What to Do With an Old Camera

Updated July 19, 2017

If you are upgrading to a new digital camera, you may be wondering what to do with your old one. Rather than throwing it away or selling it, consider some of your other options. There may be a better solution.

Pass It On

If your old camera is still functioning, and you have simply upgraded to a higher-quality image capturing device, consider giving it to someone who does not have a camera. You may give it to a family member or friend, or you may donate it to a charity that will make it available to someone less fortunate.

Recycle It

Many camera companies offer recycling programs for their products. Ship your old camera to the company or drop it at a recycling centre. Sony, for example, has Waste Management eCycling centres in all 50 states. You may also keep an eye out for electronics recycling events in your area.

Convert It

Old digital cameras may be converted for a new purpose. Some ideas are to attach the peephole from a door to create a fish-eye lens or to connect the camera to your computer to create a webcam.

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Frannie Bogojevich worked for several years at a nonprofit where she became unofficial copy editor of press releases and blurbs describing cultural events. Her work there was first published in 2006. Bogojevich is artistic director of Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company and manages all marketing aspects of the company. Her online articles specialize in history and theater.