Choosing a Suitable Camera for Sports Photography

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Sports photography has come a long way since the introduction of digital cameras. It’s quite a bit easier now, but you still need to make sure you have a camera that can handle the fast action of sporting events. This is especially true considering that each sport has somewhat different requirements.

Most compact point and shoot cameras come with a sports mode on their dials, but they aren’t really good enough for serious sports photographers. These cameras generally have small sensors and have restricted maximum lens apertures when at longer focal lengths. This makes it difficult to take top quality sports shots.

In addition, many cameras suffer from shutter lag and this will affect photos taken in fast action environments as the moment has come and gone by the time the shutter reacts.

However, there are numerous DSLR cameras out there that are fine for sports photography. If you do some research you’ll be able to find the camera that suits your requirements the best. This depends on the type of sports you’re shooting and your photography style.

You need the camera to respond instantly when you press the shutter, so look for a camera with no or minimal shutter lag. It’s also a good idea to make sure the camera comes with the capability of continuous shooting and a high frame rate.

Many sports take place outdoors, so you need to find a camera that is good for all types of weather conditions. The lenses and cameras will need to handle rain, dust, and snow etc. You may need to invest in additional camera covers and protection devices.

Check to see if the camera is weather resistant in any way before buying it. Also, look for weather-resistant lenses in the focal length range that you’ll need.

Choosing a Suitable Camera for Sports Photography

One of the biggest problems with sports photography is the lighting conditions. Basically, you have to work with what you get, especially if the event is outdoors. Many indoor events don’t allow you to use flash, and if they did, you’d have to be right up close to the action anyway for the flash to be of any use to you.

You’re usually going to need high shutter speeds to make sure there’s no motion blur in the images. This means you may have to use a high ISO setting as well in low light situations. The problem with this could be graininess due to the high ISO.

Most photographers take hundreds of shots at sports events, so make sure you have a large battery capacity or a couple of spares with you.

Another important aspect is deciding on the type of lens you need. A good sports lens can cost quite a bit of money and is considered to be a long-term investment. Make sure the lenses you use have the proper range capabilities for your events and offer wide maximum apertures.

The camera will need to have a fast auto-focusing system. Some lenses come with their own motor, but others rely on the camera’s power. You’ll find the need for auto focusing depending on the sport you’re covering. In a sport such as racing it’s not as important because the subjects are always following the same route or path and you can focus on one specific area of the track or course.

The subjects in racing are predictable, but in other sports they’re very unpredictable and you don’t know where the athlete is going to end up next. If this is the case you could always try the manual focusand follow the action with your camera.

If you choose a digital camera that incorporates all of these aspects you shouldn’t have a problem getting good sports shots.

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