Old But Gold: 4 Digital Cameras You Should Hunt Down and Lust Over

These digital cameras may have a few years on them now, but they still have enough about them to stand out in 2021 and beyond.

There are plenty of fantastic cameras on the market today. So many, in fact, it has become all too easy to forget about the great cameras that came before them. Cameras have been released at such a rapid pace that some cameras simply didn’t have time to establish themselves as greats. That doesn’t mean that you can’t hunt them down and but them today, though. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at some digital cameras that simply didn’t get the face time they deserved. These four cameras are masterpieces that should be hunted down and snapped up at the first opportunity you get. Their image quality will stun you. Their ergonomics will delight, and their overall performance will make you ask yourself why you didn’t look more closely at them when they were released. Join us as we look at four of our favorite older digital cameras.

Nikon Df

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In our review, we said:

“The ISO capabilities of the Nikon Df are truly amazing. Images are more than usable at ISO 12,800 and still usable at the highest possible ISO setting. This is where the Df shines–it truly is the king of the night.”

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Buy now new: $3,296.95

Buy now used: $1,939.95

Fujifilm X Pro 1

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In our review, we said:

“The Fujifilm X Pro 1 is the company’s first entry into the mirrorless camera market. When it was announced at CES, it shocked everyone and excited all. With a design that harkens back to the old Contax G2, it also has stunning retro-style good looks. But you don’t buy a camera like this just for the looks unless you’re Justin Beiber. Behind the very good glass currently available for it, it also can take some very wonderful images that are easily worked with in the post-production phase. Couple this with the fact that the metering is often spot on, and its small size that begs you to carry it everywhere, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: Used from $514.95

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Pro Tip: If you pick up one of these old but gold digital cameras and perhaps need a little inspiration to go along with it, we highly suggest getting your peepers into a good book. Bruce Barnbaum’s ‘The Art of Photography’ will help you see things in a whole new light. With the knowledge from this book, you’ll be able to create like never before. It’s available as a hardback and on Kindle.

Olympus Pen F

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In our review, we said:

“This camera has all the knobs, dials, buttons, and more in just the right places. Everything is designed to look very analog, and Olympus did a fantastic job of embracing the aesthetics. The only camera that comes close here is the Fujifilm X Pro 2, but its ergonomics aren’t overall as great as this. Sure, the X Pro 2 has some 1ups like the ISO and shutter dial being together and better image quality; but ergonomically, it’s almost impossible to beat the Olympus Pen f.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: $999

Leica M (Typ 240)

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In our review, we said:

“Without the shadow of a doubt, one can say that the M Typ 240 is the pinnacle of Leica’s rangefinder camera evolution, and most certainly one of the best digital cameras currently around. Granted, it’s way out of the financial range for most of us. But for those who are committed to the system and are ready to shell out the big $$$ for it, it will deliver the ultimate M-mount rangefinder experience.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: $4,519.95

Buy now: Used from $3900

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.