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10 Recommended Cameras for Sports, Wildlife, and Action Photography

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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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Hello I'm I looking for a good camera for sports shots  , I really like photography and i would like to take portraits with the camera too. (Price range : 700-2500)

Hi Alexandra -

Point and Shoot:  

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.

HDSLR:

Step up into the full-frame game with the EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera from Canon, which is made available here with the EF 24-105mm f/4 IS II USM Lens. Making high-performance full-frame imaging more accessible, the 6D Mark II makes numerous advancements over its predecessor to improve upon every aspect of image capture and creation. The main update comes in the form of a 26.2MP CMOS sensor and the use of the DIGIC 7 Image Processor to deliver sharper, more vivid imagery in a variety of shooting situations. This setup offers an improved native sensitivity range of ISO 100-40000, which can then be expanded to ISO 50-102400, as well as speedy shooting rates of up to 6.5 fps.

I am looking for the best camera that give me great quality shots. I would want to take great quality shots with action, like soccer games, volleyball games, and photos of the family dog, with no bluring.

What camera(s) would you recommend? 

Hi Savannah - 

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.

Thank you! Is there one you would recommend in the 500- or less price range?

Hi Savannah - 

Blending an all-in one zoom, 4K video recording, and versatile still shooting capabilities, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 from Panasonic is a multi-faceted point-and-shoot optimized for the multimedia image maker. Featuring a 12.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, the FZ300 is capable of recording up to 60 fps with an electronic shutter, 12 fps with a mechanical shutter, or 30 fps using the unique 4K Photo Modes. Working in low-light is benefitted by a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 along with 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ image stabilization to minimize camera shake during HD video recording. The 24x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens covers a 25-600mm equivalent focal length range and has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for consistent performance from wide-angle to super telephoto. For composing imagery, configuring shooting settings, and reviewing your photos and movies, a large 3.0" 1.04m-dot free angle touchscreen LCD is available, as well as a 1.44m-dot OLED Live View Finder for eye-level monitoring. Able to handle nearly any image-related task, the FZ300 is a versatile camera well-suited to advanced photo and movie recording applications.

Hi I am looking for the best All in one camera capable of good zoom and great image quality. Fast speed for motorsports. Was thinking of Panasonic FZ2500 or the Sony RX10 mk3.

Any others to pick from? Which should I choose?

Hi Chris - 

Both are solid choices, Chris.  I am partial to the Sony as it offers a longer zoom range and 14 fps Continuous Shooting:

Blending fast performance with long reach, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III from Sony is a versatile digital camera optimized for multimedia image-makers working in a broad variety of situations. Featuring a large 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which utilizes both back-illuminated and stacked technologies, a high degree of image quality can be attained, with notable clarity, reduced noise, and sensitivity to ISO 12800. The sensor's design also integrates a dedicated DRAM chip to provide faster readout speeds that, when combined with the BIONZ X image processor, avail fast continuous shooting up to 14 fps. This also helps to reduce unwanted distortion caused by rolling shutter, and permits recording UHD 4K30 video internally, as well as slow motion Full HD 1080p video at 960 fps. Equally as impressive as the imaging capabilities, the RX10 III 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. 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. Mixing speed and reach, the RX10 III is well-suited to the photographer or videographer looking for the all-in-one camera to handle a variety of working situations.

Hi I am looking for the best All in one camera capable of good zoom and great image quality. Fast speed for motorsports. Was thinking of Panasonic FZ2500 or the Sony RX10 mk3.

Any others to pick from? Which should I choose?

Hi :)

I'm looking for a camera that I can use to take clear photographs at gigs.  I want to get action shots of the bands without movement blurs and I would like if it could perform in low light without a flash. Anyone got any suggestions?

Thanks

Bee 

Also I would like a decent amount of optival zoom.

A good camera to consider for your needs is the Sony A6500 B&H # SOA6500B, which has a very high ISO range. When coupled with fast lenses like the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens B&H # SO247028GM, you would get some great images of those bands.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1289585-REG/sony_alpha_a6500_mirrorless_digital.html  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1222774-REG/sony_sel2470gm_fe_24_70mm_f_2_8_gm.html?sts=pi

Hi!  Beginner here........I'm looking for a camera that can do action shots for football as well as baseball.  Needing a lense that could get close and far away that wouldn't require changing out lenses all the time.  

I'd recommend the new 100-400mm, extra reach and a great, sharp lens. I use it on the 7d MkII for baseball to birds.

Hello,
I was hoping you could help me. I'm looking for a camera that can shoot mainly soccer games. Lots of action shots. My budget isn't more than 600. Can I still get a camera that will consistently take good quality action photos? I've been told the Sony a6000 and the Nikon P900 but the Nikon in reviews says the cameras pic aren't very good. They just all talk about the zoom. The Sony doesn't have image stabiliser so wasn't sure if that's good or not. 

Just as I make up my mind I read more on the internet and start back at square one. 

I hope you can help. Thank you for your time. 
 

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the photos I’ve seen coming from the Nikon P900. Though, it is a point and shoot, so it does have its limitations and won’t perform as well as a mirrorless option when it comes to action photos. The a6000 would perform better for action shots: it is a faster camera with a better autofocus system. Though, you would be looking at spending a bit more than $600 to get the a6000 with a lens. Though, if you can spend a bit more than $600, you could look at the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens. The 16-50mm would have stabilization built-in.

I am seeking a DSLR camera that is great in low lilght (night time shots), plus good with action. I am considering opening up a photography studio by next year this time. I am not a professional, however, should be by next year this time. I would like a nice camera that I can use in a studio.

For a professional level camera to use for both fast action and studio work, which is also great in low light, you might look at the Nikon D500. It can shoot up to 10 fps, has amazing image quality, and is very good in low light (little noise at high ISO).

I am looking for a camera, lens, and external flash for taking pictures of sports (baseball). Want to be able to reach the outfield from the stands without getting grainy or dark. Some of the kids' games are at night as well. The person going to be using the camera is a beginner when it comes to the DSLR game. 

You might look at the Nikon D5500. It is a great option for an introductory DSLR, while also being a solid performer for low light. If you need a telephoto zoom lens for shooting sports in low light, a 70-200mm f/2.8 would be your best bet. You could consider the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon. Together, the D5500 and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 should be capable of getting some great sports shots even in low light. As for a flash, you could look at the Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight. It would be a great option for starting out with the D5500, though you will still likely need to rely on available light when shooting subjects from a distance of the stands to the outfield. Email us with additional questions:

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any good third party speed light you recommend me a few or good third party brands, neewer, or flashpoint im thinking about those two...i will mostly be doing sports, and party events, fashion shows and weddings in very very low lights....thanks!

We would be more than happy to assist you with this. For this inquiry, please e-mail us directly to askbh@bandh.com with information about the camera system you own so we can direct you towards the correct flash unit.  Thank you.

I have a Panasonic lumix fz100 I love for sports. Indoor quality is poor and we are not able to enlarge pictures from it without it getting grainy. I am looking to replace it with something similar in for with clearer pictures and the ability to print larger with same quality.

A great option in camera for enlargements and for shooting sports is the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens B&H # CAE7D218135.  It offers high resolution, a fast image processor, and the ability to shoot up to 10 frames per second in continuous mode.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081810-REG/canon_9128b016_eos_7d_mark_ii.html

My 6 year old 7D is toast. Looking for a new camera. I shoot mostly youth sports, action and team shots. Should I stick with the 7D or switch to the 5D?

For action and sports, I would likely go with the 7D II over a 5D model. The 7D II is an excellent option for shooting sports/action. It is a fast camera with a great AF system. And, the crop factor can be a bonus for sports, as it gives your lenses more reach.

Agreed, I really like my 7d MkII which I updated to from the original. 

I currently own a D7100 and use a Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX ED.  I like to shot sports photography (soccer, baseball, football), travel (landscapes/architechure) and portraits.  I am very disappointed with my sports shots (grainy & blurry).  Should I upgrade to the Nikon D750 or D810 and if so, what lens(es) would you recommend?  Or should I invest in a new lens for the D7100?  Thanks!

Hey Wendi!  If you really want a great all around camera, get the D500.  It is still APS-C like your D7100, but the improvements that have been made are vast.  Much better low light capability, it shoots 10 FPS, it uses the new XQD cards or CFast 2.0 cards which greatly improve the amount of photos you can take before you start getting lag in loading.  On my D500, I believe I got to around 70 photos before I noticed anything and I shoot RAW+JPEG.  Also, the ISO levels you can reach without a grainy photo are significantly higher than I've seen on some full frames like the D750 or the D810.  If you were going to only shoot portraits or landscape, I would say get a full frame for the color depth, but all around the D500 will easily fulfull your needs.  Hope this helps!

The D750 would have a slightly faster continuous shooting rate of 6.5 fps over the 5 fps that the D810 offers.  Additionally, the autofocus is also slightly faster with the D750.  I feel that the combination of a D750 and a new lens like the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Nikon F, B&H # TA7020028SPN and a teleconverter like the Tamron Teleconverter 1.4x for Nikon F B&H # TA14XNF to give you more telephoto range.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1317272-REG/tamron_afa025n_700_sp_70_200mm_f_2_8_di.html  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1278451-REG/tamron_teleconverter_1_4x_for_nikon.html/pageID/accessory

I want a camera that will take good sports photos but don't want the learning time of dlrs. I was told look into Panasonic Lumix line.  Can you recommend the best point and shoot for this?

Whether you are shooting an SLR or Point and Shoot there will always be a learning curve, especially when shooting sports/action. I would recommend sending an email to askbh@bphoto.com, let us know the budge you are working with, the kinds of sport you are shooting and conditions you would be shooting in. Once we have a better understanding of what you are trying to accomplish we’ll be better able to suggest something suitable.

Hi, I have a Nikon P510 which I love but its looking rather the worse for wear.  I take a lot of action shots (mostly of dogs), work in poor light sometimes and need something robust that will also take good videos but not weigh a ton - any suggestions (tried P610 and it was poor in comparison).

thanks

Hello. Wondered if you could help me- I've been wanting to buy a new camera for so long now but find it all quite confusing and after 1 bad buy I want to make sure I get the right one to suit my needs this time. I want a camera primarily for wildlife. I suffer with my health so I'm quite stationery - but have bird feeders etc set up where I can take good pics. Lots of trees nearby etc and badgers that visit. I can use a tripod if it's a bit heavy - come to the conclusion I'm going to need to do that rather than settling for a light one that doesn't take good enough photos. I have been looking at things like Nikon P900 bridge, Canon 100d, Nikon 1 V3 (suggested by people on Facebook) or a CSC with a good lens. Would all of those be a step up from my current Lumix FZ38 ? As I'm wanting to go a step better. Any other suggestions? 

I have the Nikon P900 bridge and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I've captured some amazing shots with it and I love it so much. However, I am looking to go a step better with something more advanced! 

If you are interested in a DSLR camera for sports photography needs, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens, B&H # CAE7D218135, would be a good option for your needs, though you would need a longer telephoto zoom lens for sports needs, such as the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon, B&H # TA70300C.  If you are looking for a smaller camera with interchangeable lenses, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses Kit, B&H # SOA6300BK55K, would be a great two-lens kit, while the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses (Black), B&H # SOILCE6000YB, would be a slightly more economical option that would also work for your needs. All of the above cameras would have fast burst speeds for sports photography needs and would have large sensors with great image quality.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 Digital Camera you own is a popular point-and-shoot camera for sports needs.  While the above cameras would have much better image quality, the main benefit of the P900 is its ridiculously long zoom range.  As cameras with smaller sensors can have lenses with insanely long zoom ranges, the P900 is one of the superzoom point-and-shoot cameras with a long zoom.  Unfortuantely, there are no comparable lenses amongst DSLR cameras or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses due to the massive size (and cost) that would be required for the larger sensor.  However, in any case, the above cameras would be good options for a step up to an advanced camera for sports photography needs.

Hi Elizabeth. 

I currently have the Canon Rebel and a hate it. It's heavy and I find it hard to use. I have a very hard time getting the lighting correct and when I take pictures on the beach, I have a hard time with our faces being dark. I want something lightweight, wifi, and easy yet, really good pictures. Quite a wish list! Do you have any suggestions?

If you find your Canon Rebel to be too heavy, you might consider a mirrorless option. The a6300 would be a great camera you could check out. It has amazing auto features, is fairly compact, has lovely image quality, and does have built-in Wi-Fi. With the various auto modes, it should be able to prioritize exposure for your faces when shooting in bright light. Though, if you do consistently experience faces being under exposed when shooting in bright light, you can ask people to take off hats (if they are wearing them), try changing your orientation to the sun, use the camera’s flash to try to fill in the dark areas, or if someone has something bright and reflective with them, you could do a make-shift reflector to bounce some extra light onto the faces.  That being said, the a6300 should have greater dynamic range than your current Rebel, so it should be able to retain more detail in both the lightest and darkest parts of the frame. 

Hi Im new to all cameras In general but I want to jump In and get my feet wet.  I want a camera I dont have to upgrade for a while, and   can shoot wild life, scenery, lighting, etc. I need serious help on what to buy I also just purchased a really good computer for editing of my photographs but I need to know what software to get can you help me on software and a camera please?

Hello, until recently I had been using an older canon rebel model. I am wanting to upgrade to a dslr that can take video and more fps. I am interested in something that will keep up with my 3 sons (all under 5), and my husband also does cowboy action shooting, I would like to start taking short videos of the shooters and get some great action shots. What camera would you recommend? I was looking into a nikon d7100, but then started looking into full frame cameras also. 

Hi Connie -

The Nikon D7100 is a fine choice.  If you are considering a full-frame camera:

Comprising the essential components needed to capture and store high-resolution photographs and movies, the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens and Storage Kit from B&H includes the versatile multimedia DSLR and wide-to-tele zoom lens along with a 64GB SDXC memory card and a 4TB external hard drive for backing-up and saving your files.

  • Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens

    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.

Is this camera good in low light?

If you are referring to Nikon D750, it is excellent in low light. Nikon full frame cameras are pretty much all extremely strong in low light.

they are strong in low lights is it better than canon in low lights? what about the nikon d3400? i like to know what ISO would you recommend not to go over cause i want to set auto ISO but notice pics gets grainy once the ISO gets too high but havent figure out yet which ISO i should try to keep it at no more?

In general, Nikon cameras tend to outperform comparable Canon cameras. As for the Nikon D3400, you should be able to get up to around ISO 1600 before noticing too much noise.

Hello,

I have the Canon SX 60 HS. Would I see a huge difference in image quality if I went to the Canon EOS 80D with lens kit? I started out with the Pentax K1000, 35mm camera way back when, (showing my age), and have had the SX 20, SX 40, and now the SX 60. I love taking photos.

Hi!  I've been shooting with Nikon D90 probably approx 8 years.  Used it mostly for my boys sports, home pics, vacay pics.  Basically all around.  Would like to upgrade.  Was looking at D810.  Would still like to take shots for basketball since son coaches now, but would mostly be home shots, kids/dog, scenery,  etc and vacay.  Would this be too much camera?  Would there be something comparible for less money?

Hi Erin - 

Given that you have used that D90 for 8 years, I'd say you're quite ready for the D810, especially if you are looking for super sharpness and detail in your shots. If the price is a bit breathtaking then take a look at the D500.  

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.

def picky about sharpness.  Was excited about the higher MP and FX format.  Since I'm not at as many sports events since boys graduated.  Would I rather have the MP for other stuff (scenery, etc)?  I'm worried about it maybe being too much camera (D810) or would I be able to learn easily enough about it?  If I'd enjoy it more, I'd be willing to save up a little for the more expensive camera.

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