Action / Sports camera recomendation

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by noodletim, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. noodletim

    noodletim New Member

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    Hi friends, it's time to upgrade cameras. I'm currently using a Canon PS SX130IS but am thinking it's time for more camera. I have been looking at the premium P and S models and possibly an entry level dSLR. I'm planning on using the new camera for sports and action shots a lot...possibly on a small scale professional level.
    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

    Budget $500.00 and less

    Size Full size


    What optical zoom will you need? 16 or greater

    * How important is “image quality” to you? Very important

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? Yes, I want to use manual modes

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for? Sports, action, landscapes

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Yes

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? No

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes


    Are there particular brands you like or hate? No

    Are there particular models you already have in mind? Canon, Nikon

    Do you need any of the following special features? Great image stabilization, fast burst mode, great image / video quality, viewfinder w/ diopter
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    You have two possible choices, an ultrazoom or a DSLR. The main advantage of an ultrazoom is the versatile zoom lens. The disadvantage is image quality, especially in low light and at the long end of the zoom. The main advantage of a DSLR is low light image quality, the main disadvantage is that to get long zoom ability you'll have to invest in a separate lens, which will add at least $200 to your budget.

    If you decide to go with an ultrazoom, I recommend the Sony HX200v (30x zoom), the Canon SX50 HS (50x) or the Nikon P510 (42x), The Sony is the quickest overall and has the best movie mode so it probably meets your needs better than the other two.
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    KCook Well-Known Member

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