The 6 Best Largest LCD Display Cameras to Buy in 2017

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.

Sony takes the top spot on this list with the RX100 in large part due to its stellar photo quality. It features a large, one-inch Exmor CMOS sensor that captures more light and detail than your average point-and-shoot, with ISO ranging from 125 to 6400. Combined with its large-diameter F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x zoom, the camera takes pictures with very low noise and you can choose to save them as .JPEG files and ultra-high quality RAW files. Video is also noteworthy, shooting in Full HD 1080/60p, and you can watch it all back on the three-inch Xtra Fine LCD Display (1,229k dots). It doesn’t have WiFi capabilities unfortunately, but if fast sharing isn’t a priority, most photographers will fare just fine.

Measuring 2.29 x 1.41 x 4 inches, it’s a fairly compact camera for all that it does. As one Amazon reviewer puts it, “The RX100 is a close-to-perfect camera for someone who wants SLR quality photos without having to carry around a large camera and several lenses.” Given its great photo quality, this point-and-shoot is barely a compromise.

While your options might be limited in the large LCD category, if you’re looking for a camera with long zoom, look no further than the Nikon COOLPIX B700. While it’s not a life-changing update from previous models, the B700 features 60x optical zoom, so you can focus on the finest details. On top of that, the enhanced digital zoom basically doubles that, yielding an impressive 120x zoom perfect for capturing wildlife and nature.

If the three-inch 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor isn’t enough for you, built-in WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth, enable you to download Nikon’s Snapbridge app and control the camera remotely.

It has 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and a 60x f3.3-6.5 24-1,440mm lens, plus a lauded Vibration Reduction technology. You can shoot in RAW (NRW) format to preserve image quality and make it easier to edit after the fact. On video, record 4K UHD (3840x2160) and selectable 30p or 25p frame rates. Overall, Amazon reviewers find many reasons to love this Nikon camera, with its focus and zoom chief among them.

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.

The pocket-friendly PowerShot SD3500IS may be tiny, but it packs a powerful punch with all around solid features. It has a 14.1-megapixel with 5x optical zoom lens, which is pretty respectable for a camera of its size, but its small sensor means it struggles in low light settings. It doesn’t have a viewfinder, but the 3.5-inch LCD display has above average quality with 460,000 pixels of resolution. The PowerShot SD3500IS makes recording in 720p HD resolution a breeze and you can connect it to your HDTV via a mini HDMI connector.

Battery life is on par with others in its class, but you can pick up a spare battery to use as a backup. Of course when you’re on a budget you’re forced to make some tradeoffs, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another camera in the $200 price range with such good HD capabilities.

With its 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Display, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 takes the cake for best large LCD. It has 308 pixels per inch and a full spectrum of colors, which makes previewing photos, watching playback and navigating Android apps a truly pleasant experience.

It has a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with 21x optical zoom and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The fact that it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, rather than 4.4 (KitKat) or 4.5 (Lollipop) means you’ll save battery life while still keeping your favorite photo editing and social media apps just a few taps away. Built-in WiFi streamlines the process of posting and sharing your photos and videos, opening up another world for digital photography. With the camera, you’ll also get 2GB of free Dropbox online storage or 50GB if you own a GALAXY smartphone.

Some people wonder: Why not just use your phone? But Amazon reviewers rave that the GC2 is capable of replacing their bulkier SLR cameras without sacrificing photo quality.

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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