Flip out and swivel LCD
photo of the Olympus E-620SLR with flip and swivel screen The Olympus E-620 provides a flip out and swivel LCD.

Flip out LCDs permit the LCD display screen at the camera back to flip away from the camera to be seen at different angles, while some only tilt up many will flip-out and swivel as shown in the picture to the right. Although much less popular than before these flip-out screens are extremely useful. With a normal camera if you eye is not pressed up to the viewfinder or LCD is not directly in front of you it becomes difficult to impossible to compose a shot. For instance when taking a photo of yourself and a friend the LCD can be swivelled 180 degrees to face you allowing you to see what the photo will look like. When using a tripod the LCD can be tilted up to make it easy to compose the shot without constantly bending down to see the screen. Raising the camera above you to get a birds eye style view is made easy by tilting the down. Shooting movies is also much nicer on these cameras allowing you to steady the camera at any position and still see what your recording. Snapsort likes this feature a lot, its unfortunate its not available in more cameras.

Top Flip-out Display Digital Cameras

The following are the best flip-out LCD cameras available.

Sony Alpha a7 III
from $1,898
Battery life Great battery life Help
710 shots
Focus points Many focus points Help
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 35.8x23.8mm

Learn more about the Sony Alpha a7 III

Canon EOS R
from $2,299
Focus points Many focus points Help
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,100k dots
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

Learn more about the Canon EOS R

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
from $399
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Announced New Help
July 2018

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
from $1,198
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

Green arrow See more of the top cameras with flip out LCDs


Showing 3 comments

Avatar for suberDev suberDev (4:16 AM, November 23, 2013)
Can you take pictures while the your using the flip out screen with the canon t3i or just videos?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:41 PM, November 14, 2011)
The D5100 has a good solid screen, it is not going to be broken with normal usage, but with a flip out screen you do run the risk of breaking it off if it is banged or dropped. That risk applies to all flip out screens.
Chiradeep (0:12 PM, November 12, 2011)
How is the build quality of the flip out screen of Nikon D5100 ? Can it be broken if i use it regularly ?