When I was doing my research for which small travel camera I would buy, I found out that I could save a lot of money buying it on Amazon, compared to the photo store nearby. Try to do a search on Amazon for the camera you are looking for and check the prices.
Amazon has the largest online selection of digital cameras:
Pick your photography-category and go through the reviews
- DSLR Cameras
- Mirrorless Cameras
- Cameras Lenses
- Point & Shoot Cameras
- Sports & Action Cameras
- and a lot of deals on Cameras.
The camera store near me had the same two digital cameras I was interested, but both of them were more 10% expensive at my local store, compared to buying them on Amazon and other online camera sites.
Buying Digital & DSLR Cameras Online Vs. in a Photo Store
But in terms of buying digital cameras in a local photo store near you Vs. buying your camera online on sites like Amazon or bhphotovideo, I think it’s definitely worth comparing the prices in the store vs online before you buy your next camera.
I get that you might want to support your local photo store, and that’s a valid argument for not using online camera reseller. But if you are on a tight budget and you are looking at a pricey DSLR with lens, then the 10% you are going to be a lot of money to be saved.
If you want to find a local photo store near you, because your camera needs a repair or cleaning, that a whole other thing. But even if you are looking for camera accessories, I’d still just do a search on Amazon – do my research, compare prices and buy it where it’s cheapest. I haven’t bought any camera on eBay, but maybe it makes sense for used cameras – I just feel more comfortable using Amazone.
When I bought my first camera, which is the Ricoh GR II, I found it on online too. I don’t know, I might just really happy with shopping online, but it’s because I can read the reviews of the camera I will buy, and compare them to similar ones.
But if you live nearby a great photography store with a camera specialist who you want to support, you should, of course, go for that option :).
What Digital Camera are you looking for?
I wrote a little bit about the different type of Digital & DSLR cameras
- Small Digital Cameras (Great Point & Shoot Cameras at a reasonable price)
- Cameras used by photojournalist (For professional photographers or people who don’t care about money)
- Low budget & Affordable Cameras (Great as starter cameras)