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Cameras with Flip-Out Screens

Updated on September 16, 2014
Cameras with variable angle screens
Cameras with variable angle screens

Smart Cameras With Articulating Screens

I have been taking photos for over 35 years but it was not until I started using a camera with articulating screen that my photography improved perceptibly, something that without a doubt, comes from better composition and unusual angles of perspective.

Different camera brands have different solutions on how they solve the articulation. Some just fold up (allowing you to take selfies), others fold up and flip down, and some do it all (flip, tilt and swivel) in the same manner as screens on camcoders do.

We all age, I'm currently 54 and I prefer to use a camera with flip-out lcd because it allows me to angle it in any direction to compose my shots.. comfortably, instead of having to crawl around with my eye in the viewfinder.

I also do a lot of street photography and the ability to see what my shot will be like while holding my camera at waist level (or aloft over crowds) is very convenient.

Hinged camera screens are of course also a must if you enjoy taking selfies or doing street photography.

Pro-Spec DSLR Cameras With Flipout Screens - Compose your shots with ease...?

Photos by docentjoice,gareth,garry knight. on flickr
Photos by docentjoice,gareth,garry knight. on flickr

Taking angle shots with cameras that lack swivel screens

This is not the right way to do it.

This is a good example of what life used to be like with a traditional digital SLR camera setup. Composing a shot while kneeling and even laying down does not make you a better photographer. Check out how they struggle to get their eye to the viewfinder! I can imagine quite a few blurry images too from camera shake at those angles too.

These photographers could no doubt have been getting superior angles with a vari-angle screen camera, and the similar image quality if they choose a APS-C sensor size camera like the Canon 70D or Samsung NX30 or the Nikon D5300.

All of these cameras offer superior image quality, many lens choices and moving screens that help you get better angle shots when needed.

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

It has the side-mounted version of articulating screens that I prefer. 70d is a good, solid body if you already have Canon glass.


My Best Camera For Macro Photography

Taking closeup photos of small things requires you to get close and shoot at odd and uncomfortable angles. This is where a camera with articulating screen really shines and shooting macro photography with a flip-out screen is heavenly compared to crawling around on your knees.

Another benefit is that you can be much more discrete when shooting macro at arms length and approach small bugs and animals easier than with a camera where also you have to get in close to the action. Small bugs scare easily.

Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens (Old Model)
Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens (Old Model)

The X-T1 is my nr.1 choice. it only has a vertically articulating screen, and it isn't the fastest of the bunch, and the Fuji lens lineup is nowhere as extensive as that of CaNikon or M43, but Fuji ave made a beaute of a body with a fantastic viewfinder and very very good image quality. Top choice!


Flowers are a favorite closeup. This is an image I took one summer while I was experimenting shooting the underside of flowers. This is the kind of closeup photo that is impossible to compose when you also have to fit your head under the flower.

Try shooting from unusual angles and you will see how your photos improve with better impact and unusual content. I like this image where the really soft colors of the petals clash with the hairy stem.

Enthusiast camera with award winning resolution

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300

While the 24 megapixel APS-C Nikon D5300 is marketed as an enthusiast camera, the superb performance of the sensor and body are making many pro's put it in their bag. While the sensor is similar to those found in Sony's latest flagships, Nikon has done their own magic and tweaked it to render smoother tones, with wider dynamic range and microcontrast clarity that actually trumps their own flagship.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Black)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Black)

All other cameras in this section have APS-C sensors with a 1.5 - 1.6 crop factor. The M1 has a micro four-thirds sensor which makes it blazing fast, gives you extra range and puts it all in a tiny body. Huge amount of lenses to choose from. This one is my nr.2 choice.

Credit: procrastinator from morguefile
Credit: procrastinator from morguefile

A Camera In Your Face - Or Not?

Street and travel photography tips

Guess what: taking portraits and street shots with a camera to your face is killing most of your shots. As soon as you raise a camera to your eye people instinctively react and pose - or try to pose. A bad pose will always ruin a shot. When you shoot street photography, travel and portraits with a vari-angle camera you immediately notice how much better the shopts look.

There are 2 reasons for this: 1) the subject is more relaxed when they can actually see your face.. 2) a lower perspective. shooting with an articulating screen allows you to take more waist-level shots which makes the person you are shooting look bigger.

When doing travel photography, a flip screen camera allows you to be much more inconspicuous and discretely compose your shots, getting better travel photos.

Super Zooms With Swivel Screens - Affordable cameras for street, travel and macro photography

My pick of the best fixed-lens super-zooms with articulating screens. All of these have small sized sensors which offers extreme depth of field, but also limits resolution a bit if you pixel-peep. All of them are perfect all-in-ones for everyday casual shooting and will stand the test of regular-sized prints for the family album.

Street Photography Made Easy

Look up - look down

I like to take odd angles of urban scenery and details. I had a period of looking up and finding all kinds of interesting details, especially architectural features

Battle It Out - Good or Bad?

What do you think about flipscreens on digital cameras?

Yay! Seems like a good feature!

Yay! Seems like a good feature!

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  • Bergey7 3 years ago

    Once you have a camera with a flip screen .. it literally changes your perspective. I love my Lumix fz-150.. it allows me to take candids discreetly ftom waist level.

  • Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    I'd like to have one!

  • Mckinney Michael 3 years ago

    I wish I had a flip screen, would be great for macro.

  • APCdev 4 years ago

    You've made a great case for flipscreens in this Lens. Honestly, I was already a fan of them, myself, but if I had been on the fence, your Lens would have convinced me.

  • Infohouse 4 years ago

    I have a Canon G7. I use the variable screen all the time.

  • dotcomdiva 4 years ago

    I have to agree with everyone else...I think they're an awesome feature and one I want on the next camera I buy.

  • Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

    I"ve never tried one, but I'm sure tired of making like at pretzel to take pictures. I'll have to check these out.

  • DebMartin 4 years ago

    I want one!

  • Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

    Found it invaluable in a crowd at an Air Show where I was able to hold the camera above my head and get the shot that I needed.

  • norma-holt 4 years ago

    You are right, Never thought about this before.

  • ShoppingWithMonty 5 years ago

    Brilliant! These cameras will make things so much easier...who likes getting down and dirty to get a good shot? Not me!

  • getmoreinfo 5 years ago

    I think this is a good feature and I learned something new today about angles and not having the camera too close to the face. Interesting.

  • Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

    I've been managing without but this makes me think my next camera should have a flipscreen.

  • June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sounds good to me. I wouldn't mind having one.

  • Ninche 5 years ago

    I have Nikon with flipscreen and I don't mind it at all :) Love your lens

Nay! It is just a silly gimmick!

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  • MichaelSmith27 3 years ago

    I like the overall content of your lens. fantastic points made. great work!

  • Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

    Still on the fence about this one! have the Nikon D3100 and am loving it

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