10 Recommended Cameras for Sports, Wildlife, and Action Photography


Whether you’re shooting a basketball game from the sidelines or the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, you’re going to want a camera with a lens that’s fast enough to catch all of the action. While some prefer the flexibility of an interchangeable-lens system with a large sensor, others dislike the bulk and weight of the gear involved. Fortunately for us all, technology is catching up to those of us who want a small camera with a large sensor and the ability to change lenses. Whatever your preference may be—below is a list of ten cameras recommended for sports, wildlife, and action photography for your adventures in 2016.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR

For the absolute latest flagship release, the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ processors, and a 61-Point High Density Reticular Auto Focus II with 41 cross-type points and a center point sensitive to -3 EV. This durable magnesium-alloy body has been designed for the pro shooter, delivering 16 frames per second when working in live view, and 14 fps when working with the viewfinder, not to mention the ability to record up to 170 raw files in a single burst when using a CFast 2.0 memory card. An expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50-409600 allows for greater low-light performance. Furthermore, the weather- and dust-proof EOS-1D X Mark II supports DCI 4K-resolution video recording at up to 60 fps, along with Full HD 1080p shooting at 120 fps for slow-motion playback. A built-in GPS module allows for in-camera geo-tagging and auto time sync while Wi-Fi sharing and wireless remote control is supported when using the optional WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter.

Nikon D5 DSLR

Another recent release, the Nikon D5 houses a 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED 5 processor, and 153-point Multi-CAM 20K phase-detect auto focusing. Photographers wanting to capture a fast-paced sports game or animals in the wilderness running at top speeds will be delighted by the 14 fps maximum continuous frame rate with fixed focus and mirror lock-up. For those desiring full auto exposure and focusing, a slight drop to 12 fps is sure to capture the perfect action-packed moment with precise focusing. Nighttime wildlife feed times and night games won’t be as challenging to shoot with the native sensitivity range from ISO 100-102400 and the expanded range of ISO 50-3280000. Photographers who also work in video will be pleased with the D5’s 4K UHD video-recording capabilities. Wi-Fi connectivity is possible with the optional WT-6A transmitter.

Nikon D500 DSLR

For flagship performance in a compact DX-format body, the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera is another recent release to the market. Featuring a 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor, it houses the same EXPEED 5 processor and 153-point Multi-CAM 20K phase-detect autofocusing as the D5 for significantly less of an investment. Sports and wildlife shooters alike will readily take advantage of the 10 fps continuous shooting rate for up to 200 frames in a single burst. The native sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200 with an expanded ISO 50-1640000 is able to handle tough lighting situations. The D500 also offers up to 4K UHD video recording at 30 fps. Multiple sharing options like the built-in SnapBridge Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, and Near Field Communication (NFC) are all supported to provide quick methods for connecting to your mobile device.

Canon 7D Mark II DSLR

Another APS-C offering, this time from Canon, is the Canon 7D Mark II, which features a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 image processors and a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps. This fast action capture relies heavily upon the 65-point all cross type phase-detection AF system that makes it a great choice for sports and wildlife photographers. The combination of dual image processors and CMOS sensor contribute to the native ISO range of 100-16000, which can be expanded to ISO 51200. For those working across platforms, Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at up to 60 fps and benefits from Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast focusing during video and live view. 

Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera

For a lot of speed in a compact mirrorless body, the Nikon 1 V3, available here with the 10-30mm kit lens, combines an 18.4MP 1" CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 4A image processor to achieve 20 frames per second with full-time autofocus capabilities. Once the focus position is fixed after the first frame is recorded, continuous shooting captures up to 60 fps—perfect when you’re close to the action. The intuitive Hybrid AF system combines both phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods to capture all of the action with extreme precision. In addition to the high-resolution still photographs, Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at 60 frames per second with a sensitivity of 12800 and full-time focusing for constant sharpness. While many photographers still wrinkle their noses at a tilting screen, it affords easier visibility from a variety of angles that would be otherwise impossible with a traditional viewfinder. For the traditionalist, an auxiliary electronic viewfinder is included. The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi enables you to quickly share photos immediately after recording them. For existing Nikon shooters looking for a compact camera solution, slip the FT-1 Mount Adapter onto the Nikon 1 V3 so you can work with all your favorite F-mount glass.  

Pentax K-3 II DSLR

Featuring a 24.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the Pentax K-3 II has a PRIME III image processor, optimized for high-speed shooting at 8.3 frames per second, and a competitive ISO range of 100-51200. Twenty-seven distinct phase-detection points include 25 cross-type for quickly and accurately pinpointing focus. Image quality and overall versatility is improved upon with a selectable anti-aliasing filter to gain higher resolution and sharpness or to protect against moiré. The sensor-shift design compensates for up to 4.5 stops of camera shake, aiding even the most experienced fast-action shooter, especially with longer focal lengths. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates along with time-lapse capture with the interval timer. 

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

For those wanting to take advantage of Fujifilm’s history in traditional film-based photography, several Film Simulation modes mimic some of the classic film types in the compact Fujifilm X-T1, which offers a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR Processor II, both contributing to its top continuous shooting rate of 8 frames per second. The expandable ISO range, from ISO 100-51200 is equally competitive, as is its proprietary X-Trans sensor, which takes advantage of a randomized pixel array instead of the more commonly used resolution-reducing optical low-pass filter. Digital Split Image and Focus Highlight Peaking enable fast and efficient manual focusing. Built-in wireless connectivity allows for instant sharing of photos and videos to your Android or iOS mobile device, as well as remote camera control and monitoring.

Sony a77II DSLR

The Sony a77II features a 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor that work together to produce continuous shooting at up to 12 fps for as many as 26 RAW frames. Translucent Mirror Technology enables the 79-point AF system with 15 cross-type points to work seamlessly while photographing in continuous shooting mode or while recording video and it enables full use of live view and the electronic viewfinder during shooting. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at both 60 and 24 fps. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC are both available without a complex setup.

Sony a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera

For a smaller and more compact Sony body, the 14.25 ounce Sony a6300 is an advanced mirrorless option featuring a redeveloped 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor that work simultaneously to produce continuous shooting up to 11 fps. A 425-point phase-detection system with a 169-area contrast detection system allows for High-density Tracking AF for increased accuracy when following moving subjects across the image frame. Due to the on-sensor design of the AF system, it also works when shooting UHD 4K video, which is possible at a high 100 Mbps for maximum quality. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC are also supported in the a6300 for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites.

Sony RX10 Mark II

For those wanting everything (or as close to everything as technology will allow) in one package, the Sony RX10 Mark II offers a 20.2MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with a Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 lens. This all-in-one camera offers a flexible built-in zoom that eliminates the need to carry additional lenses. Its constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 and sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 provides excellent low-light capabilities. The BIONZ X processor enables continuous shooting up to 14 fps and contributes to the camera’s precise and speedy autofocus, as well as UHD 4K video recording. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC round out the RX10 Mark II for direct sharing, as does its moisture- and dust-resistant construction, a built-in pop-up flash, and the Sony Multi-interface shoe for connecting flashes, microphones, lights, monitors, and other accessories.

Only the Beginning…

While far from exhaustive, this list is meant to be a springboard into the pool of advanced, fast cameras 2016 has to offer for all of you sports and wildlife enthusiasts. As every photographer knows, cameras are only going to get smaller, faster, and more technologically advanced as the year goes on. 


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I'm looking for a good camera to take photos of farm machinery. Usually outside with a wide variety of lighting conditions, usually somewhat bright and harsh. The equipment would typically be in motion (4-10 mph) but also still at times. I would also use it for some stills and come close ups of specific parts and such. Sometimes against black dirt, sometimes against a golden, freshly harvested crop. Given the nature of the subjects it would also be somewhat prone to dust and dirt exposure. What would you recommend?

Hi Ben,

A great camera to consider for your needs is the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera with 16-80mm Lens B&H # NID5001680, which is great in various light conditions and is environmentally sealed against moisture, dust or dirt.  https://bhpho.to/2fH5kHY


Hey Kirk, my wife and I are needing something to take quality pictures of her and the dog at shows. The venue is usually indoors with poor lighting. I like the idea of sticking with a mirrorless and especially am drawn to the Sony A6300. My only experience is with an Olympus EPL1 and results have been poor. I'm open to suggestions of anything but would like to stay below $1000. Below $800 would be ideal.


From my own experience with it, the Sony A6300 would be an excellent choice for your application, based on its low light performance, fast continuous shooting rate and fast autofocus. However, once you add on a zoom lens, that will bring you beyond your budget of $800.  One such kit is the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-70mm Lens Kit B&H # SOA6300BQ. The next step down from this is the A6000, which has an ISO range that is lower than that of the A6300, but it more affordable.  That comes in a basic kit with the E 16-50mm lens, B&H # SOA6000BK.  https://bhpho.to/2aME5cr  https://bhpho.to/2nvqdKU


I am looking for a camera to start taking family pictures and action shots as my family drag races and attends classic car events I was looking at the Nikon d5600 camera kit with the 18-140mm &70-300mm lens but I have no idea if that is what would be best for me would like to stay around 1000-1500 if I can thanks

For your needs, I feel the Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera (Body Only) B&H # NID7200 is going to be a better option for a few reasons. One reason is the better autofocus system while another is the larger buffer.  Also, you would have a larger range of lenses to use with it.  You can purchase the Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR Lens  and the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens along with this body with a special bundle offer which is valid until June 2, 2018.  You can find the lenses under “Build Bundle” on the item page for the D7200.  https://bhpho.to/2b1plpT

I need a family camera that can give me the best fast action continuous sports shots, indoors, for fencing action shots and footage. Most of what I see seem to be in the $1000/£800 + UK price bracket where as my limited budget is less than half that. I am desperate to take some quality shots (or at least the best I can) for my competitive family but there seems to be so much out there and its all very confusing for someone like me. I keep thinking Ive narrowed it down (seen Panasonic Lumix/Sony DSCRX100/Nikon D3200) but then the market seems to change again.  Would really appreciate some help in the best I can get in my budget. Thank you! 

 You may want to consider a bridge type point and shoot camera, since it would give you plenty of zoom in a smaller form factor.  The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera B&H # PADCFZ80B is one option that will give you those attributes as well as a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a continuous shooting rate up to 10 FPS.  https://bhpho.to/2o2uUIF

Hello!  Please help me with the best 4k dslr for shooting basketball video.  Thank you!  

When shooting Video for a fast moving sport like basketball solid Auto Focus will be the the most important feature you need.  The Sony A6500 with 18-105mm PZ lens is the perfect choice for this.  You'll have a versatile lens with a great range and power zoom, along with what many consider the best Video Auto Focus performance for a DSLR/Mirrorless camera.



I have used a Canon 70D for the past few years and really enjoyed it. I have used it for real estate photography and studio apparel/retail photography, and it really is a great camera for the money. Now I am looking to buy a camera for myself, and I'm thinking about getting the 80D but also wondering if I should make the jump to full-frame. I don't want to spend a lot, and I'm not sure if I really NEED a full-frame camera or if I just want one :) I was convinced to get the 80D, but then I did a backstage shoot at a theatre rehearsal (just for fun) with the 70D and really felt the lack of quality in lower light scenarios. I'm also open to upgrading to a full-frame somewhere down the line, if I don't really need it yet, and keeping whatever I buy now as a backup camera.

I need to take pet photos, both outside and in-studio (though probably more often in studio). I may do some product photography, and I also want to create good-quality videos from time to time. I would really appreciate some recommendations on a good lens setup to start out with as well. I have used Canon's 50mm and 85mm for studio stuff before, and love them, but my home studio is much smaller so perhaps a zoom or a 35mm might be more versatile?

I will answer the question concerning full-frame versus APS-C sensor first (though I will give you options for both).  If you plan to shoot a lot more of the backstage theater rehearsal images and/or you need much better low-light performance, then I would recommend moving up to a full-frame sensor.  One of the main benefits in the larger sensor is the better low-light performance (and, depending on the camera, sometimes also an improvement in dynamic range).  The Canon EOS 6D Mark II would have much better low light performance compared to both the Canon EOS 70D and EOS 80D, though the 80D does surprisingly have about 1.2 stops better dynamic range performance.  For low-light usage, I would definitely recommend the full-frame Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera.  It would have less noise at higher ISO settings and a wider ISO range.  That being said, the Canon EOS 80D does offer a slight improvement in low-light performance compared to the 70D, just not nearly as much as a full-frame option.  However, a full-frame camera would require you to purchase all new lenses for your real estate photography usage needs, especially if you are using wide angle lenses now and EF-S lenses, which would not be compatible on the full-frame camera.

Now, do you NEED a full-frame camera, as you asked in your inquiry?  It is not a necessity, even if you really want one.  While I do often recommend it for people who are either shooting in low lighting, who need wide dynamic range (such as landscape photographers), or those who are printing larger-than-poster size images (such as some wedding, portrait, and studio photographers), APS-C cameras have come a long way in terms of image quality, and with both better sensors and better RAW converters, and with proper (or decent) exposure, most image files contain enough information to allow you to interpolate the files if you do need to print the occasional large poster image.  However, if you are consistently printing 12x18” or 16x20” images or smaller, or you only post online or use images in a digital format, a full-frame camera may not be a necessity.  Pet photos, indoor and outdoor studio images, product photography, and good quality videos can be taken with a smaller sensor camera (also note that, with the exception of the very top-end options, most professional video camcorders use sensors and image resolutions much smaller than those used in DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras).

If you have really enjoyed your Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera, then I think the Canon EOS 80D would be a good improvement for you.  You will have a nice jump in dynamic range and a slight increase in low-light image quality, along with the performance increases, such as 45 autofocus points, all which are cross-type (compared to 19 on the 70D), an increase in overall image resolution, and a larger RAW buffer when shooting burst images (which may be convenient for your pet photos).  For video recording usage, the 80D also includes a headphone jack so you may monitor the incoming audio.  As the sensor size remains the same, your 50mm and 85mm lenses will operate the same as they did on your 70D.  If you are in a smaller space and you want a zoom lens for use with your camera, I would recommend the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon, B&H # SI183518DCC, or the more economical Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Canon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors, B&H # SI175028CA, for your usage needs.  For wide angle interior photos for real estate or for large indoor groups, I would recommend the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens For Canon Cameras, B&H # SI102035C, for your usage needs.

If you decided to go with a full-frame camera, as long as the 50mm and 85mm lenses you list are designed for the Canon EF lens mount, they would be compatible for use with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera.  Just note their angle of view will be slightly wider than you may currently be used to on your 70D (which would be good in a smaller space).  However, if you still want a wider zoom lens for the full-frame camera, I would recommend either the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, B&H # CA247028LII, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras, B&H # TA247028C, or the Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS, B&H # TA287528CAF.  For a wide-angle zoom lens, I would recommend either the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens, B&H # CA163528LEF3, or the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon, B&H # TO162828FXC.  All lenses are listed in the order in which I recommend them in their respected focal length ranges.

I do a lot of horse pictures so need a camera that can shoot in coninuous mode. My issue is that after shooting in the burst mode some of the cameras I've tried take too long to process the burst and stop me from shooting more photos until that burst is uploaded to the cameras storage.  Is there a camera you would suggest that will let me keep shooting in continuous burst mode but then not take so long to process so I can keep shooting photos?  Thank you!

HI Heather,

What I would recommend for your needs is the Nikon D500, B&H # NID500, which has a large buffer for writing the data and the ability to shoot up to 10 FPS. https://bhpho.to/2bstdib


I shoot a lot of videos for youtube of my rc cars they reach speeds between 20mph and 50 mph, I have used every gopro up too hero 4 and sony hdr asv  cams, I also edit a lot of slow motion of these vehicles in action.

The problems I am having with the gopro and sony action cams are... the vehicle being blurry as it passes by, I've read that even tho a gopro states 60 fps, 120 fps and so on that not every frame is being shot clear, maybe only 10 out of 60 fps will come thru clear and maybe less than that... as these action cams are really only good for objects like my rcs t g at are with in 20 feet beyond that they are just a black object.

I am searching for a camera dslr?  mirrorless?  Or camcorder that can keep focus on my rc out too 80 feet, and keep that focus as it comes to with in 2 feet at the speeds in which these rcs can travel, has 4k capabiity, can do do frame rates required for slow motion, and can capture more clear fps for those frame rates than what the gopro are doing, my price range is $1,000 too $1,600 would also like motion tracking with auto focus that can keep the vehicle in focus... and lens suggestions, positive wide angle lens if possible... thank you pls. Help with suggestions

For your stated usage needs, I would recommend the Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Free Accessory Kit, B&H # SOA6500BACK, as a camera with fast autofocus and good tracking.  For lens recommendations, I would recommend either the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Sony E-mount Cameras (Black), B&H # SI1928DNSEB, or the Sony E 20mm f/2.8 Lens, B&H # SO2028Q.  If you would like a wider lens, while it may not be in your current listed budget, the Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens, B&H # SO10184, would be a great option for your usage needs.  The GoPro cameras tend  th have a wide angle of view around 118-122 degrees on the wide end and 64 degrees on the narrow end (depending on the framing; 4x3 W/M/N or 16x9 W/M/N).  The two fixed lenses I listed have an angle of view of around 70-73 degrees, while the Sony zoom lens has an angle of view around 109 degrees.  If you do prefer the wider lens, but need a more economical camera, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Accessory Kit, B&H # SOA6300BBK, would be my recommendation.  The camera is similar to the a6500 except it does not have the in-camera stabilization or the LCD touchscreen with the larger buffer and built-in Bluetooth.  Otherwise, the focusing and tracking would be similar with both cameras.





Hello -  

I am currently using a Canon Rebel T3i with a Tamron 18-270mm lens.  It has been a great multi-use camera over the 7-8 years I have had it.  However, I am starting to be disappointed with my action shots.  My daughters compete in horseback riding and I often shoot in action mode - the photos have become less and less sharp over time, the shutter speed just doesn't seem to be fast enough, and it seems to be working too hard at times to focus properly.  The camera body has gone back to Canon and mirrors were replaced.  What can you recommend for my next step?  Do I need to be looking for a new camera body or would a new lens help instead?...or both?  I like the ease of use of the Tamron lens - wide range without having to changes lenses.  Video & Wifi features are not important.  Thanks in advance for your help! 

What you may want to consider is using the Canon 7D Mark II, B&H # CAE7D2, since it offers the ability to shoot up to 10 FPS in continuous mode and offers very fast autofocus. You may pair this with the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF B&H # TA18400C as a great all around zoom lens. https://bhpho.to/2tZVuG0   https://bhpho.to/2bbWSMt


I want a camera which can shoot my speech and upload in to youtube,  facebook, WhatsApp etc., Apart from taking good photo shots. It could be cost effective. Can anyone suggest the good one please? 

A great camera to consider for your needs is the Sony A6300, B&H # SOA6300BK for its image quality, video features and fast autofocus.


Hi.  Thanks for the info.  Not sure if these cameras are a bit overboard for my needs or not.  I would like to purchase a digital camera that has decent zoom and action shot capability, to record pics and videos of my son’s college lacrosse games.  I would also like it to be simple to upload these photos and videos to the team web site, YouTube, Facebook, etc.  (This would also serve as a general use camera for family photos, videos.)  Looking to upgrade from my iPhone SE camera, which is no longer sufficient for my needs, but I don’t want to break the bank, either.  I’m not a pro, so I don’t want anything TOO complicated.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!

Three cameras I would recommend for your planned usage needs would be the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 Digital Camera with Free Accessory Kit (Black), B&H # PADCZS70BBK, which has a 30x optical zoom, 10 continuous frames per second in burst shooting mode, and built-in optical stabilization, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Digital Camera with Accessory Kit, B&H # SODSCHX80BK, which also has 30x optical zoom, 10 continuous frames per second in burst shooting mode, and built-in optical stabilization, or the slightly larger Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black), B&H # NICPB500B, which has more zoom with its 40x optical zoom, still has optical stabilization, but is slightly slower at 7.4 frames per second in continuous burst mode (still more than fast enough for use with sports photography). All three options have good zoom range, are easy-to-use point-and-shoot digital cameras, and all have built-in Wi-Fi for easy transfer and upload of your images to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. While the above are all near the same price range and are good options, if you nee a more economical option, the Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera (Silver, Refurbished), B&H # NICPA900SR, would be the most economical option I would recommend for your usage needs.





I am so glad I found this information, but I am still confused on which camera to buy.  I am looking to get away from using my phone for pictures and would like a good camera for taking pictures at family functions, as well as my dogs in action.  I am looking for clear clean shots as well as easy to use functions.  I don't care if I need to purchase extra lenses as long as they are easy to put on and off.  

Hi Carrie,

A great camera to consider in your case is the Sony A6300, B&H # SOA6300BK55A, being that it offers very fast autofocus, a fast continuous shooting rate, and excellent image quality. There are also a number of lenses you can easily use with it.  https://bhpho.to/2A72LsS

First, thank you for all the wonderful insight in the articles and responses. I'm so grateful to have stumbled upon this website!

I'm looking to either upgrade my Nikon D60 completely, or maybe find a new lens (from the kit lens) to help my needs. I've managed to make it work for 12 years shooting plants and tiling landscapes.

Recently I've been shooting more speedskating. I'm able to get ok images in the low light situation - with acceptable motion blur - but my main issue is they're sort of grainy. The best balance I've found for shooting is 1/30, f5.6, ISO 800. Being a real amateur I'm not sure I can justify the cost of the D500 (oh but I want it!) but thought to ask if there is something all in around 2000 you might recommend.

Thank you again.

Depending on your budget, I would recommend either the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # NID610, or the Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # NID7500, for your usage needs.  Both cameras are MUCH better in terms of low-light performance, dynamic range, and color depth as well as improved performance.  Both cameras have almost 2 EV more dynamic range, have higher image resolution, and would have much less noise at higher ISO ranges, as well as having an expanded ISO range.  The Nikon D60 used a 10 megapixel CCD sensor and had an ISO range of ISO 100-3200.  The Nikon D610 uses a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range of ISO 50-25,600, and the Nikon D7500 uses a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range of ISO 100-1,640,000.  While the Nikon D60 had a burst rate of 3 frames per second, the Nikon D610 has a burst rate of 6 frames per second, and the D7500 has a burst rate of 8 frames per second.  Both have better performance for both sports/action and low-light photography performance.  Of the two cameras, the Nikon D610 DSLR camera would be the better performer in low-lighting and has less digital noise when shooting at higher ISO settings.  However, do note that the Nikon D610 is a full-frame camera.  While you may use Nikon DX lenses designed for the smaller APS-C sensor on the camera, there will be a crop factor when using the DX lens on the camera.  However, using a DX lens on the Nikon D610 will crop the sensor down from 24 megapixels to 10 megapixels.  The good thing is, this is the same resolution as your current Nikon D60 DSLR camera, but would still have better low-light performance and faster burst speed, all while using your same lenses.  The Nikon D7500 DSLR camera uses the same size APS-C sensor as the D60, so all of your current lenses will work on the D7500 with no crop factor issues.  I would highly recommend either of these options for your usage needs.  If you need a more economical option, my final recommendation would be the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # NID5600B.




Thanks! Super helpful. Went with the 7500! Can't wait for it to get here :) 

I have been studying camera bodies and lenses that will give me very sharp photos, fast speed and I want touchscreen. I also want good quality video with excellent auto focus. I am considering Canon 80D and Nikon D500. Are there telephoto lenses (200 - 400 mm) that work well with video on these cameras? I want both still and video photography for an upcoming trip to Africa. The wildlife is amazing - we've been twice before and I decided last time that I had to upgrade my equipment.  Thank you!

Hi Janet,

Both the Canon 80D and Nikon D500 are excellent cameras, but I would recommend the D500 for the faster continuous shooting rate as well as the higher ISO range. A lens that is suitable for the D500 in the range that you mentioned is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens B&H # NI20050056VR which will provide you with fast autofocus and a constant aperture. https://bhpho.to/2c9sfYl

Hey I am having a hard time picking out a camera that would work best for me. I am going to europe this summer and would like to bring a camera with me besides the one on my phone to take high quality photos during the day and night, but also one that can focus fast and take continuous photos if needed. I also take pictures of family at sporting events or of our dogs. If it had a way that i could send the photos from the camera to my phone as well that would be amazing. Can you please help recommend a camera for me that is also great for somewhat beginners. Thanks!

A camera such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera B&H # PADMCFZ2500 would be a good companion to your camera phone as it offers good low light performance, continuous video recording internally and a 12 FPS continuous shooting rate for stills. https://bhpho.to/2gmyGMq

Hi. I am really having a hard time figuring out what camera I need. There are just so many.  I want a camera, that can shoot decent range for my sons golf tournaments, fast sports shots for other sons basketball and baseball and great motion shots for my daughters gymnastics and great portraits just in general.  I want it to have that professional quality. My budget is $1000.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me. 

Hi Josie,

Among the cameras in the article, the best one within your budget would be the Pentax K3 II, B&H # PEK32. As for a suitable lens to go with this for sports photography, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF B&H # TA7020028MP would be ideal for its long range and large constant aperture of f/2.8.  https://bhpho.to/2saAevS  https://bhpho.to/2hCpWTK

My son has a Canon T6i, but is looking to upgrade. What is a good camera for filming Football, recording video in 1080, recording slow motion and taking pictures?

If you need the camera to have 1080p HD video resolution and slow-motion capabilities while being an upgrade to the Canon EOS T6i DSLR cameras, that limits the available options greatly.  However, the options I would recommend for your usage needs would be either the Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only), B&H # SOA9B, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens,  , or the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens, B&H # SOA6300BK, for your usage needs, depending on your budget.  All three have slow-motion capabilities at 1080p HD video resolution, which is not currently available on any Canon EOS DSLR camera, and would be excellent for photographing sports and capturing images due to their fast autofocus speeds and great motion tracking.




Good morning. Looking for an all in one camera (no lens change outs please) that can capture my kids best in a gym playing basketball.  Would like to keep it under $1000, if possible and ease of use is important. I've missed so many great shots over the years -- dark gyms and blurry action shots. Thanks so much!

Hello Traci,

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, B&H # PADMCFZ1000K, would be an excellent choice in terms of image quality, zoom range, continuous shooting and ease of use.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1073850-REG/panasonic_lumix_dmc_fz1000_digital_camera.html

Thanks so much. I will check it out!

Hi there.  I shoot birds with a 7Dii, 400mm.  However, I am going on a work trip to a tropical country where I won't be able to have my big rig with me on the job site. There are going to be birds EVERYWHERE and I want a point and shoot to have in my pocket so I can at least take ID shots.  What is the best little camera with the longest reach and decent image quality?  Would like to cap the cost at $500 if possible.  Thanks!

Hello Bec Bee,

A good option to consider within your budget and with plenty of zoom is the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera B&H # PADCFZ80B.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1304874-REG/panasonic_dc_fz80k_lumix_dmc_fz80_digital_camera.html

Hello! Hoping you might be able to suggest a camera for me. I take a lot of pictures at friends weddings and one of my friends wants me to be her photographer (small wedding.) You see, the problem is I’m used to using an iPhone for the pics I take.  I’m hoping I can find a camera that auto focuses quickly, focuses well with both indoor and outdoor lighting and can take multi shots of dancing without being blurry. Hoping to keep it under $1000. Thanks in advance :)

Hi Christina,

The Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses Kit B&H # NID7200DZLK would be a great option for your needs.  It offers a standard and telephoto zoom lens, great image quality with a large buffer and the ability to shoot up to 6 FPS continuously. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1366792-REG/nikon_13533_d7200_dual_zoom_lens.html


Hi there, I was wondering if you could recommend me a good camera to bring with me to Alaska in March. I am going to catch the Northern lights there and not sure what camera will best for the night time photography as well as daytime (wildlife photography). I am also looking for something light, with a limit to 1k. 

Hello Mia,

Based on your budget and the subject matter in which you are shooting, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens B&H # SOA6300BK would be the best option for you.  This camera would be excellent in low light, user friendly and offers fast AF and a fast continuous shooting rate up to 11 FPS. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1222773-REG/sony_soa6300bk_alpha_a6300_mirrorless_digital.html

Thank you in advance

Looking for a camera that is good at action shots.  My main use is for gymnastics meets where lighting can be poor and different at each venue. 

Hi Diana,

Being that you’re shooting in low light and shoot sports, the Nikon D500 would be best for your needs. It would offer a very high ISO range up to 16400000, 10 fps in continuous shooting mode, and very fast autofocus.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1214161-REG/nikon_1559_d500_dslr_camera_body.html

I need a camera for marching band and indoor drumline fast moving shots as well as stills also need crisp clear zoom shots,  everyone I know recommends Nikon but which is the best for the money ?

Hi Vanessa - 

Nikon is a terrific choice:

As the flagship model within Nikon's DX-format DSLR line, the D500 is characterized by its robust physical construction, apt imaging capabilities, and of course, a more compact, sleek form factor than its FX brethren. Revolving around a 20.9MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, this camera appeals to both still and video shooters with its fast 10 fps continuous shooting rate and 4K UHD video recording abilities. The sensor and processor also combine to avail a native sensitivity range up to ISO 51200, which can be further expanded to ISO 1640000 for working in dark and difficult lighting conditions. Benefitting the fast shooting performance, the D500 is also characterized by its expansive Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which features 99 cross-type points for fast performance and accurate subject tracking capabilities. While sleek in stature, the D500 is by no means slim on functionality and versatility.

Besides the imaging assets, this advanced DSLR also features an impressive handling design that incorporates a 3.2", 2.36m-dot, tilting LCD touchscreen, which affords a comfortable means for working from high and low angles. An updated version of SnapBridge is also featured, which provides Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy technology for linking your mobile device for wireless image sharing. In addition to the convenience features, the D500 is housed within a durable magnesium alloy chassis that is both dust- and weather-sealed for working in inclement conditions and harsh environments.

The Canon 7D Mark II  would be a fine choice at its current promotional pricing and it comfortably performs in a range of challenging situations, and while ideally situated as a tool for sports and wildlife photographers, it resides equally as well in the hands of contemporary multimedia image-makers.

Would the Canon 77D be a good choice to take action shots inside and outside? Judging by samples it takes great pictures

Hi Dan - 

It would be an excellent choice indoors or out!  The 7D Mark II comfortably performs in a range of challenging situations, and while ideally situated as a tool for sports and wildlife photographers, it resides equally as well in the hands of contemporary multimedia image-makers.

Hi, my son runs track, indoor track and cross country ...any recommendations on an affordable camera that would take decent pictures...I was looking at the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR would that be a good option or something else under $500 dollars ? Thanks 

I need a good camera for action pictures both  indoor and out. I currenly have a Canon Rebel Eos that does not shoot well indoors. Pictures are dark and grainy. 

I'm looking for a good inexpensive action camera to take various types of action shots inside and outside and I was looking at the Canon EOS REBEL T7i. Would that be a good choice?

Hi Brad,

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i would be a great choice for your needs being that it can shoot up to 6 fps and it offers a very high ISO range. 

How does the a77ii handle indoor action sport's such as gymnastics? I have grown up using Minolta and then transitioned into the Sony alpha family and currently use an a6000 which handles outdoor just fine but I am getting grainy images when shooting indoors. I would prefer to keep all my camera's in the Sony family if at all possible but need to the correct equipment for the job. Thank you 

Andrew Powell 

Aperture Imagery 

Hi Andrew - 

This camera will perform well indoors.  Most professional sports photographers will go to a high powered flash when shooting indoor action though.

Expand your shooting possibilities with the advanced HVL-F43M External Flash from Sony which offers complete ADI / P-TTL support, Quick Shift Bounce technology, and wireless TTL ratio control. The flash offers a powerful guide number of 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm as well as a zoom head with a range of 24-105mm on full-frame cameras. This coverage can be extended to 15mm with use of the built-in wide-angle diffusion panel. Also, the Quick Shift Bounce system is implemented in this model which enables 90° pivot both left and right for keeping the flash head and LCD panel properly oriented, even when shooting vertically. Tilt is possible as well with an excellent range from -8 to +150°.

Wireless TTL is possible as both a controller or as a remote flash and the HVL-F43M has the option for ratio control, allowing users to control the output levels of 3 different flash groups (A, B, C) in relation to one another. This unit also features an LED light with an output of 1200 lux at 1.6', which makes this flash extremely useful to shooters constantly switching between stills and video. General shooting settings include slow, high-speed, first and second curtain sync as well as a recycle time of 0.1 to 5 seconds, depending on the power setting. Additionally, it runs on 4 AA batteries and comes with a terminal protector cap, mini-stand, and carrying case.

This unit is compatible with Sony's Multi Interface Shoe and is not natively compatible with the older Sony/Minolta Auto-Lock Accessory Shoe. Though, with the use of ADP-AMA Shoe Adapter, Sony cameras with the Auto-Lock Accessory Shoe can be adapted to use Multi Interface Shoe external flashes with full compatibility.

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