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 "A" series PowerShot digital cameras typically try to hit a sub-$200 price point with a series of average photography features. The latest PowerShot, the A3400 IS, does offer one high-end feature -- a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD. You can select all of the camera's settings and shoot images using the touch screen.
You'll also find 16MP of resolution, a 5X optical zoom, and a 720p video mode with the A3400 IS.
The A3400 IS is one of the least expensive touch screen cameras around. It's also available in an uncommon color, gold, as well as red, silver, or black camera bodies.
2. Casio TRYX
The Casio TRYX includes a 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor and a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD. It includes some wide angle capabilities and the ability to shoot 1080p HD video. However, it has no flash (using an LED to light subjects instead) and no optical zoom lens.
The award-winning TRYX introduces a new form factor from Casio, as a thin frame surrounds the camera. The frame can rotate away from the camera body, providing the ability to support the camera at odd angles -- as shown in this photo -- or to provide a grip for an odd-angle shot. If you leave the frame in place, it works just like any digital camera.
If you're looking for a touch screen LCD camera, one of the best that's available is the Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR, which also features a colorful camera body.
The Z900EXR, which is known as the Z909EXR in some areas of the world, includes an EXR CMOS image sensor, which is especially strong in low light.
It offers 16MP of resolution. The 3.5-inch touch screen LCD is large and impressive. You'll find a 5X optical zoom lens with the Z900EXR, and it can shoot 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. The Z900EXR is available in black, blue, silver, red, pink, or white camera bodies.
Kodak is known for its easy-to-use cameras, so it's no surprise to see one that features an easy-to-use touch screen LCD. This feature potentially makes the Touch the easiest-to-use Kodak camera yet.
The Touch's 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD offers a higher resolution screen than most Kodak cameras. As with most Kodak cameras, the Touch makes it easy to upload your photos and videos to Facebook or YouTube.
In addition, the Touch offers 14 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, and 720p HD video capabilities.
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 Panasonic Lumix GF2 makes use of the Micro Four Thirds standard, meaning it uses interchangeable lenses, like a DSLR camera. However, because of its mirror-less design, it's not a DSLR. Panasonic calls the GF2 a DSLM (DSL micro), although DIL and EVIL are common acronyms, too.
The Lumix GF2 features a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, which combines the low power usage of a CMOS sensor with the image quality of a CCD sensor. You'll also find a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD with the GF2.
However, it's the features that aren't immediately obvious that make the ZS10 stand out from the crowd.
Panasonic included a built-in GPS with the ZS10, allowing you to easily track the location of all of your photos. In addition, the ZS10 offers a 16X optical zoom lens, something that's rarely found with such a thin camera. The ZS10 includes 14.1 megapixels of resolution and full 1080p HD video recording capabilities.
Perhaps the top feature is a 3-inch high-resolution, touch screen LCD, though.
Samsung is well known for its innovative point and shoot cameras. Where other companies are content to come up with models each year that increase the optical zoom or add more megapixels, Samsung looks to innovate, even within the inexpensive point and shoot market, adding dual LCDs and WiFi capabilities.
Now, the Samsung MV800 includes a flip LCD that can rotate 180 degrees until it's positioned over the top panel of the camera, allowing for easy self-portraits. Throw in a touch screen LCD, and you have a camera that's really easy to use.
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 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.