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Old Sunday 21st January 2018, 05:26   #1
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How to buy a used Canon Sx60

As I say in another thread, I am about to buy a used camera, a Canon SX60
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=355662

I found some guides in the Internet about what to check
https://photographylife.com/how-to-b...d-dslr-cameras
https://petapixel.com/2010/10/08/che...on-craigslist/
For example these
Any specific suggestions for Canon SX60 since it is a bridge camera (normally instructions are for other types of cameras)

Hermitibis already gave me a very good hint:

Contrary to DSLRs, these models don't count the "clicks", ie the numbers of photos shot. So it's guesswork whether a camera is little used. - Hint: The "Func set" of the SX50 is the most frequently used button. If the text "Func Set" looks brandnew, it indicates that the SX50 has had few clicks.
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Old Sunday 21st January 2018, 08:19   #2
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Hi again,
I like your systematical approach. Asking at dpreview to get a second opinion - fine with me. Funny how those guys dismissed the SX50. The idea that the SX60 is the newer model, so it MUST be superior, is misleading imo. All these cameras have their pros and cons, and if we did a poll here, I am not sure which model would win. But I respect your decision, the better viewfinder of the SX60 may justify to pay Euro 250 for it, instead of Euro 150 or less for a SX50 at ebay, from a dealer with free 1-month return and 1-year warranty.

The photographylife advice seems more "common sense" than the other.

Your link to an online ad seems to say that the seller isn't willing to negotiate the price and isn't willing to send the item, so you have to travel. Also his/her ad doesn't show the much used Func Set button. At the very least I'd ask to send you two photos: (a) showing the func set button, and (b) a photo taken with the SX60.

If the second photo shows a bird, don't buy. Birder cameras have far too many clicks.

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Hello, I eventually purchased the SX60 at 250 euro with bag and spare battery. Hopefully it looks nice and I tested it. It belonged to an amateur photographer with a passion for lightouses photography. Now I should have all the equipment I need to start! Thank you very much for the precious suggesions. In my case I chose SX60 mostly because of WiFi connection a feature that I consider important. Thanks again!
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If the second photo shows a bird, don't buy. Birder cameras have far too many clicks.
Haha, yes. Don't buy anything off a birder! Car, clothes, boots, .. they'll all have had a hard life
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Hello, I eventually purchased the SX60 at 250 euro with bag and spare battery. Hopefully it looks nice and I tested it. It belonged to an amateur photographer with a passion for lightouses photography. Now I should have all the equipment I need to start! Thank you very much for the precious suggesions. In my case I chose SX60 mostly because of WiFi connection a feature that I consider important. Thanks again!
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Great choice! The SX60 has a nice optical zoom and for the price is a great bridge camera option- Taken any pictures with it yet?
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