Last updated: March 7, 2018

We've added the Sony a7 III to this buying guide to show its specifications and features in context of the competition. When our full review is complete it will be considered for an award.

'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 a7R III

The Sony a7R III is a versatile 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 several 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 instant, without compromising usability. Fast, accurate 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 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 match 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 range 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 even 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 prints 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 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.

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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.