The 6 Best Articulated (Swivel) LCD Cameras to Buy in 2016

Find the Best Cameras With LCDs That Can Swivel and Twist

The longer you have spent as 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.

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Best for Social Media: Samsung NX Mini

Samsung NX Mini
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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.

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Best DSLR: Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Canon EOS Rebel T5i
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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.

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Best Megapixels: Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
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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.

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Best Compact: Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Canon’s PowerShot line of point-and-shoots includes a huge variety of cameras—from cheap little shooters that are hardly superior to smartphones cameras, to high-end dedicated cameras for hardcore enthusiasts. The G7 X is more the latter. It features a one-inch, 20.2-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, RAW shooting capabilities, built-in WiFi and NFC, Full HD (1080p) video recording up to 60 fps, and an f/1.8-f/2.8, 4.2x optical zoom (24mm–100mm) lens. And, of course, it features a three-inch multi-angle capacitive touch LCD. It’s a small, compact shooter that can fit in most pockets. It’s not quite as lightweight or slim as the Samsung NX Mini, but at little over half-a-pound you can’t deny its compact portability. To provide the feel and control of an interchangeable lens camera, the G7 X also has a control ring, exposure dial and mode dial.

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Best Point and Shoot: Sony RX100M III or IV

Sony RX100M III or IV
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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.”

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Best Zoom: Nikon COOLPIX S9900

Nikon COOLPIX S9900
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If this list hasn’t shown you how versatile point-and-shoots can be, take a look here. The Nikon COOLPIX S9900 offers a somewhat familiar array of specs and features, but the stand-out feature here is the 30x optical zoom telephoto lens (fixed). Dynamic Fine Zoom digitally enhances the zoom to an effective rate of 60x. It features a three-inch swivel LCD for snapping selfies and setting up the best shot, and the WiFi/NFC connectivity allows you to use your smartphone or mobile device as a remote. It’s got a somewhat middling 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is comparable to some high-end smartphone cameras, but you’re what aiming for with this camera is the zoom lens—and the price. It’s an all-around simple shooter for point-and-shoot fans desiring a bit more control over their shots without going overboard on the specs and features.

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