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The only way to avoid blur caused by camera motion, is taking a shutter speed at least as fast as the focal length. That means when you have a length of 100 mm the shutter speed should be 1/100 of a second. With 16 mm 1/16. But better is twice that speed. To get there, you need to boost the ISO up. Be aware most point an shoot, have a length of something like 8 mm to 40 and can be used with slow shutter speeds, but they don't have a high ISO. And when the ISO is going up, they most of the time have a lot of noise. This is where the "better" or more expensive camera's come in. The camera's with bigger sensors, like the DSLR's and the mirrorless full frame camera's are the ones with the highest ISO and the lowest noise.
Although there are camera's with ISO up to above 100.000, they only deliver good pictures till about 6400 ISO.
But even with 3200 ISO, you can use a 16 times lower shutter speed as a point and shoot with 200 ISO (on the same focal length.
The second cause of blur can be the problem most cameras have when focusing in the dark or not well lit scenes. Here also the larger camera's perform better.
The top models from Canon and Nikon, cost about 5K dollar, to perform is bad light conditions.
For shooting inside Nikon's D750, performs outstanding. Got the AF of the top model D4S) and a 24 Mp sensor, with a great dynamic range. It has a slight advantage in ISO over the 1000 dollar more expensive D810 and a 1 EV better AF performance.
But still about 2000 dollar.
When you don't want to spend that much on a camera (you also need a lens and that is also not cheap) you should invest in a good tripod. But it could frustrating, having a lot of pictures with a motionless background and only blurred people.

I do shoot inside with a D7000, and a 200 mm 2.8 lens. I most of the time use a tripod, but still most blur is not from my camera movement, but the people turning their head and waving their hands. Most of the time one in four pictures are useful. and sometimes even worse.
So I want to invest in a D810, so I can shoot at least 1/200 (on tripod too) because it will give me at least a 4 times higher ISO. with less blur.
I hope it is not to technical Have fun with the photography.

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You will have to use a slow shutter speed, which can cause blurring, or a wide aperture, which will cause a narrow depth of focus. You may need to use both.

This can be coped with by using a mini tripod instead of holding the camera by hand, like this

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