Whether you're trying to capture the crack of a bat hitting a homer or the swoosh of skis hitting the slopes, you'll want a camera that can record every moment. Though your smartphone is great in a pinch, a dedicated video camera can take your sports videos to the next level. You'll want to ensure your camera has high frame rate options to capture the action smoothly or add slow-motion flourishes. In-body image stabilization (IBIS) can also help if you're shooting handheld and want to minimize camera shake. Watch out for cameras with heavy rolling shutter distortion, which can be distracting if you find yourself panning the camera a lot. Of course, all that is moot if the camera's autofocus can't keep up with your subjects.
We've stuck mostly to mirrorless interchangeable-lens models here, with the intended use of filming sports from the sidelines—with a couple more portable picks and action cameras thrown in for good measure. While action cameras are the best choice for POV-style footage, mirrorless cameras have become increasingly video-capable and make for great video cameras to record action from the sidelines.
Below, you'll find our recommendations for the best cameras for sports videography, narrowed down from the more than 100 cameras we've bought and tested. If you're a sports vlogger, you can also look at our recommendations for the best cameras for vlogging or the best cameras for videography and filmmaking if you need something more advanced.
The Fujifilm X-H2S is the best camera for sports videography we've tested. This flagship model from Fujifilm is a video powerhouse with a stacked sensor that lets you capture quick panning shots with minimal rolling shutter effect. It's ideal for this kind of recording and offers plenty of frame rate and resolution options, with 6.2k video recording at up to 30 fps and uncropped 4k at up to 60 fps. There's even a dedicated slow-motion recording mode that records 4k / 120 fps, making this a super versatile camera for high-res action footage.
Beyond that, you get internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, Apple ProRes codecs for higher-quality video files, and RAW video output to a compatible external recorder via HDMI. Plus, it has an excellent in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system to reduce camera shake when shooting handheld and an excellent battery life. All that to say, this is a seriously capable video camera for more advanced videographers.
If you want to get right in the action, it doesn't get better than a GoPro camera. While GoPro is now up to the GoPro HERO12 Black, the HERO10 is a great deal and still has much to offer for action video shooters. This super portable action cam has a huge range of resolution and frame rate options, from 5k video up to 60 fps to 4k up to 120 fps, so you can smoothly capture all kinds of fast action and generate high-resolution slow-motion footage. Its front-facing screen makes it easy to record yourself in the action.
If you're looking for something even cheaper, you can go back yet another generation and find an older model like the GoPro HERO9 Black, which is still a very serviceable action cam despite using an older processor and supporting fewer frame rate options. Older models also boast superb stabilization to ensure your footage looks smooth. They also have the same level of waterproofing, making them suitable for underwater recording.
If you're looking for something portable with built-in stabilization, consider the DJI Pocket 2. This isn't just any pocket camera, though—it comes with a built-in three-axis stabilized gimbal that lets you capture smooth handheld video. It's a great option if you want something lightweight but prefer to get right in the action, as you can keep up with your subjects and still get buttery smooth footage. On top of that, it has an active tracking feature that can automatically follow a subject as they move around.
You get up to 60 fps in 4k, and there's a dedicated slow-motion mode in 1080p for super slow-motion shots. On top of that, it has no recording time limit and solid battery life. Because it's a small-sensor camera, you won't get amazing video quality compared to the higher-end options mentioned above. If the thought of an all-in-one camera and gimbal combo sounds appealing, this is one of the best cameras for sports you can get.
The Sony α6700 is a fantastic interchangeable lens option at an upper mid-range price point. It's one of the few cameras—let alone cameras at this price—to offer 4k video recording at 120 fps. Though 120p comes with a heavy crop, that's still very useful for those who want to capture high-resolution slow-mo footage of fast action. It also has a great battery life, a fully articulated screen, and one of the best autofocus systems on the market. That aside, it's also a well-built camera with a weather-sealed body to help keep out dust and moisture.
If you want the option to record in 6.2k resolution or output RAW video to an external recorder, the Fujifilm X-S20 is another great choice at this price point. However, unlike the Sony, it's capped at 60 fps in 4k; that's still great for capturing high-speed footage and slowing things down a bit, but it'll be harder to generate super slow-motion clips in 4k. It's autofocus system is also a tad less reliable than the Sony's.
If the Sony α6700 is still too steep for you, consider a slightly cheaper option like the Fujifilm X-S10. Like the α6700 and the Fujifilm X-S20, it has IBIS and uses an APS-C sensor that captures high-quality video. Plus, it comes with Fujifilm's preset film simulation profiles, which let you change up the look of your videos in-camera. That makes this a good option for those who don't want to spend too much time processing their footage in post.
Beyond that, the camera has a good amount of frame rate options, including 4k at up to 30 fps and 1080p at up to 240 fps in its slow-motion capture mode. Though its autofocus system doesn't perform as consistently as our pricier picks above, it's still very solid overall. However, you do lose out on higher quality 10-bit internal recording and unlimited recording times with this model. If you need 10-bit internal recording and better AF, the Canon EOS R10 is a great alternative at this price point. However, it doesn't have IBIS and has a worse readout speed, resulting in more rolling shutter distortion.
The Sony ZV-E10 is our top budget pick. Though it's aimed primarily at vloggers, it also makes for a great general video camera for videographers on a tighter budget. Unlike the Fujifilm X-S10, it doesn't have a viewfinder. You also lose out on IBIS, meaning you'll need to rely on optically stabilized lenses to get smoother footage when shooting handheld. If these aren't dealbreakers, you'll find a lot to love with this camera.
At the top of the list is its fantastic autofocus system. Sony cameras are known for their quick and accurate AF systems, and the ZV-E10 is no exception. It has a fully articulated screen to help shoot at different angles, a good battery life, and no recording time limit. Frame rates are limited compared to high-end options, but it can still record 4k video at 30 fps, with a slight crop, and 1080p video at up to 120 fps if you want to slow down the action. All in all, this is the best camera for sports videography at this price point.
Nov 22, 2023: Replaced the Canon EOS R7 with the Sony α6700 as the upper mid-range pick because it's a bit better-suited to video work, with a more portable design and more 4k frame rate options. Also replaced the Fujifilm X-S20 with the Fujifilm X-S10 as the mid-range option to more accurately reflect their respective market positions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cameras for sports video for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our camera reviews. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.