Updated on 1 December 2015 by

Sports/Action Photography is characterized by the use of specific cameras for action pictures which have a fast shutter speed and great image stabilization so that your images don't come out blurred. The best suited are generally digital SLR's, but expect to spend a lot more on a good lenses. Our selection of the best cameras for action shots for 2015 are limited to the DSLR's which can take pictures at a rapid pace (atleast 3 frames per second).

The best sports/Action photography cameras are equipped with the following key features that are critical to capture superior shots in motion.

Excellent Focus
Best sports action cameras need to be able to focus fast to keep moving objects in focus either using auto focus or manual focus using the lens ring. Also the AF needs to perform well in low light conditions.

Continuous mode shooting
Continuous or burst mode allows for capturing a series of shots in quick succession so that you can choose the sharpest. Typically cameras come with burst mode of 3 fps (frames per second). The best digital cameras for sports can go up to 10 fps. For the best action photos, you need to be able to click at the right moment and also freeze the action, meaning a picture with very minimal blur.

ISO performance
The best sports action camera needs to perform well at high ISO's. Since sensitivity to light is greater at higher ISO's a high ISO setting is required to use the fastest shutter speed.

Faster lens
A faster lens is more sensitive to light. Typically lens of 2.8 or below is used for sports photography

If your budget for sports photography doesn't allow for a DSLR, you can go for one of the latest megazoom models which have pretty good image stabilization and perform well at high ISOs.


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Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
$849 - $1,273
$4,250 - $5,970
$599 - $800
$699 - $1,700
$870 - $1,000
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Frames Per Second
5.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
8.0 Frames
8.0 Frames
16.0 Frames
Camera Type
Compact SLR
Large sensor compact
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Compact
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
43.26 mm
21.64 mm
28.28 mm
13.23 mm
Average Rating
 4.5 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.8 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.3 stars
Image Quality
73% Positive
27% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
87% Positive
13% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Focus
88% Positive
12% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
58% Positive
42% Negative
Display
100% Positive
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Negative
71% Positive
29% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Performance
71% Positive
29% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
87% Positive
13% Negative
100% Positive
Connectivity
71% Positive
29% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative

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