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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 Wi-Fi 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. And given its great photo quality, this point-and-shoot is barely a compromise.
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While your options might be limited in the large LCD category, if you’re looking for a camera with a 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 Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth let you download Nikon’s Snapbridge app and control the camera remotely.
It has a 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, this Nikon camera has been praised mainly for its focus and zoom.
Easy to use above water and below, the Fujifilm FinePix XP120 is an outstanding and affordable choice for a waterproof camera. Built to withstand the elements, it can be submerged in up to 60 feet of water without damage and operate in weather conditions as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Add in dust and shock resistance as well as protection against five-foot drops and this camera is more than prepared to handle everyday use.
While it might offer strong durability, that only matters if the rest of the camera delivers good results. That’s exactly the case with the XP120. Its 16.4-megapixel camera and CMOS sensor deliver impressive images for the price. The FinePix also adds optical image stabilization to offset incidental camera shake, making it an even greater value. Full HD 1080p video recording results in great footage as it plays back at a smooth 60fps. Once you’ve got your footage, you can watch it back on the three-inch 920K dot LCD display that’s perfectly viewable even in direct sunlight.
With its 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Display, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 takes the cake for the 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 Wi-Fi 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 customers rave that the GC2 is capable of replacing their bulkier SLR cameras without sacrificing photo quality.
The PowerShot ELPH 360 might not have the best features of all the cameras on this list, but it certainly outshines others in the $200 price range, making it a great value purchase. It has a 20.2-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor which, combined with a DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, delivers fantastic image quality that surpasses other models in its class. It also shoots crisp HD video in 1080p HD and has 12x optical zoom, plus an optical image stabilizer.
Due to its ISO setting limit of 3200, it falls short in low light settings, but that’s a tradeoff you might be willing to make given its low cost. And while its three-inch, 461,000-pixel LCD screen might not be the biggest on this list, given its petite and pocket-friendly 3.92 x 2.28 x .9-inch body, it is perfect for composing well-planned shots. After you’ve captured some favorites, they are easy to share and transfer, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities.
Our writers spent 45 hours researching and testing the most popular large LCD display cameras on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.