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Old Dec 14, 2015, 7:23 AM   #1
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Default Looking for a P&S for sports.

Hello! I am looking for a point and shoot for taking action shots of outdoor soccer and lacrosse games. A fairly big zoom would be a plus. Quality video taking would be great too. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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In general, P&S cameras use Contrast Detection autofocus, which is more accurate but not as fast as Phase Detection autofocus which is used in dSLR cameras. So a P&S camera will miss more sports/action shots than a dSLR will.
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I don't know what your budget is, but the Panasonic FZ300 could be a good camera for what you want.
Very fast AF and 4K video, where each frame can extracted as an 8MP picture.
It also has a fast zoomlens.25-600mm eq.F2.8 all the way.
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A large aperture at a long focal length is important for sports/action photography because it allows you to use fast shutter speeds. Typically, zoom lenses use smaller and smaller apertures (numerically larger f-numbers) as the focal length gets longer, requiring slower and slower shutter speeds, which can and often does result in motion blur.
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Agree with what's been said, need to know budget and understand your expectations to see what is realistic. If you've seen some work you would like to be able to recreate that would help. Please don't post a photo here if it isn't your work, but if you have any links that show the sort of thing then we can see if it is plausable. As an ex sports photographer, I would say get a 2nd hand dSLR and a good lens, it will do a far better job, however, it won't be as convenient.
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