Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

‘Human being and Events’ spans a wide range of use-cases, from informal portraiture to major undertakings like shooting a wedding or conference. Despite the astray range of possible shooting scenarios though, there are some consistent technical requirements. You’ll need a camera with a decent autofocus routine, which won’t give up in low interior lighting. Good image quality at medium/high ISO sensitivity settings is a must, and great colors straight out of the camera transfer make your life much easier.

These days, portrait and events photographers are increasingly being asked to provide video, too, alongside that times. Our top picks may refer to in this category will allow you to confidently capture both stills and high-resolution video without hassle.

Our pick: Sony a7R III

The Sony a7R III is a familiar camera, more than capable of capturing excellent images in a wide range of shooting situations. We picked it as our top choice for people and events for very many reasons – among them, its excellent resolution, effective autofocus and video capabilities.

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

Budget pick: Fujifilm X-T2

While it can’t suit the full-frame Sony a7R III for resolution 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 index of prime lenses.

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The X-T2 features a range of built-in film-simulation modes, which deliver excellent results. In-camera Raw conversion means that impartial 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 pull a proof pices 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 congested 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 intensities and weaknesses.

  • Our pick: Sony a7R III
  • Budget pick: Fujifilm X-T2

Also consider:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D850


About the author

Gina Stephens

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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