Sports Photography Cameras

Compare the 10 Best Sports Photography CamerasJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

The best cameras for use in capturing sharp, high-quality photos of sports events and fast-moving athletes
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Pixpro AZ252

Kodak Pixpro AZ252

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A low cost and amazingly highly rated bridge digital camera, good for portrait photography
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DSC-HX80

Sony DSC‑HX80

106 Reviews
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£228.95

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Dec 2017
A recently released and very popular compact digital camera, good for sports photography
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AZ401

Kodak AZ401

7 Reviews
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£99.00

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Dec 2017
A top-value and newly released bridge camera, with great user reviews and a giant 40x optical zoom
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Pixpro FZ53

Kodak Pixpro FZ53

23 Reviews
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£55.99

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Aug 2016
An affordable and excellently reviewed compact digital camera, good for wildlife photography
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Cybershot DSC-W800

Sony Cybershot DSC‑W800

927 Reviews
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£71.28

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Jul 2016
An affordable and very highly rated compact digital camera, with good features
#6

87

Luxmedia Z250

Praktica Luxmedia Z250

3 Reviews
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£64.94

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Sep 2015
A staggeringly highly rated and low cost compact camera, good for everyday photography
#7

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Z212

Praktica Z212

5 Reviews
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£84.99

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Sep 2015
Good for landscape photography, this is the best rated camera under £100
#8

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Cybershot DSC-WX500

Sony Cybershot DSC‑WX500

967 Reviews
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£239.00

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18.2MP
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Sep 2017
A newly released and very cheap compact digital camera, with good features
#9

87

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

406 Reviews
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£249.50

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May 2016
A top-rated and top-value compact digital camera, good for wildlife photography
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83

DMC-FT30EB-

Panasonic DMC‑FT30EB‑

39 Reviews
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£105.00

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Apr 2016
An affordable and best selling compact camera, good for wildlife photography
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86

Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

457 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£163.99

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Jan 2016
A multi award winning and bargain price bridge camera, with good features and one of the biggest optical zooms available
#12

87

PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

963 Reviews + 1 Award
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£199.99

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Mar 2016
A remarkably cheap and best selling compact digital camera, good for wildlife photography
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86

IXUS 175

Canon IXUS 175

19 Reviews
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£69.99

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Jan 2016
An affordable and positively reviewed compact digital camera, good for sports photography
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83

Coolpix S33

Nikon Coolpix S33

473 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£77.00

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Nov 2016
An affordable and fairly new instant digital camera, good for everyday photography
#15

87

IXUS 185

Canon IXUS 185

158 Reviews + 1 Award
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£79.00

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Jan 2017
A low cost and very popular compact camera, good for landscape photography
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W1024

easypix W1024

181 Reviews
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£46.92

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Aug 2016
The highest scoring camera under £50, with great user reviews and good features
#17

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Lumix DC-TZ90

Panasonic Lumix DC‑TZ90

20 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£370.00

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Oct 2017
An award winning and new compact digital camera, with great features and an affordable price
#18

86

Powershot SX430 IS

Canon Powershot SX430 IS

39 Reviews
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£159.90

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Jan 2017
An enormous optical zoom and affordable bridge digital camera, with good features and great user reviews
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Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

162 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£190.00

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A very popular and giant optical zoom bridge camera, good for landscape photography
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IXUS 190

Canon IXUS 190

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An impressive value for money and best selling compact digital camera, with great user reviews and good features

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Compact cameras are small fixed-lens cameras meant for casual photography and everyday carry. In previous generations compact cameras were significantly less powerful than other types, but modern variants are almost as powerful as SLRs.
QWhat is the difference between optical and digital zoom?
AOptical zoom uses the hardware of the camera to physically move the lenses, enlarging the captured picture. Digital zoom uses software to further enlarge the picture. This means digital zooms can go far beyond the range of optical zooms, but the quality is much worse, and degrades sharply as the image is zoomed in.
QWhat is an 'image stabiliser'?
AAn image stabiliser detects and compensates for small judders and shakes while filming, meaning the resulting images are far smoother and still.
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AA larger optical sensor produces better quality images, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed photos.
QWhat is GPS function on a camera?
AGPS allows the camera to tag each photo with exactly where it was taken.
QWhat is the difference between 'waterproof' and 'water resistant'?
AThere is a small but important difference between waterPROOF and water RESISTANT - waterproof means that the camera can be submerged underwater for an extended amount of time with no adverse effects. Water resistant means that the camera can suffer limited exposure to water without any problems - normally this is limited to heavy rain or liquid splashes, not total immersion.
QWhat are the benefits of instant cameras?
AInstant cameras have been seeing a revival in recent years - modern versions work similar to the classic Polaroid cameras, but use modern thermal-reactive paper. They allow immediate printing of photos when out and about - perfect for parties! However the paper is expensive to buy, and you can easily blast through a pack of 10 shots very quickly.

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Sports Photography

Cameras have a long history of being used to document all the dramatic moments, victories and losses of sports matches throughout history. Not all cameras are good for sports photography though, and here we’ve attempted to rank the best ones for you to consider.

One of the most important attributes of a sports photography camera is speed. The players at a game will normally be moving very fast, so you need a camera that will keep up with them and produce clean, unblurry photos. Therefore a fast shutter speed and an image stabiliser will allow you to react fast to sudden events without the end result turning into a blurry mess. Connected to this, a multi burst (or ‘motor drive’) functionality will allow you to take a larger number of photos in a very short space of time - therefore meaning you’ll have a large number of shots to choose from when selecting the perfect photo afterwards. Because you may be taking an awful lot of photos, a good battery life is very important too. Finally, weatherproofing is always a good idea - rain doesn’t always stop play, and you definitely don’t want it to stop your camera!

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How to Choose a Digital Camera That is Good for Sports Photography

Camera Shutter Speed

The minimum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

'Shutter speed' denotes how long the shutter on the camera is held open, collecting light that is then turned into the resulting photo. A faster shutter speed means that the shutter will be open for less time, meaning there is less chance that motion blur will be introduced to the photo because the subject moved in the split-second the lens was open. This is immensely important in sports photography, since the subjects you'll be shooting will normally be moving fast, and a fast shutter speed will allow for the sharpest photo possible, with no motion blur.

Multi Burst Mode

'Multi burst mode' is a special setting on a digital camera to allow it to take multiple photos in very quick succession at a single button press.

Multi-burst mode, also called motor drive, allows the camera to take a large number of shots in a very short amount of time, one after another. This is essential for sports photography, since it means you can shoot 20-30 photos over the course of a few seconds of high motion action, and pick the best one from the results.

Image Stabilizer

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

An image stabilizer works to detect and try and compensate for small judders and movements when taking photos. With sports photography you'll frequently be shooting fast-moving subjects by hand, so there will be a lot of movement from your camera - this system will help to reduce the amount of motion blur from these movements.

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

ISO measures how sensitive your camera is to light. A high ISO means that your camera will require less time to fully capture an image. This means that fast-moving subjects - such as those often shot by sports photographers - will be captured quicker, which means less image blur will be introduced, and the resulting photo will be far crisper and sharper.

Battery Life

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

When shooting a sports game, you'll frequently be taking a very large amount of photos - especially when using a burst or motor drive. Therefore having a bigger battery life means that there isn't a chance your camera will run out of juice mid-game!

Waterproof

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you. Make sure to check the depth the camera can be used to if you intend to use it underwater at greater depths of for extended periods of time.

Sports photography means you will frequently be outside, and the weather isn't always kind to football games. Therefore having a waterproof camera means that a sudden downpour won't cause damage to your camera.