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LCDs that twist & tilt

Written by Gail Bjork

A twist and tilt LCD makes shooting from difficult angles and unusual viewing points much easier.

Variable angle LCD

Most owners of digital cameras with a twist-and-tilt LCDs would never buy another camera without one.

Why?

Because variable angle LCDs allow shooting from difficult angles and unusual vantage points. They also provide maximum protection to the LCD when not in use by twisting it closed.

Advantages of an adjustable LCD:

  • Shoot with camera held over head (eg. take photos in a crowd by shooting over heads of people in front of you).
  • Shoot with camera at waist, hip or knee level to take inconspicuous candid photos.
  • With the camera facing towards you and the LCD twisted in the same direction as the lens, it is easier to frame self portraits as well a group shots that include you. You’ll need to use a shutter release, such as the built-in self timer.
  • Take close-ups and macro shots from a variety of angles that would be otherwise impossible, or difficult without a tripod.
  • Hold the camera against a wall to keep it steady and still be able to view the screen to frame a shot.
  • Twist the screen to a different angle to reduce glare when lighting is bright.
  • Take pictures around corners.
  • Access camera controls when you play back images. Set the camera on a table and aim the screen towards you for viewing.
  • Take photos from awkward positions and unusual perspectives by changing the position of the screen.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

5 Comments

  • Does anyone know if the LCD for a Canon PowerShot S5 IS can be purchased to install myself?

  • I used to have the Canon A80 and after many years of great use it finally died. I upgraded last year to a G10 and how sad am I that I didn’t wait for the G11 or get another camera all together!!! I miss the swivel LCD more than I can say. It seems as though camera companies are slowly doing away with a great feature. Hope this isn’t true. I might have to save up for a G11 and sell my G10. I did find info for an item called flipbac that works as a flip LCD using a mirror. It attaches to your flat LCD and costs around $20. I might purchase it to use in the mean time.

  • Here’s my list of currently available (as of November 2009) digital cameras with tilt or swivel LCDs:

      Canon PowerShot G11
      Canon PowerShot S5 IS
      Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
      Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
      Canon Powershot SX20 IS
      Nikon D5000
      Olympus E-3
      Olympus E-30
      Olympus E-620
      Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
      Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
      Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
      Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
      Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
      Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
      Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
      Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

    Here’s a list of discontinued or no longer easily available digital cameras with tilt or swivel LCDs:

      Canon PowerShot A610

    Canon PowerShot A620

    Canon PowerShot A630

    Canon PowerShot A640

    Canon PowerShot A650IS

    Canon PowerShot A80

    Canon PowerShot A95

    Canon PowerShot G6

    Canon PowerShot Pro1

    Canon PowerShot S1 IS

    Canon PowerShot S2 IS

    Canon PowerShot S3 IS

    Canon PowerShot TX1

    Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

    Fujifilm FinePix S100fs

    Fujifilm FinePix S9100

    Nikon Coolpix 5400

    Nikon Coolpix 8800

    Nikon Coolpix 900

    Nikon Coolpix P5000

    Nikon Coolpix S10

    Nikon Coolpix S4

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-D9

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F77

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

    If anyone knows of other cameras with tilt or swivel LCDs, I’d be interested in having them listed.