Ted's Top 5 Sports & Action Cameras

28 June 2021
Best Sports Cameras

There’s nothing more frustrating as a photographer than shooting with a camera that is unable to keep up with the action.

Whether you are taking your camera track-side, wanting to get tack-sharp images of the muscle cars passing by, or you are wanting to submit your shots of the local footy club for publication, any one of the cameras on this list is capable of helping you on your journey.

Nikon D5

Starting things out right at the top-end of the market, is the high-performance Nikon D5 Digital DSLR. With 153 AF points, which includes 99 cross sensors, the D5 provides stunning autofocus performance and subject tracking, features which are maintained even when firing away at the top continuous shooting speed of 12 frames per second.

All of this on its own is impressive, but what makes the Full-Framed D5 even more of a winner in our eyes is the lack of perceivable buffer. Nikon claim a 200 RAW file buffer, so you can literally hold down the shutter button and continue firing for lengthy periods, and this camera will keep up the pace.

Nikon D5

Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II

Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II

Next up is Canon’s own flagship Digital SLR, the EOS 1DX Mark II. The 20MP full-framed 1DX Mark II is built for speed, with a top continuous shooting speed of 14 frames per second and Canon’s new dual pixel AF system, which is remarkably fast and accurate.

The 61-point AF system of this body is vastly improved over the original 1DX, with 24% more vertical coverage, which improves focus speed and tracking performance. When used with compatible CFast cards the 1DX Mark II delivers an impressive buffer of 170 RAW files, shot at continuous high speed.

Sony A9

Much of the fast performance of the Sony A9 stems from the unique 24MP stacked CMOS sensor. The 693 points of the AF system cover 93% of the image sensor, so focus speed and accuracy are not surprisingly top-notch.

The 20 frames per second continuous shooting performance will hunt down any subject you can poke a stick, or camera lens at, while the electronic shutter allows for an outstanding top shutter speed of 1/32000 of a second. This is a speed-seeker’s dream camera.

Sony A9

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The top of the line offering from Olympus, it is no surprise that this Micro Four Thirds camera features performance that far outweighs its compact body.

The weather-sealed OM-D E-M1 Mark II can shoot at an unbelievably high speed of 15 frames per second and it delivers blistering AF speed thanks to its advanced phase-detection AF system. By using the electronic shutter and not using continuous AF you can increase on the burst shooting rate even more, but the real clincher for the E-M1 is its in-body stabiliser, promising blur-free shooting with any lens attached.

Panasonic Lumix G9

When using continuous focus this flagship model from Panasonic, delivers a notable burst rate of 20 frames per second. AF speeds are super-fast, so you can make the most of that burst shooting rate, while much like the previously discussed E-M1 Mark II, this body is all the better for its built-in image stabilisation.

A compact body, although larger than other mirrorless offerings, the G9 features a body design that is comfortable in the hand, which is a real benefit for action shooting, while its magnesium alloy construction leads to supreme weather-sealing, great for shooting in more extreme and adventurous conditions.

Panasonic Lumix G9

That's our pick for the top 5 sports and action cameras, but don't forget, fast shooting also requires fast lenses. Which is why Ted's stock a great range of fast action lenses HERE.

Best Sports Cameras

Action photography requires speed and lots of it. While a lot comes from your own reaction time - knowing what to look for and when to shoot - a suitably capable camera is essential for the best sports photography. Ask any professional sports photographer, and they’ll tell you just how frustrating it is to have a camera that can’t keep up with the pace of the action.

Whether you’re bringing your camera track-side, capturing high-speed images of the cars zooming past, or to the local footy club on game day, any one of these cameras will get the job done. So, here it is! Discover the best camera for sports photography with Ted’s top five sports and action cameras.

1. Canon EOS R5

  • 20 FPS continuous shooting
  • 5940 AF points
  • Up to 8-stop Image Stabilisation
  • 45.7MP Full-Frame sensor + 8K video capture

Joining Canon’s hugely popular full-frame mirrorless camera lineup, the Canon EOS R5 arrives with one hell of a feature list. Boasting a 45.7MP Full-Frame Sensor with up to 8-stops of image stabilisation and 5940 auto-focus points that capture Ultra-HD 8K video, 4K at 120p for slow-motion video, and continuous shooting at 20 frames per second, the EOS R5 an unprecedented leap forward in photography. The Canon EOS R5 is an incredible mirrorless camera that is more than up to the challenge of sports photography. 

What makes this camera so damn good is its 5-axis Image Stabilisation, a first for a Canon interchangeable lens camera. Photographers can pair their EOS R5 with compatible stabilised lenses to deliver up to 8 stops of stabilisation. And with a vast lineup of Canon EF-Mount full-frame lenses at your fingertips, the only limit is your imagination.

2. Canon EOS 90D

  • 11 FPS continuous shooting
  • 45-Point Cross-Type AF
  • Optical Viewfinder
  • 32.5MP APS-C Sensor

Despite being considered a mid-level Digital SLR, the Canon EOS 90D is one of the best affordable sports cameras suitable for beginners and even professionals. Although lacking a full-frame sensor, its 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor is more than capable, recording  4K30p video and snapping incredible photos under low light conditions.

Plus, with 45 points of auto-focus, the Canon EOS 90D can capture still images in a super quick burst of up to 11 frames per second while also keeping track of fast-paced action thanks to additional auto-focus features like dual pixel focus and eye detection. To extend the shooting power of the 90D, add the Canon BG-E14 battery grip for a boatload of battery life.

3. Fujifilm X-T4

  • 15 FPS continuous shooting
  • 425-Point AF System
  • In-Body Image Stabilisation
  • 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans Sensor

If you’re a fan of the traditional SLR design, you’ll love the Fujifilm X-T4. However, the real draw of this camera is not the aesthetics or its impeccable construction quality but performance. Shooting with a Fuji Mirrorless camera is a joyous occasion. Harkening back to an analogue past, the X-T4 replicates this with dedicated ISO and shutter speed dials, alongside physical aperture rings across many compatible lenses.

The Fujifilm X-T4 features a 26.1MP APS-S X-Trans sensor heralded for its brilliant colour performance and low-light image quality. Boasting a rugged, weather-sealed construction, the Fujifilm X-T4 features a lightning-fast 425-point AF system, in-body Image Stabilisation and 15 frames per second continuous shooting, making it a dependable and gorgeous looking sports camera. No action is too fast for the X-T4.

4. Sony A7 Mark III

  • 10 FPS continuous shooting
  • Fast-Hybrid AF System
  • 5-Stop Image Stabilisation
  • 24MP Full-Frame Sensor

If you want all the bells and whistles, you want the Sony A7 Mark III. This full-frame mirrorless camera captures professional quality images inside an ergonomic form factor that photographers can wear around their neck all day long without fatigue. 

Lightweight, compact, yet still packing one hell of a punch, the A7 Mark III is no wilting flower.  Inside its weather-sealed magnesium alloy chassis is the BIONZ X image processor. Capable of capturing ten frames per second in continuous shooting mode, you can take a whopping 89 RAW photos before your camera needs a break to process it all. Oh, and it captures Ultra-HD 4K video too.

Coupled with a hybrid AF system that employs both phase-detection and contrast-detection points, and you’ve got both remarkable speed and accuracy. There’s even a 5-axis in-body stabilisation system that delivers up to 5 stops of protection from blur for sharp handheld shooting. From kickoff to the final whistle, you’ll be more than happy with the performance of the Sony A7 Mark III.

5. Nikon Z6II

  • 14 FPS continuous shooting
  • 273-Point Hybrid AF System
  • Built-In VR Stabilisation
  • 24.5MP backside-illuminated Full-Frame Sensor

The Nikon Z6II is yet another mirrorless camera on our list of the best cameras for sports photography, and for a good reason. Known for its multimedia qualities, the Z6II captures jaw-dropping, tack-sharp stills and gorgeous 4K UHD video that will appeal to even the pickiest of cinematographers.

In addition, this impressive compact mirrorless camera can shoot at up to 14 frames per second in a single burst, meaning you can hold down your finger and pan an entire stretch of road as the cars race by, giving you several brilliant frames to choose from. Coupled with its blistering fast 273-point AF system and built-in VR Stabilisation, and you’ve got yourself likely the best camera for shooting sports.

Composition is made super easy with a tilting LCD screen and a high-quality electronic viewfinder for accurately finding focus and composing your images. A top OLED panel is also available on the body, giving users a quick readout of their most important settings without taking their eye off the action. 

Paired with an expanded ISO range, high shutter speeds, dual memory card slots and one of Nikon’s many Z-Mount lenses, you have yourself one of the best cameras and lenses for sports photography.

Keep up with all of the action with the right camera gear

That's our pick for the top 5 sports and action cameras to help you capture the best action shots. But don't forget: fast shooting also requires fast lenses. Check out Ted’s great range of fast action lenses to pair your new sports camera with.

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