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10 Best Camera with Flip Out Screen 2014
Cameras with Flip Out Screens 2013 Review
Most digital cameras these days have a LCD screen you can use to help you compose your shot. But what about when the sun is shining on the screen, or your trying to hold your camera out at an angle, and you can't see the screen? Or when you have your camera set on a tripod, and you have to keep bending down so you can see? Many camera manufacturers are now making cameras with a flip out screen to solve those problems. Today I've reviewed several of these flip screen cameras to help you find the right one for you.
First, lets go over a few key things in cameras that will determine the quality of your final images. First is resolution, or the number of pixels that will be in your final image. To a certain extent, the more pixels, the more detailed your pictures will be. Now a days though, with most cameras having 10 MP or more, the quality of your lens will be the most important factor.
The aperture of the lens is how wide the lens can open, and the wider it can open the more light the camera can gather. This makes a big difference in shooting in low-light settings and allowing you to shoot without the flash on. The numbers are a little confusing, because a smaller number is actually better than a larger one, so a f2.0 is better than a f4.0.
Another number you will see referring to the lens is the zoom range. You can pretty much ignore digital zoom numbers, and just focus on optical zoom. Here you want a higher number, which allows you to get crisper photos from farther away.
For more information, I really like this article on buying a digital camera, it is very detailed and goes over everything you ever wanted to know about digital cameras.
DSLR Flip Screen Camera
The LCD screen on the Samsung Multiview MV800 16.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Red) hinges on the top, and can swing up to 180 degrees, so if you want to include yourself in a photo, you can easily see what the picture will look like as you compose the shot. I like the red color, and I also like how portable it is. It is only .7 inches thick, and weighs just 9.6 ounces.
There are only a couple buttons on the camera; most of the controls for the camera are done using the touch screen, which is well designed and very easy to use. Sometimes it is the small details that make all the difference in how easy technology is to use, and one small feature on this camera that I thought was nice was the ability to rearrange the icons on the menu so you can personalize the menu to the features you use most. I also really like that this camera can shoot HD video, which means one less gadget I have to carry with me. If red isn't for you, you can also get the Samsung Multiview MV800 16.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Black) in black.
Affordable Flip Out Screen Camera
Very similar to the MV800 is the Samsung MV900F White 16.3-megapixel Digital Camera. It is a little bit bigger than the MV800, but has a slightly larger touch screen, and an upgraded lens. It also has Wi-Fi capabilities that let you upload your pictures to Facebook as well as making it possible to move the pictures to your computer without a cord. It is also available in pink Samsung MV900F Multiview Smart Wi-Fi Digital Camera (Pink) and black Samsung MV900F Multiview Smart Wi-Fi Digital Camera.
Top Flip Out Screen Camera 2013
If you want to step up from a point-and-shoot, Samsung has the Samsung NX20 Kit 20.3-megapixel Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens-Black. The NX20 is a CSC, which has many of the advantages of a dSLR, but is a little more compact. The NX20 offers interchangeable lenses, so you can shoot in a much larger range of conditions then with a point and shoot camera.
The AMOLED display is very crisp and clear, and rotates out from the side of the camera, and can spin 270 degrees, so pretty much any angle you want to shoot from you can adjust the screen so you can see the shot you are trying to compose. This camera also has Wi-Fi capabilities, and one feature I thought was really neat was that you can download an app to your iPhone or Android, and use your phone as a remote viewfinder. So if I'm trying to take a group picture with me in it, I can set the camera on a tripod, and then arrange everyone and take the picture from my phone.
Best Flip Screen Camera
Powerful and yet compact, the Sony NEX-F3K/S 16.1 MP Compact System Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Silver) is another great option for a CSC camera. Because this camera uses the same sensor as Sony's professional line of cameras, this is a very powerful little camera, Sony says 13 times more powerful than your average point-and-shoot. The bright, clear 180 degree tilt LCD screen makes taking self-portraits or pictures from any angle easy, and because it can shoot 5.5 frames per second it is also great for capturing high speed shots.
When you don't want to play around with manual focus, the auto-focus performs really well, and is very good at guessing what you want to focus on. Another great thing about this camera is you don't have to worry about being limited by the number of lenses available like you might with some CSC's, there is an adapter you can purchase for this camera that allows you to use any A-mount system lenses.
Camera with Flip Screens
If you want a camera with manual focus, but don't want to spend the money for a CSC or dSLR and don't need interchangeable lenses, then the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera may be the camera for you. The large electronic viewfinder looks great, and it has a 30x zoom lens, which you adjust by just twisting the lens barrel, which feels very intuitive and smooth. The maximum aperture is f2.8, which is pretty impressive for a camera in this class, and the Super Macro Mode is great for when you are trying to get pictures of the tiny up-close details.
It uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries, so while you will probably want to have a backup to take with you on trips, it offers a 600 shot battery life, so one battery will last you through a lot of photo taking. One feature that was fun to play around with was the panoramic mode. When you are in that mode you just sweep your camera right to left of up to down and the camera will digitally stitch the images together to create one large panoramic picture.
Camera with Flip Out Screen
Last we'll look at a couple cameras from Canon. Canon is one of the biggest names in cameras, and is known for making high quality cameras. The Canon Powershot A620 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom is a point and shoot camera, but offers a lot of features that provide lots of versatility.
It has 20 shooting modes, so you just choose the mode that fits the conditions you are shooting in, and the camera adjusts the settings for the best pictures. The 2" LCD swings out and then swivels, and you can choose if you want it to display a mirror image or a non-reversed image. I also like that it uses AA batteries, because you can buy AA batteries pretty much anywhere, so when you're traveling you don't have to worry about forgetting to charge a battery and being stuck with no way to take more pictures.
Canon Flip Out Screen Camera 2013
If you are want to get more serious about your photography, and would like the versatility and power of a dSLR camera, you can opt for the Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR. This is Canon's entry-level dSLR, but it still offers a hefty set of features. If you are trying to capture quick action shots, the T4i can shoot 5 frames per second, and the upgraded DIGIC 5 Image Processor is designed to allow you to shoot clear pictures with realistic color even in low light.
My favorite part of the camera is the LCD touch screen. I have used some touch screens that are finicky and inaccurate, but this one is fantastic, and you can set just about all the controls using it, or use the dials and buttons if you prefer that. If you want to also record video with your camera, the T4i is designed to be able to focus on one object and keep it in focus as it moves across your screen. Of course you can also use manual focus if you prefer, and there are also multiple frame rate options, so you can customize your video quality depending on what you need for your final project.
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© 2013 Tre Griffey