When it comes to photography gear, a lot has changed over the years. From image stabilization technology to size and build. The market is ever-evolving to suit our needs.
One of the ways the photography market has done this is by adding touchscreens to our cameras. These are versatile and include many great benefits. But now there are so many touchscreen cameras out there, picking the best touchscreen camera can be a challenge.
In this article, we share with you the best touchscreen cameras you can buy in 2020.
Best Touch Screen Cameras
1. Canon G5 X
Canon has a lot to offer when it comes to touchscreen compact cameras. Among the most tempting of those options is the Canon G5X. Though there are a couple of newer releases in the Powershot G series, the G5X has aged well and still manages to provide just about anything a serious photographer could want. Among its many bragging points is its highly sensitive 20.2 MP BSI-CMOS sensor. It excels in low-light situations and is capable of capturing 1080p HD video at up to 60 fps.
With its DIGIC 6 processor, it consistently delivers excellent image quality and is capable of capturing RAW files. This ensures maximum dynamic range and detail in each and every shot.
The G5X boasts a 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD panel. Composed of 1.04 million dots, it provides an ultra-clear view, making it easy to hone in on the finest details of a shot. Additionally, the screen can be flipped inwards for extra protection.
For situations in which an LCD viewer is less than ideal, the camera also includes a handy viewfinder that drastically saves the camera’s battery life. The G5X also retains physical buttons for photographers not fond of sifting through touchscreen menus and settings.
- 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon's powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the...
- Convenient controls include an exposure compensation dial, front dial, control ring and control dial that helps provide for...
- Multi-angle capacitive 3.0" touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots for a sharp, clear display and easy...
- Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video (60p/30p/24p options) for lifelike images and convenient playback on an HDTV via the...
- Easily transfer images and videos to a compatible smartphone, tablet or Canon Connect Station CS100 device with built-in...
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2. Nikon 1 V3
For over two decades, Nikon has been experimenting with the formula for the perfect touchscreen camera. Thus far, the Nikon 1 V3 ranks among the best the imaging giant has put forth. In the compact department, this is a flagship release, a camera featuring minimum lag, high accuracy, and maximum detail.
The camera also sports an 18.4MP CMOS sensor that can reach ISOs upwards of 12800. This makes it an excellent choice for image-makers accustomed to working with very little light. At the time of this model’s release, its 4A image processor enables the fastest continuous shooting rate available in a camera, period. With the ability to produce high-quality RAW files and a solid build, the feel of this camera is very much reminiscent of a professional-grade DSLR.
Now, onto the most important part, the touchscreen. The 3″ tilting touchscreen LCD is sturdy and strong. With 2.3 million dots used to generate images, it has a slight leg up on its main competitor, Canon. Among the benefits provided by the addition of the monitor are 171 individual contrast-detection AF points. With the touch of a finger, it’s possible to choose a focal point through the screen itself. But, if an LCD panel isn’t quite your cup of tea, have no fear. Nikon also offers an optional electronic viewfinder for those accustomed to doing things the old fashioned way.
- Electronic viewfinder and camera grip included
- Enhanced 18.4-MP image sensor is paired with Nikon's new EXPEED 4A image processor
- Sharp, clear, noise-free photos and videos up to ISO 12,800
- Built-in Wi-Fi for sharing photos
- Cinema-quality 1080/60p HD video
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3. Sony A6500
Lately, Sony has been making strides in the emerging mirrorless camera market. The Sony A6500 is no exception, offering the latest and greatest in mirrorless technology. With a massive 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, it packs a punch powerful enough to satiate the needs of any pro-level DSLR user.
Like a DSLR, the A6500 allows for the placement of interchangeable lenses. The first of its kind on our best touchscreen cameras list.
In many ways, the A6500 is comparable to its predecessor, the A6300. But, one of the biggest changes implemented (and what gives it a place on this list) is the camera’s fixed 2.9″ LCD touchscreen. Among other things, it allows users to shift focus smoothly. With 425 phase-detection points, it’s able to auto-focus in fractions of a second anywhere within a photograph’s composition.
- 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ advanced processing up to ISO 51.200
- Wide 425 phase detection AF points, Fast 0.05 sec. AF acquisition
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization steadies every lens. Silent Shooting. Noise Reduction :Long exposure NR: On/Off, available...
- 11fps continuous shooting to 269 frames at 24.2MP w/ AE/AF tracking
- 4K movie w/ 2.4x oversampling4, full pixel readout, no pixel binning
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4. Olympus E-M5 II
Another impressive mirrorless touchscreen camera, the Olympus E-M5 II is among the best compact cameras available. With a 16 MP CMOS sensor installed, it’s able to process RAW imagery and works well in low-lighting situations, attaining ISOs as high as 25,600. It’s durable, with a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. It projects a level of professionalism not seen in any old run-of-the-mill point and shoot. What’s more, like the Sony A6500, the Olympus has a lens mount, providing increased flexibility in the image-making process.
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The E-M5 II features a vari-angle LCD touchscreen composed of 1.03 million dots. Equipped with an incredibly intuitive user interface, the camera makes it really easy to capture images and video in a variety of aspect ratios. With the use of the touchscreen, it’s even possible to shift focal points while simultaneously recording high definition 1080p footage. But, for a situation where the LCD panel just won’t cut it, the camera also includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder.
- Powerful 5 axis voice coil motor image stabilization system greatly reduces blur resulting from camera shake
- 10 frames per second high speed sequential shooting
- Full HD 1080: 60p, 30p, 25p, 24p video capabilities with focus peaking
- Large 2.35 million dot electronic viewfinder
- Builtin WiFi
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5. Fujifilm X70
When it comes to Fujifilm’s X70 camera, there’s plenty that makes it worthy of a place on the list of the best touchscreen cameras. Its fixed lens is one of the most impressive around – at a versatile 18.5mm, it can reach apertures as wide as f/2.8! With its built-in electronic shutter, it can also stop time in its tracks with shutter speeds as fast as 1/32000th of a second.
Though it’s X-Trans CMOS II sensor packs just 16.3 MP, it’s still capable of capturing high-resolution images. This was once only attainable with larger sensors. Now, thanks to state of the art technology, it’s all included.
The X70 is the first in Fuji’s X-series to come equipped with a touchscreen monitor. Smartphone users, in particular, should have no problem adjusting to this camera. The X70 utilizes many of the gestures we’re already familiar with – navigating is as easy as swiping between photographs and pinching to zoom in on details. The LCD is also capable of flipping upward to a 180-degree angle. Aside from being helpful when it comes to photographing odd angles, it’s the perfect feature for taking top-notch selfies.
- 16.3 MP APS-C sized X-Trans II Sensor w/ EXR Processor II;Face Detection : Yes
- 3.0-inch 1.04 million-dot 180 degree tilting touchscreen LCD. Operating Temperature : 0°C - 40°C (+32°F - +104°F).
- Newly developed 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) F2.8 wide-angle fixed lens
- Exposure control using shutter speed dial and aperture ring
- Six types of High-Speed / High-Precision AF Modes. No camera Bag.
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6. Panasonic ZS100
One of the Panasonic ZS100‘s most cherished features is its 4K UHD video footage equipped with the innovative ability to choose focal points in post-processing. But the Panasonic imaging technology doesn’t end there. It’s possible to take the Panasonic’s 4K footage and extract 4K stills in a flash. The camera’s 20 MP sensor contains minimal artifacts, and the Venus Engine image processor provides the most colorful pictures listed among these top-notch compact cameras.
The fixed Leica lens features a control ring mounted in place. This provides an experience reminiscent to fiddling with a DSLR. Aside from providing a range of 25-250mm, it also contains tilt correction and axis control technologies.
Like many of the compact cameras on our list, the ZS100 provides an electronic viewfinder capable of performing in almost any situation.
Also included is a 3″ fixed touchscreen LCD. Praised for its clarity and its ability to capture details, the monitor plays a crucial role in allowing users to see everything a picture has to offer and certainly makes it one of the best touchscreen cameras you can buy.
- POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERA: Large, 1-inch 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor plus 10X zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens (25-250mm) and...
- EYE-LEVEL ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER AND LCD DISPLAY: High-resolution 1,166k-dot viewfinder and rear touch-enabled 3-inch LCD...
- 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus with...
- LENS-MOUNTED CONTROL RING: Manual lens-mounted control ring brings DSLR-like exposure control to a compact point-and-shoot...
- USB CHARGING AND WI-FI CONNECTIVITY: Enjoy travel ready technologies like USB charging and Wi-Fi connectivity to your mobile...
7. Samsung NX500
Physically, the Samsung NX500 stands out among other high-end compact touchscreen cameras, with a flashier design, it’s not quite as discreet as its competition. However, in this little 10-ounce camera, there’s a lot worth boasting about. Despite its small size, it’s equipped with a whopping 28MP APS/C sensor. Utilizing backside illumination technology, it offers the most usable light possible to produce a rich end product regardless of lighting conditions. As a testament to its outstanding capabilities, the NX500 can go all the way up to ISO 51200. Like many of the cameras on our list, the NX500 can capture 4K UHD video footage. But unlike the competition, it utilizes HEVC technology to only use up half the space a standard recording would require.
It should come as no surprise that Samsung has invested some fancy technology into its touchscreen. A 3″ VGA AMOLED monitor, it’s capable of tilting at a 90-degree angle and rotating up to 180 degrees. This means that in virtually any scenario, it’s easy to get a view of what’s going on. What’s more, despite the advanced technological innovations employed by this camera, it’s easy enough to understand. Impressive UI makes it simple enough to activate menus and control every aspect of your image in-camera.
- New 28MP Back Side Illuminated APS-C Sensor.
- The NX AF System III on the NX500 is supported by 205 phase detect auto focus points
- NX500 can shoot at up to 9 FPS at full resolution
- Captures UHD/4k video to SD card
- Incorporates the newest Wi-Fi standard, IEEE802.11ac
8. Leica Q
It’s easy to be put off by the Leica Q’s hefty price tag. However, there’s a good reason that the Leica Q is included among the best touchscreen cameras and manages to sell among photographers.
For those looking for everything they could possibly want in a single body and a single lens, the Leica Q is worthy of consideration. Unlike the average point and shoot, the Q boasts a full-frame 24.4MP CMOS sensor, providing quality reproductions. The legendary Leica glass is an f/1.7 lens, an unheard-of feat for a compact camera. With these two aspects combined, the Leica Q produces pictures as close to perfect as possible.
A 3″ fixed touchscreen tops off the camera’s aluminum and magnesium alloy body. For the most part, it’s simple. Aside from providing a live view of its surroundings, the LCD also allows access to features such as contrast detecting auto-focus. The interface is simple – but make no mistake in thinking that this is a flaw on Leica’s part. Rather, almost all of the camera’s controls can be accessed by maneuvering the lens. It’s hard to take a bad picture with a Leica, and the LCD included serves as a guide rather than a complete control panel.
- 24. 2 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- Leica Maestro II Image Processor
- Leica Summilux 28mm f/1. 7 ASPH Lens
- 3. 68 MP LCOS Integrated Electronic Viewfinder
- 3. 0" 1, 040k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
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9. Nikon Z7
The Z7 is Nikon’s best attempt at a mirrorless camera to date. With an impressive 45.7MP image sensor and a striking resemblance to Nikon’s existing line of acclaimed DSLRs, it’s got a lot to fall in love with. An integrated touch screen is among the camera’s most attractive features.
The 3.2″ tilting LCD monitor responds to touch, making tasks like zooming in on playback and overall navigation easy to tap into. The main menu is fully accessible at your fingertips. You may also customize and ‘i menu’ quick settings.
In line with many competing touch screen cameras, you may also set a desired auto focus point by touch. Thanks to 493 hybrid-detection focus points, the majority of your frame is covered and fully capable of pin-sharp accuracy.
- New larger Z mount for revolutionary optical performance
- Nikon-designed 45.7MP backside Illuminated image sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF)
- 493-Point on-sensor phase detect AF system and up to 9 fps; Detection Range: -1 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF)...
- 4K ultra-HD video; 8K time-lapse; 120/1080P slow motion
- Compatible with new Z nikkor lenses, over 360 F-mount nikkor lenses and a variety of Nikon system Accessories
10. Leica SL
Without a doubt, Leica’s $5,995.00 price tag is the one of the priciest we’ve encountered. At a glimpse, not all of its specs stand out – it’s 2.95″ fixed LCD monitor has a decidedly average 1040k dots. However, their long history of innovation and excellent craftsmanship warrants the astronomical fees.
Unlike the Leica T or the Leica TL, the Leica SL doesn’t rely on the touch screen. However, it does make use of its touch screen to create an intuitive, seamless shooting experience for photographers.
In particular, the SL puts emphasis on its “hybrid operation”. It’s dynamic AF system allows you to tap to focus on any one of the 529 focus points. And, with swipe-activated settings and navigation, learning your way around this camera is on par with working a smartphone.
Leica even included an anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch coating to keep your display protected. Though the not everyone can reconcile the expense, there’s no denying that the SL keeps the user’s experience close to heart.
11. Canon 5D Mark IV
For years, Canon’s 5D series has reigned as one of the best DSLRs money can buy. So, it should come as no surprise to find the Mark IV among out favorite touch screen cameras.
The 3.2″ LCD monitor beautifully displays the high-res shots made with the 30MP sensor fueling the camera. However, Canon is well aware that looks aren’t everything. For that reason, dedicate special attention to their touchscreen technology.
It goes without saying that the 5D Mark IV has many standard touch screen capabilities. For instance, its easy to enlarge images or navigate through footage frame-by-frame. Likewise, you can touch to focus and even activate the shutter.
However, we’re especially impressed with how easy Canon has made it to control and toggle the touch screen itself. Though it’s not glamorous, being able to control aspects like touch sensitivity makes it easier to customize to your taste.
- New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100-32000; expandable up...
- 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in- camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images;...
- Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or live view shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen...
- Excellent performance - up to 7.0 fps continuous shooting speed with high-performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved...
- Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software (Mac and Windows) to turn your Canon camera into a high-quality webcam, or do the...
12. Sony A7R IV
Another fan-favorite, the Sony A7 series is something of a darling in the mirrorless camera community. And, with a 62.5MP image sensor packed into a package under 2 lbs., its easy to understand why people love it.
In many ways, the LCD specs are very similar to its AR7 III predecessor. However, the touch response is about 1.5x faster. With 567 phase detection and 425 contrast detection points, that’s great news for touch-activated AF users.
The stunning visibility that the touchscreen offers is worth mentioning as well. Brightness levels can be manually adjusted by five steps. Whats more, the tilting LCD can be adjusted within a 107° degree range to aid when shooting at an unusual angle.
- Stunning resolution: world’s first 61MP full frame 35 millimeter back illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
- High speed: up to 10Fps continuous shooting at 61MP with AE/AF tracking; 26.2MP in APS C crop mode
- Fast Hybrid Autofocus: 567 Phase detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points to cover more area
- Advanced subject recognition: real time tracking and real time eye AF for humans, animals and movies
- Accurate color reproduction: 15 stop dynamic Range at low sensitivities for greater Color accuracy
13. Panasonic Lumix GH5
For videographers seeking a touch screen camera, the Lumix GH5 is a dream. A mirrorless with a 20.3MP images sensor and 4K resolution, its got the basics set in place to create gorgeous content. Touch screen technology puts it to use efficiently, aiding in any and all moving media endeavors.
The Lumix has 225 point to which it can instantly focus. However, the real game changer is its smooth focus transitioning. Users may switch between points with ease while filming, and the camera will automatically adjust at an even speed.
The 3.2″, 1620k dot LCD monitor is articulated, allowing for a huge range of viewing angles. For vloggers or those keen to taking selfies, this unassuming feature makes Lumix a must-have touch screen camera.
- Professional photo & video: 20.3 Megapixel micro four thirds sensor with no low pass filter to capture sharp images with a...
- Splash/Freeze Proof Design: Freeze proof to 10 degrees the durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use in the field;...
- Dual image stabilization: 5 axis dual image stabilization corrects all lenses, including classic lenses not equipped with O....
- 4K video capture: Records silky smooth 4K 60P/50P (QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160/ MOV or MP4) video with internal 4: 2: 2 10 bit 4K...
- Connectivity & Ports: 3.5 millimeter audio port, connect to devices with USB 3.0, an external monitor or external Recorder...
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14. Canon Powershot G7X MII
The Powershot may not look like much to some – the camera doesn’t even have a viewfinder. However, this “shortcoming” made Canon more determined than ever to create a reliable touch screen.
The G7x MII is small and straightforward, but it doesn’t sacrifice construction or image quality to meet these selling points. Rather, it uses Canon’s resources to create a touch-friendly user experience thats easy to navigate and understand.
Though there are navigation buttons built in, cruising through menus and settings is easily accomplished with a few taps. Users will also find that the easiest way to focus with the Powershot’s fixed lens is without a doubt through the camera’s touch-screen AF.
- 20.1MP 1" CMOS Sensor // 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent) // Built-In WIFI
- DIGIC 7 Image Processor // 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-f/2.8 Lens
- Large 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD that features a 180° upward, 45° downward tilting design to support taking selfies or...
- 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Bundle Includes: 16GB SD Card, 10'' OKTO Flexible Spider Tripod, Lens Cleaning Pen, CC1 Carry Case, and Micro HDMI Cable....
15. Canon EOS Rebel T7i
For those seeking a step between the point and shoot and a full-blown DSLR, it doesn’t get much better than the Canon Rebel T7i. With an array of interchangeable lenses and a 24MP image sensor, it offers plenty without being overwhelming.
The touch screen makes learning how to use the Rebel all the easier to accomplish. The interface is designed to recognize familiar gestures for zooming and browsing through images. It can also quickly snap to one of 45 focus points while capturing videos or photographs.
The T7i has also taken measures to make their 3″ articulated LCD easy to view. Hinged to the camera, you can adjust your display to be seen at just about any angle. A smudge resistant coating keeps gunk from building up over your display. Canon has also added glare resistant materials to keep reflections from blocking out your shots.
- 242 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) sensor
- Built in Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Lens used: EF S 18 55 millimeter f/4 56 IS STM (at focal length of 55 millimeter)
- High Speed continuous shooting at up to 60 fps Weight Approx 1877 ounce / 532 grams (including battery pack and SD memory...
- Metering Range: EV 1 20 (room temperature, ISO 100, evaluative metering)
- Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software (Mac and Windows) to turn your compatible Canon camera into a high-quality webcam
16. Olympus EM10 Mark III
Touch screen cameras don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. For just under $499.99 USD, the Olympus EM10 Mark III is a promising contender with an affordable price tag.
Though its image sensor is a little small in comparison to the other cameras we’ve listed, its 16MP are still more than enough to grab a great shot. What’s more, features such as its 3″ LCD touch screen shine bright enough to make up for any shortcomings.
With the help of 121 contrast detection focus points, you may hone in on a subject and take a shot with a single touch. What’s more, the Olympus can pull continuous focus on moving options. The camera can also be set to prioritize eyes and faces within its frame.
Aside from that, both main and shortcut menus can be accessed via the touch screen. Best of all? If you decide that the touch screen isn’t for you, it’s easy to toggle on and off.
- 20MP live MOS sensor
- Portable, weather sealed design
- 121-point all-cross-type on-chip phase detection AF
- Compact, in-body 5-axis image stabilization (up to approx. 5.5 EV steps of compensation)
- 50MP tripod high-res shot
17. Sony a6400
In many ways, the Sony a6400 is like its successor, the a6500. However, with a lower price tag attached, the Sony a6400 is one of the best available mid-price options with touch screen capabilities. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s not Sony’s most recent release – with a 24.2MP image sensor and 435 phase detection focus points, it has plenty to offer.
Displayed on a 992,000 dot 3″ LCD monitor, the touch screen attached can focus and snap the shutter with the tap of a finger. In particular, this model excels at tracking subjects thanks to its advanced AI software. Going the extra mile beyond facial recognition, you can set the camera to prioritize focus on a specific eye. It even manages to maintain the plain of focus when the original focal point becomes obstructed or backlit.
There is one major downside to the a6400 touch screen, unfortunately. Despite some of its awesome capabilities, it cannot be used to navigate settings or menus.
- 20.1MP stacked back illuminated 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor w/ DRAM, large aperture 24-70mm1 F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
- Enhanced subject capture: wide 425 Phase/ 425 contrast detection points over 84 percent of the sensor
- Fast & accurate: Up to 11Fps continuous shooting at 24.2 MP raw with crisp, clear natural colors
- Multiple movie functions: Make time lapse movies or slow/quick motion videos without post processing
- Tiltable LCD screen: customizable for vlogging, still photography or recording a professional film
Meghan is an artist and writer based out of Boston, MA. With an interest in everything from instant film to experimental videography, her work has been featured internationally in a variety of photographic exhibitions and publications. As a regular contributor, she uses her broad background in fine art and varied professional experiences to inform her articles.
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