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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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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.

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.

Hi

I have a Canon G16 that I use for UW photos, does a fine job.  Is there any way to add decent telephoto for wildlife shooting if we go to Africa?  Or do I really need a new camera to capture the land critters?

Thanks

I will be graduating college soon and losing access to the Nikon D200 have I have been using for the past few years. I am a cyclist and skier so that makes up the majority of my shooting. I would like a body that can shoot video and photo so I have been looking into the Sony a7s ii, the Nikon D500 and the D810. I like nikons in general but after using a friends sony I found it worth looking into. Any thoughts or suggestions as to which would be best or any other cameras that would suit my needs?

All three of the cameras you list are good cameras, though all three have different designs and would be good for different usage needs.  Both the Nikon D810 DSLR camera and the Sony Alpha a7S II Mirrorless Digital Camera are full-frame cameras, while the Nikon D500 uses the smaller 1.5x APS-C cropped sensor.  The Nikon D810 has the highest resolution of the three cameras, while the Sony a7S II has the lowest resolution, but the best low-light performance and best performance with less noise when using higher ISO settings, which would be beneficial if you are shooting sports in low lighting and need a higher ISO to freeze action.   The Nikon D500 and Sony Alpha a7S II both have tilting LCD screens to assist in shooting at high/low angles for more creative framing, while the LCD screen on the D810 is fixed.  Both the Nikon D500 and the Sony a7S II shoot 4K UHD video, while the Nikon D810 DSLR camera shoots 1080p HD video.  Both Nikon cameras have almost 3x the battery life per charge compared to the Sony a7S II, as the Nikon cameras may shoot approximately 1200 images per charge, versus 370 images per charge with the Sony camera, so you may need more backup batteries when using the Sony battery.  Both the Nikon D500 and the Sony a7S II have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities for transferring images, while wireless file transfer is optional on the Nikon D810 with the purchase of their WT-5A adapter.  The Nikon D500 and Nikon D810 DSLR cameras have dual memory card slots so you may use two cards at once.  The Nikon D500 uses both SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards as well as the new XQD memory card.  The Nikon D810 DSLR camera uses both SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards as well as CompactFlash memory cards.  Both the Nikon D810 and the Sony Alpha a7S II have a burst rate of 5 frames per second, while the Nikon D500 DSLR camera has a 10 frames per second burst rate.  Nikon does have a larger lens library for use on their F-mount, though Sony is adding more lenses to their lineup, and with the use of lens adapters, there are multiple options that would expand the lens choices (and in the case of some Sony/Minolta A-mount lens adapters and Canon EF-mount lens adapters, there are some adapters that will  even retain autofocus and auto exposure capabilities).

All that being said, all are good options.  In terms of image quality, the Nikon D810 would have the highest resolution, best color depth, and best dynamic range of the three cameras.  As such, if you simply needed the best image quality the D810 would work for your needs.  If you often shoot in low lighting and would benefit from a cleaner higher ISO range and built-in image stabilization that would benefit any lens used on the camera, then the Sony a7S II would be recommended.  If you needed the fastest autofocus and fastest burst rate, and do not mind the smaller sensor while benefiting from its crop factor to make your subjects appear closer to you, then the Nikon D500 would be recommended.  While there is no one “right” answer, and your planned usage and budget would be a determining factor in your ultimate purchase, I hope the above shows some of the differences in the cameras you listed and why one may perform better for your needs compared to another option.

wow thanks so much for the awesome in depth response!

Hi, I have a Nikon d5200 with a 70-300mm lense kit and I wanted to upgrade with a faster fps without breaking the bank. I am a mom who likes to take pictures of my kids surfing, which I someties find I miss the shot because my camera seems slow to get the exact shot. Any suggestions would be awesome. Thank you

You might checkout the Nikon D7200.  It would be compatible with all of the lenses you are currently using on the D5200.  It’s a faster camera, with a much better autofocus system, which should help with the camera quickly and accurately finding the focus and then taking the shot.  It also has better image quality and low light performance, as well as a better build (which could be a bonus when shooting on the beach).

Hi! what would be a good beginner camera to take picture of fmx  ? Would need something with a high fps I guess since all the action is over within few seconds. Also what are your opinion on the Pentax K-50? would it do the job? any input would help, like I said im new at this and have no idea where to go! 

Thanks a lot! 

The Pentax K-50 was discontinued by Pentax and B&H has since sold out of all stock.  You could consider its successor the K-70 for an introductory DSLR to start out with for FMX.  It can shoot up to 6fps, and has built-in image stabilization, which gives you stabilization with any of the K-mount lenses on the market.  Though, the AF system isn’t the best on the market. In that price range, you might checkout the Nikon D7100.  It can also shoot up to 6fps, though has a better AF system with more coverage over the frame.  So, this would likely be the better option for shooting fast action. 

Does Nikon make any 10 fps cameras for under $1,000 used?

Best I can find is a D7200, but that is only 6 fps.

I will be going to Yellowstone this month and would like a recommendation for a camera to take wildlife photos in the snow. That said, most viewings will probably be dusk/dawn. Would a superzoom work or would a good DSLR be better?

If you don’t mind the size, I would suggest going with a DSLR.  A DSLR option would have better overall image quality and low light performance.  You might look at the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera Dual Lens Kit.  It would be a great option for starting out with a camera, and would be a great camera to take with you to the national parks.

I would like some advice on purchasing a camera - the one i am currently using is a Kodak 26XIS wide angle.  I need a camera that offers the best value as budget is around £300 ish.  I need to take the highest quality pictures that can be sent to newspapers.  I would like to be able to take sports pictures so a reasonable shutter speed is essential and the best flash as a lot of pictures will need to be taken indoors.  A decent zoom needed also.  Being lightweight is not essential as long as everything else ticks the box.  Any advice appreciated.  Thanks

In that price range, you might look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Digital Camera.  It has one of the larger sensors in that price range, along with a solid image stabilization system, expandable ISO, and a viewfinder.  All of this would allow it to perform solidly in low light conditions.  It also has a lovely 24-720mm zoom lens, and is fairly fast in terms of burst rate, shutter speed, and response time.  The flash is okay, though none of the built-in flashes are fantastic in the point and shoots.  However, the low light capability of the camera should help make up for this.  It has a high resolution sensor along with great image quality as well.

Hi,
Right now I am using Canon 80D with Canon 100 400mm IS ii lens. I want to switch to a camera with higher autofocus capabilities and higher speed. Should i buy 7D mark ii, or 5D Mark iv. Or should i consider buying Nikon D500 with 200 500mm Lens. Or should i wait for new release of Canon camera comparable to Nikon D500. Please advice.

If you are already invested in lenses, then I would likely stick with Canon rather than switching to Nikon.  Both the Canon 5D IV and 7D II have fantastic AF systems and would be a step up from the 80D.  Between the two, I would go with the 7D II if you are looking for speed.  The 7D II has a max burst rate of 10fps and a few extra AF points.  I think it would be the best option for what you say you are looking  for. 

I sold my Nikon coolpix p510 and want to purchase a DSLR. I would be using it for taking pictures of my kids playing hockey, snowboarding, water skiing and landscape pictures. I am so confused by all the reviews as to what would be the best camera. I have been reading about buying a beginner body to start (Nikon d3400) and then buy better lenses. Then I read about mirrorless camera's and get more lost. Any advise would be great. 

Hi Charlene - 

The Nikon D3400 is an excellent choice for the novice DSLR photographer. It's a great camera for family and travel too.  

A sleek and now connected DSLR for all, the black Nikon D3400 is designed to produce better image quality than your smartphone, yet work seamlessly with your mobile devices for sharing your memories. Utilizing a DX-format 24.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, this camera provides a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600 to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions, and the sensor and processor combination also provides a 5 fps continuous shooting rate as well as Full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness and resolution from both photos and videos.

I am looking to upgrade my Canon camera - I take a lot of horse eventing/show juming pics.  Obviosuly a canon would suit for the lenses that I have - but am looking at the Nikon D5500 (?)  Any help would be greatful.  :)  I am asked reguarly for copies of the shots I take - but find the resolution is currently too low to be useful.  Cheers guys.

The D5500 would be a solid option for low light action shots.  While it isn’t the fastest camera in terms of burst rate, it does have great low light capability, which would allow for using higher ISO with less noise.  This in turn would enable you to use faster shutter speeds.  Now, whether or not it would be worth switching from Canon to Nikon might depend on the lenses you have for your current Canon camera.  I would suggest sending us an email letting us know what camera you currently have, your lenses for your camera, and what budget you are looking within.  We could then discus what the best way to go might be.

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I do both motorsport and interior architecture/technology photography. I currently have a Canon 5DMKII. I'd like to get more pixels as well as have an updated AF system. I've been looking and torn between the 5DS/5DSR and the Sony A7RII. I have all canon L glass so the canon is a seamless fit, but the ISO/low light performance is not ideal for shoots on location indoors where I have to use the existing lighting. The sony looks like it would be great for those situations, but being I will need a lens adapter for my canon glass, I'm concerned with how fast and accurate autofocus will be thru an adapter. 

Is there any word on a 5DSII being released soon with stronger low light abilities? 

I am looking for a camera to take pictures of our family at the motocross and enduring/cross country dirt bike tracks as well as my son's football and basketball games.  I am not sure if I should go with a DSLR or a mirror less. I also don't want to break the bank. Do you have any suggestions? There are so many options and I have ready so many different things and I want to make sure I spend my money wisely. Thanks. 

I would go with a Panasonic G7. The reason would be the 4K burst photo modes. Perfect for motocross as you are certain to get those wow shots.

looking for a new bridge camera to shot pictures of my kids (portraits) and action shots of gymnastics, basketball and lacrosse. Need fast shutter speed not to miss a shot and also great end results with clear crisp pictures. I have the canon sx60hs and I think it is very disappointing with action or indoor shots. Blurry action shots and a slow shutter speed. I miss alot of pictures I am aiming for. Please advise

If your SX60 isn’t getting the job done, you might consider going mirrorless.  The Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses would be a solid option.  It’s an extremely fast camera with an excellent autofocus system, which would make it a great option for shooting sports.  It also has a larger sensor than your SX60, which would make it a big step up in terms of low light performance.

Hi it's not really the shutter speed that is the issue with the camera more that it is set to a program mode which means indoors it slows the shutter to allow more light in. This will result in blurry photos. As mentioned the only way to combat this is by a larger sensor camera such as apsc of full frame with some quality lenses. Unfortunately this is why indoor sports photography is expensive job the equipment needed to freeze action in low light is very high end.

So looking to upgrade to a new canon to shoot gymnastics, diving, track, basketball, and cross country photos.  Torn between the 7D mark 2, and the 80D.  Suggestions??

Between the two, I would lean towards the 7D II.  It is a faster camera with a better autofocus system.  This would make it better suited for shooting sports.

I am about to go on a trip to Africa where I will be shooting wildlife and landscapes.  I am not an expert photographer, but looking for soemthing that will give me flexibility to capture everything, while not emcumbering me with too many bells and whistles that I wont necessarily use.  Any advice?

Hi Ray!

Check out some super zooms like the Canon SX60 if you're not interested in changing lenses! Enjoy Africa! Going on safari in both Tanzania and Uganda was quite simply - amazing. Have so much fun!

I am basically a beginner and not very knowledgeable about "iso fstop" etc - nor am I very interested, my hobbies lie elsewhere - I bought a Nikon P600 with 60 x zoom before an Africa trip in 2014. It was phonomenal and I got hundreds of great shots. Sure it's a little slow focusing in zoom mode and I'm sure the high end DSLRs are far superior, but for the ability to capture wildlife for your own memories this camera, with the 60 x zoom was perfect.

I am in the process of looking to upgrade from my Canon Rebel series. I have T4 and T5 with 75-300mm lens and 18-35mm. I just found a love for sports photography. Taking pics of fast action football and basketball mostly. I'm ready to move up to the next level. I was looking at the 70 or 80D. Not sure which would be my Best Buy?

While both would be a step up from the Rebel series, if you are interested in shooting sports, I would go with the Canon 80D over the 70D.  The Canon 80D has a better autofocus system which should be faster, more accurate, and more sensitive in lower light.  This would definitely give it a significant advantage for sports and action photography. 

I am about to upgrade from my Coolpix P600. I have taken some fantastic birds with this camera and am rather frightened to go to a DSLR when the zoom on mine is 60 optical. Most birds I photograph are in the wild and taken spontaneously as I ramble around. I am totally confused. I want to be able to take landscapes and sunsets and the odd portrait too. The choice is really difficult.

You might consider going micro four thirds instead of DSLR.  You would be able to find super telephoto lenses that will be far more compact and light weight than the options on the market for a DSLR.  This could make the M43 system a better option for stepping up from the P600.  You might look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera.  It has the feel of a DSLR in a smaller form factor.  The camera has a fantastic image stabilization system, and is quite fast.  This would be great for shooting action such as wildlife.  As for lenses, you might look at the G85 kit with the 12-60mm lens to start with as a walk around lens.  Then, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens would be a great option for taking photos of birds.  You could also look at a wide angle lens such as the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens for landscapes.

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