10 Recommended Cameras for Sports, Wildlife, and Action Photography

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Whether you’re shooting a basketball game from the sidelines or the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, you’re going to want a camera with a lens that’s fast enough to catch all of the action. While some prefer the flexibility of an interchangeable-lens system with a large sensor, others dislike the bulk and weight of the gear involved. Fortunately for us all, technology is catching up to those of us who want a small camera with a large sensor and the ability to change lenses. Whatever your preference may be—below is a list of ten cameras recommended for sports, wildlife, and action photography for your adventures in 2016.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR

For the absolute latest flagship release, the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ processors, and a 61-Point High Density Reticular Auto Focus II with 41 cross-type points and a center point sensitive to -3 EV. This durable magnesium-alloy body has been designed for the pro shooter, delivering 16 frames per second when working in live view, and 14 fps when working with the viewfinder, not to mention the ability to record up to 170 raw files in a single burst when using a CFast 2.0 memory card. An expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50-409600 allows for greater low-light performance. Furthermore, the weather- and dust-proof EOS-1D X Mark II supports DCI 4K-resolution video recording at up to 60 fps, along with Full HD 1080p shooting at 120 fps for slow-motion playback. A built-in GPS module allows for in-camera geo-tagging and auto time sync while Wi-Fi sharing and wireless remote control is supported when using the optional WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter.

Nikon D5 DSLR

Another recent release, the Nikon D5 houses a 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED 5 processor, and 153-point Multi-CAM 20K phase-detect auto focusing. Photographers wanting to capture a fast-paced sports game or animals in the wilderness running at top speeds will be delighted by the 14 fps maximum continuous frame rate with fixed focus and mirror lock-up. For those desiring full auto exposure and focusing, a slight drop to 12 fps is sure to capture the perfect action-packed moment with precise focusing. Nighttime wildlife feed times and night games won’t be as challenging to shoot with the native sensitivity range from ISO 100-102400 and the expanded range of ISO 50-3280000. Photographers who also work in video will be pleased with the D5’s 4K UHD video-recording capabilities. Wi-Fi connectivity is possible with the optional WT-6A transmitter.


Nikon D500 DSLR

For flagship performance in a compact DX-format body, the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera is another recent release to the market. Featuring a 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor, it houses the same EXPEED 5 processor and 153-point Multi-CAM 20K phase-detect autofocusing as the D5 for significantly less of an investment. Sports and wildlife shooters alike will readily take advantage of the 10 fps continuous shooting rate for up to 200 frames in a single burst. The native sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200 with an expanded ISO 50-1640000 is able to handle tough lighting situations. The D500 also offers up to 4K UHD video recording at 30 fps. Multiple sharing options like the built-in SnapBridge Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, and Near Field Communication (NFC) are all supported to provide quick methods for connecting to your mobile device.

Canon 7D Mark II DSLR

Another APS-C offering, this time from Canon, is the Canon 7D Mark II, which features a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 image processors and a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps. This fast action capture relies heavily upon the 65-point all cross type phase-detection AF system that makes it a great choice for sports and wildlife photographers. The combination of dual image processors and CMOS sensor contribute to the native ISO range of 100-16000, which can be expanded to ISO 51200. For those working across platforms, Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at up to 60 fps and benefits from Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast focusing during video and live view. 

Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera

For a lot of speed in a compact mirrorless body, the Nikon 1 V3, available here with the 10-30mm kit lens, combines an 18.4MP 1" CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 4A image processor to achieve 20 frames per second with full-time autofocus capabilities. Once the focus position is fixed after the first frame is recorded, continuous shooting captures up to 60 fps—perfect when you’re close to the action. The intuitive Hybrid AF system combines both phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods to capture all of the action with extreme precision. In addition to the high-resolution still photographs, Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at 60 frames per second with a sensitivity of 12800 and full-time focusing for constant sharpness. While many photographers still wrinkle their noses at a tilting screen, it affords easier visibility from a variety of angles that would be otherwise impossible with a traditional viewfinder. For the traditionalist, an auxiliary electronic viewfinder is included. The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi enables you to quickly share photos immediately after recording them. For existing Nikon shooters looking for a compact camera solution, slip the FT-1 Mount Adapter onto the Nikon 1 V3 so you can work with all your favorite F-mount glass.  

Pentax K-3 II DSLR

Featuring a 24.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the Pentax K-3 II has a PRIME III image processor, optimized for high-speed shooting at 8.3 frames per second, and a competitive ISO range of 100-51200. Twenty-seven distinct phase-detection points include 25 cross-type for quickly and accurately pinpointing focus. Image quality and overall versatility is improved upon with a selectable anti-aliasing filter to gain higher resolution and sharpness or to protect against moiré. The sensor-shift design compensates for up to 4.5 stops of camera shake, aiding even the most experienced fast-action shooter, especially with longer focal lengths. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates along with time-lapse capture with the interval timer. 

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

For those wanting to take advantage of Fujifilm’s history in traditional film-based photography, several Film Simulation modes mimic some of the classic film types in the compact Fujifilm X-T1, which offers a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR Processor II, both contributing to its top continuous shooting rate of 8 frames per second. The expandable ISO range, from ISO 100-51200 is equally competitive, as is its proprietary X-Trans sensor, which takes advantage of a randomized pixel array instead of the more commonly used resolution-reducing optical low-pass filter. Digital Split Image and Focus Highlight Peaking enable fast and efficient manual focusing. Built-in wireless connectivity allows for instant sharing of photos and videos to your Android or iOS mobile device, as well as remote camera control and monitoring.

Sony a77II DSLR

The Sony a77II features a 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor that work together to produce continuous shooting at up to 12 fps for as many as 26 RAW frames. Translucent Mirror Technology enables the 79-point AF system with 15 cross-type points to work seamlessly while photographing in continuous shooting mode or while recording video and it enables full use of live view and the electronic viewfinder during shooting. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at both 60 and 24 fps. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC are both available without a complex setup.

Sony a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
 

For a smaller and more compact Sony body, the 14.25 ounce Sony a6300 is an advanced mirrorless option featuring a redeveloped 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor that work simultaneously to produce continuous shooting up to 11 fps. A 425-point phase-detection system with a 169-area contrast detection system allows for High-density Tracking AF for increased accuracy when following moving subjects across the image frame. Due to the on-sensor design of the AF system, it also works when shooting UHD 4K video, which is possible at a high 100 Mbps for maximum quality. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC are also supported in the a6300 for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites.

Sony RX10 Mark II

For those wanting everything (or as close to everything as technology will allow) in one package, the Sony RX10 Mark II offers a 20.2MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with a Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 lens. This all-in-one camera offers a flexible built-in zoom that eliminates the need to carry additional lenses. Its constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 and sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 provides excellent low-light capabilities. The BIONZ X processor enables continuous shooting up to 14 fps and contributes to the camera’s precise and speedy autofocus, as well as UHD 4K video recording. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC round out the RX10 Mark II for direct sharing, as does its moisture- and dust-resistant construction, a built-in pop-up flash, and the Sony Multi-interface shoe for connecting flashes, microphones, lights, monitors, and other accessories.

Only the Beginning…

While far from exhaustive, this list is meant to be a springboard into the pool of advanced, fast cameras 2016 has to offer for all of you sports and wildlife enthusiasts. As every photographer knows, cameras are only going to get smaller, faster, and more technologically advanced as the year goes on. 

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Hello! I'm looking for a mirrorless camera in and around the $1,000 (or less) range to photograph kids - so looking for something that does really well with moving objects and not the greatest lighting. No Sony please. Thank you so much! 

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I want to be a portrait and event photographer (such as sport events, concerts, party etc..) but I can't seem to find a mirrorless camera that would work best for me. I care about quality of photos and would like a type that can give me that HD look in the photos. I have minimum experience and willing to learn because I want this to be my profession, I have a budget of 1,500 USD. what would you recommend...

A mirrorless camera such as the Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens, BH #SOA72K would be a suitable option in terms of image quality and price point.

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Excellent article as always. I am looking for a compact camera to mainly film my sons' baseball games. I am currently using either my cell phone or a Nikon D7000, but would like something better than my phone and more compact thank the DSLR . I have been looking at the Sony RX100 and the Sony FDR-AX43, but would love to hear your suggestions.

You may want to consider the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera since it’s very compact, offers 4K video options and since it has a zoom equivalent of 24-200mm.

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Hi, I'm lookin to purchase a camera to take Mountain biking pictures,  I have no experience but willing to learn, my budget its no greater than $1500 CAD. 

If you guys could give me some options to choose would be much appreciated 

Thanks! 

The Sony Alpha a6100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses and Accessories Kit, BH #SOA6100KAC would be an excellent choice based on its fast autofocus and continuous shooting rate of 11 FPS.  Additionally, it is extremely light weight for those on the go. 

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I guys - I’m looking for a camera and would like some advice. Predominantly for skiing and outdoor climbing photography. So speed, weather protection and weight are main priority, but of course also for image quality. I’ve been using an entry level Canon DSLR and would like a camera to take me to next step, mirrorless or DSLR, but I’m unable to pay the higher end fees. C£1000-£1200 is about right. So a midrange enthusiast level would be great, if there’s one that you think would work? 

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Key Features

24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
BIONZ X Image Processor
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF and 5 fps Burst

The compact form is well-built with a magnesium allow top cover, front cover, and internal structure. The lens mount has been redesigned with a greater strength and rigidity for extra security when using larger or longer lenses. The body itself also features greater sealing for dust and moisture resistance, providing more protection when shooting out in the elements. Additionally, the optical filter on the sensor has an anti-static coating and there is an anti-dust mechanism to prevent dust from adhering to the sensor.

I currently photograph my daughters gymnastics, but would like to get into more of the sports. I have a Canon 80D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens. I would like to upgrade the body if there is something that would be a little more gymnasium friendly. Definitely can’t afford to jump all the way to the top prices, but looking for a decent upgrade option that could be an improvement for low light shooting. Thanks. 

You may want to consider something like the Canon EOS R, B&H # CAERB, which would offer a big improvement in terms of its full frame sensor, faster autofocus, higher number of autofocus points, and better low light performance. You can easily adapt all your current Canon lenses to this camera with no loss of image quality or performance. One such adapter is the Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, B&H # CAMAEFRFCR.

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I'm a beginner looking to get into manual controlled cameras. I take photos of rollercoasters and amusement attractions. I have previously just used a phone for photography, and I wish to buy a budget DSLR. My budget is very tight at 500 great British pounds, and I need to take photos of fast-moving objects. Hope you can help, Thanks.

If you are looking for a DSLR camera for your stated usage needs of photographing rollercoasters and/or fast-moving objects, I would recommend the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens and Accessories Kit, B&H # NID5600185SW, or for a more economical option, the Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens Basic Kit, B&H # NID35001855K, for your usage needs.  While the cameras do have the option to be fully automatic and set the exposure automatically, you can also use the [S] Shutter Priority mode or the [M] Manual mode, which would give you full control over the camera's exposure and allow you to set the shutter speed manually to freeze action.  Both Shutter Priority and Manual Mode will also allow you to set the ISO manually, so if you need a faster shutter speed than avaialble with current ambient lighting, you can increase the ISO to make the sensor more sensitive so you may use a faster shutter speed to freeze action (though increasing the ISO may increase digital noise in the image; this is the case with all cameras).  For more information, you can see the following link by either clicking directly on it or by copying and pasting the link into your internet browser's address bar:
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I'm a beginner photographer and I'm looking for more budget-friendly  (400-700 CAD) camera setups. I am most interested in shooting sports while also having a portable camera for street photography.  What are good mirrorless options as well as DSLR cameras? Thanks in advance!!

In your indicated price range, if you are looking for a DSLR camera that will work for street photography and sport photography usage needs, I would recommend the Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses, B&H # NID35002LK, for your usage needs.  For a mirrorless camera that would also work for your usage needs, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lenses and Accessories Kit (Black), B&H # PADMCGX85WKK, would work for your usage needs. 

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Hello. Would love to get back into photography. Used to do sports (football, auto racing) and would love to do some of that again! Also love shooting air shows (Blue Angels) and live concerts and comedy shows (indoors and outdoors). What would be the best DSLR for all these combined. I’m a Canon lover and would like to stay with them. 
Thank you

You may want to consider the Canon EOS 90D, B&H # CAE90D, which is capable of shooting up to 10 FPS in continuous mode and offers an APS-C sensor which will give you a 1.6X crop with full frame lenses, adding to the given range of the lens.

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A great lens to pair up with this would be the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens, B&H # CA7020028L3. 

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What would be a very good point & shoot camera for me? I already have all the heavy pro cameras and lenses but want something light and quick for my pocket. I need RAW and high fps. What would be the best of the best right now? Thanks

Depending on your budget, four point-and-shoot cameras I would recommend for your usage needs would be Ricoh GR III Digital Camera with Accessories Kit, B&H # RIGR3BAK (which has an APS-C sensor and a fixed 28mm lens), the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Digital Camera with Accessories Kit, B&H # CAPSG1X3K (which has a 3x 24-72mm zoom lens and an APS-C sized sensor), the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II Digital Camera with Accessory Kit, B&H # PADCLX1002AK (which has a Four Thirds sensor and has a 3.1x 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 optical zoom lens), and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera with Accessories Kit (Black), B&H # PADMCLX100BK (which is the previous version of the DC-LX100 II, and also has a Four Thirds sensor and a 3.1x f/1.7-2.8 optical zoom lens).  The Ricoh GR III is not the fastest camera as it has a maximum continuous burst rate of 4 frames per camera, but the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III has a relatively fast maximum continuous burst rate of 9 frames per second, the Panasonic DC- LX100 II has a maximum continuous burst rate of 11 frames per second, and the Panasonic DMC-LX100 has a maximum continuous burst rate of 11 frames per second when using the standard mechanical shutter and 40 frames per second when using the electronic shutter.

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Hi, looking for camera recommendations for shooting rodeo events. Thanks!

I would recommend going with the Nikon D500 based on its fast autofocus and fast continuous shooting rate.

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Hello! I’m a beginner and was wondering what would be a really good camera to take pictures of my dogs running and playing? 

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-250mm Lenses Kit, B&H # CAEDRT7I1825, and the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses Kit (Black), B&H # SOA6300BK55K, would both be good options for your planned usage needs. Both cameras have good autofocus performance, and the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera has a burst rate of up to 11 continuous frames per second while the Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera has a burst rate of up to 6 continuous frames per second. As such, both are great option for your usage needs.
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This is a great article, and I love the attention to users comments!! I am a college track coach and need to take pictures of my athletes for Instagram, and my phone's camera just isn't cutting it. I am generally within 100 meters of them when they are running. I have zero experience with cameras (other than my phone). Which camera should I buy?

As it will depend on your school’s budget, I will list three different options that would all work for your usage needs.  The Nikon D500 DSLR Camera with 16-80mm Lens, B&H # NID5001680, the Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm VR Lenses Kit, B&H # NID7500DZLK, or the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses, B&H # NID56002LK, would all be good options in different price brackets.  The Nikon D500 would be the fastest camera in continuous burst mode with the ability to shoot up to 10 frames per second, with the D7500 shooting at 8 frames per second, and the D5600 shooting at 5 frames per second, still fast enough for your sports usage needs.  The D500 has 153 AF focus points, while the D7500 has 51 AF points and the D5600 has 39 AF points.  All have good motion tracking and decent low-light performance, and as they all also have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you would be able to wirelessly transfer images from the cameras to your smartphone/tablet by downloading the Nikon SnapBridge app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, which you may then easily transfer to Instagram or other social media platforms, all without needing to use your computer.

If this will be your first DSLR camera, and you have little-to-no experience with DSLR cameras, then the Nikon D7500 or the Nikon D5600 DSLR cameras may be the easier options to use as they do have Full Automatic modes (similar to the point-and-shoot usage style of your smartphone or other smaller cameras) as well as Scene modes in addition to the more manual modes that give you more control over your image.  The Nikon D500 is a slightly more advanced camera, so it does not have the full automatic green mode as do the other two cameras, and does not offer scene modes.  The D7500 and D5600 kits I listed above also come with both the standard zoom lens and the 70-300mm telephoto lens, which would be the longer lens you would use to focus on your subjects when they are at long distances from your shooting position.  The D500 comes with the standard kit lens, but you would need to purchase a telephoto lens separately.  There are good quality lenses that have better performance than the regular telephoto zoom lens, such as the brighter and sharper, such as the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Nikon F, B&H # TA7020028SPN, but if you are interested in the D500 and want the same (and more economically-priced) telephoto zoom lens as included in the other kits, the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Lens, B&H # NI7030045VR, would also work for your usage needs.

Hello! My son races go karts, and i currently have a Nikon D5200. Im looking to upgrade, but don't want to spend over $2000, for a camera body. The go karts go about 50-55 mph, and i do all the pictures for the local track. I really like Nikon, especially since i own a couple lens's already. Any suggestions for what i should get next would would be great. Thanks!

The Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only) B&H # NID500 would your safest best based on its fast autofocus and fast continuous shooting rate.

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what camera would you recommend for shooting car racing? 

For your needs, I would consider the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only) B&H # NID500, which allows for a continuous shooting rate up to 10 FPS and offers a 153 point AF system. You can easily pair it with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens B&H # NI7020028E and gain an equivalent focal length of 105-300mm.  This is due in part to the crop factor of 1.5X on the DX sensor and that full frame lens.  

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Hey everyone. I was wanting advice on what’s the best camera for shooting softball and what lens? I would also like it to take still photography of my girls. I don’t want to have to purchase a camera again for the next 15 years (when they are all in their own 😂)  

Recommendations?? 

While which camera is “best” is subjective as the best would be personal preference, the DSLR cameras I would recommend as great options for sports photography would be the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera Body with W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter, B&H # CAE7DM2, or the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only), B&H # NID500.  If you are looking for mirrorless cameras, the Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only), B&H # SOA73, and the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only), B&H # PADCG9, would be good options.  For lenses for the above cameras, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens would be a good option for sports photography usage needs.  The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens, B&H # CA7020028LIQ, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens, B&H # NI7020028E, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens, B&H # SO7020028GM, the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II POWER O.I.S. Lens, B&H # PA3510028A, or the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, B&H # OL4015028B, would all be comparable options for use with the aforementioned cameras.
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I want the best VIDEO CAMERA for sports, wildlife and action. As such, I need the BEST, fastest, most accurate autofocus system available. I was hoping to spend around $3,000, but can go up to about $5,000 if that makes a huge difference.

Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF is one of the best auto focus systems available.  The XF405 is a 4K camcorder with a 15x zoom lens, 1" sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF.  It is right in your budget as well, it is a great option.

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Hello friends, I am looking into camera+ 1 basic lens and 1 addition lens for motorsports photography. I have been using my phone for long enough and have managed to get some good pictures there, but I know I can do better. What would you suggest for the camera body, and better lens. For an advanced lens I am usually between 50/100 meters from what I want to be shooting, and speeds vary from slower corners (45 mph) to high speed straights (100-150 mph). Before race I was planning on using the basic lens for close-ups of the cars and such. My top choice within budget was the Canon rebel T7i due to the amount focus points and FPS, but if there is anything comparable for the price I'd love to hear other options. as for lenses, I know nothing. Thank you

If you will be shooting in bright lighting, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-250mm Lenses Kit, B&H # CAEDRT7I1825, would be a good option for your usage needs.  It is a two lens kit; a standard zoom lens and a longer telephoto zoom lens.  If you are looking for a higher quality telephoto lens, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Canon EOS DSLR Cameras, B&H # TA7020028MC, would be a good option for your usage needs.  If you need a lens with longer zoom reach, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF, B&H # SI1506005CC, would be recommended for your usage needs.

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I looking to purchase a new camera to capture wildlife, Sports, Birds ,flowers and also wedding. which should I purchase Nikon d500 or Canon 7D

While both cameras have the same resolution and capable of shooting 10 FPS in continuous mode, the D500 would stand out based on its higher number of AF points and its low light performance.

I am looking to purchase a new camera, my passion is to catch things in motion. I take a lot of pictures of whales and dolphins on the sparkling ocean waters. I also like to take pictures of birds, wild life and even the grand kids. I like close up shot of birds and flowers. What is your recomendations for me?? Thank you in advance.

I would recommend the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black), B&H # SOA6300BK, or the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black), B&H # SOA6000BK, as a mirrorless camera that would work well for your photographic usage needs to captures whales, dolphins, birds, and other wildlife.  It is a more economical option and has fast autofocus and a burst rate of 11 frames per second as well as wider autofocus coverage across the viewfinder.  The kit lens included with the camera would be a good option for everyday photography usage needs, and would work well for photographing your grandchildren.  A telephoto lens would be a good option for your wildlife usage needs.  For a telephoto lens for use with this camera, the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF and MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E Kit, B&H # SI100400EFK, and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF and MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E Kit, B&H # SI1506005CCK, would work for your usage needs.  For close-up photos of flowers, a macro lens, such as the Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens, B&H # SO3035, would be a good option for your usage needs.  For more information, you can see the following link by either clicking directly on it or by copying and pasting the link into your internet browser's address bar:

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That is a little steeper then i thought it would be after adding all the lenses. Do you have a second recommendation?

If you are looking for a more economical option, the Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses, B&H # NID35002LK, would be a kit that includes a standard lens and a telephoto lens.  While not as long as the lenses I listed in my previous reply, it should still be compatible for your planned usage needs.

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Hi I have no experience in photography and would like something to capture mainly horses in still shots and at high speeds racing. Also I like to capture planes and wildlife from quite long range. I hope you can help. Thanks

If you are looking for a DSLR camera for your usage needs, depending on your budget, the two cameras I would recommend would be either the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens, B&H # CAE80D1855¸ or the Canon EOS 77D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens, B&H # CAE77D1855.  Both are good cameras for sports usage needs, and more so, would be good options for someone who is using the camera as a beginner camera.  The Canon 80D has a slightly faster burst speed of 7 frames a second for continuous burst images, while the Canon EOS 77D shoots as 6 frames per second in continuous burst mode.  The kit lens that is included would be okay for all-around photography, but for long-distance shooting, you would want a lens that has more zoom range, such as either the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF, B&H # SI100400C, or the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF, B&H # SI1506005CC, for your usage needs.  If you are looking for a smaller camera that would still be a viable option, I would recommend the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black), B&H # SOA6000BK, as a mirrorless camera that would also work well for sports photography.  It is a more economical option and has fast autofocus and a burst rate of 11 frames per second as well as wider autofocus coverage across the viewfinder.  For a telephoto lens for use with this camera, the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF and MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E Kit, B&H # SI100400EFK, and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF and MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E Kit, B&H # SI1506005CCK, would work for your usage needs.  For more information, you can see the following link by either clicking directly on it or by copying and pasting the link into your internet browser's address bar:
 

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Hello I am a beginner. I am interested in being able to capture my dog in action, close and far (100ft) as well as capture subjects in action at sporting events (lifeguard competitions in ocean) (up to 500ft) and also nature shots. A good quality automatic would be great or something not too difficult to operate at a mid range price. Thanks for your help.

A great camera that is easy to use and offers a long zoom range as well as a fast burst mode to capture moving objects is the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera B&H # PADCFZ80B. https://bhpho.to/2o2uUIF

Hi I am looking for a good quality automatic camera that has great zoom, sports and low light capability. Most of my photos are either holiday landscapes or musicians playing in clubs ( where I would use sports to capture movement of musicians) . Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks 

A great point and shoot camera that is excellent in low light and provides a long zoom range is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera B&H # SODSCRX10M4. https://bhpho.to/2yc6AJh  

I apologize if someone has already answered this question. I currently have a Lumix FZ 70 and I love the incredible focal range -- and the zoom (20-1200), but the auto focus is quite slow (unless I'm not using the right settings...?)  I'm wondering if there is something with as great a zoom but faster auto focus, for taking photos of wildlife - in particular on an upcoming trip to Costa Rica. I'd like to avoid changing lenses, in part because of the added weight.  Thanks!

If you do not wish to change lenses, you would be looking for a point-and-shoot camera with a built-in lens.  While the options listed below do not have as much zoom as the camera you listed in your inquiry, the three camera options I would recommend for your stated usage needs in order of autofocus performance would be either the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera with Free Accessory Kit, B&H # SODSCRX10M4K, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera, B&H # PADMCFZ2500, or the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera with Free Accessory Kit, B&H # PADCFZ80BBK.  For more information, you can see the following link by either clicking directly on it or by copying and pasting the link into your internet browser's address bar:

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