Can You Find Treasure in a Pawn Shop?

Every photographer dreams of walking into a pawn shop and walking out with an impossibly good deal. Here's what happened when one photographer dropped $100 on a box of 20 cameras in a pawn shop.

Coming to you from Prickly Pear Camera, this enthralling video is akin to a treasure hunt through the world of vintage digital cameras. Kevin, an experienced buyer and seller, embarks on an exciting exploration of 20 point-and-shoot digital cameras he snapped up for $5 each from a closing pawn shop. This bargain hunt isn't just a financial gamble; it's an adventure through the annals of digital photography. As Kevin tests each camera, viewers are taken on a journey filled with suspense and surprises, from functional gems to unexpected malfunctions.

Kevin's exploration is more than just a test of functionality; it's a glimpse into the history of digital photography. Each camera, from the sleek Sony DSC-W310 (how I wanted one years ago) to the robust Canon PowerShot, tells a tale of technological evolution and photographic moments. 

The true excitement lies in the unpredictability of what each camera holds. Some, like the Nikon Coolpix, awaken with a flash, ready for more snapshots, while others, frozen in time, offer a glimpse into the past challenges of digital photography. Kevin's journey through these 20 cameras is a rollercoaster of discoveries, each unveiling a piece of a larger, forgotten mosaic of the digital era.

For those who relish the excitement of unearthing hidden treasures and the nostalgia of digital photography's evolution, this video is a thrilling watch. Dive into the video above for the full adventure.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I spotted a Canon EF 28-135 (I think that is correct) lens at a used book store, $90. Later, I called the store before I bought the lens. Asked if I could bring in the camera to make sure the lens worked. I was told that was OK. Took several shots inside the store and viewed them. Bought it! One section of the store has music instruments and a display case of photo items including cameras.