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The 5 Best Sports Video Cameras - Winter 2023 Reviews

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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 75 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best cameras for video sports. We've stuck mostly to mirrorless interchangeable-lens models here that'll let you record from the sidelines, but if you're looking for an action camera to capture POV footage or extreme sports, take a look at our best action camera picks instead. If you're a sports vlogger, you can also check out our recommendations for the best cameras for vlogging, or the best cameras for filmmaking if you need something a little more advanced.


  1. Best Camera For Sports Video

    The Fujifilm X-T4 has just about everything you need to produce high-quality sports videos. It's relatively portable, making it easy to carry around on the move, and it's weather-sealed, meaning you can record the big game, rain or shine. It has very effective in-body image stabilization, so you can keep up with the action while keeping distracting camera jitter to a minimum. As for frame rate options, it has you covered with 4k / 60 fps (with a slight crop) and a high-speed recording mode in 1080p if you want to record super slow-mo footage.

    While its autofocus isn't as reliable as a more expensive competitor like the Sony α7C, it still works very well for video and can easily track most subjects. Video quality is great, and you can take advantage of Fujifilm's excellent film simulation profiles to adjust the look of your footage without having to do additional editing, for those that prefer a more hands-off approach. While there are higher-end mirrorless cameras out there, including full-frame options like the Sony that'll get you better low-light capability, the X-T4's combination of portability, frame rate options, and stabilization makes it one of the best cameras for sports we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Camera For Sports Video

    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is the best upper mid-range camera we've tested for sports. It uses a smaller Four Thirds sensor than the APS-C sensor on the Fujifilm X-T4, so low light performance is a bit lacking, but it makes for an even more portable camera. You'll also get more focal reach out of physically smaller lenses, meaning you can shoot from a greater distance without a super bulky kit. On top of that, the E-M5 has a very effective five-axis IBIS system to reduce camera shake when shooting handheld.

    That said, its AF system isn't as reliable, and it has fewer frame rate options than the Fujifilm, although you still get a high-speed recording mode in 1080p for slow-motion shots. Overall, it's a very solid camera for the price, and it's an especially good option if you need something lightweight and portable. It's also weather-sealed and feels pretty sturdy, meaning it can put up with fairly heavy use in trickier weather conditions.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Camera For Sports Video

    If you can live without IBIS, you can save some money with a mid-range option like the Nikon Z 50. It's an excellent camera for its price, with a well-built, weather-sealed body that feels great in the hand. Its APS-C sensor can produce high-quality videos and performs fairly well, even in trickier lighting. You also get a solid amount of frame rate options, including 4k up to 30 fps (with a very slight crop) and 1080p up to 120 fps for slow-motion shots.

    Autofocus is also very good for video work, if not quite as reliable as the similarly-priced Sony α6400. That camera is a great alternative if you want best-in-class AF and no recording time limit, but its ergonomics leave something to be desired, and it has more noticeable rolling shutter distortion. Ultimately, the Nikon offers a great balance of usability, performance, and price.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Camera For Sports Video

    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 who want something more affordable. Unlike the Nikon Z 50, it isn't weather-sealed and 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 also has a fully articulated screen to help shoot at different angles, along with 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

  5. Best Pocket 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 still 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 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

Notable Mentions

  • Sony α7 III: The Sony α7 III is an excellent all-around mirrorless camera with a larger sensor than the Fujifilm X-T4. However, it lacks a fully-articulated screen, is less portable, and has a worse IBIS system. 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. It doesn't perform as well as the Fujifilm X-T4, and its frame rate options are more limited. See our review

Recent Updates

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. May 06, 2022: Renamed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III the 'Best Lightweight Mirrorless Sport Video Camera'.

  5. Jan 14, 2022: Renamed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III as 'More Portable Alternative'.

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.

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