One of the most useful features for a camera to have when buying a camera for vlogging is a flip screen. These are super handy to ensure that you can keep track of whether you are in focus, or even fully in the shot when vlogging on the move.
So it’s no wonder that there’s a lot of budding youtubers looking for the best vlogging cameras with flip screens, but how do you choose?
Choosing a vlogging camera with a flip screen in 2019
So where do you start when there are just so many great flip screen vlogging cameras to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top cameras available that have a flip screen so you can ensure that you buy the best one for your budget.
Whether you’re looking for something compact and easy to carry around or something that’s a little more chunky and feature rich, we’ve got you covered from all angles.
Canon G7X mk ii – The Youtuber Favourite
- The advanced video capabilities of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera can capture moments in the quality they deserve
- Features a large 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that helps capture high-quality images and videos with a wide dynamic range. Autofocus system features ttl autofocus and manual focus. Operating temperature is 0 to 40 degree celsius. Note-charging time varies considerably depending on the remaining battery power
- An aperture value of f/1.8 at the wide angle and f/2.8 when fully zoomed to a factor of 4.2x (24-100mm), this lens equipped to capture a variety of situations with precision
- High-resolution, 3.0" LCD monitor that tilts up 180° and down 45°is ideal for self-portraits and capturing pictures at high and low angles with ease
- Built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go convenience and the ability to easily post your images to select social networking and media sites
We’ve covered this camera in a few blog posts and it really is one of the best performers which is why it’s chosen as the main camera for so many big youtubers including Zoella. What makes this camera one of the best is that it’s pretty much built for vlogging on the move.
With its flip up screen that is perfectly positioned to see yourself when holding the camera either in your hand or on a flexible tripod. The G7X Mark ii captures footage in Full HD at 60fps and also has a useful control ring at the front allowing you greater control over shooting by assigning different functions to the ring.
The portability of this camera is another great feature. It’s one of the lightest on the market and can be carried around pretty easily without causing too much arm pain if vlogging handheld.
Featuring a fast f/1.8 aperture lens, this camera performs brilliantly in low light conditions and for those of you who want a nice depth of field when shooting your videos.
As I’ve said we’ve covered this camera a few times, so if you’d like to know more then read the full review here.
See Canon G7X Mark ii in action
Sony RX100 mark iii
- 209 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor ; Optical zoom:2.9x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
- Operating temperature:32-104°F / 0-40°C.24-70mm equivalent F/18-28 lens
- Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS
- Pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
- ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600
Now this isn’t the newest version in the RX100 series as we are now on the RX100 mark V at the time of writing this article, but the mark iii still sits very highly on our list and you can currently pick up this top camera at a great price. The RX100 Mark iii features a 180 degree articulating screen for checking yourself out whilst recording.
This camera also has great low light performance due to the 1.8 aperture abilities. Pick up one of these whilst you can as they may become harder to get your hands on as the newer models start coming out.
One of the features that makes this camera stand out against some of the other compact camera competitors is the fact that it has a retractable OLED viewfinder.
This is something that you don’t normally find on a compact camera and you have to resort to using the screen to view what you’re shooting. It’s a feature that allows you to get really fine tuning of your focus point as well as see your subject in greater detail.
Similarly to the G7X Mark II this camera also has a fast f/1.8 aperture lens so low light shooting is a breeze and getting that blurry background is also easy with the RX100 Mark III.
See Sony RX100 Mark iii in action
Panasonic GH5 – Best 4K Flip Screen Vlogging Camera
- PROFESSIONAL PHOTO AND VIDEO PERFORMANCE: 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter to confidently capture sharp images with a high dynamic range and artifact-free performance
- RUGGED SPLASH/FREEZEPROOF DESIGN: Durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use out in the field and is freezeproof down to -10-degrees; Splash/dustproof construction with weather sealing on every joint, dial and button
- CLASS-LEADING DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION: 5-axis dual image stabilization corrects all lenses, including classic lenses not equipped with O.I.S, to eliminate blur and nearly eliminate body and lens shake in both photo and 4K video recording
- 4K VIDEO CAPTURE WITH VARIABLE FRAME RATE: Records silky smooth 4K 60p/50p (QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 / MOV or MP4) video with internal 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording, plus exclusive LUMIX 6K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus allows you to record photos up to 60fps
- CONNECTIVITY AND PORTS: Listen to headphones with a 3.5mm audio port, connect to devices with USB 3.0 and connect to an external monitor or external recorder with a full-size HDMI port; Available twin SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 compatible)
One of the best cameras out at the moment is the Panasonic GH5 which is the current model trusted by vloggers such as Casey Neistat. The reason that this camera is so well loved is the ability to capture fantastic quality 4k video up to 60fps and the built in image stabilization.
The GH5 really is a premium camera with two SD card slots for a huge amount of storage to make sure you never run out of space for your content. The GH5 is also durable due to the weatherproofing and dustproofing features of the body.
This mirrorless camera also features a flip out screen so you’ve got pretty much all the desirable features you would want in a vlog camera.
Canon 80D – Editors Choice
- The EOS 80D camera's Intelligent Viewfinder helps bring the thrill of SLR photography with each use
- The Intelligent Viewfinder displays AF points and AF mode, has a grid display, a horizontal electronic level, plus numerous other points of information
- For next-level AF operation, the EOS 80D camera has a wide-area, 45-point, all cross-type AF system with low luminance performance to EV -3 and 4 types of AF area selection modes
- The 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor captures high-resolution images and has refined individual pixels that enable high ISO speeds (16000 for still photographs, 12800 for movies)
- Canon's remarkable shutter combined with ability to shoot up to 7.0 fps during continuous shooting ensures quick performance
Next we move into a DSLR and a great start is with the Canon 80D. The latest in Canon’s mid range models this is a great choice and features a fully articulated screen.
Perfect for setting up on your tripod if you’re looking for a bigger camera to use when recording youtube content at home or even as an on the go vlogger camera, but it can become a bit heavy when paired with a wide angle lens and added to the end of a gorillapod.
This is one of the cameras that Casey Neistat used for a while before transitioning to Panasonic to film his content. It’s also the camera that I personally own, so I may be a bit biased but I absolutely love it and if you’re looking for a Canon with a flip screen then this is a great choice.
See Canon 80D in action
- FINE DETAIL PERFORMANCE: 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter resulting in a near 10% boost in fine detail-resolving power over existing 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensors
- MIRRORLESS INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA: With 12-60mm lens, shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs
- CLASS-LEADING DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION: In-body 5-axis dual image stabilization works in both photo and motion picture recording-including 4K video-to produce clear handheld shots even in low-light conditions
- LIVE VIEWFINDER AND FLIP LCD DISPLAY: Integrated eye-level OLED live viewfinder (2360K dots) and rear touch-enabled 3-inch LCD display (1040K dots) adjusts for optimal viewing angles to maximize viewing
- 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus allows you to record photos up to 30fps and set your desired focus points after the photo has been taken
Another Panasonic to enter into our list is the G85 and the first of our flip screen choices to allow for 4K video recording. This is a fantastic camera and one for the serious shooters who want to get the best possible quality of video out there at the moment.
The G85 also features in camera 5-axis stabilization so even if recording whilst moving, this camera will help give you the best possible footage.
This camera is a slightly upgraded version of the super budget friendly, Panasonic G7.
- 242 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
- Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Lens used: EF-S 18-55mm f/4-56 IS STM (at focal length of 55mm)
- High-Speed continuous shooting at up to 60 fps Weight Approx 1877 oz / 532g (including battery pack and SD memory card) Approx 1711 oz / 485g (body only)
- Metering Range:EV 1-20 (room temperature, ISO 100, evaluative metering)
Another canon flip screen camera to add into the list is their latest entry level DSLR, the Canon 800D.
Coming in at a lower price point and more suited for beginners or those looking for a DSLR but with a smaller budget, this camera has a fully articulated screen and records in full HD and comes with an 18-55mm kit lens that has image stabilization.
The 800D, or Rebel T7i as it is known in other parts of the world features built in wi-fi allowing you to quickly transfer photos and videos over to your mobile phone to post online or edit.
Sony WX500 – Best Vlogging Camera with Flip Screen for Beginners
- 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS (Trademarked) Vario-Sonnar T* Lens. Playback Functions: Beauty Effect, BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI), 9/25-frame index view, Slideshow, Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect, Motion Shot Video, TRILUMINOS Color*13, 4K image output.
- 18.2MP Exmor R (Trademarked) CMOS Sensor for superb low light images
- Versatile video w/ high-quality XAVC S (Trademarked), AVCHD & MP4 formats
- Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi (Trademarked) w/ NFC
- In the box: Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10C / UB10D), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual
Another Sony flip screen camera to add to our list is the WX500 which has a 180 degree tiltable LCD screen and comes in a budget friendly price whilst still offering great quality video at full 1080p.
The WX500 has built in wi-fi and NFC for easy sharing to your mobile device whilst on the go. The CMOS sensor will also allow for great low light recording although not as good as some of your higher priced cameras.
- 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
- 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- ISO 100 - 12800 (Expandable to 25600)
- 3.2" Vari-angle LCD with 1,037,000 dots
The first and only Nikon flip screen camera to enter our list is the D5300 which offers a fully flippable screen allowing you great flexibility for vlogging.
The D5300 captures video at full HD 1080p at a framerate of 50/60fps. This camera also has continuous live autofocus to ensure that your subject is always sharp when recording your videos.
We’d probably go as far as saying that this is one of the best nikon vlogging cameras on the market at the moment.
- KIT INCLUDES: Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera - 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (SEL2870) - Rechargeable Battery (NP-FW50) - AC Adapter (AC-UB10) - Shoulder Strap - Body Cap - Lens Caps - Micro USB Cable - PlayMemories Home App - Image Data Converter Version 4 Software - Sony 1 Year Warranty - Camera Bag - 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card - Cleaning Kit - LCD Screen Protector 3" - 55mm UV Filter
- PERFECTION FOR ALL: Meet the full-frame, palm-sized α7: portability and capability in one. Packing a 24.3MP 35mm Full Frame sensor into a body half the weight of leading DSLRs, this is an exciting new landmark in the compact full-frame market. The α7's 35mm full-frame Exmor sensor rivals that of leading DSLRs. And with Sony's latest BIONZ X processor and most advanced autofocus, the α7 offers outstanding detail, sensitivity, and quality.
- BEAUTY STARTS HERE: A series of advances make this full-frame Exmor sensor exceptional: higher speed from parallel signal processing, lower noise from smaller analog circuits, and more rapid signal conversion. With low noise, a wider dynamic range, and rich gradations, this sensor provides the level of detail necessary even for large-format prints.
- NATURAL RESULTS IN ANY LIGHT: What makes Sony's latest processor our best? Enhanced detail reproduction and diffraction-reducing technology produce more natural outlines, and reduce blur from light points, especially at smaller apertures. Advanced area-specific noise reduction operates on every image, and with 16-bit processing and 14-bit RAW output, professionals can enjoy ultimate post-processing control.
- ADVANCED DESIGN: In designing the a7, Sony strove to balance the precise control working photographers need, with the ergonomics they want. The result is carefully-crafted knobs and dials, robust functions, extensive customization potential, and recording and connectivity options, all in a durable, lightweight body 25% smaller than leading DSLRs.
The Sony A7 is a full frame mirrorless camera, not to be confused with the A7R and A7S models also available.
The A7 has a 24mp sensor that can deliver incredibly high quality photos and videos at 1080p 60fps for smooth footage of 24p for that classic cinema feel.
The A7 also has the ability to plug in an external microphone for those looking to upgrade their audio and a headphone jack to monitor the recording as it’s happening.
Now the A7 doesn’t actually have a full articulating screen, but it does have the ability to connect to your phone and see what’s being recorded on your mobile phone as a second screen.
This is a great workaround for those looking for the ability to see themselves.
So those are our best choices of cameras with flip screens. We kind of cheated with that last one, but it’s still a fantastic camera for the price. There are so many choices, so hopefully this makes it easier for you to make up your mind.
What flip screen vlogging camera is catching your eye at the moment? We’d love to know in the comments below.