Mirrorless cameras come out on top at Qatar World Cup

Photographers take pictures prior the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusa
Professional photographers taking shots at the start of the World Cup final between France & Argentina (Image credit: Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Image)

Aside from the football itself, an interesting sideline at the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been to check out the sidelines – specifically for what the professional photographers shooting the matches are shooting with. 

The DSLR has, of course, reigned supreme in sports photography for decades, but for the first time I could see quite a lot of mirrorless cameras in action. In particular, the distinctively chunky shape of the Canon EOS R3 was very evident and, on one occasion, I spotted a camera that looked very like the R3, but had all its badges blacked out so it could have been an EOS R1 being given a workout. 

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.