Last updated: November 1, 2018

'People and Events' spans a wide range of use-cases, from informal portraiture to major undertakings like shooting a wedding or conference. Despite the wide range of possible shooting scenarios though, there are some consistent technical requirements. You'll need a camera with a decent 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 straight out of the camera will make your life much easier.

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


Our pick: Sony a7 III

The Sony a7 III is capable of capturing excellent images in a wide range of shooting situations. It’s our top pick for people and events because of its excellent image quality, reliable autofocus and detailed video capture.

The a7 III’s 24MP sensor will offer you enough resolution for prints without eating up all of your drive space. Eye-AF is a strong point for shooting portraits, reliably and tenaciously focusing on your subject’s eyes, and Lock-On AF tracking is dependable enough to keep up with erratic kids. Rounding out the package is detailed 4K video with a full suite of capture aids, and detailed customization options mean you can switch from stills to video and back again without missing the action.

Also consider: Fujifilm X-T3

The Fujifilm X-T3 can't match the a7 III for absolute image quality, but it's a great choice for portraiture and event photography thanks to its excellent colors, eye-detect autofocus and compatibility with Fujifilm's high-quality range of prime lenses.

The X-T3 features a range of built-in Film Simulation modes, which deliver excellent results. These can easily be sent wirelessly to Fujifilm's SP-2 Instax printer. These tiny instant prints make great gifts and conversation-starters at events. As well as high quality stills, the X-T3 is one of the best video cameras we've tested and one of the easiest for quick swapping between stills and video shooting.


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-T3 a solid 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 strengths and weaknesses.

Also available:

Our Buying Guides cover virtually every major camera on the market, most of which we’ve tested in-depth. This includes testing of sensor performance and image quality, experience with the video shooting and extensive real-world photography in a range of situations. We selected our recommendations by prioritizing the features and performance aspects central to video shooting.