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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'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?

Hi,

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,

Austin

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.

Hello,

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!

Stacy

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.

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

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