A used camera is a great option if you want to get a good quality camera but aren’t in the market for the latest model. It’s also an excellent choice if you’re on a tight budget or just don’t have the cash to buy something new.
Unlike most things you can purchase, cameras don’t have a ‘best before date’. You can still take amazing photos with an older camera long after the new models have been released. That means they don’t depreciate in value as quickly which is great news for second-hand buyers. But there are some things you should look out for before handing over any money.
One thing that most people overlook is the condition of the lens. Everyone knows to check the front element for scratches but it’s just as important to inspect the rear. The more scratches on a lens the more likely they are to affect image quality. Also be sure to examine the zoom and focus rings for smooth operation. If they feel clunky it could be a sign of mechanical issues.
The next big thing to check is the shutter count. Unlike with cars, this isn’t an easy number to see so it’s harder to verify but it’s still important to consider. The more shutter releases a camera has had, the more wear and tear it has gone through. So if a seller claims that a camera has a low shutter count be sure to check it out for yourself.
A good way to test this is by removing the camera body cap and taking a photo of a bright and well-lit object like a white wall or piece of paper. This should help you identify any dirt or gunk on the camera sensor. Small dark spots are usually dust which can be cleaned but if the spot is longer or curvy it could be hair or oil that has damaged the shutter mechanism.
It’s also a good idea to test out the battery. Most cameras have a battery indicator on the screen so you can see how much life it has left but you should always test it out for yourself before buying. This is especially true if you’re getting it from a store that has a warranty policy like Cash Converters.
The final tip is to be a smart shopper and don’t let the one percent of impostors rip you off. If you know what to look out for and are willing to do a little research before handing over your hard-earned cash, you can find some incredible photography gear at an affordable price. So go out and snap some amazing photos! You won’t regret it. And remember, if you’re not satisfied with the results you can always bring it back to the store and ask for a refund or an exchange. Happy shopping!