If you’re relatively new to photography, then you may be quite surprised by how much difference it can make.
And when it comes to family photos, which are so vital and sentimental, getting the best possible camera for your needs is something you want to get right.
To be honest, however, it’s quite hard to say which type of camera is better than the next one, since they all have their individual pros and cons.
So, to help you out, we’ve put together this quick round-up of some of the best cameras out there for family photography.
But first, we’ll also talk a little about choosing a camera for family photography(see also: 10 Best Family Outdoor Photography Ideas).
And without further ado, let’s get straight to it.
How To Choose A Camera For Family Photography
Here are some points to consider when choosing your camera.
Mirrorless Versus DSLR
While DSLR cameras tend to be more popular with professional photographers, thanks to features such as an optical viewfinder, interchangeable lenses, and more.
But they can be quite pricey.
Mirrorless cameras generally tend to be more affordable, and they have some features that a DSLR does not.
Such as being able to shoot more images at faster shutter speeds, which means you’re less likely to miss the perfect shot.
Autofocus And Eye Detection
Good family photos require an excellent shot of the face, and this is best achieved by a camera’s autofocus features, including eye detection.
And now for the cameras…
(The following cameras aren’t listed in any particular order.)
OUR TOP PICK
Let’s kick things off. This is a powerful 24.1 Megapixel camera that can capture high-resolution images and 4K videos, delivering detailed pictures even in low-light situations.
It’s a mirrorless camera, which means that it can shoot at higher frame rates, which is perfect for trying to capture moving family members, so you can hopefully get one with everyone looking at the camera and smiling.
There’s also a fast and accurate autofocus, and excellent eye detection.
It also delivers clear video through its HDMI output for use as a webcam, while also making it a great camera for live-streaming.
Here we have another high resolution mirrorless camera. It offers interchangeable lenses, including a 6 - 50 mm lens kit, a 16 - 50 mm kit and a 55 - 210 mm 2-lens kit.
It’s particularly good for family photography because it has continuous eye tracking when shooting portraits in motion.
It works even when the face is partially hidden or backlit. And it also provides excellent capture of the natural human skin tones.
It’s also great for low angle shooting, which is great for catching the faces of toddlers crawling on the floor.
And what’s also handy is how you can transfer digital photo files directly to your devices over Wi-Fi.
This is such a great camera. It comes from a great brand and is very affordable, especially if you manage to catch a deal.
It’s great for family photography because it has multiple shooting modes, including portrait mode, night portrait, close-up, and more.
The sensor is a powerful 24.1 Megapixels, and it has built-in Wi-Fi for use as a webcam, with Software that works on both Mac and Windows operating systems. And you can even operate the camera remotely using a compatible smart device.
Why stop at family photos, when you can have family videos with a camera like this?
Not only does it capture high resolution photos and videos, but it also records sound as well.
Perfect for when the kids want to sing to parents about how happy they are or how much they love them.
What’s more, the 20.1 Megapixel camera is paired with a powerful DIGIC 8 image processor for stunning photos.
And it’s great for vertical stills, which is great when you want to capture various families together when they’re at different heights.
This is a great camera for beginners and experts alike, with breathtaking quality of still, video, and audio.
It’s particularly good for family photography because of its facial recognition. And it’s great for both photos of crowds and one-on-ones.
It can double as a webcam, and can be used for live-streaming, and it has Bluetooth to send images directly to your phone.
This mirrorless camera provides crisp and clear natural colors which are great for family photos.
And it has enhanced subject capture with 425 contrast detection points over 84 percent of the sensor, as well as advanced real-time eye autofocus.
It provides 11 frames per second of continuous shooting at an impressive 24.2 Megapixels, and it offers a wide range of touch screen operations.
If you love taking photos as much as we do, you may like the sound of the fact that this camera has dual memory card slots.
It also boasts an impressive 35.4 Megapixel camera, and high speed continuous shooting of up to 12 frames per second with the Mechanical Shutter and up to 20 frames per second with the silent electronic shutter.
It has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. And it even has deep learning technology for subject tracking of people and animals.
It costs a pretty penny, however, so this one might be a wish-list only camera.
After more than 85 years in the business, Fujifilm remains a strong favorite brand when it comes to anything photography related.
This camera of theirs is a great all-round camera, and it’s especially well adapted to family photography, thanks to features such as perfect color, best in class autofocusing, an 8 frames per second mechanical shutter and a 20 frames per second electronic shutter.
This is a great camera for family photography because it has subject tracking for both people and animals, and has the ability to detect heads, faces, and eyes, to really get them in focus.
And it delivers rich and accurate color.
It has a 20.1 Megapixel sensor, and it can do continuous shooting of up to 12 frames per second with the mechanical shutter, and 20 frames per second with the silent electronic shutter.
Last, but certainly not least, we have another great camera from the top brand Cannon.
And this time it’s not a mirrorless one, but a DSLR, complete with an optical viewfinder, with its 18 Megapixel sensor and 3.0 multiplier, and interchangeable lenses.
You get detailed imagery whatever the light conditions, and excellent autofocus. It can record 1080 pixel Full HD video, and it has built-in Wi-Fi as well - you can even use it remotely with the help of your smartphone.
We hope that this article has helped. But please bear in mind that cameras can vary quite considerably in price, so we recommend checking prices as you go, so you know what falls under your budget and what doesn’t.
Sure, go ahead and buy an expensive camera if you wish, but you can get excellent features even with the more affordable models.