6 Best Canon Cameras with a Flip Screen (Updated for 2018)

canon Cameras with a Flip ScreenBuying a camera with a flip screen is useful for a number of reasons. Although they’re perfect for selfies and vlogging, they’re also incredibly useful for shooting video, capturing photos from awkward angles, and astrophotography. Being able to view what your camera is framing without having to look through the viewfinder or being up close to the rear of the camera is incredibly convenient. Whilst some screens are tiltable, others are entirely articulated. This guide will examine some of Canon’s best cameras with flip out screens to give you a sense of which one is right for you.

Best Canon Cameras with a Flip Screen

1.  Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Why it’s great:

  • 3-inch touchscreen panel, adjustable to 45°.
  • 1-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor.
  • 4x optical zoom, with equivalent 24-100mm, and f/1.8-2.8.
  • 1080p video capture.

If you a video blogger looking for a camera that’s as sleek and stylish as you, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II could be the answer. The 3-inch touchscreen is adjustable to 45°, making it good for video capture on the go. It outputs 1080p video in MP4 format, making it easy to upload straight to a variety of platforms. It has a 1-inch sensor which is smaller than that on a DSLR or mirrorless, yet it’s still up to the task of taking high-quality images. A 4x optical zoom with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/2.8 keeps the body small and lightweight, and the lens itself is of a very high quality. It performs well across its 24-100mm equivalent range. If you’re looking for a compact camera with an adjustable tilt screen, this is a very affordable choice.

Buying considerations:

  • The zoom range isn’t the longest on this camera; there are other cameras in this range that have longer ones.

2. Canon EOS 70D

Why it’s great:

  • 3-inch 170° articulated touchscreen.
  • 2-megapixel APS-C sensor.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • 7fps continuous shooting.

Canon’s EOS 70D remains one of our favourite cameras, particularly for its excellent 3-inch touch screen. It can be rotated through a range of angles to give you the perfect viewpoint no matter the situation. It responds to two-finger touch as well, meaning you can zoom in on pictures using the screen. As well as the flip screen, the rest of the features are excellent too. The 20.2-megapixel sensor captures colour and detail to a very high standard, and with lens correction it will negate and unwanted distortions caused by an attached lens. The dual pixel autofocus is great for shooting stills, as well as video, which is particularly useful when using the live view. Its body design is sturdy and well-built, and overall there’s very little this camera doesn’t do well.

Buying considerations:

  • The 70D is a great camera, but it’s definitely not a budget one. Even though there are later models, expect to still pay a fair amount for this one.

3. Canon EOS 80D

Why it’s great:

  • Successor to the above 70D, improving on features.
  • 2-megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Excellent image quality and noise control.

The successor to the above 70D is the EOS 80D. Canon built on what was a very good foundation in the 70D to produce something with a better 24.2-megpaixel sensor, 45-point autofocus, and an expanded ISO of up to 25600. Of course, it still has the fantastic vari-angle LCD touchscreen that we loved on the 70D. The 80D performs well in almost all conditions, thanks to its low image noise (even at high ISO settings) and weather-sealed body. Regardless of the environment you’re capturing video or stills, the 80D is more than up to the task. The viewfinder is larger on the 80D than its predecessor, offering a 100% view, although there’s still the option to view on the LCD screen. The screen can be tilted 170°, making it particularly great if you’re the subject of your shooting.

Buying considerations:

  • There’s very little to fault this camera for, the only reason it’s not higher on the list is the rather hefty price tag that’s attached to it.
  • There’s no 4K image capture, which although is in line with competitors, more recent cameras do feature it. Videographers may want to consider that.

4. Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D

Why it’s great:

  • 2-megapixel APS-C sensor.
  • 3-inch adjustable touchscreen.
  • Excellent choice for those on a budget.

Our favourite budget Canon camera with a flip screen is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i (also known as the 700D). Despite its low cost, it has some fairly impressive features; an 18.2-megapixel sensor, an ISO sensitivity of 100 – 25600 (with very impressive noise control), and a good build quality. Once again we get an adjustable 3-inch screen which can be rotated to various angles, whilst still sitting flush against the main body when folded away. The touchscreen performance is also very good. If you’re on a budget that won’t stretch to the above 70D or 80D, the Rebel T5i (700D) is a good, cheaper alternative.

Buying considerations:

  • The only real downside is that it’s just not quite as good as some of the pricier cameras in the Canon range.

5. Canon VIXIA mini X

Why it’s great:

  • f/2.8 fisheye lens captures 160° MP4 movies and 170° degree photos.
  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen display, tiltable.
  • Live streaming over built-in Wi-Fi.

The Canon VIXIA mini X is the perfect camera for the vlogger or outdoor enthusiast who loves taking photos and videos on the go. The fisheye lens captures a huge range in both movie and still format, and the 2.7-inch capacitive touchscreen can be rotated to face the user. What’s more, if live streaming is your thing then you can do it directly from the mini X, thanks to its built in Wi-Fi. A variety of pre-set audio scenes allow users to choose different audio parameters for different situations, delivering good-quality audio no matter where you are.

Buying considerations:

  • Those looking for a higher-quality of image, or a more serious camera may not be satisfied with the VIXIA mini X.

6. Canon EOS M6

Why it’s great:

  • 24-megapixel APS-C sensor.
  • 3-inch tilting touchscreen.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth.

Last on our list is the EOS M6, a member of Canon’s mirrorless camera range. The sleek and stylish design of the M6 is backed up by a decent build quality. A 3-inch touchscreen on the back is tiltable (and can be used for selfies) yet feels sturdy when doing so. It’s easy to control a variety of options using it too. Image quality is very high, producing clear images with good colour reproduction. Its small size will make it attractive to those who travel a lot and need something discreet and lightweight to take with them. Overall, this is a very good camera.

Buying considerations:

  • The range of lenses available for Canon mirrorless cameras is somewhat limited compared to rivals.

Top Considerations for Buying a Canon Camera with a Flip Screen

There are a few factors you must consider when it comes to making your purchase. Hopefully you’ve a fair idea of what you’ll be using your camera for, but aside from that there are some aspects which may influence your decision:

Type of Sensor

The size of the sensor will be the main determining factor in the quality of the images you’ll be able to take. Generally speaking, bigger is better. A full frame DSLR is going to give you the greatest detail, but they are by far the most expensive type of camera. If you’re set on a DSLR, an APS-C or crop-frame camera will be cheaper, and still better than a point-and-shoot or compact. Mirrorless cameras also tend to have bigger sensors than compacts, and the quality will speak for itself.

Type of Photography

If you’re going to be taking a lot of photos, the chances are you’ll want something that’s going to deliver good results, and you may want to spend more on a camera. However, if you’re only going to be casually pursuing photography, you can certainly spend less. Size is also a factor; if you’re doing a lot of travel photography, a bulky DSLR may not be ideal, whereas a point-and-shoot with a good zoom will fit handily in your luggage. One last consideration is whether you’ll be using your flip screen camera for shooting video. Whilst many cameras offer full 1080p video capture, more recent cameras have 4K.

Type of Lens

The other main component of your photography set up will be the lens. DSLR and mirrorless cameras as so convenient as you can swap out lenses at will. Although this can get expensive, having a variety of lenses makes you a much more versatile photographer. However, many smaller point-and-shoot cameras have long, ‘super-zoom’ lenses that offer a range that spans from wide-angle to telephoto, but can’t be changed.

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