Buying a Used DSLR Camera? Use This Checklist!

If purchasing a second-hand DSLR camera makes you nervous, don’t fret. Luckily, finding any issues with a DSLR can be done within just a few minutes of seeing it in person. Before you take the plunge to purchase your new photography buddy, use this checklist to ensure you’re getting bang for your buck.

  1. First and foremost, check the battery compartment for corrosion, wonky battery compartment doors, or loose battery springs.
  2. Then, check that the camera turns on.
  3. Use your own memory card to make sure it works in the camera.
  4. Check all terminals for bent pins or any stuck debris.
  5. Bring your own lens along to see if the camera recognises it once attached.
  6. Does the shutter work and sound normal?
  7. Play around with the aperture and shutter speed.
  8. Does the LCD screen work optimally?
  9. Do all the buttons and dials work? Are they sticky?
  10. Check the pop-up flash if this particular model has one.
  11. Look through the viewfinder. Is the screen clear of debris and scratches?
  12. Take a picture and check the focus.
  13. Inspect all accessories that may be coming with the camera to ensure they all work.
  14. Lastly, make sure the battery charger works!

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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