Last updated: May 10, 2019

Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera's autofocus system. Thankfully, advances in autofocus technology have made their way into more cameras in recent years, making keeping a fast-moving child in focus a lot easier. 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.


Top pick: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

The RX100 VI packs virtually every feature imaginable into a slick metal body that slips right into your pocket. It features a long 24-200mm equivalent lens, state-of-the-art autofocus system, clever pop-up viewfinder and high quality 4K video. Its touchscreen LCD can be flipped upward for selfies, and the camera is capable of burst shooting at up to 24 frames per second. Battery life isn't great, so you'll want to carry a spare or two when out for the day.

It may take a while to get used to the user interface on the RX100 VI, but once you do, it's an incredible versatile pocket camera.

If you want better low light capability and can live with a shorter 24-70mm equivalent lens, the RX100 VA is well worth considering. It shares the same features as the RX100 VI and will perform better in low light due its faster maximum aperture. As an added bonus, the VA's MSRP is $200 lower than the VI.

Also recommended: Sony a6400

For parents who want the ability to swap lenses and don't mind a camera that won't slip into a pocket, there's Sony's a6400. While the a6400 has an excellent 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, its standout feature it its powerful, yet easy-to-use autofocus system, which can track moving children incredibly well.

The a6400 has features a flip-up touchscreen, high resolution electronic viewfinder, 11 fps burst speed and 4K video capture (albeit with a crop when shooting at 30 fps). The camera's ergonomics are hit and miss, and its user interface has a bit of a learning curve. The camera is weather-sealed to some degree, and its battery life is above average.


We considered all of the cameras below when picking our winners, and even though we think the Sony RX100 VI and a6400 are best overall, the other models on our shortlist are also worthy contenders.

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

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