Short Description

Small Touchscreen
Canon PowerShot G9 X The Canon PowerShot G9 X is one of the smallest touchscreen cameras available, providing a fun experience and ultimate convenience.

Touchscreen cameras use the rear display as a giant touchable interface instead of dials and buttons, providing the majority of the cameras controls via a visual interface. By removing all the controls and having the display screen use up all the space you tend to get very large displays and because all the controlling is done via the screen the resolution of the screens also tends to be high. Touchscreen's allow you to preview your pictures using gestures (made popular by the iPhone and its brethren) as well as manipulate them (crops, etc.). The major advantage of a touch screen is the touch controls can be re-purposed depending what mode you're in allowing in context options. Touchscreens also permit interactivity with the scene you're shooting offering features like touch to focus. Of course there are many sacrifices with having a touchscreen, the chief one is the loss of manual tactile controls - dedicated dials, wheels and buttons can be useful once you're familiarized with them allowing you to change things on the go without looking - with a touchscreen you have to keep looking at the LCD for visual feedback on what the controls will do. Also the buttons and controls on the screen will tend to be a lot larger to allow for fat fingers and the lack of tactile feedback. Touchscreen's are largely the domain of compact pocket cameras and typically aren't integrated into semi-pro or pro gear.

Touchscreen Landscape

Advantages

  • Entire screen space can be used for direct one touch interaction
  • Allows touch functions to be changed - providing interesting in-context interactions
  • All interaction accomplished via one interface vs knobs, dials and buttons
  • Ability to use gestures
  • Ability to touch the area you want to focus on
  • More sleek due to the lack of buttons
  • Ability to provide a visual interface
  • High coolness factor

Disadvantages

  • Not tactile like buttons
  • Buttons can provide direct access to certain functions faster
  • Can't be operated blindly
  • May not appeal to technology challenged photographers
  • Running the LCD for control uses up batteries faster
  • Experience more dependant on a strong UI design
  • Large bright screen on all the time eats batteries

Best Touchscreen Digital Cameras

The following represent the best touchscreen digicams available.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
from $670
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
71.0
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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Canon PowerShot G9 X
Canon PowerShot G9 X
from $389
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Canon PowerShot G5 X
Canon PowerShot G5 X
from $689
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
from $449
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

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Best Touchscreen DSLRs

The following represent the best touchscreen DSLRs available.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
from $5,272
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
16 fps
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.76x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots

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Nikon D5
Nikon D5
from $5,999
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
3,280,000 ISO

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Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
from $697
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

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Nikon D500
Nikon D500
from $1,599
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Focus points Many focus points Help
153
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
1,640,000 ISO

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