Thinking about getting a camera with flip screen to start your own vlog? Good for you! Not all cameras offer the same extent of flexibility of a flip screen. Some may come with a tilting display, but that’s nowhere near the versatility of a fully articulating LCD screen. In this post, I’ve listed 15 best cameras with flip screen that has an incredible video making capability that should help you with your vlogging. Check them out!
The majority of vloggers, especially those who are just getting started, don’t have the luxury for hiring a director. This means they don’t have anyone to watch over the recording WHILE it’s recording. The only way to tell whether they get a good enough shot is by pausing and playing back what the camera has captured. This won’t be too much of a problem if you’re experienced enough and know how to position yourself, how to look good in front of a camera, what to do and what not to, and the likes. But, with beginner vloggers, mistakes are a common thing, hence, they need constant monitoring of the recorded frame. This is where a flip screen comes to the rescue.
If you’re just beginning to build your own vlog, it’s always best to choose a camera with vari-angle screen. You can record yourself while you’re talking and at the same time, you can take a quick glance to make sure that you do things right. Even some big name vloggers like Casey Neistat and Zoella use a camera that has an articulating screen, which is Canon EOS 70D. As good as it is, the 70D is not the only camera with flip screen that’s great for video making. All the cameras listed below have a notable video capture capability and they’re all equipped with articulating screen.
- Best Vlogging Cameras with Flip Screen
- Best DSLR Cameras with Flip Screen
- Best Mirrorless Cameras with Flip Screen
- Best Point-and-Shoot Camera with Flip Screen
Best Vlogging Cameras with Flip Screen
|Cameras||Type||Sensor||Video Res.||Mic. Port||Headphone Port||Price|
|Canon EOS 80D||DSLR||24MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||Yes||$$$$$|
|Canon EOS 70D||DSLR||20MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||No||$$$$|
|Canon EOS 6D Mark II||DSLR||26MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||No||$$$$$$$$$$|
|Canon EOS Rebel T7i||DSLR||24MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||No||$$$$|
|Panasonic Lumix G85||Mirrorless||16MP||4K/30fps||Yes||No||$$$$$|
|Panasonic Lumix G7||Mirrorless||16MP||4K/30fps||Yes||No||$$$|
|Olympus OM-D E-M5 II||Mirrorless||16MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||No||$$$$$|
|Canon EOS M6||Mirrorless||24MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||No||$$$$|
|Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II||Point-and-Shoot||20MP||1080p/60fps||No||No||$$$|
|Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V||Point-and-Shoot||20MP||4K/30fps||No||No||$$$$$|
|Panasonic Lumix LX10||Point-and-Shoot||20MP||4K/30fps||No||No||$$$|
|Canon PowerShot G3 X||Point-and-Shoot||20MP||1080p/60fps||Yes||Yes||$$$$|
|Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark III||Point-and-Shoot||20MP||1080p/60fps||No||No||$$$|
Best DSLR Cameras with Flip Screen
Canon EOS 80D
Carrying on the legacy that the original 70D (which also makes this list) has left, Canon EOS 80D aims to mend some shortcomings reported by users. The most distinguishing features that this camera has over its predecessor is the 45-point autofocus system, better low light shots, and heightened dynamic range. As much as I want 4K capture technology on it, I have to realize that asking for such from a DSLR camera in this price range is simply unrealistic. Yes, Canon EOS 80D maxes out at 1080p/60fps, but any amateur video maker will tell you that it’s a solid tool to produce short movies.
A 3-inch LCD touchscreen with swiveling joint will help you take some shots from even the most awkward angles. It comes with more than 1 million pixels and can be adjusted to seven levels of brightness; no more glare under direct sunlight. The dual-pixel AF system of Canon EOS 80D contributes to the overall easiness when used for shooting video. It’s smoother and more accurate compared to the 70D. There’s a built-in microphone too, but if you’re serious with your vlogging, using an external shotgun mic connected to the camera via microphone port is a must. Another good thing is it also has a headphone port. You can know for sure that the audio it’s capturing is good enough while recording.
Nikon D5500 is definitely not the best camera for video from the Japanese manufacturer that’s now based in Thailand. However, at under $1000, it offers the highest value for money. Trimmed down from the 2014’s D5300, this camera is lighter and provides better grip on your hands while the LCD display has also been made touch sensitive. Like all cameras in this list, the touchscreen display can be flipped out and turned to front-facing. Although autofocus system is one of the few features Nikon’s missed to upgrade in this camera, it’s not necessarily bad. The D5500 still comes with the responsive 39-point autofocus system. Its live-view AF, however, doesn’t fare too well with the competition.
Nikon D5500 has a myriad adjustment options in video mode. You’ll get to choose whether to use continuous AF or touchscreen AF. Likewise, exposure and ISO can be set manually or using the automatic preset. Make sure you’ve set all of these parameters first before you start recording to get the best video quality. The highest video resolution it can capture is 1080p/60fps. I can hardly find anything to complain about as most colors are reproduced accurately and all objects look sharp and clearly defined. If anything at all, it’s more to do with the internal microphone. It’s rather too prone to picking up background noise, but you can easily overcome it using an external microphone.
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 7OD is arguably the most popular camera among vloggers, even Casey Neistat uses it on daily basis. It was the first Canon’s DSLR camera made with videography in mind. Its fast autofocus was so groundbreaking, no one seemed to mind shelling out more than 1000 bucks to get it in the first year of its release. Now, don’t worry about that because today the price has been nearly halved. And although there are other cameras with better autofocus system for video, the 70D is just as good as it was, especially for beginners.
Just like the pricier 80D, Canon EOS 70D sports a dual-pixel CMOS autofocus system that makes focusing in Live View much faster. Now this is important as you will very unlikely use its optical viewfinder to shoot video. With faster Live View AF, you can bet that the end result of your video will be very smooth while maintaining the objects’ sharpness throughout. If you do buy the 70D, I’d recommend getting the bundle that includes its STM lens as it significantly reduces the lens’ noise when it’s focusing. This way, you won’t hear any loud click sound in your video. Only thing that Canon could have made better is the rolling shutter that’s occasionally apparent in the recorded footage.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
The 6D series camera may not be the most popular shooter made by Canon, but its attractive pricing offers a gentler step-up for anyone wanting to upgrade to a full-frame DSLR. After two years of the release of the original 6D, Canon finally announced the EOS 6D Mark II bringing about improvement in many of its features, such as autofocus system, image stabilization for video, better performance at high ISOs, longer battery life, and of course a vari-angle touchscreen LCD. The autofocus, in particular, has undergone a huge leap, going from a measly 11-point AF to a staggering 45-point AF all cross-type. This camera also has the advantage of dual-pixel CMOS AF, just like the 70D and 80D, enhancing the focusing speed on the LCD screen.
For nearly $2000, you may want to be able to shoot in 4K. Unfortunately, Canon still thinks that such capability is supposed to be exclusive only for the 5D Mark IV and its higher-end cinema DSLRs. Yes the 6D Mark II is still stuck at 1080p/60fps. To help with the sound capture, the camera offers a 3.5mm jack for external microphone. There is not any headphone port, but you can still keep tabs on the recorded audio using Canon Connect app. The app allows you to adjust a good deal of settings related to audio capture like the mic sensitivity, wind filter, etc. Last but not least, its 5-axis electronic image stabilization can be turned on in video mode without requiring any lens.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Canon EOS Rebel T7i is in the same price range of the 70D. The only reason why the latter is more popular is likely because it was released four years earlier, whereas the former was only announced in the beginning of this year (2017). Although it’s still fresh from the oven, the T7i has gained quite a few fanatics, especially among amateur videomakers and vloggers alike. For once, the T7i is considerable lighter than the 70D, which should be your main consideration if you’re going to use the camera handheld mostly. It also comes with more than twice the number of focus points in 70D (45 vs 19), allowing you to focus faster when shooting in low light or when tracking a moving object.
Live View shooting has been significantly improved on Canon EOS Rebel T7i, thanks to the inclusion of dual-pixel AF system. Mind you, it’s the first of the Rebel series that has such privilege. To help capture more details in your footage, the camera is equipped with a large 24MP APS-C sensor with 1.6 times crop ratio. It’s a tiny thing compared to a full-frame sensor, but for its price, I doubt you can find better. The ISO range has also been extended to a maximum of 25,600. Though it’s unlikely that you’re going to use it that high, it’s still nice to learn of it, knowing many DSLRs with similar price tag are stuck at ISO 12,000 or so. One thing that I don’t like seeing is its microphone and headphone port is one and the same, so you have to choose between the two.
Best Mirrorless Cameras with Flip Screen
Panasonic Lumix G80
Panasonic Lumix G80 is fairly bulky for a mirrorless camera. Instead of sporting a flat and compact form factor like its lower end sibling, the GX80, this camera looks more like a Canon’s DSLR. Still, to compensate for its extra weight and bulkiness, it offers a fully articulating screen that should help you a lot compose great videos for your vlog. Continuing its trend, Panasonic puts into this camera the much desired 4K capture capabilities both for photos and videos. The 4K Photo mode, in particular, will have the camera capture a short footage from which you can extract 4K stills of your choice. Each of the image taken using this method will be as big as 8MP.
Panasonic Lumix G80 can be a solid camera for those who wish to foray into the world of 4K without breaking the bank. It also doesn’t require any fancy types of memory card. Simply insert your regular SD card and you’re good to go, though a faster card mwill improve its performance. If you’re not interested in making 4K video for your vlog, you can always opt for the full HD resolution. While recording, you can use its touchscreen LCD to adjust the focus. Handheld filming shouldn’t be your worry too as it’s also armed with 5-axis digital image stabilization that should be able to smooth some minor shakes due to unsteady hands.
Sony A5100 is an interesting deal for beginner vloggers with limited budget. For less than $500, you get a compact-sized mirrorless camera that shoots video with quality no less than that recorded with a DSLR twice its cost. It’s an old camera – about three years old now – but if it’s got the job done pretty well, I don’t suppose we should fuss about it. Besides, the two cameras that are meant as an update for Sony A5100, namely the A6000 and A6300, don’t come with a flip screen. Not to say that they’re more expensive too, which can be a concern for many of those who have just started vlogging. No wonder it’s one of the most popular vlogging cameras that YouTubers use.
Filming YouTube video with Sony A5100 is a lot of fun. There is a good deal of features that make the recording so much easier, such as face tracking, focus peaking, and built-in image stabilization. The Full HD 1080p footage it captures also looks crisp and sharp. Image looks relatively clean even as you pull up the ISO higher. You can record and save the video in common MP4 format for quicker workflows (no need for time-consuming converting). But if you want the images throughout your footage look more eye-popping, consider the high bitrate XAVC-S format. At 50mbps, your video size will be incredibly huge, but it’ll look far better than MP4.
Panasonic Lumix G7
When it comes to budget cameras, you should always put Panasonic Lumix G7 among the top of the bunch. Weighing in at about one pound, it’s arguably the best compact mirrorless camera under $1000 that’s capable of capturing video in 4K. The combination of 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with Venus Engine 9 chipset allows this camera to produce a footage with quality close to that shot with semi-professional cinema camera like the one made by Blackmagic. Although a small crop factor is applied when recording in 4K and HD, the wide range of AF options in movie mode will help you compose an enticing video for your YouTube audience.
Using just the default settings, Panasonic Lumix G7 captures an unbelievably good video both in MP4 and AVCHD formats. You may find that the contrast is a little too high but it can be fixed easily by adjusting the Highlight and Shadow curve and tweaking the Intelligent Dynamic setting. Its automatic white balance does the job quite nicely too, no matter if the light intensity varies throughout the length of the recording. Rolling shutter effect is still visible from times to times, especially if you pan the camera too fast. Such is a case with many cameras in this price range. Another thing where the Lumix G7 falls short is low light shooting as for some reason Panasonic limits its ISO to just 6400 in video mode.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Just from the written specs, you can tell that Olympus E-M5 Mark II has been given a good deal of improvements in many aspects from its predecessors, not excluding its video recording capability. Instead of saving the file in just MP4 format, it now allows users to choose either MOV and AVI with higher bit rate of 77Mbps. The file size will increase greatly, but then it gives you more space for post-production editing. The highest video resolution it can capture is 1080p and it can do so in various frame rates with 60fps being the highest. That’s more than two times slow motion and it’s in full HD; how cool is that?!
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II also comes with an electronic image stabilization that can remain active while recording video. You can now shoot handheld without worrying your footage will look like a wobbly jello mess, though using a tripod and a capable lens will significantly improve the result. A micro HDMI port is present as well, in case you want to output the video to a larger monitor or external recorder. Last but not least, it provides a 3.5mm port for microphone along with the manual control to adjust the audioo input level. If you want to hook in a headphone too, you’re going to need to purchase its compatible grip for the necessary socket is not available on the camera body.
Canon EOS M6
Canon has never been known as a respectable mirrorless camera maker. However with Samsung discontinuing its NX series altogether (which is the reason I exclude any of them from this list, despite the flip screen and overall good performance), Canon can probably start getting the attention it needs. The EOS M6, while not the best in its class, is a solid camera for vloggers. Its 3-inch rear touchscreen display may not be able to swivel, but you can tilt it upward up to 180-degree until it faces the front. On its core, the camera is equipped with 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor along with the highly powerful DIGIC 7 processor.
Canon EOS M6 also has the advantage of the company’s dual pixel AF system together with 49-point Hybrid AF. What this means is you can use its touchscreen to adjust the camera focus and you can do it as fast as you would with a viewfinder which is a great plus for YouTubers who mostly are beginners in videography. Anyway, you won’t get to capture footage in true 4K with this one. For some reason, Canon is not interested to join Panasonic and Sony to make the world of 4K capture livelier. What you’ll get at the max is 1080p/60fps video. Good news is it does come with a microphone port, which is a pleasant surprise considering its compact body. Also, there’s the 5-axis digital image stabilization.
Best Point-and-Shoot Camera with Flip Screen
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is highly likely the best point-and-shoot camera used by so many vloggers. From Zoella, MyLifeAsEva, Alex Wassabi; you name it! All of them use this small little shooter to create their awesome vlog. Simplicity and quality are the key selling points that attracted so many vloggers to use this camera. Though it’s unable to capture video in Ultra HD 4K resolution, its 1080p video is guaranteed to be shake-free, even if you’re shooting handheld. The reason is the stabilization system is not digital, but optical which is by far superior in handling shakes and keeping the footage steady.
Obviously, Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II still offers the handy flip screen, a feature carried on from the original G7 X. Its image processor, however, is upgraded to the better version, now capable of reducing noise at higher ISO. This will allow you to shoot in dark places without worrying the footage will look blurry. This camera in incredibly fast too. It only takes about a second from the moment you turn it on to be actually used for recording. You will hardly lose the right moment ever again. A fun extra feature includes time-lapse video mode. One thing that I don’t like is its build quality. It’s not that it’s frail, but Canon can certainly makes this camera more robust.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V
Anyone wishing to get a cheap point-and-shoot camera should stay away from Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V. Sold at nearly $1000, this camera belongs to the top end of the premium cameras along with those by Canon and Panasonic. Still, it’s for a good reason. Despite its compact form factor, the RX100 Mark V is a workhorse with so much power enough to thrill those who have been taking photographs for long. Many YouTubers use this camera, too, such as FaZe Rain, FunFor Louis, and Jim Chapman. They’re attracted to using it not only for the fact that it has a selfie screen, but also its video capability.
Just like its predecessors, Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V offers all the goodness of 4K capture technology. The method, however, is different. Its 3,840 x 2,160 Ultra HD video is oversampled from 5K, which results in smoother motion and more accurate colors. Along with that, you will likely have fun as well with its High Frame Rate Video mode which allows footage to be recorded up to 960fps. If you edit it at 24fps, that will mean you’ll have a 40x slow-motion video. For the more experienced video makers, this camera also comes with S-Log gamma to refine the recorded footage. Its only drawback is its short lived battery, which is the case with many, if not all, compact cameras.
Panasonic Lumix LX10
The competition in the premium point-and-shoot camera market became even stiffer when Panasonic unveiled the Lumix LX10. Just like its peers, it allows you to tap to the power of a 1-inch CMOS sensor, a big jump from the regular small sensor used in many compact cameras. Such has given tremendous boost to the quality of both image and video. In fact, the 4K video that Panasonic Lumix LX10 captures easily outshines that recorded with Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II, though it still slightly falls short against Sony RX100 Mark V. The only thing that makes it less popular among vloggers is because the brand Canon is more familiar than Panasonic.
Like other cameras in this list, Panasonic Lumix LX10 comes with a flip-out screen that can be set to face you while filming. With its compact size, making a selfie video that looks professional can’t be any easier. If you’re concerned with the typical colossal size of 4K videos, the camera also offers recording in 1080p resolution, which can be done at frame rate of 60fps – good enough for slow motion rendering. Just like Sony RX100 V, it also comes with “High Speed Video” mode which captures the scene at 120fps. Image stabilization works well enough to keep the shaking minimum when you’re not using a tripod. In short, I believe Panasonic Lumix LX10 is among the finest options for vlogging.
Canon PowerShot G3 X
With the release of Canon PowerShot G3 X in 2015, Canon once again made a statement that it was all but possible to squeeze the capability and versatility of a DSLR camera into the body of a compact shooter. Sporting a large one-inch 20MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processing core, this camera can operate between ISO 125-12,800, capturing top quality images whether or not there’s enough light. Its f/2.8-5.6 lens allows for up to 25x optical zoom and to counteract the shakes prominent when zooming, it’s armed with Intelligent Image Stabilization system. It’s entirely weather sealed, too. So, although it’s not waterproof and dustproof, you can still take it to some hostile environment.
Unlike the RX100 Mark V from Sony, Canon PowerShot G3 X can’t shoot in 4K. The highest video resolution it can capture is 1080p with three frame rate options: 24, 30, and 60fps. However, what it lacks, it makes up with other set of unique features. The ports for both microphone and headphone, for instance. I never knew a compact digital camera that offers socket for external mic, much less for headphone as well. Furthermore, it also comes with a manual control to adjust the exposure and audio levels while recording. Such is found in many DSLRs but, never in a point-and-shoot camera in this price range.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
If you’re not interested to shoot in 4K, you can invest in the third generation of Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and save a few hundred dollars at the same time. Although the RX100 series camera has been on its fifth iteration with the sixth one planned to release next year, Sony RX100 Mark III can still stand on its own. It’s a highly capable camera that excel in both photography and videography. Along with its one-inch 20MP CMOS sensor and BIONZ X chipset, this compact point-and-shoot camera also has a built-in ND filter, ultra-bright OLED electronic viewfinder, and most interesting of all an uncompressed HDMI output. Not even a popular DSLR offers the latter.
The latest firmware update enables Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III to use full sensor readout in video mode which significantly improves the image quality by capturing more details while reducing moiré effect. It also allows the camera to save footage in high bit rate format, XAVC-S at 50Mbps. For super slow motion, you have two options: one at 120fps in NTSC and the other at 100fps in PAL. While it doesn’t offer any port for either headphone and microphone, you can still take the advantage of its 180-degree tilting LCD screen. There’s a digital image stabilization too which can be activated during video recording in Active and Intelligent Active mode. While it does reduce the shakes, the camera will suffer from a sensor crop.