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The 5 Best Video Cameras For Sports - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Sport Video Cameras

Whether you're trying to capture the crack of a bat hitting a homer or the fast-paced 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 make sure your camera has high frame rate options to capture the action smoothly or add slow-motion flourishes. In-body image stabilization (IBIS) can also be a big 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 of that is moot if the camera's autofocus can't even keep up with your subjects. Thankfully, mirrorless cameras have gotten more and more video-capable, so you're sure to find something that fits your needs and budget.

We've bought and tested over 80 cameras in our lab, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best cameras for sports videography. We've stuck mostly to mirrorless interchangeable-lens models here that'll let you record from the sidelines, with a couple of more portable picks thrown in for good measure. However, if you're mostly interested in capturing POV action footage, check out our best action camera picks as well. If you're a sports vlogger, you can also take a look at our recommendations for the best cameras for vlogging, or the best cameras for filmmaking if you need something a little more advanced.

  1. Best Video Camera For Sports

    The Canon EOS R7 is the best camera for sports videography that we've tested. While it isn't the most portable option, it's an incredibly versatile hybrid camera with advanced video capability. With no recording time limit and excellent battery life, this is a great choice for extended recording sessions. Video quality from its high-res APS-C sensor is amazing, and you have the option to shoot 10-bit 4:2:2 Log footage internally to get a wider dynamic range and give yourself more leeway in post-production. 

    That aside, the camera also includes in-body image stabilization (IBIS) for smoother handheld recording. Its body is sturdy and weather-sealed to give you some peace of mind when recording outdoors. Plus, it has a fantastic autofocus system, with a very reliable auto-tracking feature to ensure faster subjects stay in focus. It offers a wide selection of frame rates too, including uncropped 4k at up to 60 fps and a high frame rate mode for slow-motion 1080p footage at up to 120 fps. All in all, this well-rounded camera is the best we've tested for capturing high-quality footage of sports and action. 

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Video Camera For Sports

    If you can live without some of the Canon EOS R7's more advanced features, like internal 10-bit recording and unlimited recording times, a mid-range option like the Fujifilm X-S10 will save you a good deal of money. As one of the few cameras at this price point to offer IBIS, it offers a ton of value for sports videographers. Like the R7, it uses an APS-C sensor that captures high-quality video and includes various film simulation profiles that let you change up the look of your videos in-camera. 

    Beyond that, the camera has a fair amount of frame rate options, including 4k up to 30 fps and 1080p up to 240 fps in its slow-motion capture mode. The autofocus is also excellent in video mode, ensuring faster subjects stay in focus. If you want something a little more portable, with no recording time limit, the Sony α6400 is a great cheaper alternative. However, it doesn't have IBIS and its sensor has worse rolling shutter distortion when panning the camera rapidly. 

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Video Camera For Sports

    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 those looking for something more affordable. 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. But 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 a little 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 one of the best-value budget cameras you can get for sports video.

    See our review

  4. Best Stabilized Camera For Sports Video

    If you're looking for something more portable than the picks above, all of which are interchangeable-lens options that can quickly add up to a bulky kit, consider a pocket camera like the DJI Pocket 2. It 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. But 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.

    See our review

  5. Best Action Camera For Sports Video

    It doesn't get better than a GoPro camera if you want to get right in the action. The GoPro HERO10 Black is the best GoPro we've tested and makes for a great deal now that it's been superseded by the GoPro HERO11 Black. 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. Plus, its front-facing screen makes it easy to record yourself in the action.

    If you're looking for something even cheaper, older models like the GoPro HERO9 Black and the GoPro HERO8 Black are still very serviceable action cams, despite using older processors and supporting fewer frame rate options. All of these cameras also boast superb stabilization to ensure your footage looks smooth and have waterproofing, making them suitable even for underwater sports.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Fujifilm X-T4: The Fujifilm X-T4 is a great alternative to the Canon EOS R7, with a slightly more portable body. However, it can only record 4k at 60 fps with a slight crop and has a 30-minute recording time limit. See our review
  • Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II: The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II is a very capable video camera, with plenty of recording format options and 4k video recording up to 60 fps. However, it's held back by its autofocus system, which isn't as effective as cameras with phase-detection AF, like the Canon EOS R7. See our review
  • Sony α6600: The Sony α6600 is a good mirrorless camera for capturing sports thanks to its in-body image stabilization and excellent autofocus. That said, its frame rate options are more limited than the Canon EOS R7, and it's limited to 8-bit recording. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 09, 2023: Replaced the Fujifilm X-T4 with the Canon EOS R7 as the 'Best Video Camera For Sports' and added the X-T4 to Notable Mentions; also replaced the Nikon Z 50 with the Fujifilm X-S10 as the 'Best Mid-Range Video Camera For Sports'.

  2. Mar 10, 2023: Renamed article to 'Best Video Cameras For Sports' and renamed picks accordingly; Removed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III and added the GoPro HERO10 Black as the 'Best Action Camera For Sports Video'; also renamed the DJI Pocket 2 to 'Best Stabilized Camera For Sports Video'; removed the Sony a7 III from Notable Mentions and added the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II.

  3. Jan 09, 2023: Renamed the DJI Pocket 2 from the 'Best Cheap Camera For Sports Video' to the 'Best Pocket Camera For Sports Video'.

  4. Nov 10, 2022: Moved the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' spot and added the Nikon Z 50 as the 'Best Mid-Range' option.

  5. Sep 12, 2022: Restructured article to better align with market conditions and user needs; removed irrelevant Notable Mentions and touched up the intro.

All Reviews

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.