7 best online camera stores

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If you’re looking for trustworthy and reliable online camera stores to purchase your gear, we’ve created a list of the 7 best choices.

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Buying a camera online

You’ve saved up the money to purchase a camera. When you’re buying a camera online, you want to make sure it’s a reliable source. It’s also important to understand what type of camera you want.

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Therefore, when you’re buying from an online camera store, consider the following:

  • Return policy.
  • An authorized seller.
  • Convenience and shipping costs.
  • Customer service.

Although local stores are great, buying a camera online can be beneficial when it comes to getting the best deal. This isn’t always the case, so compare prices before making your purchase.

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Top 7 online camera stores

The following are the best online retailers for purchasing photography equipment.

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B&H Photo Video

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B&H is one of the top camera stores around. They’re based in New York and opened in 1973. B&H offers great customer service and ships worldwide.

You can shop at ease because they offer a 30-day return policy. If your order is more than $49, you may get quick and free shipping.

Adorama

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Adorama is another New York-based camera store. It opened in 1974 and is a powerhouse for photography and videography gear.

Their customer service is efficient and knowledgeable. There’s also a 30-day return policy, as long as you have everything it came with.

Amazon

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Amazon is the largest online store for almost everything and chances are, you don’t need an introduction. If you’re looking for a good deal, you may be able to find one on Amazon.

If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can get fast delivery and a 30-day return policy.

KEH

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KEH is the destination for used camera gear. They’ve been around since 1979 and hold a very large inventory of used photography equipment.

They use a 10-point grading system that tells you the condition of the camera and they’re available to help if you have any questions. You can buy used camera equipment with confidence.

Samy’s Camera

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Samy’s Camera is a reliable retailer that’s well-known among most photographers. They’ve been serving photographers since 1976, and offer quick shipping on orders above $49.

Ritz Camera & Image

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Ritz Camera was established in 1918 and they’re highly rated among customers. They offer free shipping on all of their products with the best price guarantee.

Best Buy

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Best Buy is another brand you may already know. They have a large collection and have daily deals. You get free shipping on orders above $35 and can get great deals on packages.

Grey-market gear

Beware of grey-market photography gear. Although they offer gear at a bargain, they’re generally intended for a different market.

Often, the manuals will be in a different language, and you won’t get the manufacturer’s warranty. It’s easy for grey-market retailers to sell defective gear, so be careful.

Grey-market gear isn’t illegal. If you decide to purchase one, be sure to go through a reputable retailer.

Conclusion

In general, shopping online tends to be cheaper. However, it’s important to make sure you’re shopping with a trustworthy and reputable retailer. Shop around and compare prices to get the best deal possible.

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About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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