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 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.

Hello, i want a camera for wild life. I will be using it for dogs and cats, and when i go hiking or on trips. I want one for budget use and another that is a it pricy but worth it. Any ideas?

Hi HM -

At the low-end:

Please consider the COOLPIX L340 Digital Camera from Nikon. Using a 20.2MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor combined with a 28x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED VR lens, users will be able to create sharp, high-resolution images in a variety of situations, thanks to a vast 22.5-630mm zoom range. Also, the power of the EXPEED C2 image processor will help reduce noise in low-light conditions at sensitivities up to ISO 1600 and enable continuous shooting at up to 1 fps. A Dynamic Fine Zoom setting can further increase the camera's reach to 56x while built-in Vibration Reduction will minimize the effects of camera shake.

At the higher end:

Providing speed, reach, and versatile recording features, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV from Sony is a compact solution for the multimedia image-makers. Featuring an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the RX10 IV is capable of up to 24 fps shooting at ISO 12800, as well as recording UHD 4K/30p or Full HD 1080/120p video. The sensor's back-illuminated and stacked technologies afford a high degree of image quality with notable clarity and reduced noise to suit working in challenging lighting conditions. Complementing the shooting speed of the sensor and processor combination, this camera also offers a quickened 315-point focal plane phase-detection autofocus system for focus speeds as fast as 0.03 seconds.

Balancing the imaging capabilities, the RX10 IV is also characterized by its 25x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, which spans an impressive 24-600mm equivalent focal length range and uses Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake by up to 4.5 stops. Its optical design incorporates eight extra-low dispersion elements and six aspherical elements to control a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range, and its f/2.4-4 maximum aperture range benefits working in low-light conditions.

What about a 400 or 500 camera? sorry to keep bugging you. 

Hi HM -

The black Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V Digital Camera is a high-zoom camera that offers ease of use akin to a point-and-shot, but with the design and control of a DSLR. It features a 20.4MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X Image Processor for notable low light performance, as well as a 50x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T lens with a 100x Clear Image Zoom. A 4.3-215mm focal length with a 35mm equivalent of 24-1200mm allows this lens significant wide-angle and considerable telephoto shooting abilities. It also features a wide 2.8 aperture, which is especially useful in low-light as it allows for brighter images.

A 3" Xtra Fine 921k-dot tilting LCD monitor as well as an electronic eye-level viewfinder allow you to view and compose high-quality images. Capture full HD 1080p AVCHD video at 60p and 24p and use the optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization to compensate for camera shake in order to provide clearer images. This is especially useful in low light and when using the longer focal lengths. For sports photography and during motion-filled photo capturing moments, the HX400V features 10 frames per second continuous shooting at the full 20.4MP resolution, which ensures sharp, clear images that are less likely to be missed.

I am looking for a budget priced digital camera that would allow me to take photos of my grandkids at sporting events such as football ,volleyball ,and basketball. I would like one that I can use with a telephoto lens. I am definitely an amateur photographer. Any suggestions?

Hi Cathie - 

Please consider the COOLPIX L340 Digital Camera from Nikon. Using a 20.2MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor combined with a 28x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED VR lens, users will be able to create sharp, high-resolution images in a variety of situations, thanks to a vast 22.5-630mm zoom range. Also, the power of the EXPEED C2 image processor will help reduce noise in low-light conditions at sensitivities up to ISO 1600 and enable continuous shooting at up to 1 fps. A Dynamic Fine Zoom setting can further increase the camera's reach to 56x while built-in Vibration Reduction will minimize the effects of camera shake.

I am looking to upgrade from the Canon Rebel T5.  I like taking action sport shots of soccer, football, lacross, volleyball and wildlife.  I have the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II USM.  As we move into HS and beyond sports, the play is often at dusk to dark on poorly lit fields or in poorly lit gyms.  I am looking to be able to capture the action without much noise.  I use LR and am learning PS for image development, but my goal is to get it done in camera as much as possible.   I was thinking the Canon D5 Mark IV.  Thoughts?


I am looking for a camera that can take outdoor photos in various light settings and be compatible with additional lenses; teloscopic lenses, etc. as well as capture a clear image of a moving subject. This is mainly for use in nature and animal photography. Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you,


Hi Austin,

A great camera to consider for your needs is the Canon 7D Mark II, B&H # CAE7D2. This camera would offer high resolution, a fast image processor, fast autofocus and the ability to shoot up to 10 frames per second in continuous mode.  A great lens to go with that is the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF B&H # SI1506005CC, which gives you a long range for shooting wildlife.


I am looking for a camera that will easily take outside shots, in varied lighting for Cross Country runnning meets, and indoor track meets.  I don't want to spend a ton of $.

Thanks for any help!


Hi Stacy - 

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Digital Camera from Sony is a compact, point-and-shoot camera that features a large 20.2MP, 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor producing high resolution still imagery and internal-recording UHD 4K video up to 30 fps, and super slow-motion video up to 960 fps. This sensor's design utilizes a stacked CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip and backside-illuminated technology to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions as well as low-noise imagery and a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800. The DRAM chip is integrated into the sensor, and combined with the BIONZ X processor allows for fast readout speeds, burst shooting up to 14 fps, and a maximum physical shutter speed of 1/3200 sec and a maximum electronic shutter speed of 1/32000 sec.

hello , im looking to get into taking pictures and video for high school american football , both day and night times , i have been looking into the Canon 80D , my price range isnt the best ($800 the highest) but i can get a canon 80D for $800 used , any suggestions ? 

Hi Fernando,

For this inquiry, please e-mail us directly to askbh@bandh.com so we can assist you further. Thank you.

Hi, I am needing an affordable camera that will take pictures in low light sometimes of Barrel Racing - mainly slower action shots around the barrels and for cheerleading. I would like to stay under $800 if possible. any suggestions?

Hi Tina,

For your needs, I recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera B&H # PADMCFZ1000B as it would be great in low light and fast with autofocus as well as continuous shooting.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1057135-REG/panasonic_dmc_fz1000k_lumix_dmc_fz1000_digital_camera.html

Hello there.

Hope all is well. 

I need an upgrade from my Nikon d3200 but I am stuck. I do the American football pictures of our team,Weddings and portraits . I looked at full frames(all sorts of lenses)but I am getting confused with all the different model's. I am not fussed about being able to film but the pictures need to be on point. Please help 😊 

Thank you 

Hi Mary-Lou - 

Upgrading to a full frame camera makes sense.  Consider the Nikon D750 for starters:

Championing a multimedia approach to photography, Nikon's D750 DSLR is an FX-format camera well-suited to both still imaging and video recording. Featuring a 24.3MP CMOS sensor, along with the EXPEED 4 image processor, this camera is capable of producing high-resolution imagery with smooth color gradations, low noise, and sensitivity to an expandable ISO 51200, at a continuous rate of up to 6.5 fps. In regard to video recording, full HD 1080p/60 is supported, along with the ability to record uncompressed video to an optional external recorder. Working from high and low angles is possible due to the tilting 3.2" 1,229k-dot LCD monitor or, for remote shooting, the D750 also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Designed for the contemporary image-maker, this DSLR is poised to benefit still photographers and videographers alike with the versatility and performance to match any working situation.

Benefitting the imaging capabilities of the D750, an equally apt 51-point AF system, with 15 cross-type points, is available and can be configured to utilize five AF points as a single focusing point in the Group Area AF setting for heightened initial subject recognition. The 3D Color Matrix Metering III system, along with the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, also benefits the focusing abilities as well as provides accurate exposure metering to suit a vast array of subjects and lighting conditions. Furthermore, benefitting creative applications, the D750 supports in-camera creation of time-lapse movies with automated exposure smoothing, and a range of Picture Control profiles can be applied to refine the color and tonal handling of imagery.

Included with the D750 body is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens; a versatile wide-angle to telephoto zoom that features a constant f/4 maximum aperture. A pair of extra-low dispersion elements and three aspherical elements control chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while a Nano Crystal Coating helps to reduce lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and clarity. A Silent Wave Motor produces fast, quiet autofocus performance and Vibration Reduction image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake to better enable working in difficult lighting conditions and with slower shutter speeds.

I ama Nature / Wildlife lover using a Nikon P500 at present & wantingvery badly to upgrade. I am looking for possibilities to improve the image  quality without limiting my mobility. What can you suggest ?

Hi Janaka - 

Shoot the moon with the 83x optical zoom COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera from Nikon. The camera has a 16MP CMOS sensor and a built-in lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm. For an even further reach, the camera also has 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, and 332x digital zoom, effectively quadrupling the optical zoom.

The P900 features Dual Detect Optical VR, providing up to five stops of compensation, and reducing the appearance of camera shake in your images. A vari-angle TFT LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder allow you to review and compose images, as well as navigate the menus. The camera also shoots full HD 1080p video, has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, and manual exposure control.

Photographer (my wife) desires an exceptionally reliable camera that is top rated for wildlife images -- not particularly fast moving wildlife but those in marine settings with competing sources of movement, such as wave action, millions of salmon and seagulls, which her current camera (Nikon Rebel) is failing to differentiate from and thus, is focusing on instead of the whales and sea lions and sea otters that she is trying to capture. The result is far more blurred images than clear, sharply focused ones (95% of images with blurred targets). We also need a system that captures wildlife in low light conditions. Ideally, a camera that also captures images of the northern lights (long exposures) in crisp detail. And with an image stabilizing system that is automatic rather one that must be operator adjusted, due to such a short window of time to capture the image (thousandths of a second to capture the marine life when it appears above the water, before returning to the depths) and a high tech device that is also capable of "point-and-shoot" minus the blur of cheap cameras. Ideally, under $1,000.00 USD but will spend whatever it takes to get her a TOP TIER CAMERA that accomplishes what it's used for and is free from the frustration/ disappointment of the Rebel which is grossly inferior despite its high cost and will be sold, because despite all the time to adjust settings and use of a tripod the images are always blurred. 

Hi Marc,

I'm sorry to hear about the frustration your wife had with her Canon Rebel camera. Generally, the Rebel series is the most simple of Canon's line up in terms of the user interface. However, based on the type of imagery she would like to accomplish, the camera would need to be used in manual settings and you would need lenses that a larger maximum aperture to get the best results.  If you stepped outside the budget, that could get you a Canon EOS 7D Mark II body, B&H # CAE7D2.  This would give you a more rugged build quality in the body, a higher ISO range, up to 10 fps in continuous shooting mode and built in GPS.  This would sacrifice a built in image stabilizer, which can be compensated with a lens that offers that feature.  For the lenses to use with the 7D Mark II, the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens for Canon EF B&H # TO112028PDXC, can cover the images of the night sky while the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens B&H # CA702004LIS would offer built in image stabilization which great when shooting wildlife handheld.

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