Flip screen, aka articulated screen or Tilting screen, lets you preview and capture photo from difficult angles such as at waist level or above the head. Cameras with a flip or articulated screen are great for vlogging too because you can see if you are in the frame all the time while you are recording.
Once you get a hang of flip screen camera, it is really difficult to go back to the normal fixed screen cameras. Here we have listed the best mirrorless cameras with flip screen you can buy in 2017. For more background, see our comparison table below.
|Sony a5100||24.30 MP||23.5mm x 15.6mm||283 g||Check Price|
|Samsung NX Mini||20.5 MP||13.2mm x 8.8mm||196 g||Check Price|
|Samsung NX500||28.2MP||23.5mm x 15.7mm||287 g||Check Price|
|Panasonic LX10/LX15||20.1 MP||13.2mm x 8.8mm||310 g||Check Price|
|Canon EOS M3||24.20 MP||22.3 x 14.9 mm||366 g||Check Price|
|Canon EOS M10||18 MP||22.3mm x 14.9mm||301 g||Check Price|
|Fujifilm X-T1||16.3 MP||23.6mm x 15.6mm||440g||Check Price|
|Fujifilm X-T10||16.3MP||23.6mm x 15.6mm||694 g||Check Price|
Megapixels: 16.3 MP
Sensor size: 23.6mm x 15.6mm
Announced: January 28, 2014
Pros: Impressive viewfinder and image quality
Cons: Does not have touchscreen functionality
Fujifilm has been increasing its X-series to appeal to a wider variety of audience interested in mirrorless cameras with flip screens. The Fujifilm X-T1 offers high-end technology with a weather resistant mirrorless camera. The camera has a SLR style design and the largest EVF that is available to date. The X-T1 also offers a huge range of manual controls and an optional battery grip which was not available before.
Similar to Fujifilm X-E2, the X-T1 camera provides 16 MP X-Trans CMOS II image sensor with an on chip phase detection feature and the efficient EXR processor II.
The Fujifilm X-T1 also has in-built Wi-Fi connectivity and HD video recording feature. In contrast to the X-E2 camera, the X-T1 has a higher burst rate, focus tracking and greater magnification. The X-T1 is also superior in terms of design and image quality.
2. Sony a5100
Megapixels: 24.30 MP
Sensor size: 23.5mm x 15.6mm
Weight: 283 g
Announced: Aug 18, 2014
Pros: It has a compact body, amazing picture quality and excellent ISO performance
Cons: The camera lacks buttons and the touchscreen performance is fairly average
The Sony a5100 is a compact mirrorless camera inspired from its big brother of Sony a6000 and shares many of its awesome features. It houses a 24.3 MP CMOS sensor, on-chip phase detection which covers 92% of the image frame. It also comes with Sony’s latest image processor technology.
This flip camera has a 3 inch LCD touchscreen and can flip upwards at a 180 degree angle for easy selfies or vlogging. A5100 supports XAVC S codec and also allows for bit rates of 50 Mbps, allowing it to record 1080/60p video. This camera is a good option for entry level photography as it is easy to use and not as expensive as more advanced mirrorless cameras with flip screens.
Sensor size: 23.6mm x 15.6mm
Weight: 694 g
Announced: May 18, 2015
Pros: Impressive design, compact body and viewfinder feature
Cons: This model does not have a touchscreen option
The Fujifilm X-T10 is a slightly trimmed down version of the X-T1 which comes at a more affordable price. The X-T10 is a DSLR styled camera which offers a high-end resolution viewfinder, a fantastic image quality, a weather resistant body and an easy to use button control layout. The good thing about the button control is that it is customizable.
It has the same EXR processor II and a 16 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor as its predecessor. The X-T10 is more for the casual user who doesn’t want to spend too much on a camera but offers the same image quality as Fujifilm’s flagship X-T1 mirrorless camera.
Megapixels: 20.5 MP
Sensor size: 13.2mm x 8.8mm
Weight: 196 g
Announced: March 19, 2014
Pros: compact size, simple connectivity and affordable price
Cons: Low spec screen and minor image quality issues
The Samsung NX Mini as the name suggests is the most compact mirrorless camera available in the market. It has a large 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor complete with a 20.5MP of image resolution. The sensor is able to capture HD video at 1920×1080 resolution as well. The NX Mini also has a 3 inch touchscreen but its 460k-dot resolution is slightly discouraging. However, the vari-angle option allows the screen to be tilted at 180 degrees for greater flexibility and view from the front of the lens.
This flip camera is not only great for selfies but can be easily connected to the internet using Wi-Fi, so you can instantly post your pictures or videos to Facebook or YouTube, Instagram etc. The Samsung NX Mini also provides NFC connectivity which means that the user can easily connect it to an Android or IOS operating system. The image quality is somewhat inferior as compared to similar mirrorless cameras but the added features make it handy and affordable for amateur photographers.
Sensor size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm
Weight: 287 g
Announced: February 2015
Pros: Tilted screen for easy image capture and sleek 3 inch touchscreen
Cons: Lacks microphone input and the design is not so impressive
The Samsung NX500 is more than a basic camera and comes with advanced technology for high end image resolution and picture quality. This camera can be used both in program mode and auto mode, and is extremely easy to operate. It has a 3 inch LCD with touchscreen functionality and a light-weight design. The display screen has a resolution greater than 1 million pixels. The camera screen can be easily flipped at 180 degrees for self-portraits.
Even though the Samsung NX500 costs around $800 and is more expensive than a basic DSLR or mirrorless camera, its high quality resolution gives it a huge performance edge over other mirrorless cameras. You will get outstanding images every time you click a photo with Samsung NX500 which is certainly worth the price.
6. Canon EOS M3
Megapixels: 24.20 MP
Sensor size: 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Weight: 366 g
Announced: August 27, 2015
Pros: Easy to handle, impressive touchscreen and image quality
Cons: Slow performance as compared to other mirrorless cameras
Canon has recently increased its focus from the traditional DSLR and fixed lens cameras to the manufacture of mirrorless cameras. Canon EOS M3 is one such outcome of this notion with its impressive 24.2 MP resolution and APS-C sized sensor. However, this camera has a bit of problem capturing sharp images in poor light conditions.
The Canon EOS M3 has had a major upgrade from its predecessors, and is equipped with an advanced DIGIC 6 processor. This has improved the performance of the camera slightly but it is still slower as compared to other competitors in the market.
This camera might not appeal to high-end users who require more advanced features. But it is more suitable for intermediate level users as the price is less costly in contrast to similar mirrorless cameras.
Megapixels: 20.1 MP
Sensor size: 13.2mm x 8.8mm
Weight: 310 g
Pros: Excellent image quality, superb 4K video clips and outstanding lens
Cons: Electronic viewfinder and ND filter options are not available
The Panasonic LX10/LX15 is a very compelling and compact mirrorless camera which competes directly with similar Sony and Canon cameras. Some unique features that make this camera stand out are 24-72 mm lens that provide better focus and more light capture when zoomed wide. This mirrorless camera also offers a huge range of 4K photo modes and 15 minutes 4K movie clips options. You have the option to connect this camera to Wi-Fi for internet connectivity and a USB port for easier charging.
The camera touchscreen only tilts up, and does not have a viewfinder or ND filter which is a limitation in design. However, the reasonable price for this premium mirrorless camera makes up nicely for these missing features.
Megapixels: 18 MP
Sensor size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm
Weight: 301 g
Announced: October 13, 2015
Pros: Tilted screen, touchscreen functionality, lower price
Cons: Viewfinder not available, some shutter lag problems
Even though Canon is very popular in the DSLR market, it is trying to make significant advancement in the mirrorless camera arena too. The release of Canon EOS M10 is an example of such effort aimed to attract the beginner level buyers. In comparison to similar mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS M10 comes at a very affordable price. The Canon EOS M10 is also very light weight as compared to entry-level DSLR cameras. It offers an 18 MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 processor to capture beautiful pictures and videos even in low light conditions.
There are some minor issues with this model like the shutter lag in some conditions. But the price of EOS M10 makes it more compelling when compared to basic DSLR cameras which offer similar functionality and picture quality. The Canon EOS M10 is also a fair alternative to the previous Canon EOS M3, and is an affordable addition to Canon’s line of entry-level mirrorless cameras.