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Fastest Camera

I'm interested in finding a digital camera suitable for taking mainly action shots. What is the fastest camera on the market at the moment and/or which cameras have the best options for taking action shots?

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Action Shots

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It depends......

If these are outdoor shots with plenty of natural light, most digital cameras will do a good job of taking action shots. I would look for a camera that also has manual controls. That way, you can pick the shutter speed.

If you also want good action shot under artificial lights, you need to look at DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras. These start at about $650 for the camera body and lenses start at about $80.

DSLR camera bodies can exceed $4,500 and some lenses exceed $10,000.

I have used a Canon 20D and got excellent results with action shots. It is priced at about $1,500 with a 50mm f1.8 lens.

In continuous mode, the 20D can fire off over 5 photos a second.


Perhaps you should set a target price before we make recommendations.


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The Canon 30D can hit 5 frames per second for 8.2

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megapixels. The Canon Mark II can only hit 4 fps, but that is for 16.7 megapixel images. The 30D costs about $1,800 and the Mark II about $7,000. Nikon also has some fast cameras.

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Money no object?

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If you have deep pockets, or you just wanna show off to your neighbors, try the Canon 1d Mark II N.

With the right settings, this machine gun will stuff your memory card with 8.2-Megapixel high-resolution JPEG images at a rate of 8.5 frames per second for a maximum burst of 48 frames (which only takes 5.6 seconds). Think about that for a moment.

The price? About $3650 for the body only. And don't forget to shell out some big bucks for a fast lens. If you're standing on the sidelines at the soccer game and you wanna catch the grimmaces on the player's faces from across the field, the lens could easily cost more than the camera. Ouch.

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Most professionals choose ....

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Canon EOS 1D Mark II and supertelephoto lenses, such as EF 300 F2.8L, EF 400 F4L IS, EF 500 F5.6 LIS, EF 600 L IS, the most affordable zoom lense in the class is EF100-400 LIS. Make sure you've got the money to spend ! Cameare is around $ 4000. The lenses are mostly 2-3 times the camera sales value.

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