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Best Cameras for Sports Photography

Updated on July 9, 2013

Capture the Action with These Cameras for Sports Shooting

What are the best cameras for sports photography? Professionals use high-end DSLR cameras with expensive telephoto lenses to capture the images you see in sports magazines and newspapers. But you can capture great shots without spending thousands of dollars.

The cameras below are outstanding for their speed, ability to get close to the action or their rugged durability. These are the best cameras on the market for taking photos at both amateur or professional sports.

(Image of Nikon 1 V1 camera with 60fps and world's fastest autofocus provided by amazon)

Nikon COOLPIX P510 - 42x optical zoom is longest compact zoom

Getting close to the action won't be a problem with the Nikon Coolpix P510. The 42x optical (24mm -1000mm equivalent) Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens on this camera is the world's longest zoom on a compact camera. It can also shoot up to 5 fps in continuous shooting mode at full 16.1 MP resolution.

Other features include full 1080p HD video, built-in GPS, 3-inch LCD monitor and easy panorama mode.

Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)

Product description:

16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor 42x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens 3-inch Ultra-high-resolution (921,000 Dot) LCD Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound GPS record location information of your pictures and movies 3-inch TFT LCD display


Olympus TG-1iHS - The best camera for extreme sports

What makes the Olympus TG-1iHS a great camera for sports photography is its ability to go almost anywhere (including 40 feet underwater) and survive almost anything - it's waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof and dustproof. You won't have to worry about it getting sand in it while taking photos of beach volleyball or getting destroyed if it hits a rock while you're mountain climbing.

Its Super Sport Mode is another great reason to love this camera for sports photography. It combines high-speed autofocus with fast shutter speeds up to 1/2000 to capture up to 5 frames in a high-speed burst. And just how fast is this camera? It can shoot 10 fps at full resolution or an amazing 60 fps at 3 MP resolution, so you'll never need to worry about missing a shot.

Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

Product features:

- 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with Full HD Video with HDMI, Multi-Motion Movie IS

- Waterproof (12m/40 ft), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10�C/14�F)

- 8x Super-Resolution Zoom and F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens and 4x Optical Zoom

- iHS Technology, Dual image stabilization

- GPS & eCompass, Color : Dark silver

- Crushproof 220 lbf.

- 3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED


Nikon 1 V1 - Blazing fast speed for sports

The Nikon 1 V1 is the world's fastest autofocus among cameras with AF, making it a perfect camera for sports. It can shoot 10fps in autofocus and an amazing 60fps in manual mode at full 10.1 MP resolution. And with shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 second, you're sure to capture the image you want in crisp clarity.

The mirrorless compact system camera also supports interchangeable lenses. The optional 30-110mm lens is the 35mm equivalent of 81-297mm, helping you get close to the action.

It also includes full 1080p HD video, Motion Snapshot feature to bring your images to life, a 3-inch LCD monitor, RAW file support, 9 white balance settings and many other features.

GoPro Hero2 - The best camera for POV sports photograpy

What if you're not standing on the sidelines taking photos of the action but instead are right in the middle of the action? Then the camera you need is the GoPro Hero2. This handy little camera comes with a variety of mounts so you can attach it to a skateboard, surfboard, helmet, or just about any other piece of sports gear and capture point-of-view (POV) still and video images.

GoPro Camera CHDOH-002 HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition
GoPro Camera CHDOH-002 HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition

Manufacturer's Description: Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the HD HERO2 is a feat of engineering. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60M) and boasting an immersive 170� wide-angle lens, the HD HERO2 has ushered in a new era of image capture. Professional quality 30 fps 1080p and 60 fps 720p video, combined with 11 megapixel still photo capture that has landed magazine covers, HD HERO2 has stoked out more professional and amateur athletes, adventurers and filmmakers than any other camera in the world. GoPro gives you the ability to capture and share life's most passionate experiences. This is your life... GoPro.


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      6 years ago

      Hard to believe how inexpensive these have become! You've highlighted a few really nice ones!

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      whiteskyline lm 

      6 years ago

      Camera's are really reasonable these days. You should dig up some Go Pro vids so people have an idea of what they can do :)


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