The 6 Best Largest LCD Display Cameras to Buy in 2018

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Best Overall: Sony DSC-RX100

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.

Best Zoom: Nikon COOLPIX B700

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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.

Best Budget: Nikon Coolpix L340

The Nikon Coolpix L340’s compact design fits it comfortably in your grip and its large, three-inch display makes composing and monitoring shots easy. It has a 20.2-megapixel sensor and takes great photos in low light settings. On top of that, it has a fast autofocus speed and its ISO ranges from 80 to 400.

Perhaps the best feature of the Nikon Coolpix L340 is its 28x optical zoom, which lets you take excellent high-res photos from a distance. It has Vibration Reduction (VR), which also steadies your shot to help you take sharper photos and steady 720p HD videos. A Dynamic Fine Zoom feature essentially doubles zoom to 56x when you need more power.

Some reviewers on Amazon call out the L340 for its slow 30 fps video capture and inability to manually adjust shutter speed, but all agree that considering it’s price, it can’t be beat.

Best Waterproof: GordVE 2.7-inch LCD Waterproof Camera

If you want a waterproof camera that has a screen that’s as close to as big as the rest on this list (which hover around 3 inches), then you’ll need to turn to this GordVE model. The screen is a 2.7-inch TFT LCD display that’s pretty impressive on the brilliance front, considering this thing can shoot underwater. The buttons and full camera enclosure are totally waterproof up to 10 meters with a cold resistance of -10 degrees Celsius. The cam offers a pretty sharp 8x zoom and takes pictures with a CMOS sensor at 5 true MP (which the software will interpolate up to 16MP). That pixel count will be plenty impressive when your double-digit feet below the ocean’s surface. There are a variety of onboard shooting modes, including nighttime, sport and even more thematic stuff such as “beach” and “party.” But if all of that was somehow not enough, this camera will even shoot sharp video with sound as well.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best waterproof cameras

Best LCD: Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

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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.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best Samsung cameras

Best Value: Canon PowerShot ELPH 360

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 WiFi and NFC capabilities.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best Canon cameras