problem with the camera.

It’s also a great idea at this stage to ensure that all is well with the shutter and that this can still be used. The great thing about digital cameras is that you can actually take a picture and see it on the viewing screen so it’s worth trying this to ensure that you can capture what you want and that the quality on the screen is as high as you want it to be.


Some digital cameras take batteries which are no longer available so ensure that the battery case is accessible, that the batteries can be easily removed and that you will be able to locate new batteries for the digital camera.

If there are instructions with the camera, ensure that these are readable and that you can follow them. Although you might not need them yourself, they may be required if you come to sell in the future and this applies to the box. 

This is a guest post from Arthur Brewe who lives in London, blogs on technology for Trusted Reviews and the latest gadgets reviews. 

One thought on “Buying used Digital Cameras

  • March 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Many times, digital cameras do not have sufficient memory space. It is true that the in-built memory can vary depending on the brand of digital camera. In a few cases, the in-built memory can store just about 15 numbers of pictures. Your kids may get it not enough while going out in a break. For this reason, it would be great, if you could get bigger the default memory space. This can offer your kid flexibility to accumulate a larger number of pictures.

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