Short Description

Small Touchscreen
Placeholder The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 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.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
from $1,164
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99
from $448
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard

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Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II
from $898
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,240k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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Leica C-Lux
from $999
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,240k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

Learn more about the Leica C-Lux

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Best Touchscreen DSLRs

The following represent the best touchscreen DSLRs available.

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