If you want a digital camera with good performance and, especially, if you’re going to focus on the DSLR segment, the situation changes radically. For example, compact cameras can easily exceed 1000 lei, and the cheapest DSLRs are rapidly approaching the psychological threshold of 2000 lei.

In such a situation, the best compromise you can make to have a quality camera at a low price is to buy one in the second hand. However, to obtain the best price-performance ratio and to get in possession of a camera without significant defects, it is essential to pay attention to several aspects.

Depending on the sale price for a new model, you can get an idea of ​​how much a second-hand one should cost (obviously, and depending on your budget).

Below we have listed the 9 best digital cameras that comes with many advanced features and can be ideal for photography.

SaleRANK NO. 1
Digital Camera 1080P 44MP Kids Camera Digital Point and Shoot Camera with 32GB...
  • FHD 1080P & 44MP Digital Camera : The kids camera is equipped with a high level CMOS Image Sensor to capture vivid 1080P videos...
  • To Be A Little Photographer : This digital point and shoot camera features essential photography functions, take photos, video...
  • 16X Zoom & IPS Screen : With the smoothly zooming in/out, the objects will be magnified from 1X to 16X to capture the mini world....
  • Safe Materials & Pocket Size : This camera for kids uses high quality non-toxic soft materials, durable, withstands drops and...
  • Reliable Customer Service : The digital cameras are firmly placed in a custom box. Package includes: Camera, 32 GB SD Card, Type C...
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 20.1 MP Digital Camera - Black (Renewed)
  • 20.1 megapixel plus 35x zoom brings detailed subjects close - 3.0" LCD screen for easy viewing and photo editing
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
  • Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode
  • Does not support Wifi
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Digital Camera with 32GB SD Card, VJIANGER 4K 48MP Vlogging Camera with 2.8"...
  • 【Multi-functions Mini 4K Camera for Photography and Video】: This camera with 4K video resolution, 48MP CMOS image sensor, 2.8...
  • 【Vlogging Camera for Youtube with 2 Rechargeable Batteries】:This Youtube camera comes with two rechargeable batteries that can...
  • 【Point and Shoot Camera include 32GB SD Card】:This beginner/amateur camera supports 4G-256G(class 10) external memory, SD card...
  • 【Video Camera as Computer Camera for Streaming】:This vlog camera can be used as a web camera by connecting to PC with the USB...
  • 【Small Camera with Accessories】You will get digital camera x1, 32GB SD card x1, Usb cable x1, rechargeable Li-ion batteries...
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4K Digital Camera for Photography and Video [Autofocus & Anti-Shake] 48MP...
  • 📷【𝟒𝐊 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐃 𝐕𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧】 The 4K digital camera...
  • 📸【𝟒𝟖𝐌𝐏 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐃 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲】 The digital camera for...
  • 🏖️【𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 & 𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐡】 The small compact...
  • 🎁【𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐆𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐉𝐨𝐲】Fashion digital...
  • 📩【𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 & 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞】The digital camera can be connected...
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4K Digital Camera for Photography VJIANGER 48MP Vlogging Camera for YouTube with...
  • 【4K 48MP Digital Camera for Photography and Video】VJIANGER 4K digital camera delivers 4k resolution video at 30FPS and clear...
  • 【Point and Shoot Camera with WiFi 】VJIANGER WiFi camera makes you can share the photos and videos online with mobile phones...
  • 【Photography Camera with 52MM Wide Angle & Macro Lens 】VJIANGER 4k digital camera comes with a dismantable wide angle lens...
  • 【Youtube Camera as Webcam 】VJIANGER vlogging camera can be used as computer camera for live streaming and video calls by...
  • 📸Camera Gift📸: This wifi camera with compact size(0.57LB, 4.3*2.96*1.2 INCH) is so lightweight and portable. Pefect for...
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Sony Alpha a6000 Digital Camera Wi-Fi w/ 18-55mm 55-210mm Zoom Lens Bundle...
  • Black and White Setting: Has Black and White Setting
  • Brand: Sony
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Depth: 1.81 in.
SaleRANK NO. 7
Vlogging Camera, 4K Digital Camera for YouTube with WiFi, 16X Digital Zoom, 180...
  • ✔【VLOGGING CAMERA WITH FLIP SCREEN】Our digital camera delivers high-bit-rate 4K-resolution video at 30FPS and clear image at...
  • ✔【A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR ALL AGES】It's super suitable for the "happy snapper" who just hope to point and shoot to take...
  • ✔【TRUVIEW 0.45x WIDE ANGLE LENS & 15x MACRO LENS】With the included wide-angle lens, this camera for photography is able to...
  • ✔【WIFI & VIDEO PAUSE FUNCTION】Pictures and videos can be instantly shared online with mobile phones through the Wi-Fi...
  • ✔【BEST CAMERA FOR YOUTUBE】The YouTube camera for vlogging can be used as webcam for live streaming. Our vlogging camera also...
RANK NO. 8
Polaroid IS048 Waterproof Instant Sharing 16 MP Digital Portable Handheld Action...
  • Capture quality 16mp photos and HD video in an easy to use point and shoot camera with a 2.4" Preview Screen
  • Excellent for underwater photography, fully submersible up to 10 feet
  • Protective cover to protect from bumps and scratches
  • A great first camera for kids with enough features for novice photographers of any age
  • Uses 2 AAA Batteries (Included) and saves pictures and video to a micro SD card (not included)
RANK NO. 9
Sony DSCW830 20.1 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)
  • 20.1 Megapixel(effective) Plus 8x Zoom and number of pixels (Gross)is approx. 20.4 megapixels
  • Optical Steady Shot image Stabilization with 2-way Active Mode. Dimensons(W X H X D)(APPROX.)- 3 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 29/32 Inches...
  • 720p MP4 HD Movie Mode ; This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.
  • Panorama Shooting: 360 Sweep Panorama; Minimum Illumination: Auto: 22.0 lux Shutter Speed 1/30
  • Picture Effect: Still images: Toy camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High-key, Panoramas: Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft...

Choosing The Best Digital Cameras Buying Guide

Type of Cards for Storing Photos

Maybe you like a particular camera, but you have to be careful and what kinds of memory cards it uses. Currently, the most popular format is SD in its many variations (SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC). Still, there are also CF cards (especially for some DSLR models), but also Memory Stick Pro Duo cards for the cameras. Sony.

If you do not want to spend extra, you need to choose a room that supports memory cards that you already have or at least a lower-priced type of card, such as SD cards.

Accessories Are Included or Not

In addition to the camera itself, find out what accessories are included in the box. If the seller does not offer you any accessories for various reasons, find out what their price is, and if it is worth the effort to buy only the camera itself.

Accessories that you can consider according to your personal preferences include the power supply (without which you should not buy a camera), PC or TV connection cables (HDMI, USB, audio-video), power cards memory, protective cover, CD with software, microphone or even external flash.

If you need to purchase one or more such accessories separately, the prices can be quite high and can seriously affect your budget for such a gadget. Therefore, try to negotiate a lower price precisely from this perspective.Check the camera accessory package.

Used vs. Refurbished

If you’re not tempted by the idea of ​​buying a used camera but don’t have the money for a new one, you can turn to so-called refurbished products.

Refurbished products are products that have already been sold by stores, but have been returned by the buyer for various reasons. For whatever reason, these products cannot be resold as new for legislative purposes.

Theoretically, a refurbished camera should work just like a new camera, the only difference being that the product may have traces of use (for example, fingerprints on the screen).

By default, the prices of a refurbished camera are lower compared to a new one, but the reduction is usually 10-15%. In other words, in terms of price, a refurbished camera is positioned somewhere between new and used cameras.

If such a product tempts you, you should follow precisely the same steps as with a poe camera, the most important thing being to test the camera before purchasing.

Features of Digital Cameras

Resolution

The resolution of a camera represents the size that the photos will have in terms of pixels, and is determined by the sensor integrated into it. The higher the resolution, the larger the image, and – in theory – full of details. The advantages offered by a high resolution are to allow larger prints and to allow even cutouts to be pushed without compromising the image quality too much.

On the other hand, the higher the resolution, the higher the weight of the files, which translates into a faster depletion of available memory and longer transfer times. Larger files also require more resources from the image processor, which may limit the camera’s performance in other areas (such as burst speed).

For too long, the resolution of the sensor has been the central aspect taken into consideration in the choice of spy camera, perhaps because it is easily understood and quantifiable. As a result, all camera manufacturers battled with megapixels, churning out higher and higher resolution models.

The problem is that, after exceeding a certain threshold, the proportion between the level of detail and resolution is lost, due to the physical limits of the sensor. Several megapixels “disproportionate” compared to the size of the sensor often results in poorly defined images, softer and full of artifacts, when viewed at maximum magnification.

To date, given that the battle has moved to the field of connectivity and video shooting, a bit all models have similar resolutions, which are around 20/24 megapixels.

Physical Dimensions of The Sensor

We have explained on several occasions how the physical aspects of the sensor are the first factor that affects the image quality that can be obtained with a specific camera.

In the purchase guide for compact cameras, we have dedicated a lot of space to this aspect, in that case, essential given the considerable differences from one model to another.

As for reflex cameras, the story is a bit different: almost all models integrate sensors of the same format, the APS-C one. Although these sensors are defined as “reduced,” they have far higher dimensions than those of compact and smartphones.

Some high-end DSLRs, aimed at experienced and professional photographers, are equipped with a full-frame sensor, or even higher dimensions (24x36mm). This type of sensor, if associated with right lenses, guarantees exceptional image quality.

The diagram below shows the difference between the dimensions of a full-frame sensor and those of a “reduced” sensor. Note that Canon APS-Cs are slightly smaller than those used by other manufacturers.

It is worth mentioning that the equivalent focal length of a lens also depends on the physical size of the sensor. By associating any glass with a camera with an APS-C sensor, the equal focal length will be shown among the characteristics of the prism multiplied by the sensor multiplication factor. APS-C sensors usually have a multiplication factor of 1.5 (1.6 for Canon cameras).

ISO Sensitivity

Another factor to consider when choosing an SLR is the ability to shoot at high ISO sensitivity. Increasing the ISO sensitivity will allow you to maintain faster shutter speeds and thus avoid incurring blurred photos when the subject moves quickly or when shooting freehand in low light.

However, as ISO sensitivity increases, digital noise also increases, resulting in deterioration of image quality. The photos below show the noise level at different ISO sensitivities. Each image is a 100% crop of a shot taken with an APS-C SLR.

example of digital noise due to high ISO sensitivity
Rather than paying attention to what is the maximum ISO sensitivity at which a reflex can technically operate, it is good to keep in mind what is the maximum limit that allows you to take home images of acceptable quality. No data on the camera’s technical data sheet will give indications in this sense. If this feature is essential to you, the advice is to search for sample images taken with the specific model.

In the comparison between the best SLR cameras on this page, however, we have reported the models with unusually high resistance to high ISO or – on the contrary – which leaves a little to be desired.

Autofocus

Each DSLR is equipped with a more or less advanced focusing system, whose reliability usually is proportionate to the price. Even if the accuracy and speed of autofocus depend on a multitude of factors, a significant figure to guess – in principle – the performance is the number of AF points available, which parameter we have always mentioned in the mini- SLR camera reviews on this page.

How relevant this aspect is to determine which SLR to choose depends mostly on the type of shots you plan to take. Autofocus performance is essential when practicing sports and action photography or when shooting animals in freedom.

If, on the other hand, you plan to photograph landscapes, portraits, or still life, the efficiency of the autofocus can take second place compared to other camera features.

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