The 22 Best Digital Cameras For Sports, Wildlife, And Action Photography

From simple compacts to full-frame digital SLRs, here's what to select from the 20 digital camera models available.

When it comes to selecting a digital camera, the range of choices are overwhelming. Not only are there dozens of models to choose from, you have a number of different types ranging from pocket-friendly point-and-shoots to advanced D-SLRs and mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. What brand is “best,” what features are “necessary”, how many megapixels do you need, which lens(es) to choose, how much to spend….

We’ve picked up 20 best digital cameras offering the best features, the best quality, the best ideas and the best value.

1. Hasselblad H5D-200c Multi-Shot Medium Format DSLR Camera Body $44,995

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The H5D-200c Multi-Shot Medium Format DSLR Camera Body from Hasselblad houses a 50MP CMOS sensor and enables single-shot capture and advanced 4-shot or 6-shot multi-shot capture for improved colors, reduced moire, and increased resolution. The 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor with 8272 x 6200 pixels enables low light sensitivity with an ISO range from 100 to 6400. Source: bhphotovideo.com

2. MAMIYA 645DF+ CAMERA $5,990

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The Mamiya 645DF+ Medium Format DSLR Camera Body is an open platform, digital medium format camera that that can use a digital back with an image area much larger than standard 35mm, leading to increased image quality. The camera is compatible with multiple brands of digital backs, including Leaf, Hasselblad, and Phase One, due to its open platform design. It also works with Mamiya focal plane lenses, Schneider-Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses, Mamiya 645 AFD lenses, and Hasselblad V lenses. Source: bhphotovideo.com

3. Leica Q (Typ 116), black anodized $4,250

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4.2 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor Leica Maestro II Image Processor Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens 3.68 MP LCOS Electronic Viewfinder 3″ Touchscreen LCD Monitor Contrast-Detect AF System Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps ISO 50,000 & 10 fps Continuous Shooting Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC. Check out this product.

4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 RII Digital Still Camera $3,898

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42.4MP Full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor 35mm F2.0 ZEISS® Sonnar T* lens with macro capability World’s first 1 user-selectable optical variable low-pass filter Fast Hybrid AF with 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points Retractable 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ w/ ZEISS T* coating Fixed lens design allows the lens & sensor to be aligned at the micron level Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® and NFC™ w/ camera apps 2 User selectable compressed or uncompressed 14-bit RAW still image Tiltable 3” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD™ Display Resolution meets sensitivity 42.4MP up to ISO 102,400 3. Get one here.

5. Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K with EF Mount $2,995.00

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Large Super 35 Sensor: With a large Super 35 size sensor you get familiar framing and behavior from the lenses you already own! The sensor features a global shutter so you get perfect panning and with minimal crop factor you also get beautiful wide a EF Compatible Lens Mount: With the EF compatible lens mount you can choose high quality optics that are designed to take advantage of the large Super 35 size sensor with minimal cropping. Use the world’s most amazing optics from leading lens crafters Capture 4K ProRes directly to a removable SSD!: With a built in SSD recorder, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K easily captures 4K in ProRes 422 (HQ) and compressed CinemaDNG files. Click here.

6. Sony DSCRX1R/B 24MP Compact System Cyber-Shot Digital Still Camera $2,799.99

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Discover astonishing picture clarity and fine-tuned performance without the optical low-pass filter (OLPF). In a land where detail is king, we’ve completely maxed out image sharpness by removing the OLPF. What’s left is a full-frame, 24.3-megapixel marvel that captures amazing detail resolution-and fits right in your pocket. Visit here.

7. Leica M9 18MP Digital Range Finder Camera $2,799.00

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The world’s smallest full frame digital camera. This 18 megapixels camera continues the legacy of the Leica M rangefinder with the most modern digital technology. Digital photography enters a new dimension: the Leica M9 is the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a full-format 24 x 36 mm sensor. As the world’s most compact full-format system camera, the M9 extends the legendary heritage of the Leica rangefinder M System and unites over 50 years of continuous technical improvements to the system with the best in cutting-edge digital technology. Product available here.

8. Sony DSC-RX1/B Cyber-shot Full-frame Digital Camera $2,798

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Sony made the impossible possible. Once considered merely a dream is now a reality that can sit in the palm of your hand. Introducing the revolutionary RX1: The world’s first fixed lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor.

9. SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Camera $2,299

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This truly groundbreaking digital SLR camera incorporates a 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. The SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model housed in a solid magnesium alloy body making it extremely lightweight with an overall nice feel and pleasant handling. The splash proof feature protects the camera from the effects of harsh weather conditions. Ref ( sigmaphoto.com )

10. Leica D-LUX 3 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom $1,999.99

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Every picture taken with the LEICA D-LUX 3 has a story to tell. The unique manual setting options give you the freedom to create images that express your own style. Use the high-quality Leica lens to take stunning shots from the wide-angle to the telephoto range. With O.I.S. optical stabilization technology and ultra fast processing, the LEICA D-LUX 3 sets new standards in its class. Choose between 3 picture formats, achieve first-class image quality with the camera’s 10 megapixel sensor and assess your shots on the wide-screen display. Small and elegant, the LEICA D-LUX 3 is always ready to make your personal view of the world reality.

 

11. Leica 18440 16.5MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch TFT LCD (Black) $1,995.00

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The Leica X (Typ 113) debuts with the iconic 35mm / f1.7 lens. Iconic 35mm / f1.7 lens for bright, clear and incredible sharp photographs from infinity to close up. Fast and easy switch between manual and automatic modes via focus ring on lens.

12. Leica X (typ 113) 16.5MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch TFT LCD $1,995.00

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Iconic 35mm equivalent f1.7 lens for bright, clear and incredible sharp photographs from infinity to close up Fast and easy switch between manual and automatic modes via focus ring on lens.Full HD video with fast prime lens.Best in class image performance.

13. ValCam Photo ID Camera with Pan, Tilt and Zoom $1,795.00

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Specifically designed for photo ID applications, the VALCam Pan-Tilt-Zoom photo ID camera creates crisp, high quality ID badge photos. Unlike other digital cameras, the VALCam ID camera uses CCD sensors with few pixels but with higher quality, which is ideal for printing high quality photos on plastic cards.

14. Casio EX-FH25 10.1MP High Speed Digital Camera $1,699.00

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The Leica V-Lux 2 is a compact camera with enormous zoom range of 25-600 mm and full HD video recording capability. The 14.1 megapixels Leica V-Lux 2 is one of the world’s fastest cameras in its class making it ideal for landscapes, sport, travel and wildlife photography. Camera includes lens hood, carrying strap, rechargeable battery (Leica BP-DC 9), battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, power cord, lens cap, instruction booklet, CD-ROM with manuals in PDF format, instructions for product registration and software download.

15. Leica V-Lux2 Super Zoom Digital Camera $1,599.00

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Now, nothing is beyond reach. Aim for more dramatic stills and movies from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto. The 24-600mm1 (25x) ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens offers a bright F2.4-4 max aperture that can take full advantage of the large 1” 20.1 MP image sensor. See subjects stand out beautifully in all kinds of scenes from wide-angle landscapes to ultra-telephoto sports action.

16. Raymarine EV-100 p70 Wheel Pilot Pack $1,516.58

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The Raymarine EV-100 p70 Wheel Pilot Pack comprises a fully enclosed wheel-drive that fits most types of wheels and provides superb autopilot performance for small to medium sized sailboats. Quick and easy installation makes it the ideal autopilot for do-it-yourselfers.

17. Leica D-LUX 3 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle $1,499.00

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Every picture taken with the LEICA D-LUX 3 has a story to tell. The unique manual setting options give you the freedom to create images that express your own style. Use the high-quality Leica lens to take stunning shots from the wide-angle to the telephoto range. With O.I.S. optical stabilization technology and ultra fast processing, the LEICA D-LUX 3 sets new standards in its class. Choose between 3 picture formats, achieve first-class image quality with the camera’s 10 megapixel sensor and assess your shots on the wide-screen display.

18. Sony DSC-RX10M II Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera $1,398.00

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With the world’s first 1-inch stacked back-side illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor (1), a new world of super-real photography emerges. Zoom in with the RX10 II. Use it to create spectacular 20.2MP still images, stunning 4K movies (2), up to 40x super slow motion (3) and much more. Click here.

19. Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver) $1,299.00

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First, photographers had to be a master of their camera to produce great work. Then, anyone could become a photographer thanks to advances in technology. Now, a camera has been created that leaves all the control in the hands of the photographer, but backs it up with advanced technology. The FUJIFILM X100T.

20. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Digital Camera DSC-RX10M2 $1,298.00

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The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Digital Camera from Sony is a compact, point-and-shoot camera that features a large 20.2 MP, 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor producing high resolution still imagery and internal-recording UHD 4K video up to 30 fps, and super slow-motion full HD video up to 960 fps. This sensor’s design utilizes a stacked CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip and backside-illuminated technology to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions as well as low-noise imagery and a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800.

21. Leica 18400 X1 Digital Camera (Black) $1,199.99

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The Leica X1 in classical black is a 12.2 megapixels classical black digital compact camera with a Leica Elmarit lens, 1:2.8/24 ASPH, that is targeted at customers who are modern, spontaneous, mobile and lifestyle-oriented. Made in Germany, the Leica x1 offers the DSLR quality in a compact camera. Camera includes leather carrying strap, battery LEICA BP-DC8, battery charger, battery protector, USB-cable, lens cap, instruction manual, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

22. Sd Quattro Camera $799

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The sd Quattro is a highly unique APS-C sensor mirrorless camera designed with the Foveon Quattro sensor. This sensor is renowned for its incredible image quality and color fidelity and produces imagery comparable to that of a 39MP DSLR with a Bayer-pattern sensor. Its new physical design touts a two mode autofocus system, utilizing phase detection and contrast detection for optimal performance while a dust & splash proof magnesium alloy body make this system rugged and ideal for harsh conditions. Source : sigmaphoto.com

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