10 Recommended Cameras for Sports, Wildlife, and Action Photography


Whether you’re shooting a basketball game from the sidelines or the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, you’re going to want a camera with a lens that’s fast enough to catch all 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 has caught 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 2021.

1. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR

Continuing its tradition of flagship DSLRs for action and sports, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III features a 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a DIGIC X processor to enable continuous shooting up to 20 fps in live view, and 16 fps when working with the viewfinder, plus a buffer that allows raw+JPEG bursts of up to 1,000-frame sequences. The refined EOS iTR AF X autofocus system uses 191 points to acquire focus on subjects quickly and accurately, including 155 cross-type points that excel in varied lighting conditions. When working in live view, Dual Pixel CMOS AF uses 3,869 manually selectable points to provide a smooth, natural focusing quality. Face tracking and head detection AF functions use Deep Learning Technology to maintain critical focus on moving subjects, while an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50-819200 allows for greater low-light performance. The EOS-1D X Mark III has been designed for the pro shooter, with a durable magnesium alloy body that is weather- and dust-proof. For motion footage, the camera supports DCI 4K-resolution video recording at up to 60 fps, with 10-bit 4:2:2 color as well as raw 5.5K video, plus Full HD 1080p recording up to 120 fps to allow for slow-motion playback. Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS permit seamless wireless connectivity, and a built-in Ethernet port allows for faster wired LAN file transferring.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera

2. Nikon D6 DSLR

Another flagship DSLR, the Nikon D6 houses a 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED 6 processor, and the high-density Multi-CAM 37K autofocus system featuring 105 cross-type points and 1.6x greater frame coverage than previous models. When working with moving subjects, 17 custom Group Area AF settings can be used to set and maintain focus on subjects featuring busy backgrounds or fast movement. Photographers wanting to capture sports action or animals running at top speeds will benefit from the 14 fps maximum continuous frame rate for up to 200 consecutive frames. Midnight wildlife feed times and night games won’t be as challenging to shoot with the native sensitivity range of ISO 100-102400 and the expanded range of ISO 50-3280000. Photographers who work in video will be pleased with the D6’s 4K UHD video-recording capabilities at 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates, as well as Full HD and HD recording support. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work in conjunction with Snapbridge for seamless wireless file transferring and remote camera control from a mobile device, while a built-in wired LAN function enables a seamless transfer of stills and movie files for expediting an entire post-production workflow. For more robust wireless file transferring, the D6 is also compatible with the optional WT-6A Wireless Transmitter.

Nikon D6 DSLR Camera

3. Nikon D500 DSLR

For flagship performance in a compact DX-format body, the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera remains a proven winner for sports and wildlife shooters on a budget. Featuring a 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 5 processor, this camera provides a top continuous shooting rate of 10 fps for up to 200 frames in a single burst, with full-time autofocus and exposure metering. Slower continuous shooting rates, as well as a Quiet Continuous Mode for noise-sensitive areas, are also available. The native sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, with an expanded ISO 50-1640000, is able to handle tough lighting situations, while the Multi-CAM 20K AF system offers quick response times to benefit tracking fast and randomly moving subjects. The AF engine features 153 total phase-detection points, including 99 cross-type sensors for improved subject recognition, and 55 selectable points for greater compositional freedom. 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.

Nikon D500 DSLR Camera

4. Canon EOS 90D DSLR

Another APS-C offering, this time from Canon, is the Canon EOS 90D DSLR, which features a 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 8 image processor and a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps. This fast action capture relies heavily upon the 45-point all cross-type phase-detection AF system to provide quick and precise focusing in difficult lighting conditions down to -3 EV, making it a great choice for sports and wildlife photographers. The combination of processor and sensor achieves enhanced image clarity, resolution, and dynamic range, along with adept sensitivity up to ISO 25600 and low noise to support shooting in a variety of situations. For those working across platforms, UHD 4K30p and high-speed Full HD 1080p video is supported at 120 fps, while the 5,481-point Dual Pixel CMOS AF system benefits live-view shooting and movie recording by providing smooth, natural focusing quality. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allow you to pair mobile devices with the camera to transfer files wirelessly for sharing your photos and movies online.

Canon EOS 90D DSLR Camera

5. Nikon Z7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera

For a lot of speed in a compact mirrorless body, the Nikon Z7 II combines a high-resolution 45.7MP FX-format BSI CMOS sensor and dual EXPEED 6 image processors for the ability to shoot continuously at 10 fps for up to 50 frames, and a deeper buffer for working with moving subjects. To achieve the greatest sharpness and resolution, the sensor's design omits the conventional optical low-pass filter, and supports a native sensitivity range from ISO 64 to 25600 for lush image capture and reduced noise at high ISOs. The camera’s AF system features an array of 493 phase-detect autofocus points for accurate focusing, while Hybrid AF will further benefit video shooters by automatically switching between phase- and contrast-detect systems to capture all the action with extreme precision. UHD 4K video recording is possible up to 60p and Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow-motion playback. The camera’s in-body 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction compensates for up to 5 stops of camera shake when using Nikon Z-type lenses. And for existing Nikon shooters, this system also enables 3-axis stabilization when using the optional FTZ Adapter with adapted F-mount lenses.

Nikon Z 7II Mirrorless Digital Camera

6. Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR

Featuring a 25.7MP APS-C BSI CMOS sensor, the Pentax K-3 Mark III has a PRIME V image processor, optimized for full-resolution continuous shooting at up to 12 fps, along with UHD 4K video recording at 30p, and a competitive ISO range of 100-1600000. An updated SAFOX 13 AF system features 101 phase-detection points, including 25 cross-type sensors in the middle of the frame, for quick and accurate focusing performance with apt subject tracking capabilities. An advanced 5-axis SR II Shake Reduction system provides 5.5 stops of image stabilization with select lenses to aid even the most experienced fast-action shooter, especially with longer focal lengths. The SR II mechanism also benefits stills applications by enabling a Pixel Shift Resolution feature for richer image detail and resolution, and an AA Filter Simulator function to help mitigate moiré when rendering fabrics and other high-frequency materials.

Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR Camera

7. FUJIFILM X-T4 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-T4, which offers a 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 sensor and an X-Processor 4 image processor, both contributing to its full-resolution shooting rate of 15 fps with a mechanical shutter, 20 fps with an electronic shutter, or 30 fps with an electronic shutter and a 1.25x crop. The expandable ISO range of ISO 160-12800 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. When working in difficult lighting conditions or at slower shutter speeds, the X-T4’s built-in 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization works in conjunction with most X Series lenses to help minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 6.5 stops. Additionally, 4-axis digital image stabilization can be used during video recording to further aid in steadying footage, especially when recording handheld. Integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity allows for instant sharing of photos and videos to your Android or iOS mobile device, as well as remote camera control and monitoring.

FUJIFILM X-T4 Mirrorless Digital Camera

8. Sony a1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Sony Alpha 1 mirrorless is a flagship camera in the truest sense of the word. Its newly developed 50.1MP Full-Frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and revised BIONZ XR image processor enable high-speed shooting up to 30 fps with an electronic shutter and 10 fps with the mechanical shutter, while a large buffer memory permits recording up to 155 compressed raw frames, or 165 JPEGs, in one single burst at 30 fps. The a1’s Fast Hybrid AF system incorporates 759 phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for quick and precise focusing in a variety of lighting conditions with sensitivity down to -6 EV. This focusing system can be used in all recording modes, to benefit stills and video applications. UHD 8K 30p XAVC HS 10-bit 4:2:0 video recording is possible using the full width of the sensor, offering 8.6K oversampling for impressive sharpness and realism. For ease in handling, low bit-rate proxy files with HD resolution can be recorded simultaneously with the high-res recording mode. And for critical shooting without motion blur, the camera’s enhanced 5.5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system compensates for five different types of camera shake, while advanced subject tracking and Real-time Eye AF capabilities are effective for both humans and animals, including a dedicated Bird Mode. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC are both available without a complex setup, and support for both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands enables wireless tethered shooting support, as well as remote camera control.

Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

9. Sony a9 II Mirrorless Digital Camera

Another top choice for sports and action, yet at a friendlier price point, the full-frame Sony a9 II features a 24.2MP Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and an updated BIONZ X image processor that yields impressively quick and responsive performance. Continuous shooting of up to 20 fps is possible using an electronic shutter, or 10 fps shooting with a mechanical shutter, along with a wide sensitivity range up to an expanded ISO 204800. The a9 II’s fast hybrid AF system incorporates 693 phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for precise focusing in a variety of lighting conditions with sensitivity down to -3 EV, while High-density Tracking AF allows for increased accuracy when following moving subjects across the image frame. An enhanced 5.5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system compensates for five different types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting. In addition to stills, UHD 4K video recording is supported at up to 30 fps, along with Quick and Slow Motion recording options.

Sony a9 II Mirrorless Digital Camera

10. Sony RX10 Mark IV Digital Camera

And finally, for those wanting everything (or as close to everything as technology will allow) in one package, the Sony RX10 Mark IV offers an updated 20.1 MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with a 25x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 lens. This all-in-one camera offers a flexible built-in zoom spanning a 24-600mm equivalent focal length, eliminating the need to carry additional lenses, and uses Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake by up to 4.5 stops. The BIONZ X processor enables continuous shooting up to 24 fps, as well as UHD 4K/30p or Full HD 1080/120p video recording. 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. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity round out the RX10 Mark IV for wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet, while the magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed to permit working in trying environments.

Sony RX10 Mark IV Digital Camera

Only the Beginning…

While far from exhaustive, this list is meant to be a springboard into the pool of advanced, fast cameras 2021 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 in the years ahead.

Do you have a favorite camera for sports or action coverage? Tell us about it in the Comments section, below.

For more sports-related news, tips, and reviews, be sure to check out the Sports Photography section of B&H Explora.


Hey there--I work at a college athletics department and we are looking to purchase a camera and accessories to help us take indoor (ie hockey, basketball) and outdoor (ie field hockey, football) action shots while also taking good still portrait photos. We are working on a bit of a budget--any suggestions on what camera and accessories would work best?

Hi. I shoot a lot of rugby in NZ with a Canon 7dii and 70-200 2.8. Also an old 6d with Tamron 24-70 2.8 for crowd shots. Love the full frame of the 6d but very limited camera. Would like to upgrade to more modern full frame that could handle low light indoor sports (basketball,netball) and would like a recommendation. Also toying with a longer lense to get to 400 mm and wondered what the best options were. I am only a hobby photographer but do get into print media and get to some high level game but can’t spend top dollar. Any advice appreciated.

I would recommend staying with Canon being that the menu system would be familiar. The Canon EOS R would be the best option for a low-priced full frame camera that could easily handle sports photography. You can pair that with the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Canon EF and the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R for a lower cost lens option with range beyond 400mm.

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I know this isn't supposed to be an exhaustive list, but I would have thought that the Canon R5, with its 20fps electronic (12fps mechanical) shutter would be a good choice, especially when paired with either their new RF 100mm-500mm or inexpensive RF 600mm or 800mm lenses.

Hi Robert, thanks so much for bringing up the Canon R5 (BH #CAER5) for consideration on this list. This full-frame mirrorless option is a great choice for sports, action and wildlife shooters. It was definitely on my shortlist to include, but since the story was limited to only 10 cameras, I opted to include the EOS 90D as a slightly older, more economical APS-C option instead, for photographers on a budget. Additionally, as one of my colleagues pointed out in a comment below, another great mirrorless option from Canon (at a slightly lower price point than the R5) is the Canon EOS R6 (BH # CAER6). Thanks again for the helpful comment, and also for reading the Explora blog!

Great info here, quick question, as someone that shoots events and competitions like dance and other indoor sports as well as some nature photography I generally have problems with auto focusing as well as camera shake for randomly moving people.

My current camera is Nikon D750. Would you say that going mirrorless to something like Z7 II would be worth the trouble and good future proofing? Or switch to a different brand?


Sticking with a Nikon mirrorless camera would make for an easier transition from your D750, mainly due to the menu layout being about the same. Going with the Z7 II specifically would give you more autofocus points at your disposal and a higher continuous shooting rate, both which can be helpful for dance and indoor sports photos. 

Thanks for the info. I'm looking for a camera that shoots continuously but the Canon 7D I've tried to shoot video on cuts out at around 10-12 minutes, same with Sony A5100 . I need to find a camera that can shoot yoga video lessons so the continuous recording needs to be for a much longer time. I'm in the UK and I've read that the cameras are set-up differently here due to import tax. Are there any cameras that can do what I'm looking for? Thanks for your advice.

The Sony Alpha a7S III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only),  BH # SOA7S3 would allow up 60 mins of internal video recording, which can be extended with the use of a external recorder such as the Atomos Ninja V 5" 4K Recording Monitor with 500GB Angelbird AtomX SSDmini Kit, BH # ATNINJAVAX5K.




Thanks for this informative article. I’m looking to upgrade from a Nikon D5000 to a DSLR or mirrorless camera you recommend for high school football action shots. I run the social media page for my sons football team and currently video each play with my iPhone in my left hand and instantly update it to Instagram stories and take regular photos with my Nikon at the same time with my right hand. So it needs to me somewhat lightweight so I can carry it around my neck and run from one end of the field to the next. I’d like it to have high fps so I don’t miss a good action shot and I need to be able to zoom in close enough from the sideline to have good clarity of the ball and player. Most shots will be under Friday night lights and with limited time for focus adjustments, a good autofocus option would be great! Basically, I’m asking for great action photos with very little photography talent or skill. 😂  It might be too much to ask for, but I’d love any recommendations you have. 

I would stick with Nikon, so that the menu system will be familiar. The Nikon Z 6II Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with FTZ Adapter Kit, BH # NIZ62LAK would be an ideal option for a lightweight camera with fast autofocus, great low light performance and a continuous shooting rate up to 14 FPS.  The included adapter would allow for Nikon AF-S type lenses to work on the Z6 II.



I've reviewed responses to other queries. I'm photographing birds, much as described by other commenters:  documentation, identification, posting on-line. My old Canon Digital Rebel (~15 yrs old) with a 300 mm lens isn't fast enough or enough magnification for this application. Would you recommend staying with the Canon brand for familiarity of controls? What camera body would suffice to meet my needs? Are there other camera bodies with capabilities that might be desirable, though not necessary? Same question for lenses. I generally photograph from 100 to 150' away, though sometimes farther (across a lake yesterday). Are lens multipliers an option? And of course, not too heavy! I don't have a need for video, if this is something that's possible to avoid. I haven't set a price range, hence the good-better-best model scenario. Thanks!

Hi Elisabeth,

I would stick with Canon for the familiarity of control. A great option that is lightweight, offers very fast autofocus and a continuous shooting rate of 12 FPS is the Canon EOS R6, BH # CAER6.  This can be paired up with the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Lens,  BH # CA60011RF for greater telephoto range.



I am looking through this article and comments trying to find a good fit for my interests, which are varied. I am currently using a Sony mirrorless, but want to upgrade to a camera with interchangeable lenses. I want a good lens for macro, also for action and wildlife, and also for fireworks and hot air balloon shots. Budget would be around $3000, any suggestions 

While slightly over your listed $3,000.00 budget, I think a nice setup for your stated usage needs would be to purchase the Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm LensB&H # SOA73K​, along with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art Lens for Sony EB&H # SI7028SO, and the ​Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Lens for Sony EB&H # SI100400E.  If you need the budget to be as close to $3,000.00 as possible, you may change the camera body to either the slightly older full-frame Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS LensB&H # SOA72K, or the slightly newer APS-C sensor Sony Alpha a6600 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)B&H # SOA6600, along with the Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens​B&H # SO165035.  The previously-mentioned Sigma macro lens and telephoto lens would be compatible for use with all three camera options listed above.

I have one kid in baseball (outdoors) and another in dance (indoors and outdoors).  I am looking for something that I can capture actions shots from about 100-150 feet away...with good burst rates. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Melissa,

I feel that the Sony A7 III would be a suitable option in that is offers a continuous shooting rate of 10 FPS, excellent low light performance and 693 points of autofocus within the frame.  It can be paired up with the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens, BH # SO702004 for a long reach.




I need a small, lightweight camera to take mainly action shots of bikes (some still on occasion). Currently, have a Canon 70D and it's a beast to carry on the trail.  I don't need a large zoom, but would love image stabilization.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Natalie,

You may want to consider the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 VA, BH # SODSCRX1005A for your needs:


My son has just started working for a rugby club and is filming training sessions and carrying out interviews with the players to be posted on social media . At the moment he is using his iPhone and the results are good but would like to progress and learn to use a camera. What camera and lens combo would you suggest he looks at to film the above videos and take pictures. Many thanks

A great option to consider is the Sony A7 III, which can shoot up to 10 FPS in continuous mode, offers 693 AF points, great low light performance and 4K UHD video.  Below is a kit with the body, a FE 20mm f/1.8 Lens and other accessories. 


As for a longer lens to shoot the training sessions from a further distance, the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD for Sony E, BH # TA7018028E which has a constant aperture of f/2.8.


I have a Nikon D7500 that I like for indoor and outdoor sports (basketball, track, soccer, dance team). My one issue is that it is heavy.  It takes perfect pictures.  I've been looking to upgrade and considering mirrorless options.  Is the Fuji X-T4 comparable or better?  Thank you.

A Fujifilm X-T4 would certainly be lightweight, would offer more points of autofocus across the frame, and a faster continuous shooting rate. That being said, it would be an excellent upgrade. 

I have a BFA in Photo. I used to shoot BW w/a Nikon FM2. I loved shooting manual. I have not bought a DSLR yet. I’ve only used iPhones from the 7 Plus to 11 Pro Max but have only produced a handful of decent images. I want a camera for BW - street, portrait, low light, night, fine art. I want very sharp images with as little noise as possible, unless I can make it look grainy. I’ve read about many great cameras. There are some amazing ones that I’d love. My problem is that my budget doesn’t allow more than $1200 including the lens. Is there anything worthwhile at that price? Thanks!

Within your budget, the best option to consider based on your needs is the Nikon D7500 body, BH # NID7500 paired up with a standard zoom such as the Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Lens for Nikon F, BH # TA175028N. While this is not a full frame sensor in this camera, it is certainly excellent in low light, with a pretty high continuous shooting rate of 8 FPS.

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I currently have a Canon 3ti and am looking to upgrade. I shoot a lot of my daughters indoor volleyball games and soccer games at night so I need a body that handles low light action well. I have been looking between the 90d and the 6D mark ii. Do you have a recommendation between these 2 cameras? I’ve also been reading about mirrorless but those might be out of my price range. Thanks for any help!

Of the two the 6D Mark II would be the better option as it is a full frame camera that will give you a better performance in low light.  Please keep in mind if you have EF-S lenses for the T3i, not EF, you will need different lenses for the 6D Mark II.  Here is a kit that comes with a 24-105mm.


I purchased a Canon 5D Mk II back in 2011 and used the heck out of the camera for a variety of subjects.  In 2015 I started shooting quite a few indoor barrel racing competitions with the camera and a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens.  I took advantage of the 7 fps capability of the camera to capture some great barrel racing moments.  But in time the CMOS sensor went bad in the camera.  I'm considering another investment in a good camera body in the near future and my question is this....has failures of the Canon CMOS sensors been a common thing in the past few years?  Should I be looking at something besides a Canon?  I know Nikon makes a good quality lens for high speed sports events, but I've just always shot a Canon.  I'm wondering is it time to look beyond Canon?

Hello Stephen,

If you intend to upgrade, I think sticking with Canon would be best so that the menu system is familiar and you would still be able to use your current lenses. A good option with a 20.9 MP full frame sensor, very fast autofocus, a continuous shooting rate of 12FPS and built in stabilization is the Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-105mm f/4-7.1 Lens. Aside from the features I mentioned, it is also a much lighter option. 


Most of the listed cameras are expensive not recommended for beginners, I love bird photography and as beginners which camera gives me a better and autofocus system ? What is maximum af point required for bird or wildlife photography?

Hello Kanchan,

A camera such as the Sony Alpha a6100, BH # SOA6100 would be a more affordable option for beginners with 425 AF points across the frame and a continuous shooting rate of 11 FPS.  I would pair this up with the   Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD, BH # TA703004563 for a long range.





I shoot birds.  My first goal is to get photos of birds I can't identify in the field, so I can research them at home.  Second, I want a record of the birds I've seen and identified.  Third, I've been known to use the zoom capabilities of a camera when something is outside the range of my binos.  I'm after functional photos more than artistic ones.  I shoot in .JPG; I find editing very frustrating since I don't know what my goals are or how to define 'finished'.  The images will be viewed exclusively on large computer monitors and posted to birding web sites, and won't be printed.  I'm not interested in shooting video at this time.

I'm considering replacing my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 P&S.  I chose it based solely on the 60x optical zoom, one of the few specifications I understand.  This was my first camera with any controls beyond a single shutter button, and I've learned a lot from it, but I have a few complaints that have me looking for alternatives.

The camera takes darn good photos in Auto mode but it displays the image for two seconds after it's captured.  You can turn that off in other modes, but not in Auto.  Two seconds is plenty of time for a bird to move so I was forced to learn with other modes.  There are times when the autofocus is slow, again causing me to lose the bird.  Of course, there are times when brush obscures the bird and the autofocus chooses the wrong point.  That would be okay if focusing manually was easy but I find the controls cumbersome.  (I have no basis for comparison on 'ease of focus'.  There are no camera stores within 90 miles where I can lay hands on units.  They may all be challenging.)  I tried the 'Sports' mode but the were usually grainy.

In priority order, I'm looking for fast autofocus, able to get identifiable images of 6" birds from at least 150 feet, easy manual focus when needed, relatively easy to get started with.  I'd like a battery with decent life (the FZ70's battery will take 500+) and is easy to change in the field.  Beyond that, I'm agnostic regarding brand, or P&S vs DSLR vs mirrorless, lens specifications.  I'm used to a viewfinder so I've never shot with the screen; I don't know the pros and cons.  I'd like total replacement price to stay under $1500.  Please excuse me if that number is ridculously off base for what I'm looking for; I'm a birder first.


Hello Charles,

Based on your needs, a great camera and lens combo to consider is the Sony A6400, BH # SOA6400B and the Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD, BH # TA703004563. With this camera, you would have very fast autofocus along with 425 points of autofocus across the frame. It will also give you more than enough resolution for posting the images on the web and a continuous shooting rate of 11 fps and an electronic viewfinder to allow you see your subject more easily particularly in extremely bright conditions. As for the lens, it will work along with the Eye AF function in the camera and offers an equivalent focal length of 105-450mm.

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I love photography and am told I have a great eye for it. I’m always the one relied upon by family and friends to capture ‘lovely moments & memorable times’, kids action photos, outdoor activities e.g water sports, etc. I also love wildlife photography, action photos and photos containing much detail. 

I have been using my iPhone which I often find offers me better photos than my LUMIX FZ45 which is rarely up to the job I find (for low light/indoor photos especially without using its flash which bleaches subjects somewhat and darkens everything else). I’m self teaching photography (for now) but would love to find time to do courses to learn more and take photography more seriously. I am aware that my technical knowledge need brushing up and great improvement. 

I therefore need a camera that can support my requirements and planned learning (with diff lenses etc):

- Wildlife photography (including ability to take fast moving photos eg nearby birds in flight)

- Low light indoor photos (parties/children etc)

- Manual and auto focus options 

- General photos auto feature for quick opportunity photos 

- Wifi to send photos to my laptop or pad or iPhone etc would be ideal/bonus. 

i don’t have a great budget at present (as moving house etc) but if you have any suggestions on which cameras might suit me, I would be grateful fo your suggestions. 

There are two options I would recommend based on your needs. First, a DSLR such as the Nikon D7500, BH # NID7500K and the second is the Sony A6100, BH# SOA61001650. Both are very good in low light, offer fast continuous shooting, are light-weight(more so with the A6100) and offer built-in Wi-Fi for image transfer to iOS devices. 

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I do a lot of sports photography, mostly motorsport and American football. Im currently using an old Nikon D90 however its getting a bit run down, the auto focus is slow and continuous shooting only runs at 4.5fps. As much as i would love a D500 even the used ones are still a little far out of my price range. Could you recommend something within the Nikon line up that would be cheeper and suit this type of photography. Also a bit of good low light performance would be appreciated as some of the endurance events run through the night


The next option down from the D500 would be the D7500. The D7500 would have the same processor, resolution, and ISO range as the D500. However, it offers less autofocus points, only 8 FPS in continuous shooting mode, a single SD slot, and a more compact body. 


I hope you see this. I shoot football, basketball, soccer, tennis, track and surfing. I suggest saving up for the D500. The buffer is incrediblely deep. I had a D7XXX and a D810... nope for sports. Also, shot a side-by-side comparison with a FUJI XT whatever at an F1 track... no comparison in terms of buffer. Add Nikon's PF300... the reach, the weight... nothing in the NIKON line-up compares unless you move up to D5/6. 

hello! i want to start taking pictures of my brothers outdoor soccer games as well as just regular photos like of family and friends. i don’t have much experience with cameras besides my iphone and have a budget of about $500. what camera and lends would you recommend? thank you!! 

I would recommend going with the Sony A6000 and the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS to stay within your budget and give you a fast continuous shooting rate of 11 FPS, fast autofocus and excellent image quality.  https://bhpho.to/33rOxQL https://bhpho.to/3bHwXMj

Hello! amazing website! I live on the Canary Islands and the usual work load is pretty low due to pandemic. I want to start a surf photography business on my spare time but not sure what camera to choose with a budget of around 500  ? Most of the days are either bright blue and very sunny with lots of wind and ocean chop or cloudy skies with grey horizons and dark water. From reading here i understand i need high speed frame and good focusing? i would be photographing my customers not closer than 150 ft to maybe 250ft tops. What camera and lens to go with it would you recommend? thank you so much! 

It is definitely easy to get a camera body within the $500 range, but adding a telephoto lens for your application is going to bring up the price a bit. One such camera is the Sony A6000, B&H # SOA6000B. A telephoto lens to consider is the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens, B&H # SO5521045BFK.




Hello! I have a Canon 20D (old, I know). I want to start taking more pictures of my kids indoor events such as concerts and indoor sports. Most of the time there is not great lighting and I haven't been able to take great pictures. Currently shooting with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens which doesn't give me anything up close. 

 I was looking at this forum and am interested in a lens like this one or similar https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1436297-REG/sigma_70_200mm_f_2_8_dg_is.html (Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF)...what lens would you suggest.  Also should I  upgrade my camera?  Thanks!! 

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens would definitely add some improvement in terms of indoor shooting due to its large aperture and fast autofocus to capture your kids in motion. Additionally, the crop factor of 1.6X would be helpful in adding more range on the lens, making it more like 112-320mm. As for upgrading your camera, many newer cameras such as the Canon EOS 90D, BH# CAE90D would offer better low light performance, a higher continuous shooting rate and higher resolution. If those improved features are important to you, then upgrading to the 90D may be the best course of action.   https://bhpho.to/37i2aTt


So i have a Canon Rebel T3 and i was wondering what the appropriate upgrade would be. I do a lot  with concerts and venues. so i need something for action, portraits & low light photography. i have a budget of around $1500 but Im kind of lost on what to get. my Canon Rebel has done me wonders, but ive traveled the country with it for many years and im just not getting the quility photos i use to get.so i think its time to retire this baby and get something different. THANK YOU for your input!!

For your stated usage needs, I would recommend the Canon EOS 90D DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # CAE90D​, as a good option for your planned usage needs.  For action photography, it would have the fastest frame rate for the Canon cameras in your listed price range, and would be the most recent option it its range, and has great performance. While the lens you choose will have an impact on your portraits and low-light photography usage, the Canon 90D is a huge upgrade to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 DSLR camera both in age (the T3 was released in 2011; the 90D is 8 years newer, released in 2019), features, and image quality. If you have been happy with the Canon EOS T3, the Canon EOS 90D would be a great upgrade for your usage needs.

thank you so much!!!!

what lenses would you suggest are good for low lighting?

For sports or concert usage in low-lighting (and if they allow telephoto lenses - check with the arena in which you will be photographing for their lens focal length rules), the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens, B&H # CA7020028L3, would be the brightest telephoto zoom lens from Canon and would be a professional option for your usage needs.  For a more economical option, the , B&H # SI7020028OSC, would be another good option, while if you need a more economical option, the , B&H # TA7020028MC, would also be a good option.  Unlike the first two lenses, it does not have built-in image stabilization, but it still has a constant f-2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range and would be a great option for your stated usage needs.  For portraiture, the , B&H # CA8518EF, would be a good option, and if you are on a budget, the , B&H # CA5018EFSTM, is not in the typical portrait range, but I personally own this lens and use it for candid low-light images, and it can work in a pinch for portraiture.

I"ve been using a Canon Ti6 for many years.  I'm tired of almost getting that great shot of my kids at their sporting events and/or candid shots of them (since they aren't as cooperative anymore). I would like to upgrade to another DSLR with the appropriate lens kit and would need to keep it close to $1000. Any suggestions?

If you are specifically looking to upgrade your camera body, the best camera close to your listed price range would be the Canon EOS 90D DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # CAE90D, though it is slightly above your listed budget at $1,199.00.  however, it would have the betst autofocus performance and highest continuous burst shooting speed at 10 frames per second, and has the highest image resolution in its price range at 32.5 megapixels.  The next best option would be the newly-announced Canon EOS Rebel T8i DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # CAEDRT8I.  It is in your price range at $749.00, though at the date/time of this reply, it is not currently in stock (but it is available for pre-order).  The Canon EOS T8i DSLR camera has a continuous burst shooting rate of 7 frames per second.  The above are the cameras that would be beneficial as an upgrade to your current camera.  While the Canon EOS T7i would also be an upgrade to your camera, I do not think there is enough of a difference in burst shooting speed, autofocus performance, resolution, or image quality to make it worth upgrading for sports usage needs.


The above information was if you strictly were looking to upgrade the camera body.  If you are instead interested in upgrading your lens for sports photography usage needs, while you did not list the current lenses you own, the lens I would recommend at/near your listed price range for sports photography usage needs would be the Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EF, B&H # SI7020028CQ.  It has a continuous f/2.8 aperture to let more light inside the camera at all focal lengths, and would be bright to allow you to use a faster shutter speed or lower ISO setting for better image quality.  It also has built-in Optical Stabilization to assist you with getting sharper images when hand-holding the lens and shooting in lower lighting or at slower shutter speeds.  In its price range, this would currently be the option I recommend, though the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Canon EOS DSLR Cameras, B&H # TA7020028MC, would be closer to your budget and has many of the same features except Optical Stabilization.  If you need more zoom reach, then the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF, B&H # SI100400C, would be a good option in your price range.  While you mentioned a kit lens, being honest, I do not think a standard kit lens would give you any increased performance from the lenses you may already own for your camera. The options I list above all have either a benefit in optical quality and sharpness, brightness, or zoom reach, all which would be beneficial enhancemetns to sports photography.

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