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Finding the Best Video Camera for Sports – Exploring the Different Options

Finding the Best Video Camera for Sports – Exploring the Different Options

In our previous post, we discussed what features you should be looking for when trying to find the best video camera for sports. You must check out that post by clicking here if you haven’t already, as it won’t be possible for you to choose the right video camera for shooting sports video without having the information shared in that post.


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In this post, we will be talking about a few of the different types of cameras on the market, so that you can match what they offer with your specific needs and choose the best type of video camera accordingly.

DSLR Cameras

Well, there’s probably no one reading this that isn’t aware of DSLR cameras. They are the gold standard of cameras and photography and videography.

And of course, there are plenty of DSLR cameras on the market that would work great as a video camera for taking sports videos. This is because they generally offer a very good quality of video recording, while also coming with a long list of advanced features.

 

DSLR Cameras

 

These features help you customize the recording according to your specific needs, which is great as everyone’s preferences are fairly different. As far as the recording quality is concerned, most DSLRs, if not all, offer at least the 1080P quality. However, many of them also offer 4K recording, although they are obviously considerably more expensive.

The recording speed is usually also pretty impressive, which is important when recording sports videos. Also, unless you’re on a very tight budget, it wouldn’t be a problem to find a DSLR with a great autofocus system, which is another feature you must look for when looking for the best video camera for sports.

Needless to say, DSLRs are also great at taking high-quality images, so if you like taking a few images here and there when you’re not recording videos, then you will certainly be impressed with what a DSLR has to offer on that front.

Finally, it’s important to mention that these features are expensive, and DSLR cameras tend to be the most expensive of all the types of cameras out there. They are also bulkier than most other types of cameras, though you can find some that are fairly lightweight if you search hard enough.

Mirrorless Cameras

The mirrorless camera is a new breed of cameras. However, they have been soaring in popularity ever since they hit the market, and that’s for a reason.

They offer DSLR-like capabilities without the bulkiness and the hefty price tag of a DSLR, which makes them a great alternative to DSLR cameras.

 

Mirrorless Cameras

 

In fact, mirrorless cameras are particularly good for videos; they don’t have the traditional optical viewfinder that a typical DSLR comes with, but rather an electronic viewfinder (hence they are called mirrorless). This not only helps them be much more lightweight, but also perform better when recording videos as the “mirror” in DSLR cameras have to be lowered for shooting videos, but it isn’t present in a mirrorless camera.

Another factor that makes a mirrorless camera a great option for taking sports videos is a highly accurate autofocus system. Many mirrorless cameras also come with a very responsive LCD touchscreen that allows you to quickly change the focus by clicking on the subject or element you want to focus on.

Of course, a mirrorless camera also supports the interchangeable lens, meaning that no matter your preferences, you would be able to find a lens that makes it a great overall camera system for you.

Similarly, many of the mirrorless cameras also come with IBIS (in-body image stabilization), that basically helps you record professional quality sports or action videos with no distortion or loss of detail even without using a tripod. This really makes them a top contender for the title of the best handheld video camera.

Action Cameras

These are often specifically designed for taking action videos, which include all types of videos that have a lot of stuff happening in them, with many fast-moving subjects and elements. This obviously makes them a great choice for taking sports videos too.

 

Action Cameras

 

One of the most highlighting features of an action camera is video stabilization. Some of the better action cameras like the GoPro style camera come with advanced video stabilization, that even a much more expensive DSLR or mirrorless camera might not be able to match.

Another great feature of a good action camera is a solid build quality and durability. This makes them much more suitable for carrying around – especially if you go for a small action camera – whereas a DSLR or other type of camera may not be able to hold up well to all kinds of conditions. In other words, action cameras are way more portable than a DSLR and even a mirrorless camera for that matter.

What’s more, an extremely durable HD sports camera like the GoPro Hero5 is even waterproof, making it a perfect fit for users that want to shoot videos of watersports.

Camcorders

Once one of the most popular types of video cameras, camcorders have been steadily losing their fame. And that’s simply because the other options are way too good for camcorders to compete with.

However, for some users, a few camcorders may still make more sense than other types of video cameras. One of the biggest advantages is that they can be considerably easier to use than DSLRs, making them a tempting option for first-time camera-buyers that are overwhelmed by the sophisticated DSLRs.

 

Camcorders

 

The zoom, too, is often better in camcorders than other cameras, which makes it another plus for shooting sports videos.

Point and Shoot Cameras

The last, and in this case, also the least, are point and shoot cameras. Now, don’t get us wrong; these little cameras can be great for taking images on the go, but they just wouldn’t be a match for the advanced video capabilities of DSLRs, mirrorless cameras or the action cameras.

However, just like camcorders, some beginners might prefer them over other cameras. This might be due to some of the advantages they boast over other cameras, such as being very lightweight, compact, having an auto mode that makes it very easy for even beginners to start using them right out of the box, as well as of course the cheap price.

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