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.

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500
from $539
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
Screen size Large screen Help

Learn more about the Nikon D5500

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $1,560
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Screen size Large screen Help

Learn more about the Nikon D750

Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $480
Aperture Wide aperture Help
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot G7 X

Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $398
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Learn more about the Sony Alpha A6000

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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 ?