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Camera for action shots?

Wasn't sure where to post this I just wanted to ask if anyone recommends any decent cameras or can let me know what I should be looking for in a camera to get good action shots I'm not big in photography don't know anything about it really but want something better than just my phone camera
Since I know nothing about cameras a point and shoot camera is prob best and one that isn't crazy expensive either would be nice lol
I want to get sprocket into agility (just for fun not competing)when he's older and would love to take pics of him running without them being blurry



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The problem is, "inexpensive" and "point and shoot" and non-blurry motion pictures don't really go hand-in-hand. Really, unless you are willing to shell out for an entry level DSLR, probably your best bet is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera. I have a Panasonic GX85, and I love it. I do most of my "serious" photography with a higher end DSLR, but the GX85 is small, light weight and a great value. You can get one on Amazon, including a kit lens that does a very nice job, for just under $700. You can also get a low-end, "enthusiast" level DSLR like a Canon Rebel for under $600, but they are very plasticky feeling.

Unfortunately, even those cameras will only do a good job of dog action shots if you are outdoors in good light. The sensors are just too small for great indoor action shots.


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Thank you for the reply I dont even know what dslr or mirrorless lens means lol but at least I now know a kind of camera to research it gets overwhelming not knowing where to start
I guess I'll be saving a while to get one that can do a decent job
What would I need to look at to get decent pics inside? I care more about getting decent action shots but if I can spend 200-300 more and be able to get good shots indoors too I'd rather save a little longer for that or does that usually cost a lot more?
I will def look at the Panasonic gx85 too I like small and lightweight


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Thank you for the reply I dont even know what dslr or mirrorless lens means lol but at least I now know a kind of camera to research it gets overwhelming not knowing where to start
I guess I'll be saving a while to get one that can do a decent job
What would I need to look at to get decent pics inside? I care more about getting decent action shots but if I can spend 200-300 more and be able to get good shots indoors too I'd rather save a little longer for that or does that usually cost a lot more?
I will def look at the Panasonic gx85 too I like small and lightweight


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Full sensor cameras are what is needed for good indoor action shots, and those cameras are VERY expensive. (Starting around $1500) AND on top of that, the lenses that fit them are ALSO a lot more expensive. (You buy the camera and lens separately at that level) Those are really pro-level cameras.

You can get "decent" shots indoors with either of the other cameras I mentioned, but it takes good technique and learning to use your camera well. That means shooting when the dog is coming straight toward you, pre-focusing, using a high ISO and shutter speed and accepting that the photos may have SOME motion blur and WILL have "noise". (Which is a "grainy" look to the photos.

Here are a couple of photos taken with my DSLR of a friend's Corgi doing obedience. Tomorrow, when I'm on my computer, I'll try to remember to post some from my GX85 that I took at another obedience trial (where the dogs don't usually move as fast as in agility). But it will give you an idea what you can expect from both types of camera in poor (indoor) light conditions.
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Here's another. While these are taken with a higher end DSLR than the Canon Rebel I told you about, the sensor size is similar, and, with good technique and practice, you COULD get similar results.

Again, I'll post some GX85 shots tomorrow. The GX85 is CLOSE to as good as a DSLR in many situations, and also hase some things that I have't tried yet that MIGHT get you nice quality photos. You can shoot high def video, and then go in a grab single frames to turn into photos. These would be fine for computer screen resolution, but probably wouldn't have enough quality to blow up into a larger print. Outdoors, that limitation goes completely away, and the GX85 is very capable... even on a heavily overcast day with a long lens. I can show you some of those photos too.
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I would love to see pics to compare thank you so much!
Wow I didn't realize they were 1500 plus I think I def want to stay under 1000 I will look into the 2 you mentioned above
If you could take a pic with yours when I see the difference I think it will narrow it down for me
Again thank you so much for your help and pics! Spending 600-700 is a decent amount of money I love to see what it's capable of before I decide so I really appreciate it
Those are great shots I wish I could afford 1500 on a camera lol


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Here are some indoor action shots taken with the GX85.
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And here are some outdoor shots with the GX85 on a fairly dark overcast day, and with a long lens. (which also steals light) On a bright overcast, or sunny day, the results would be better.
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Wow those are really good shots I think u sold me on the gx85 lol
It does a great job on action shots and good on lighting too and I love that it's lighter than the other
I'm going to start saving hopefully by June I'll have some awesome pics to post
Thank you so much for taking the time to help me I very much appreciate it


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And here are some outdoor shots with the GX85 on a fairly dark overcast day, and with a long lens.
I'm just enjoying the pictures, regardless of what they are shot with!

I guess I am just about to kiss $700 goodbye.

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