Best cameras for friends and family photos

Family moments are precious, and sometimes you want to capture that time spent with friends or loved-ones in better quality than your phone can manage.

We've selected a group of cameras that are easy to keep with you, and that can adapt to take photos wherever and whenever something memorable happens.

Our pick: Sony a6100

We've chosen the Sony a6100 because its autofocus system is so good at focusing on people. With very little effort, it will find people and stay focused on them – even if they look away – reacting quickly that you can capture the perfect expression. It's a pretty small camera, which makes it easier to carry with you. It's also pretty adept at shooting video clips, and can easily transfer images to your smartphone.

The compact 16-50mm power zoom lens it's usually bundled with is convenient, though not the sharpest kit lens out there, but there are a number of comparatively affordable single focal length lenses available which improve the camera's low-light performance and let you blur the background of your images.

While the Sony a6100 was our winner, there are several other cameras well-suited for photographing family and friends that are also worth consideration. We've listed them all out below with detailed breakdowns of their features and performance.

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