For those of us looking for a new DSLR setup, decades of development has resulted in a wide range of affordable devices that can elevate your photography to a new level. Good second-hand deals can be found across the market on everything from beginner-friendly cameras to some of the most professional setups available, so you don't always have to break the bank to get a significant upgrade.
In this article, we'll be looking at some of the best second-hand DSLR cameras money can buy right now, and we'll look at a range of devices that suit a range of skill levels and styles of photography. As ever, we'd recommend researching the cameras available at any given time and buying from a reputable secondhand dealer such as Wex (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)or B&H Photo (opens in new tab) to ensure that the units have been tested, evaluated and deemed fit for onward sale.
Ready to buy one of these DSLR cameras used? Use the links below to get great used camera deals in the US and in the UK. If only new will do, check out our deals link at the bottom of this page.
- B&H Photo Video used stock deals (US) (opens in new tab)
- Adorama used stock deals (US) (opens in new tab)
- MPB used stock deals (UK) (opens in new tab)
- Wex Photo Video used stock deals (UK) (opens in new tab)
When buying a second-hand DSLR camera, we recommend reading a bit about its history, like its shutter count and if it has ever been in for repairs. Make sure the service you're buying from inspects the cameras to check for wear and tear, and make sure the provider offers a warranty for further piece of mind. Below are our recommendations for today's best-value second-hand DSLR cameras.
- Used D750 available at Adorama (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used D750 at B&H (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used D750 at Wex (opens in new tab) (UK)
- Used D750 at MPB (opens in new tab) (UK)
Nikon's D750 was released in 2014, so although many units on the market will show signs of usage and wear, there are some excellent deals to be had. It has a 24.3 Megapixel sensor and is a fully weather-sealed and rugged option. For filmmakers, there's an HD video mode. Since it has been around for a while, there is an impressive selection of lenses available, so you won't have any trouble selecting one that fits your photographic style.
- Used Canon EOS 5D Mark III at B&H (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Canon EOS 5D Mark III at MPB (opens in new tab) (UK)
The 5D range, when it was released, was the ultimate in full-frame photography for the masses, making professional-level equipment available for all for the first time. The third incarnation of the camera is perhaps one of Canon's most remarkable, and there are many options available second-hand now. When paired with a good lens setup, the 61-point AF system and quick DIGIC 5+ processor continues to produce amazing images.
- Used Nikon D5600 at Adorama (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Nikon D5600 at B&H (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Nikon D5600 at Wex (opens in new tab) (UK)
- Used Nikon D5600 at MPB (opens in new tab) (UK)
The 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor in the Nikon D5600 is a highly impressive one. If you're just starting out in the world of DSLR photography, our recommendation would be to skip the very entry-level units and head straight for this instead. It offers an incredible range of capabilities, space for growth, and an image quality that defies its incredibly low cost. In our Nikon D5600 review, we loved its fast autofocus, its standout detail and the overall quality of images. There are some excellent examples on the market with low shutter counts, so we'd suggest grabbing one now to get a bargain.
- Read our Nikon D5600 review.
- Used Canon EOS 80D at Adorama (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Canon EOS 80D at B&H (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used (opens in new tab)Canon EOS 80D (opens in new tab)at Wex (opens in new tab) (UK)
- Used Canon EOS 80D at MPB (opens in new tab)
The double-number range from Canon was always intended to be the next level up from their entry-level three-numbered systems. With these cameras, you get an uprated autofocus system, NFC and Wi-Fi capability, and a 45-point AF system. Its multi-angled touchscreen and ability to record HD video at 60 frames per second make it a terrific choice for aspiring videographers and filmmakers.
- Used Canon EOS 600D at Adorama (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Canon EOS 600D at Wex (opens in new tab) (UK)
- Used Canon EOS 600D at MPB (opens in new tab) (UK)
If you are looking to upgrade from a smartphone or compact camera and don't want to splash too much cash, the Canon EOS 600D (also known as the Canon Rebel T3i) might be the camera for you. There are some amazing prices that can be discovered, especially when paired with the kit lenses. The flip-screen is tilting, making it great for selfies and video. More advanced photographers may feel hard done by, but if autofocus points and sensor speed isn't what you're worried about, this is a good entry-level option.
- Used Canon EOS-1DX Mark II at Adorama (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Canon EOS-1DX Mark II at B&H (opens in new tab) (US)
- Used Canon EOS-1DX Mark II at MPB (opens in new tab) (UK)
The 1D range of professional cameras have made a name for themselves over the years due to their incredible build quality, ultra-fast burst shooting, and rugged, durable presentation. The 1DX Mark II is a fantastic option if you work as a photographer and need a second camera that is excellent or if you're upgrading from the 5D range. It shares many features with more recent models. Still expensive but, for the money, you can expect a well-built tool fit for working out in the field.
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While many photographers will want to buy new to ensure they're getting the best life out of their photography gear, purchasing used camera gear is a worthy option. It gives photographers and videographers more options when adding to their collection of camera bodies and lenses.
Buying from a reputable dealer also includes a level of protection in the form of visual assessments and limited warranties in case anything does go wrong after purchase.
Alternatively, if you like the look of one of the cameras recommended in this round-up but you'd rather buy it new, check out the latest DSLR camera deals below to bag yourself a bargain.
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Each camera is carefully tested by either our expert staff or knowledgeable freelance contributors who know their subject areas in depth. This ensures fair reviewing is backed by personal, hands-on experience with each camera and is judged based on its price point, class and destined use. For example, comparing a 60MP full-frame mirrorless camera to a sleek little crop-sensor DSLR wouldn’t be appropriate, though each camera might be the best performing product in its own class.
We look at how easy each camera is to operate, whether it contains the latest up-to-date imaging technology, whether the cameras can shoot high-quality stills photos and high resolution video and also make suggestions if a particular camera would benefit from any additional kit to give you the best viewing experience possible.
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