What are the best cameras for sports/action photography?
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D5 has 153 AF points of which you can select 55. 99 AF points are cross-type (of which 35 are selectable). 15 AF points work with f/8 lenses (of which 9 are selectable). The autofocus works down to LV -4. Autofocus is amazingly fast at 14 frames per second with top of the class accuracy (in tests performed by Tony Northrup it was only second to 1DX Mark II in terms of how many shots were in focus having just 6% fewer of shots be in focus). See More
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David Dibert's Experience
The camera has a 1.5x 35mm-equivalent crop factor and shooting video adds another 1.5x crop factor on top of that resulting in a 2.2x 35mm-equivalent crop factor. The effective sensor size is near the size of a MFT sensor. That means you would need wider lenses to achieve the same result in each situation. See More
D500 has 153 AF points of which you can select 55. 99 AF points are cross-type (of which 35 are selectable). 15 AF points work with f/8 lenses (of which 9 are selectable). The autofocus works down to LV -4. Autofocus is fast at 10 frames per second with great accuracy - in autofocus tests performed by Tony Northrup the D500 trailed D5 just slightly by getting 16% fewer of shots in focus and 1DX Mark II by about 18%. See More
The camera can shoot 14fps RAW without any limitations and 16fps with a locked up mirror. The buffer holds 170 RAW frames at 14fps while JPG buffer is unlimited. In tests performed by Tony Northrup 1DX Mark II outperformed Nikon's D5 (by a slight margin of about 6%), D500 (by a margin of about 18%), and D7200 as well as Canon's 7D Mark II. See More