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Top 13 Best Second Hand Used Cameras To Buy

If you're looking for a digital camera bargain, if you're on limited budget, then why not have a look at some of these great second-hand options. You can save money by buying an older version of a camera, used, while still getting a great camera.

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If you're looking for a digital camera, then you could look at the many reviews of the latest and greatest cameras, but you also save a lot of money by going for a model that is a couple of years old. Here we round-up some of the best second hand used options, and explain what they offer.

Where we've listed a specific camera, we've also included the previous version, so that if you want, you could look at saving even more money. As with most things in life, the older the camera, the more money you're likely to save.

Buying a used camera isn't necessarily as easy as buying a new camera, and may take some effort to find one in good condition, or with all the box contents, but we've included links to a number of places to help you find what you're looking for, along with our recommendations and tips for buying a second hand camera. 

 


 

Advice for buying second hand... 

  • Pictures - check that the seller has used pictures of the actual item, and not just images taken from another website, such as ours!
  • Body Only - does the camera come with a lens, or is it sold "body only", without a lens. Be careful to check what comes with the camera, make sure it comes with a battery and charger.
  • Shutter count - check the shutter count, the lower the better, and if this is high then this should factor in to the price.
  • Warranty - check if the item comes with a warranty, unlikely, unless you're buying from a second hand dealer, such as CameraWorld.
  • Feedback - check the sellers feedback, either on sites like ebay, or you can check retailer ratings with TrustPilot.
  • Buyer Beware - if it's "too good to be true" then chances are it is, check the description, seller, quality, often low priced items may have damage
  • See if there are any special offers running, before buying, such as the 10% discount offer from CameraWorld (expires 31st October).
  • Check out the ePHOTOzine Classified Ads section for a potential bargain.
  • See our guide to buying and selling on ebay.

 

 

Best Used Micro Four Thirds - Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Under £400

Olympus OM D E M5 MarkII (5)

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is still (currently) a current camera model, but it's been on the market since 2015, meaning there's a good availabilty of the camera on the second-hand market. This camera offers a number of impressive features, as well as a weather-sealed body. 

Key features:

  • 16mp Four Thirds sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation
  • 3inch vari-angle touch-screen
  • 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • ISO100 to ISO25600
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • 40mp high-resolution mode
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Weather-sealed

The use of a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, means there a wide range of Micro Four Thirds lenses available, and a wide range available second-hand. 

Expect to pay around £360 (body-only).

Previous version: Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Check CameraWorld for Olympus Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for used Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II*
Check Ebay for Olympus OM-D E-M5 II*

 

 

Best Used Micro Four Thirds - Panasonic Lumix G80 - Under £400

Panasonic Lumix G80 G85 (12)

The Panasonic Lumix G80 (aka G85) is one of Panasonic's DSLR-style Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, and offers 4K video recording, in-camera image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting, and DSLR styling with an electronic viewfinder.  

Key features: 

  • 16mp Four Thirds sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation
  • 3inch vari-angle touch-screen
  • 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • ISO100 to ISO25600
  • 9fps continuous shooting
  • 4K video recording
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Weather-sealed

Expect to pay between £340 and £360 body only depending on condition, and accessories. 

The use of Micro Four Thirds lens mount, means there a wide range of lenses available, and a wide range available second-hand. 

Previous version: Panasonic Lumix G7.

Check CameraWorld for Panasonic Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Panasonic Lumix G80*
Check ebay for Panasonic Lumix G80*

 

 

Best Used Fujifilm Mirrorless - Fujifilm X-T2 - Under £500

Fujifilm X T2 (9)

The Fujifilm X-T2 was Fujifilm's flagship APS-C mirrorless camera from Fujifilm in 2016, updated with the X-T3 in 2019, the X-T2 delivers impressive image quality from a 24mp APS-C sensor, and offers 4K video recording, high-speed continuous shooting, and a weather-sealed camera body. The camera's battery life can be extended with an optional battery grip, and this also offers improved performance, with faster continuous shooting speeds.

Key features: 

  • 24mp APS-C sensor
  • 3inch tilting screen
  • 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • ISO100 to ISO51200
  • 8/11fps continuous shooting
  • 4K video recording
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Weather-sealed

Expect to pay around £400 to £550 depending on condition, body only. 

Previous version: Fujifilm XT1.

Have a look for Fujifilm X-Mount lenses to go with the camera.

Check CameraWorld for Fujifilm Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Fujifilm X-T2
Check Ebay for Fujifilm X-T2*

 

 

Best Used Canon DSLR - Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Under £600

Canon Eos 5d MarkIII-front 50mm Lens

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 22mp Digital SLR with a full-frame sensor, and offers a 3.2inch screen, an optical viewfinder, 6fps continuous shooting and a wide ISO range from ISO50 to ISO102400. The camera gives good low-light performance, thanks to the use of a full-frame sensor, and there are a wide range of Canon EF lenses available for the camera. It's tough too, with a weather-sealed body, this camera should last well, however check the shutter count before buying. 

Key features: 

  • 22.3mp Full-Frame sensor
  • 3.2inch screen
  • Optical viewfinder
  • ISO50 to ISO102400
  • 6fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • Microphone / headphone sockets
  • Weather-sealed

Expect to pay around £560 body only, depending on condition.

Previous version: Save even more money by looking at the 5D Mark II, which you can get from around £259.

Have a look at the Canon EF lenses available, as well as third party EF-mount lenses.

Check CameraWorld for Canon Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Canon EOS 5D Mark III*
Check Ebay for Canon EOS 5D Mark III*

 

 

Best Used Nikon DSLR - Nikon D750 - Under £1000

Nikon D750 DSLR (5)

The Nikon D750 is somewhat forgotten or overshadowed by the high-spec Nikon D850 and Nikon Z7, due to having "only" 24mp, however this full-frame DSLR offers excellent noise performance. 

Key features: 

  • 24mp Full-Frame sensor
  • 3.2inch tilting screen
  • Optical viewfinder
  • ISO50 to ISO51200
  • 6.5fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • Microphone / headphone sockets
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Weather-sealed

Second hand prices range from around £690 to £1000. We wouldn't recommend going much higher than this, as you can get the camera new for £1198 body only. 

Previous version: Save some more money by going for the Nikon D610 (2013). The Nikon D700 is getting a bit long in the tooth now, being released in 2008. 

Have a look at the best Nikon F-mount lenses, or have a look at the best third-party F-mount lenses.

Check CameraWorld for Nikon Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Nikon D750*
Check Ebay for Nikon D750*

 

 

Best Used Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless - Sony A7 II - Under £700

Sony Alpha A7II (12)

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark II (from 2015) offers a 24mp full-frame CMOS sensor, built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, offers a great all-round package, with 5fps continuous shooting, FullHD video recording, mic and headphone sockets, a tilting screen, and there's also a good range of lenses available, as Sony has been making full-frame E-mount cameras since 2013. 

Key features: 

  • 24.3mp Full-Frame sensor
  • 3inch tilting screen
  • 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • ISO50 to ISO25600
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • Microphone / headphone sockets
  • Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity
  • Weather-sealed

Still available new for £929 body only, so look out for deals that offer a further discount, or have a look at a used camera, expect to pay around £650 second hand. 

Have a look at the best Sony E/FE-mount lenses available.

Previous version: Sony Alpha A7.

Check CameraWorld for Sony Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Sony Alpha A7 II*
Check Ebay for Sony Alpha A7 II*

 

 

Best Used Pentax DSLR - Pentax K-3 - Under £500

Pentax K 3 Black (6)

Finding a used Pentax K-3 may be difficult as buyers tend to hang on to them, due to a less rapid refresh rate for Pentax cameras, however, the K-3 was replaced by the Pentax K-3 Mark II, and therefore there should be some Pentax K-3 DSLRs available second-hand. The number available may increase, as Pentax introduce newer DSLRs. 

Key features: 

  • 24.3mp APS-C sensor
  • 3.2inch screen
  • Optical viewfinder, 0.95x magnification
  • ISO100 to ISO51200
  • 8.3fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • Microphone / headphone sockets
  • Weather-sealed

Expect to pay around £500 body only.

If you do go for a Pentax camera, be sure to check out the dedicated sites available, such as PentaxUser.com, to see if there are any available in the classifieds section of the site, or check for additional help and advice in the forums.

Have a look at the best Pentax K-mount lenses.

Previous version: Pentax K-5 II / IIs

Check CameraWorld for Pentax Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Pentax K-3*
Check ebay for Pentax K-3 DSLRs*

 

 

Best Used Compact Point and Shoot Camera - Sony Cyber-shot WX350 - Under £130

Sony Cyber Shot DSC WX350 Black (3)

The Sony Cyber-shot WX350 may have been released in 2014 but it may still be available in some places, new (for around £165). The WX350 is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a 20x optical zoom lens, FullHD video recording, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, making it easy to get photos to your smartphone or tablet, and it's also easy to use for beginners.

Key features: 

  • 18mp BSI CMOS sensor
  • 20x optical zoom lens
  • Optical SteadyShot (Image Stabilisation)
  • 3inch screen
  • ISO80 to ISO12800
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • Wi-Fi / NFC built-in

If you can't find it new, expect to pay around £90 to £125 used. 

Previous version - An alternative would be the Sony Cyber-shot WX220, a smaller, more compact camera, with a 10x optical zoom lens (provides a more compact solution, just so long as you can live without Wi-Fi). 

Check CameraWorld for Sony Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Sony Cyber-shot WX350*
Check Ebay for Sony Cyber-shot WX350*

 

 

Best Used Serious Compact Camera - Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II - Under £200

Sony Cyber Shot RX100 Mark III (4)

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100, when introduced in 2012, was the first of many more compact cameras with a larger than normal 1inch CMOS sensor, and following this camera a number of other companies joined in, producing cameras with a 1inch sensor, giving photographers access to better image quality, in a compact camera, without the need to go for a mirrorless or DSLR camera. 

Compact but with a 1inch sensor, and a bright f/1.8 lens, the RX100 series is a good choice, because many of these have stayed on the market, even when new models were introduced, with the price dropping over time on the previous versions. Therefore there are a number of options, and a number of price points available for these cameras, both new and used. 

  • RX100 (2012) - 20mp CMOS sensor, 3.6x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-4.9
  • RX100 II (2013) - 20mp BSI CMOS Sensor, flash hot-shoe, 3.6x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-4.9
  • RX100 III (2014) - introduced a pop-up EVF (1.44m dots), 2.9x optical zoom lens, 24-70mm equivalent, f/1.8-2.8
  • RX100 IV (2015) - introduced a stacked sensor, 4K video, high-speed continuous shooting and video, and an improved 2.36m dot EVF
  • RX100 V (2016) - 24fps continuous shooting at 20mp

The RX100 II introduced a BSI CMOS sensor, and has a flash hot-shoe, available second hand from around £150-£200, making it a great budget option. The price goes up, as you move on to a newer version. However, the RX100 Mark III is another good option, as it introduced a built-in EVF, and a brighter f/1.8-2.8 lens.

Check CameraWorld for Sony Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II*
Check Ebay for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II*

 

 

Best Used Serious Compact with APS-C sensor - Fujifilm X100S - Under £400

Fujifilm X100s (2)

The Fujifilm X100 shook the camera world when it was first shown at Photokina 2010. It brought back classic camera styling, along with external manual controls, and an optical viewfinder (optical / electronic hybrid) giving digital camera users the feeling of using a "true" camera. Some would say that it inspired Fujifilm's whole X-series, which led to the hugely successful Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless cameras.  

  • X100F - 2017, current version - 24mp sensor
  • X100T - from 2014, 16mp APS-C sensor, from around £580
  • X100S - from 2013 - 16mp APS-C sensor, from around £380 depending on condition
  • X100 - from 2011 - 12mp APS-C sensor, around £290 depending on condition

The first version, the X100 is likely to be the cheapest available, but we'd go for the Fujifilm X100S as having the best price / performance.

Check CameraWorld for Fujifilm Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Fujifilm X100S*
Check Ebay for Fujifilm X100S*

 

 

Best Used Pocket Travel Zoom Camera - Panasonic Lumix TZ70 - Under £200

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Black (3)

The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 offers a Leica branded 30x optical zoom lens, and this camera hit somewhat of a sweet spot, with a 12mp 1/2.3inch sensor, it's not trying to cram 18 or 20mp into a small sensor, instead by sticking with 12mp, it's offering the best compromise between detail and low-light performance. A firm favourite of ours.

Key features: 

  • 12mp sensor
  • 30x optical zoom lens, 24-720mm equivalent
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 3inch screen
  • ISO80 to ISO6400
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • 3cm macro mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

Expect to pay around £100 to £160 depending on condition.

The previous version is the 18mp TZ60, or the later version is the 18mp TZ80.

Check CameraWorld for Panasonic Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Panasonic Lumix TZ70*
Check Ebay for Panasonic Lumix TZ70*

 

 

Best Used Ultra Zoom / Bridge Camera - Panasonic Lumix FZ200 - Under £200

Panasonic Lumix Dmc Fz200 Front 3

The Panasonic Lumiz FZ200, features a 12mp sensor, FullHD video recording, and is a Panasonic with a constant f/2.8 lens. It may have a 24x optical zoom lens, and not a 60x or 83x or even a 125x optical zoom lens, but this means that the camera can remain relatively small, and also offer a constant f/2.8, throughout the zoom range, rather than the aperture becoming slower (and darker) as you zoom. 

Key features: 

  • 12mp sensor
  • 24x optical zoom lens, 25-600mm equivalent
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch vari-angle screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • ISO100 to ISO6400
  • 12fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording
  • 1cm macro focus

Expect to pay around £135 to £160 depending on condition.

Check CameraWorld for Panasonic Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a used Panasonic Lumix FZ200*
Check Ebay for Panasonic Lumix FZ200*

 

 

Best Used Waterproof Camera - Olympus Tough TG-5 - Under £300

Olympus Tough TG 5 (3)

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is our choice hitting a sweet spot, in terms of using a 12mp sensor, and a bright f/2.0 4x optical zoom lens, giving better low-light performance. The latest version is the TG-6, which is the most expensive, as expected, available for around £400-450. The previous version, the TG-5 has dropped in price since this was released, and is available for around £300 (used), or £380 new. If this is too much, you can look at a previous version.

If you're looking for a good waterproof camera, then the Olympus Tough TG range are well known, with easy to use scene modes, as well as more advanced controls. 

  • TG-5 - 12mp, waterproof to 15m, 4K video, Wi-Fi, high-speed shooting
  • TG-4 - 16mp, waterproof to 15m, FullHD video, Wi-Fi, live-composite
  • TG-3 - 16mp, waterproof to 15m, FullHD video, Wi-Fi
  • TG-2 - 12mp, waterproof to 15m, FullHD video
  • TG-1 - 12mp, waterproof to 12m, FullHD video

Check CameraWorld for Olympus Cameras*
Check Amazon UK for a new/used Olympus Tough TG-5*
Check Ebay for Olympus Tough TG-5*

 

Don't forget to get a memory card, and a case for your camera. We'd recommend getting a new memory card for peace of mind. 

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