When it comes to helping beginning photographers learn how to use their cameras more efficiently, one of the best features that I think beginners will appreciate is a touch screen LCD. The touch screen makes it easier for you to select the settings you want, as well as work through the various menus.
Depending on the touch screen camera you're using, you may even be able to activate the shutter by pressing on the LCD screen and selecting the person or object on which to focus.
Read through my list of the best touch screen cameras, listed alphabetically.
Canon's upgrade to the EOS 60D DSLR camera is now available for sale, and this new advanced model is going to provide some impressive features for an intermediate-level DSLR model.
The EOS 70D DSLR camera includes a 20.2 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, which is one of the best Canon image sensors available. The 70D also includes the same 19-point autofocus system that was included in the "five-star" EOS 7D camera.
The EOS 70D also includes a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, and 7 frames per second burst mode at full 20.2MP resolution.
Canon's smallest DSLR camera -- the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 -- has made my list of the best cameras in 2013. This is the smallest DSLR camera on the market that contains an APS-C sized image sensor.
The SL1's CMOS image sensor offers 18 megapixels of resolution. Canon has designed the Rebel SL1 to be an easy-to-use camera for those photographers looking to make the jump from a point and shoot model to an interchangeable lens camera by including a mode called Scene Intelligent Auto Mode.
The SL1 also offers a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, four frames per second shooting options, and full HD video recording. You can purchase the SL1 with a kit lens or with the camera body alone. The SL1's camera body alone weighs 14.36 ounces, making it the lightest DSLR on the market with such a large image sensor. As with other Canon DSLR cameras, the EOS Rebel SL1 is available in black only.
The S120 has plenty to offer photographers looking for more than beginner-level features in a thin camera. It works extremely fast with minimal shutter lag and a burst mode of up to 10 frames per second. This model has a 1/1.7-inch CMOS image sensor, which gives it a significant advantage over point and shoot cameras. Canon provided a touch screen interface with the S120, which makes this model very easy to use as well.
That's a lot of power to find in a camera that measures only 1.14 inches in thickness. Unfortunately the price of the PowerShot S120 will leave this model beyond the budget of quite a few photographers. For that amount of money you could almost purchase a beginner-level mirrorless ILC or DSLR camera after all. And the small 5X optical zoom lens will disappoint some photographers. Still, this is one of the most powerful thin cameras on the market.
The Coolpix S80 includes a 3.5-inch OLED touch screen display. The high-resolution screen has a wide viewing angle of about 180 degrees. Users can add art effects to their photos or can rate their photos for easy sorting by using touch commands on the S80's display.
You'll find 14.1 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, and 720p HD video capabilities with the S80. The S80's color combinations include: Black, blue, gold, red, light pink/dark pink, and silver/brown.
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. This camera also made my list of 2013's best cameras. The E-PM2 just missed a 5-star rating in my review, easily making my list of the best 4-star cameras.
One quick glance at the specification list for the Panasonic Lumix GX7 DIL camera will convince you that this is one of the more impressive mirrorless digital interchangeable lens cameras on the market.
The GX7 uses a MOS Micro Four Thirds image sensor with 16MP of resolution, a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, and full 1080p HD video capabilities.
The Lumix GX7 has some nice advanced features, too, including full manual control, ISO settings up to 25,600, 5 frames per second in burst mode, and shutter speeds up to 1/8000th of a second.
Look for the GX7, which has a silver and black magnesium alloy on the exterior of the camera body along with rubber accents available with the camera body only or with a starter kit lens.ac
Samsung is currently showing off a new model called Galaxy Camera, which will be running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, further blurring the line between digital cameras and cell phones.
The Galaxy Camera is expected to have a 16MP CMOS image sensor, can shoot 1080p HD video, built-in Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G support, a 4.8-inch touch screen LCD, and a 21X optical zoom lens. Those are some impressive features, helping this model make my list of the best cameras in 2013 as well as win a TIPA award.
In my review of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, I appreciated the camera's LCD screen and menu structure. But I was disappointed in the Galaxy Camera's image quality.
Samsung appears to have fixed this problem with its Samsung Galaxy NX camera, which is a mirrorless DIL model that was recently announced.
The Galaxy NX will have a 20.3MP APS-C sized image sensor, which is going to help you provide high-end photographs. You'll also find a 4.8-inch touch screen LCD running the Android OS 4.2, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4G connectivity, 8.6 frames per second recording, and 16MB of internal memory.
It's available now in the United Kingdom, and it should be available soon in the United States. The price is expected to be around $2,000.
Samsung's latest smartphone and digital camera merger is an interesting option, as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom provides a 10X optical zoom lens. The S4 Zoom has a full functioning smartphone along with a nice point-and-shoot camera.
The optical zoom, along with the right hand grip and a 16MP image sensor, give the Galaxy S4 Zoom quite an advantage over most cell phone cameras. You also can shoot full HD video with this camera, which carries an impressive 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen.
Having a touchscreen makes this device extremely easy to use. And because Samsung included a touch interface for the S4 Zoom's camera that's very similar to what's used to navigate a smartphone's features, almost anyone who has used a smartphone or tablet should have no problem learning how to use the S4 Zoom.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is available in white or black, is only offered through an AT&T cellular contract at the time of this writing.
Samsung's family of DIL cameras have provided some great models over the past few years, including the NX10. The latest Samsung DIL camera is now available, and the NX2000, which is one of 2013's top cameras, looks like another very impressive camera.
The NX2000's specification list is certainly eye-catching. It offers 20.3 megapixels of resolution in a large image sensor, 8 frames per second in burst mode, a 3.7-inch large touch screen LCD, and full HD video recording. You can connect the NX2000 to Android and iOS mobile devices or use built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
The NX2000 is available in pink, white, or black camera bodies and matching colors of NX lenses.
11. Samsung WB250F
Samsung had done a really nice job of late creating thin ultra zoom cameras that give you a variety of great features. The latest model, the WB250F, is another strong camera along this line.
The WB250F, which made my 2013 best camera list, includes an 18X optical zoom lens, a 14MP CMOS image sensor, full 1080p HD video recording, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD. You also can download a Remote Viewfinder app to allow your smartphone as a camera display.
Look for the WB250F to be available in black, white, red, or gun metal gray.
Sony has attempted to match style with toughness in its recently released touch-screen and waterproof camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.
The TX20 is definitely one of the more interesting looking tough cameras around, offering five different color combinations -- green/silver, pink/red, black, orange/silver, and dark/light blue. It shoots at 16.2MP of resolution, includes a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, full HD video capabilities, and a 4X optical zoom lens.
The TX20 is waterproof up to 16 feet, can survive a fall up to 5 feet, and is dust-proof. It's not a cheap model, but it's tough to find a waterproof camera with a touch screen LCD, so this model deserves consideration.