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Best Digital Cameras for Shooting Sports

Sports photography requires a different set of camera capabilities than the average shooter. Sports cameras need to be fast. Sports cameras need a good zoom. And sports cameras need to perform great in any light. Whether you are looking to capture a t-ball game or headed to the professional level, you need a camera as fast as the action you're shooting. Here are our current recommendations, all within a few different price points. And don't forget to check out our guide to shooting sports.

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Sony Alpha A57

Sony's A57 falls under the A65 and A77 as Sony's 2012 mid-level SLT. Specifications are remarkably similar to the aging A55; the A57 uses the same 16 megapixel sensor yet trades the former's small form factor for the A65's chunkier styling. A55 us...

Grade: B+ Price: $630.00

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Canon EOS-1D X

Canon's top-of-the-line DSLR replaces both the 1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III in one fell swoop. With a new full frame 18 megapixel sensor, the 1D X has the resolution to please studio shooters and the frame rate, at 14 fps, to appeal to sports p...

Grade: A Price: $4,375.00

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Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100In an era of “less is more” and an onslaught of new mirrorless cameras with small bodies but hefty price tags, Nikon has continued tweaking their excellent line of DSLRs. The D7100 sits at the very top of their models (b...

Grade: A- Price: $697.00

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

The Canon SX280 is truly a feature packed compact zoom, with a 20x optical zoom, wi-fi and GPS. Canon upgraded their processor over the previous model--a big change meaning better low light images and a faster burst speed of 14 fps (up to seven sh...

Grade: A- Price: $234.00

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Sony HX400

Cameras with big zooms can capture images that just aren't possible with the average shooter. The Sony HX400 doesn't just have a huge 50x zoom, it can also capture macro shots of little things as close as one inch from the front of the len...

Grade: B+ Price: $398.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S1

A 50x zoom is no longer unheard of, in fact, 50x is becoming the norm in the realm of super zoom cameras. But what's much harder to find is a camera that can take images at the long end of that big zoom that are quite similar in quality to the...

Grade: A- Price: $500.00

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Speed is hard to come by in DSLRs (unless of course you plan on spending about as much as a new car)--which is why the Canon EOS 7D Mark II gets such high marks. Canon's most advanced camera with an APS-C sensor hits 10 fps--add that to a 65-p...

Grade: A Price: $1,149.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P900

If one thing can rescue the point-and-shoot camera market from the smartphone, it's a good zoom. And if there's one camera with a good zoom on the market right now, it's the Nikon Coolpix P900. The camera giant just breezed past the 50...

Grade: A- Price: $529.00

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Nikon 1 J5

After the Nikon 1 J4 fell flat by trading speed for a touchscreen, the J5 puts Nikon's mirrorless line back on track with an excellent 20 fps burst speed. The 2015 model still capitalizes on speed, but it is now wrapped up in a retro-inspired ...

Grade: A- Price: $497.00

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Nikon D5

Nikon certainly didn't make big promises but small improvements. The 2016 professional flagship DSLR, the Nikon D5, sees sweeping updates across the board, becoming Nikon's new top-of-the-line option. Frankly, this thing is a monster. An e...

Grade: A+ Price: $6,497.00

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Nikon D500

Fast cameras, just like fast cars, are notoriously expensive. But with the Nikon D500, the speed of the most expensive flagship DSLRs are now accessible at a third of the cost. The D500 wraps up many of the features of the best-in-class D5, includ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,599.00

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon's 2016 flagship DSLR boasts impressive speeds of up to 16 fps, but that's certainly not all the high-end DSLR offers. As Canon's top offering, it's packed with plenty of features for the most demanding professionals.Canon bum...

Grade: A+ Price: $5,999.00

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Sony RX10 Mark III

The Sony RX10 line combines the higher resolution of a 1" sensor with a much bigger zoom than the small RX100 line can muster. That just expanded even more with the Sony RX10 Mark III. With the previous camera offering about an 8x zoom, the l...

Grade: A Price: $1,498.00

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Sony a6300

The Sony a6300 is making big boasts about speed, and if the earlier model is any indication, should offer pretty good image quality to boot. In Sony's tests, the a6300 locked focus as fast as .05 seconds--a pretty quick focus if Sony's lab...

Grade: A- Price: $1,048.00

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Sony a68

Just when we thought Sony had forgotten about their DSLRs to concentrate on mirrorless, they've released a very intriguing entry-level model, the a68. While other budget DSLRs offer autofocus points in the single digits or very low double digi...

Grade: A- Price: $548.00

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Fujifilm X-T2

Sitting pretty at the top of the company's line-up right alongside the X-Pro2, the Fujifilm X-T2 is a feature-packed mirrorless camera. As a Fujifilm flagship, the camera boasts some of the company's best specs, including new 4K video and ...

Grade: A+ Price: $1,549.00

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Sony a99II

Sony may have a successfull full frame mirrorless line, but they haven't forgotten about their DSLTs. The Sony a99II is a fast SLT (like an SLR, but with a translucent mirror) that boasts 12 fps burst shooting while still using autofocus.The u...

Grade: A Price: $3,198.00

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Sony Alpha a6500

The Sony a6500 aims to sway new users with a speedy .05 second autofocus speed paired with a snappy 11 fps burst speed. With Sony being known for their autofocus speed, the a6500 looks to continue the tradition.The a6500 uses an APS-C sensor, the ...

Grade: A Price: $1,398.00