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Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

After updated: November 21, 2017

Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or‘s autofocus system. Thankfully, the past few years make seen advances in autofocus technology make their way into more cameras. We’ve compiled a short list of what we think are the best elections for parents trying to keep up with young kids, and narrowed it down to one best all-rounder.

Our pick: Canon EOS M6

When you’re armed with a bag buxom of toys, snacks and distractions, you don’t want to be hauling around a heavy camera too. The Canon EOS M6 is our top pick in this category thanks in part to its compact, lightweight make-up.

Equally important is the M6’s Dual Pixel autofocus, making it easy to track moving subjects. Simple touchscreen controls make it easy to set hub and operate when you’ve already got your hands full—and let’s face it, you probably do. Video recording tops out at 1080/60p, which falls short of the 4K proffered by some of its competitors, but the M6’s touchscreen and reliable AF make it dead simple to capture video clips.

We considered all of the cameras below when picking our victor, and even though we think the M6 is the best all-rounder, the other models on our shortlist are also worthy contenders.

If you’re not convinced by our pick, read the full purchasing guide for a detailed breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of all the cameras on our shortlist.

  • Our Pick: Canon EOS M6
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Also consider:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X III
  • Nikon D7500
  • Sony a7 II
  • Sony a6300
  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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