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Small Touchscreen
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II 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 G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
from $399
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

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
Zoom Great zoom Help
60x
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
20 mm
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.4
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
Size Really small Help
Mid size (106×60×42 mm)

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.27x

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)

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Best Touchscreen DSLRs

The following represent the best touchscreen DSLRs available.

Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
from $569
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,037k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Nikon D5600

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
from $200
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
True resolution High true resolution Help
30.1 MP

Learn more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pentax KP
Pentax KP
from $897
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
819,200 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.62x
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
7 fps

Learn more about the Pentax KP

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