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Best Articulated LCD Cameras

Find the Best Cameras With LCDs That Can Swivel and Twist

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The longer you have spent as a photographer, the more likely it is that you're going to encounter a difficult-angled photo at some point. With many of today's point and shoot cameras, this can be especially tough, as you must frame the photo with the LCD, limiting your options.

However, when your LCD swivels away from the camera, you can create some interesting angles, making it easier to capture these types of photographs.

Here are some of the best cameras with LCDs that swivel and tilt away from the camera body -- articulated LCDs -- allowing odd-angle photos.

1. Canon EOS 60D DSLR

Canon

Full HD video capabilities highlight the latest DSLR camera from Canon, the EOS 60D.

The 60D also has a 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD, which is great for viewing the HD video. The articulated LCD can be moved so that it can match whatever angle at which you want to shoot.

The 60D shoots great photos, as it can make use of at least 60 different Canon EF and EF-S interchangeable lenses.

2. Canon PowerShot N

Canon

The unique-looking Canon PowerShot N was one of the most talked about cameras announced during CES 2013.

The N not only looks different than most cameras, but it also operates in a unique manner, as it has no shutter button. In fact, its only button is a power button. Every other aspect of the camera is controlled through its 2.8-inch articulated touch-screen LCD.

To control the PowerShot N's 8X optical zoom lens, you'll use a ring around the lens. The N also features a 12MP image sensor, full 1080p HD video capture, and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.

Look for the PowerShot N to be available in black or white camera bodies.

3. Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm

If you like the idea of having a large zoom lens in a fixed lens digital camera, but you're finding frustration with the image quality those models provide, Fujifilm may have a solution for you.

The FinePix HS50EXR carries a 42X optical zoom lens, which is one of the largest telephoto options in the market. However, the best feature of the HS50EXR may be its 1/2-inch CMOS image sensor, which should lead to much better image quality than the small image sensors you typically see in fixed lens cameras.

Additionally you'll find a 3.0-inch articulated LCD screen, full HD video, 5.5 frames per second burst mode, and plenty of film simulation effects.

The FinePix HS50EXR carries a large price tag to go with its large image sensor. It's available in black only.

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4. Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm

Fujifilm's third interchangeable lens mirrorless camera -- the X-M1 -- is the most impressive model yet, offering an image sensor that's similar in size to what you'd find in a DSLR camera.

The Fujifilm X-M1 DIL camera has an APS-C sized image sensor that features 16.3MP of resolution.

The X-M1, which measures only 1.5 inches in thickness without a lens attached. includes a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, full 1080p video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, and in-camera RAW processing.

The X-M1 can make use of an Fujifilm XF or XC interchangeable lenses. You can find the X-M1 in three body colors, black, silver, or brown.

5. Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon

Even though the Nikon Coolpix P520 looks a bit like a DSLR camera, it doesn't quite have that level of high-end photographic features.

Still, the Coolpix P520 has enough advanced features that it'll be well worth considering. The P520 has a 42X optical zoom lens, 18.1MP of resolution, a 3.2-inch articulated LCD, a built-in GPS unit, and full 1080p HD video recording. Those are all above-average features in a fixed-lens camera.

The P520, which also carries an above-average price, is available in black, red, or dark gray camera bodies.

I had a chance to test the P520's predecessor, the Coolpix P500, last year and I thought it was a great model. The P520 looks like an solid upgrade to that older ultra zoom camera.

6. Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon

One of the most impressive advanced fixed lens cameras that you're going to see currently on the market is the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

It has advanced Nikkor lens glass to go with a 7.1X optical zoom lens, a larger-than-usual CMOS image sensor with 12.2MP of resolution, a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD that can swivel away from the camera, and full 1080p video recording. The P7700 has a built-in flash, and it also has a hot shoe, allowing you to add an external flash, if desired.

Best of all, the P7700's image quality is outstanding.

7. Canon EOS T5i DSLR

Nikon

Although it's touted as an upgrade to last year's Canon Rebel T4i, the new Canon EOS Rebel T5i doesn't appear to offer a significant number of improvements over the T4i. So if you already own the T4i, an upgrade probably isn't worth the investment.

Still, if you didn't purchase the T4i, the now available T5i can provide some nice improvements over older Rebel cameras, making it well worth considering as an upgrade over those older DSLR models.

The Rebel T5i has an 18MP CMOS image sensor, an articulated 3.0-inch LCD, full 1080p HD video, and a burst mode with up to 5 frames per second.

8. Olympus PEN E-PM2 DIL

Olympus

The latest "mini" camera from Olympus, the PEN E-PM2, should be another very nice DIL model to build upon last year's success with the Olympus Mini PEN E-PM1, which made my list of the best 5-star cameras.

The E-PM2, which is now available in silver, black, white, or red camera bodies, features 16.1MP of resolution, interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lenses, a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, and full HD video.

9. Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus

At first glance, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS fixed-lens camera might not look like anything special. However, this model is aimed at intermediate photographers who want high-end results in a small camera without the hassle of having to carry a series of lenses, as with a DIL system.

The XZ-2 doesn't really fit in with the other top sub-$750 cameras, as most cameras on that list are interchangeable lens models. However, the XZ-2's outstanding image quality definitely shows it belongs.

A fast f/1.8 lens leads to the strong image quality of this model, as Olympus has based the XZ-2's lens on its DSLR camera technology. The XZ-2 includes a 4X optical zoom, 12MP of resolution in a CMOS image sensor, ISO settings up to 12,800, a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, and 1080p HD video capabillities.

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10. Panasonic Lumix G6 DIL

Panasonic

Panasonic has built upon last year's successful Lumix G5 DIL camera, now offering the impressive Lumix G6.

This interchangeable lens camera provides 16MP of resolution in a Live MOS image sensor,and a 3.0-inch articulated touchscreen LCD.

The G6 improves on the G5 in its ability to shoot 1080p HD video at both 60p and at the 24p more commonly found with film shooting. There's also an option for more creative still image filters and a creative panorama option with the G6.

But the most impressive improvement found in the G6 over the G5 is the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

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11. Samsung WB2100

Samsung

Samsung has become a camera maker that's well known for its thin long-zoom cameras, which makes the recent appearance of the Samsung WB2100 seem a little odd.

The WB2100 has a design that more resembles a DSLR camera, with a thick camera body and a large lens housing. Even though it looks a bit different from other Samsung models, it's still a powerful option. You'll receive a 35X optical zoom lens, 16MP of resolution, full 1080p HD video, and an articulated 3.0-inch display screen.

You can make use of a variety of manual control modes with this model, too. The WB2100 is available in black, white, or red.

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12. Sony NEX-5T

Sony

The Sony NEX-5T mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has quite a few advanced features for such a small camera, including NFC and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.

The NEX-5T includes a 16.1MP APS-C sized image sensor, which is similar to what you'd find in some DSLR style cameras, leading to high-end image quality. You'll also have a 3.0-inch touchscreen articulated LCD, which is a nice feature as the small NEX-5T has no viewfinder.

You'll find the NEX-5T in black, white, or silver camera bodies.

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