Last updated: November 21, 2017

Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera's autofocus system. Thankfully, the past few years have seen advances in autofocus technology make their way into more cameras. We've compiled a short list of what we think are the best options 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 full 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 design.

Equally important is the M6's Dual Pixel autofocus, making it easy to track moving subjects. Simple touchscreen controls make it easy to set focus 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 offered 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 winner, 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 buying guide for a detailed breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of all the cameras on our shortlist.