Ever wanted to shoot over a crowd or shoot a low angle but couldn’t see the screen to preview your shot?
Or how many times have you taken a selfie, then had to look at the preview screen on the back of the camera, only to find out you were out of frame, blurry or had your eyes closed?
Flip screen cameras make things like taking selfies or shooting high and low angles a lot easier since you can preview your pictures and take the shot when it’s framed correctly. Cameras with a flip out screen are also excellent for vlogging since you can see if you are in frame the entire time while your recording.
In this guide we will highlight the best flip screen cameras currently on the market and do a comprehensive review on each of them.
Types of Flip Out Screen Cameras
We have divided the cameras with flip out screen into three different categories.
Point and shoot cameras: Point and shoot cameras are compact and easy to carry digital cameras that are also very easy to use. They are easy to use because the camera automatically optimizes your pictures and videos by automatically focusing and adjusting camera settings like exposure. This enables you to photograph and film in almost any situation without having to worry about blurry footage or changing settings to optimize for different lighting conditions.
Point and shoot cameras do not provide a lot of freedom to play with camera settings and different lenses but if you have limited knowledge about cameras this is the perfect option for you!
DSLR’s: If you want higher quality, more freedom to change camera settings or want to be able to change lenses or connect an external microphone a DSLR is a better option for you. These are a bit heavier and bulkier but if you want more control over your photos and videos you will need to accept these trade-offs.
Mirrorless cameras: Mirrorless cameras provide the best of point and shoot cameras and DSLR’s in one package. These cameras are a lot smaller than regular DSLR camera’s by eliminating all the mirrors inside the camera body. While it is much smaller the lenses are interchangeable, you can adjust a lot of different settings and a lot of them offer external microphone connectivity too.
Because they are not as big as DSLR cameras the battery does not always last as long as a DSLR so if you plan on using it for hours we recommend picking up an extra battery which are usually pretty cheap.
Best Point and Shoot Flip Screen Cameras
Nikon COOLPIX S6900
One of the cheapest flip screen cameras you can currently buy and our first point and shoot recommendation is the Nikon COOLPIX S6900. This lightweight and compact camera has a 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD that flips all the way around to face you and even has a shutter button placed on the front so you can easily take a selfie or start filming.
The S6900 has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with 12x optical zoom and can easily transfer pictures and videos using the camera’s built-in wifi and Near Field Communication technology (NFC). The camera also offers 19 scene modes so you can quickly optimize the camera settings to match the situation or select auto mode so the camera chooses the best settings automatically.
The S6900 is also capable of recording stunning Full HD 1080p videos and has a built-in microphone that records high-quality stereo audio. Nikon’s target finding Autofocus system will automatically determine the intended subject and focus on it to prevent blurry pictures or video footage.
Canon G7 X Mark II
Our second point and shoot recommendation is the Canon G7 X Mark II. The G7 X Mark II is the successor of the immensely successful G7 X. The G7 X Mark II has a multi-angle 3-inch LCD screen with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and is able to tilt 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down. The screen is also a touch screen so you can easily change camera settings and browse the different menus.
The Canon G7 X Mark II features a high-performance 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel CMOS censor and a bright f/1.8-2.8 lens to capture impressive images in all light conditions. The new image processor provides improved image stabilization, auto focus tracking and image clarity (even in low light conditions). You can also shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG mode for extensive adjustment options.
The Canon G7 Mark II isn’t only good at taking pictures but is also excellent if you want to record videos. It is capable of recording Full HD 1080p footage at 60 frames per second in mp4 format. There are also 4 different video recording image stabilization modes to remove unwanted camera shake and a time-lapse mode for recording cool time lapses without effort.
The battery life could be better but that’s the only downside we could find with this camera. So we recommend picking up an extra battery when ordering this camera.
Sony DSC-RX100m IV
Our third and last point and shoot recommendation is the Sony DSC-RX100m IV. This camera is the most expensive point and shoot camera in this list but the price is definitely worth it in our opinion. The Sony RX100 IV has a 3-inch (1.23 million dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display that rotates in multiple angles: 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down. The screen will dramatically increase visibility in bright daylight by using Sony’s WhiteMagic technology so you can always preview your shots.
The Sony RX100 IV has a 1-inch 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and a bright f/1.8-2.8 lens for beautiful pictures. Thanks to the rapid sensor readout and Fast intelligent your pictures will never look distorted or blurry again. Pictures can then easily be transferred to your smartphone by using the built-in WiFi or NFC technology.
If you plan on recording videos, the camera is capable of recording in Full HD 1080p at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second but you can also record in Ultra HD/4K for up to 5 minutes. Capturing slow motion shots is not a problem for this camera since you can shoot at up to 960 frames per second (40x slower than real-time).
The battery life of this camera could be better and shooting in 4K Ultra HD drains the battery even quicker. If you plan on shooting a lot of Ultra HD footage or plan on taking more than 280 shots without access to a charger we recommend picking up an extra battery so you can easily swap them and keep shooting/recording.
Best DSLR’s with Flip Out Screens
Canon EOS Rebel T5i
Our first DSLR recommendation is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. Canon is one of the largest brands in the DSLR market and for good reason. Canon produces high quality cameras with impressive image quality and a lot of interchangeable lenses.
The Canon Rebel T5i has a 3-inch articulating LCD touch screen with 1.04 million dots. The screen flips out to the side of the camera instead of up as seen on a lot of cameras, this means you are able to mount an external microphone without obstructing the screen which is important if you want to record videos using an external microphone.
The Canon Rebel T5i features an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 image processor. These combined with a wide ISO range will deliver high quality images, even in low-light conditions.
Canon DSLR’s are great for taking pictures but they are one of the best options available for recording video. Canon has put a lot of effort into developing their autofocus system which is much faster and more accurate than other DSLR’s in the same price range.
If you are looking for a great entry model DSLR with a flip screen we highly recommend going for the Rebel T5i.
Our second DSLR recommendation is the Nikon D5500. The Nikon D5500 features a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD flip out screen with touch screen capabilities. Simply touch where you want to focus on using the touch screen and the camera will automatically adjust its focus.
The D5500 features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical pass filter and a very wide ISO range (100 – 25,600) and captures great photos. The sensor captures an extremely wide dynamic range which leaves lots of room to tweak and edit pictures in post-editing. The Nikon D5500’s body is very well designed, compact and provides lots of grip. Despite the compact body the battery life of the D5500 is well above average in its class and will last you around 820 shots per charge.
At the flick of a switch the Nikon D5500 turns into a great video camera capable of recording in Full HD 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. The autofocus of this camera uses a 39-point autofocus system including nine cross-type sensors for increased accuracy.
Canon EOS 70D
Our third DSLR recommendation is another Canon camera, the Canon EOS 70D. The 70D has a 3-inch LCD flip screen (1.04 million dots) with touch screen capabilities and can be adjusted to a variety of angles. The screen recognizes two-finger touch gestures which can be used for zooming or changing images as well as accessing menus and camera settings. The surface of the screen is coated and treated to minimize reflections and smudges/fingerprints.
Inside the 70D is a 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which records a massive 5472 x 3648 pixels. The wide ISO range of the camera ensures high quality image capture even in dim lighting situations. The DIGIC 5+ image processor provides increased performance and allows up to 7 frames per second of continuous shooting.
Just like the Canon EOS Rebel T5i mentioned above this Canon camera really outshines the competition with it’s autofocus performance, especially when shooting video. This camera’s autofocus is a lot better than it’s competitors and that’s why the 70D is very popular among videographers and YouTubers. The 70D records video in Full HD 1080p up to 30 frames per second but can also shoot in 24 frames per second for the ‘movie look’.
Best Mirrorless Flip Screen Cameras
Samsung NX Mini
Our first recommendation if you are looking for a mirrorless camera with a flip screen is the Samsung NX Mini. The NX Mini is very slim and lightweight while still being able to capture high quality pictures and videos which makes it the perfect camera for carrying around. The Samsung NX Mini has a 3-inch touchscreen that flips up over the top of the camera. The resolution of the screen could be better but it still does it’s job very well.
Inside of the NX Mini is a 20.5 megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor with excellent low light performance due to the 1-inch sensor. Pictures and videos can easily be shared to other devices by using the built-in WiFi or NFC technology. Luckily the compact battery has not negatively affected the battery life which allows you to take up to 650 photos or up to 325 minutes of video on a single battery charge.
The NX Mini is capable of recording video in 1080p Full HD at 30 frames per second and lacks a 60p video mode. The video is recorded in H.264 format which allows the NX Mini to record for longer than cameras using MJPEG.
The Samsung NX Mini is a small and lightweight camera made of premium materials that captures high quality images and is a very good entry model mirrorless flip screen camera.
Our second mirrorless camera recommendation is the Sony a5100. The a5100 has a tiltable LCD screen that flips up 180 degrees. The 3-inch screen has touch capabilities so you can one touch autofocus on the subject that you want to photograph. However, the touch screen functionality does not work for browsing the camera’s menu and settings which needs to be controlled with the buttons on the camera.
The Sony a5100 has a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and a newly developed Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor. These provide a stunning amount of detail in low light conditions. The autofocus system uses a 179-point phase-detection AF sensor and can snap into focus in 0.07 second so you never take a blurry photo again. Images and videos can be instantly transferred to your smartphone using the built-in WiFi or NFC technology.
The a5100 is capable of recording in Full HD 1920 x 1080 video in 60p or the cinematic 24p. Tracking moving subjects while recording is not a problem thanks to the 179 point autofocus system. You can choose the video format in the camera settings, XAVC S for broadcast quality, blu-ray quality AVCHD or mp4 for easier uploading to sites like YouTube.
Our third mirrorless camera recommendation is another Samsung, the Samsung NX500. The NX500 has a 3-inch full VGA AMOLED screen with a very flexible, rotating design. The screen can tilt up to 90 degrees and rotates up to 180 degrees. The image quality of the screen is very high and the touchscreen is easy to use with an intuitive user interface.
The NX500 features a 28 megapixel APS-C sensor and a high performance autofocus system with 205 focus points so you can easily capture fast-moving objects. This camera performs very well in a variety of lighting conditions thanks to its broad ISO range of 100 to 25,600 (expendable to 51,200) and its Adaptive Noise Reduction technology which minimizes the amount of noise in your images. Sharing and uploading your pictures and videos are very easy thanks to the built-in WiFi and bluetooth connectivity of the camera.
The NX500 also works great if you are looking to record videos. It supports recording in up to 4K/Ultra HD resolution. Normally recording in this resolution will create large video files but because the NX500 uses the high-efficiency video coding it uses only half the storage space typically used for recording video. If you don’t want to record in 4K you can also recording in 2K (24p) or 1080P/Full HD (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p or 24p).
If you care more about portability and battery life than image quality the recommend the NX Mini, if you want to take higher quality pictures and videos than the NX500 will suit your needs better.
And that concludes our buyers guide!
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this guide and we’ve helped you find a camera with flip out screen that fits your needs! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
If you only record video you can also opt for a camcorder with flip screen. To learn more about those you can check out or camcorder guide.