The 6 Best Largest LCD Display Cameras to Buy in 2016

Find the best cameras with larger display screens

If you’re in the market for a point-and-shoot with a larger than average LCD, you might have to sacrifice some performance and specs, but it has its perks (mainly that you'll be able to clearly see images on the screen). But for the most part, these devices tend to be in the low- to mid-range in terms of quality and price — and that’s okay! If that is what you want, check out our list of the best largest LCD display digital cameras.

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Best Overall: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX100V

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX100V
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As wth any product category, finding the best camera for your needs comes down to balance. When it comes large LCD cameras, you can’t do much better than the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX100V. It’s a versatile little gadget with an impressively modern and robust set of specs and features.

The TX100V has a 3.5-inch OLED touch screen that allows for simple, precise focus selection, as well as crystal clear shot reproduction. And I love to see a camera with a touch screen, as it simplifies overall operation of the camera, especially for people who are familiar with the operation of a smartphone.

It records video in Full HD (1080p), and has a 16.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor — ideal for low-light conditions. It also has a lot of shooting modes and features, including 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama. And it's tiny, measuring 3.8 x 1 x 2.4 inches and weighing just five ounces. It doesn’t offer a whole lot by way of camera specs, with a mere 4x optical zoom function, but it’s sure to beat most smartphone cameras you put it up against.

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Best Zoom: Nikon COOLPIX S800c

Nikon COOLPIX S800c
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There’s a lot of overlap when it comes to the large LCD category, but if you’re looking for something with a long zoom range, look no further than the Nikon COOLPIX S800c. This compact point-and-shoot has a 3.5-inch OLED LCD clearly inspired by the smartphone form factor, but goes a step further with the 10x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens. 10x is not a lot when it comes to telephoto lenses, but for the large LCD category it is about as good as it gets. When you throw in the optical VR image stabilization and Android OS compatibility, though, this camera becomes a lot more appealing. It’s not a phone, but it effectively doubles as a mobile device — think of it as a camera-sized (and capable) tablet. It’s got WiFi connectivity, a bunch of creative effects and shooting modes, a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and Full HD (1080p) video recording. 

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Best Budget: Kodak Slice

Kodak Slice
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Yes, Kodak still exists, and they make some pretty nifty little camera gadgets. The Kodak Slice is a perfect example: This slim little shooter is, by all means, a low-end point-and-shoot, but what it offers for the price is pretty cool. It’s got a 14-megapixel CCD sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens, as well as a 3.5-inch, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen interface. These are middling specs, but the thing costs less than $75, and it has an internal memory that can hold up to 5,000 HD images, so give the thing a break. It’s also has Kodak’s proprietary Face Recognition feature, which helps users automatically recognize up to 20 pre-tagged faces. There are a bunch of Smart features and shooting modes, to boot. It only shoots HD (720p) video at 30 fps, but, once again, it's super cheap.

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A Budget Option with HD Video: Sony DSC-TX9

Sony TX Series DSC-TX9/H
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The Sony DSC-TX9 is a small step up from the petite Kodak Slice, costing just a bit more, but for that extra money you get a few better specs and features, the most important of which is the 1080i AVCHD video recorder. It’s also got a slightly better sensor, featuring Sony’s proprietary 12.2-megapixel "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, which is a great option in low light conditions. It’s got a 3.5-inch touch screen for quick and easy shooting, operation and monitoring. The design is compact yet sturdy, and it looks pretty cool, too. The autofocus (AF) mode is fast and precise, especially for a camera of this caliber, and the menu system is intuitive and well planned.

Additionally, the TX9 offers Sony's 3D sweep panorama feature, which allows you to simulate 3D photography. It takes a little practice to get the hang of using this feature, but it's a lot of fun once you do. You shouldn’t expect a camera like this to revolutionize your photography experience, but if you’re a fan or collector of odd little camera trinkets, this is one to look into.

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Best LCD: Nikon Coolpix S70 12.1MP

Nikon Coolpix S70 12.1MP
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All of the cameras on this list feature larger-than-average LCDs, a point which tends to limit the field to novelty devices designed to compete with smartphones. But there are still plenty of reasons why you might prefer a camera with a large LCD — be it for monitoring, sharing or just visual clarity. Among these LCDs, it’s safe to say the Nikon Coolpix S70 has the best LCD. The slim (and highly affordable) S70 has a bright, 3.5-inch touch-panel OLED with Clear Color Display, compounded by a middling 12.2megapixel CCD sensor. It’s got a 5x wide-angle zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, and a five-way VR image stabilization system. It only records HD (720p) video, but it is yet another example of a budget large-LCD device, coming in at less than $100. At the price, there’s just not a whole lot to complain about, especially with that OLED LCD and such a low price point.

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Best Value: Canon PowerShot SD3500IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500IS
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Value and budget are not the same thing. Whereas budget generally refers to the most “bang for your buck,” value implies a quality at an affordable price. And when it comes to value in large LCD cameras, it’s worth looking into the Canon PowerShot SD3500IS. It features a 3.5-inch touch-based LCD, with customizable controls and touch autofocus (AF). It’s got a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor and HD (720p) video recording, neither of which is anything to write home about, but when you throw in the 24mm ultra wide-angle lens, 5x optical zoom and Canon’s nifty Touch Panel Technology, the value increases dramatically. The SD3500IS can be found for less than $200, which is fair, but you shouldn’t expect the device to drastically upend your photography habits. Just look to it as yet another shooter to add to your collection.

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