The 6 Best Articulated (Swivel) LCD Cameras to Buy in 2018

Find the Best Cameras With LCDs That Can Swivel and Twist

The longer you've been a photographer, the more likely it is that you're going to encounter a difficult-angled photo at some point. With many of today's point and shoot cameras, this can be especially tough, as you must frame the photo with the LCD, limiting your options.

However, when your LCD swivels away from the camera, you can create some interesting angles, making it easier to capture these types of photographs. Another great reason to use an articulated LCD is when you want to attach the camera to a tripod. You then can tilt the LCD screen at 90 degrees upward to the camera, allowing you to just look down when trying to frame the scene, rather than having to crouch to the level of the LCD screen to be able to see it. And of course, you can always shoot selfies when you have an articulated LCD.

Here are some of the best cameras with LCDs that swivel and tilt away from the camera body -- articulated LCDs -- allowing odd-angle photos.

Best for Social Media: Samsung NX Mini

Samsung didn’t really arrive on the digital camera scene until relatively recently, having preferred to sit back and allow the big names—namely, Canon, Nikon, and Sony—to take the lead. But they’ve since proved themselves a formidable brand for the category, and its experience with mobile technology lends itself well to the user experience of very Samsung shooter. The NX Mini includes a number of connectivity standards and sharing options, including WiFi and NFC, as well as quick and easy options for uploading via e-mail, MobileLink, DirectLink, PC and auto-backup. You can also upload your images directly to social media. But what makes the NX Mini especially compelling is the three-inch flip-up LCD, which allows for serious selfie capabilities. The slim design and weight of just under half a pound ensure easy maneuverability, and the 20.5-megapixel CMOS sensor makes for some high-resolution images. Despite its size and design, this thing is not fixed lens, so it’s also a good cross-over shooter if you’re looking to get into the world of interchangeable lens cameras.

Swivel, or “articulating,” LCDs are not just for fans of selfies and remote monitoring. You can find them on some pretty high-end DSLRs, and the Canon Rebel T5i is a perfect example. This is a serious camera for serious shooters. It’s not quite professional-grade, but anyone looking to buy this should know a thing or two about photography going in. It has an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), meaning you can depend on it in low-light situations. It shoots Full HD (1080p) video, has 5 fps continuous shooting, and, of course, it has a three-inch articulating touch display. It also has an optical viewfinder—a useful perk if you you prefer immediate shot framing. It does come equipped with WiFi or NFC connectivity, but you can upgrade to include a WiFi SDHC Card. There’s also a GPS receiver that can be fixed to the hot shoe. It’s an all around serious camera for enthusiastic intermediates.

Best Megapixels: Nikon D5300

Another mid-level DSLR, the Nikon D5300 is designed for folks who know what they’re doing and have need for a serious, if somewhat bulky, interchangeable lens camera. Its specs are similar to the Rebel T5i in some regards—including an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), Full HD (1080p) video recording, 5 fps continuous shooting, an articulating LCD—but in other respects it’s just a little bit beefier. The 24-megapixel CMOS sensor stands out, as does the built-in WiFi connectivity, and the 39-point (as opposed to the T5i’s 31) autofocus (AF) system. Even the LCD is slightly larger at 3.2 inches. Of course, the D5300 is also more expensive than the T5i, but it’s a slightly better camera. If you’re fixated on megapixels, then this is probably the camera for you. It’s a powerful shooter for all kinds of situations.

Best Compact: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

We love compact cameras here at Lifewire. Having an incredibly powerful camera in a compact frame means you can always carry it with you, whether you’re traveling or simply running errands. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II falls into this category because it’s a robust, feature-rich camera that measures just 5.7 x 6.3 x 3.2 inches and weighs 1.4 pounds.

Notably, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers great photos even in low lighting. It has an aperture value of f/1.8 at wide angles and f/2.8 when fully zoomed, so you have a lot of flexibility for your shots. It shoots 1080p HD video and also has built-in WiFi and NFC for easy sharing of your photos to smartphones.

When it comes to the three-inch swivel LCD screen, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II also impresses. The screen tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, so you can get the right shot at any angle. You can also tilt the screen in front of the camera if you feel like taking selfies that are higher quality than what your smartphone can produce.

Best Point and Shoot: Sony RX100M III or IV

Who said point-and-shoots can’t be high-end? No one. And if they did they never saw a Sony RX100M. Depending on your budget, you could go with either the Mark III or Mark IV. The slightly older Mark III features a one-inch, 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor with 5.8 optical zoom and continuous shooting up to 10 fps, as well as a 24-70mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens. The pop-up OLED viewfinder and a three-inch tilting LCD offer enhanced control and accuracy, and the ISO range of 160-12800 (expandable to 25,600) ensures solid low-light performance. The Mark IV (Buy on Amazon) offers slightly more in a slightly more expensive package, the most significant of which is the 4K video recording. Whatever your choice, both of these cameras are next-level shooters that truly broaden the definition of “point-and-shoot.”

Best Zoom: Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with 83x Optical Zoom

When it comes to getting maximum zoom power on a swiveling LCD camera, there is no better choice than the Nikon COOLPIX P900. This model has 83x optical zoom and 166x dynamic fine zoom, more than almost any other comparable model on the market. Nikon knows this is a crazy amount of zoom power, so the camera even features a “Snap-Back Zoom” button to help you find your subject again if you lose them while fully zoomed.

The camera is surprisingly compact at 5.5 x 4.1 x 5.5 inches and weighs just under two pounds. On top of its amazing zoom, the P900 has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, WiFi and NFC connectivity for sharing photos to smartphones and tablets, and it takes 1080p HD video at four different frame rates if you feel like experimenting with video. As for the swiveling three-inch LCD screen, it can flip out to give you a view behind the camera or even flip forward if you want to take high-resolution selfies.


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