Best Digital Cameras for Sport for 2017

Best Digital Cameras For Sport Photography For 2017

For sport photography, the best digital cameras will have non-existent shutter lag, a long zoom and fast operation. Most digital compacts still have a slight shutter lag which can mean the difference between capturing the sporting moment or a nice picture of the crowd in the background. Pressing the shutter halfway before taking the picture can reduce shutter lag to less than .01 second on many cameras and this may help to capture a fast moving subject if the camera is also pre-focused on the subject or a nearby object. Many professional sport photographers still use digital SLR cameras from Nikon or Canon together with large aperture zoom lenses or telephoto lenses.

Most digital SLR cameras start instantly and in the majority of cases, shutter lag is non-existent. This is ideal for sport photography as SLR cameras can also be coupled with large telephoto lenses with wide apertures but these can be very expensive. Some camera bodies or lenses also provide image stabilization or vibration reduction through moving the CCD to counter balance movement or by having vibration reducing parts built into the lens itself. This allows the user to handhold the camera and take a shot in lower light conditions than is normally possible without the use of flash but ideally, a tripod should be used for best results. The dominant players in the digital SLR field include Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax with Panasonic and Sony as the newcomers on the market.

Except where otherwise stated, all the digital cameras recommended for the sports photographer have fast operation, low shutter lag and a 4x or larger optical zoom lens. These recommendations are provided as a general guide and the final decision as always is with the camera buyer. Camera specifications change constantly and therefore it is advisable to check these before buying.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

For: - 20 MP 1 inch Exmor RS back illuminated CMOS sensor.
- Zeiss T* 24-600mm (equiv) f2.4-4 lens. Weather sealed body.
- 4k video. Super slow motion up to 960 fps. Shoots at 14 fps.
- XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder. 3 inch multi angle LCD.

Against: - Large lens can lead to slow focusing.
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Nikon D500

For: - 20.7 MP APS-C sensor. Shoots at 10 fps for up to 200 shots.
- 4k UHD video. 2.36M dot touchscreen LCD with tilt. Wi-Fi and NFC.
- Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage. Weather sealed body.
- Vast array of Nikkor and independent lenses.

Against: - Autofocus hesitates in video mode. No major issues.
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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

For: - 20.2 full frame CMOS sensor. Shoots at 16 fps.
- 4k video up to 60 fps. Dual pixel autofocus system.
- 1.62 million dot screen with touch. 100% view optical viewfinder.
- Built in GPS and Wi-fi. Weather resistant body. 170 RAW file buffer.

Against: - 4k video limited to Motion JPEG.
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Fujifilm X-T2

For: - 24 MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor. X Processor Pro2.
- 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder. Tilting 3 inch LCD with 1M dots.
- Top shutter speed of 1/32000 (electronic). Shoots at 14 fps.
- 4k video in MPEG-4 and H.264. Weather resistant body.

Against: - No touchscreen. No major issues.
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Nikon 1 V3

For: - 18.4 MP 1 inch CX sensor without no low pass filter.
- Capable of 20 fps with autofocus and 60 fps in single focus mode.
- 3 inch 1M dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD. Very quick autofocus.
- Full HD 1080p movies at 60/30 fps. Jpeg and RAW images.

Against: - No built in RAW conversion. Limited range of lenses.
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