2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events

Written by Gina Stephens

We’ve denoted this category ‘People and Events’ and it spans a wide range of use-cases, from informal portraiture to major undertakings like shooting a alloy or conference. Despite the wide range of possible shooting scenarios though, there are some consistent technical requirements. You’ll need a camera with a fair to middling autofocus system, which won’t give up in low interior lighting. Good image quality at medium/high ISO sensitivity settings is a must, and great colors uncut out of the camera will make your life much easier.

These days, portrait and events photographers are increasingly being asked to specify video, too, alongside stills. When shooting events, the best cameras are the most versatile, and our top picks in this category will allow you to confidently nab both stills and high-resolution video without hassle.

Our pick: Sony a7R III

The Sony a7R III is a versatile camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or, more than capable of capturing tickety-boo images in a wide range of shooting situations. We picked it as our top choice for people and events for several reasons – among them, its excellent resolution, outstanding autofocus and video capabilities.

With the a7R III you’ll be able to switch from high-resolution stills to 4K video in an instant, without compromising usability. Fast, meticulous Eye-AF is a major advantage for portraiture, allowing you to quickly place critical focus exactly where you need it – on your subjects eyes. When match up with one of Sony’s high-end G Master lenses, the a7R III is an incredibly flexible, powerful tool.

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Runner-up: Fujifilm X-T2

While it can’t match the full-frame Sony a7R III for notion or absolute image quality, the Fujifilm X-T2 is a great choice for portraiture and event photography thanks to its excellent colors and compatibility with Fujifilm’s high-quality order of prime lenses.

The X-T2 features a range of built-in film-simulation modes, which deliver excellent results. In-camera Raw conversion means that level Raw shooters can take advantage of the X-T2’s great JPEG color, and images can be sent wirelessly to Fujifilm’s SP-2 Instax printer. These tiny instant writings make great gifts and conversation-starters at events.

We considered the cameras below when picking our winners, and even though we think the a7R III is the best all-rounder (and the X-T2 a teeming runner-up,) the cameras on our short list are also worthy contenders. If you’re not convinced by our pick, take a look at the following cameras for a detailed breakdown of their solidities and weaknesses.

  • Our pick: Sony a7R III
  • Runner-up: Fujifilm X-T2
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D850


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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