Short Description

Small Touchscreen
Canon PowerShot S120 The Canon PowerShot S120 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 S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $447
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot S120

Olympus Stylus 1
Olympus Stylus Stylus 1
from $200
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

Learn more about the Olympus Stylus 1

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
Panasonic Lumix ZS30
from $269
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
from $368
Screen size Large screen Help
4.8"
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Zoom Great zoom Help
21x

Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

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Best Touchscreen DSLRs

The following represent the best touchscreen DSLRs available.

Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D
from $200
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Shutter lag Barely any delay taking photos Help
75 ms shutter lag
Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate

Learn more about the Canon EOS 70D

Canon Rebel T5i
Canon Rebel T5i
from $200
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots

Learn more about the Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel SL1
Canon Rebel SL1
from $494
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots

Learn more about the Canon Rebel SL1

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