Some consider the flip screen one of the best functions of a camera. It’s a must for different aspects of filming and photography. It’s said that once you get used to a camera that has one – you’ll never go back (or buy one) without it. If you already have a camera without a flip screen. Or you’re buying your first camera and want to start with one, you have come to the right place.
In this article we are going to take a look at 10 of the best cameras with a flip screen. The pros and cons of each camera, and how they will benefit you. We will end with which one we recommend.
By the end of this article you will have a much better idea of which camera would be best for you. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
I have created this comparison chart to make it easier for you to see each of the cameras we are comparing.
The topics of comparison include megapixel, autofocus, video resolution, and mic input. They are very relevant areas of comparison to photographers and videographers/vloggers alike. We dive a bit more in depth into each camera within their corresponding sections.
|Camera||Mega Pixel||Mirrorless/DSLR||Video Resolution||RF/EF/M Lenses||Audio Input||Our Rating||Price|
|Canon EOS 6D Mark II||26 MP||DSLR||1920x1080/60 (1080p)||EF||Yes||7/10||Check Price|
|Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III||20 MP||Compact Digital||3840x2160/30 (4k)||Fixed||Yes||7/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS Rebel SL3||24 MP||DSLR||3840x2160/24 (4k)||EF||Yes||5/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS RP||26 MP||Mirrorless||3840x2160/24 (4k)||RF||Yes||8/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS 80D||24 MP||DSLR||1920x1080/60 (1080p)||EF||Yes||9/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS R||30 MP||Mirrorless||3840x2160/30 (4k)||RF||Yes||9/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS M100||24 MP||Mirrorless||1920x1080/60 (1080p)||EF-M||No||9/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS M50||24 MP||Mirrorless||3840x2160/24 (4k)||EF-M||Yes||7/10||Check Price|
|Canon EOS M6||24 MP||Mirrorless||1920x1080/60 (1080p)||EF-M||Yes||6/10||Check Price|
|Canon T7i||24 MP||DSLR||1920x1080/60 (1080p)||EF||Yes||8/10||Check Price|
EOS 6D Mark II
The 6D Mark II is a full frame DSLR that comes equipped with a 3” 1.04 million dot articulating screen. The full frame aspect benefits you by not having to worry about a cropped image like other non-full frame cameras. It is also an EF mount camera, meaning you have a very large variety of lenses to choose from in the Canon and Sigma space.
Another great feature of this camera in particular is the autofocus. Canon’s dual pixel autofocus is considered by most to be the best on the market. Not only is it autofocusing, it is continuous autofocus. Meaning that you can set it and it will autofocus as you move closer and further away from your subject.
The screen flips out and can rotate forward by 180 degrees (for vlogging and such) - and backwards by 90 degrees (great for seeing top down shots).
You are also able to focus, take photos, and make all your adjustments straight from the touchscreen. The ability to do this is not available in some of Canon’s lower end models. This makes it much easier and faster for you while you are vlogging or focusing while taking photos.
Other Key Features...
...on this camera include wifi connection and live preview of video over wifi. There's GPS location (which will tag the image with your location). 8 picture profiles (much like app filters, but much more customizable). And 60 frames per second slow motion.
The one thing you will not have to worry about if you decide to go with the 6D Mark II - is it breaking down. This is considered by some to be the workhorse of the Canon full frame lineup. It’s built like a tank. Many have been using it for years and plan on using it for years to come.
As with anything, there are drawbacks to this camera. The fact that the camera only records video in 1080p can be a significant drawback for most. It also only shoots in 60 frames per second slow motion which leaves a lot more to be desired. It is also expensive for a full frame version of the Canon 80D.
If you are looking for a rugged full frame EF mount Canon camera and can live with the fact that it only records in 1080p/60. This could very well be the camera for you!
I am sharing a video review from one of my favorite camera gear gurus on YouTube - Jared Polin. He answers nearly every question you could think of in this matter. Enjoy.
PowerShot G7 X Mark III
The PowerShot G7X Mark III is a bit different than most of the cameras on this list. It’s a compact point and shoot camera - but it’s packed with a ton of nice features.
Those features include the new digic 8 processor. This benefits you by rendering images faster and with less digital noise in your image. It records in 4k at 30 frames per second and 720p at 120 frames per second. This means you can have 5x slow motion at HD resolution. It has 4.2x optical zoom (24-100mm) on it’s fixed lens.
To support that, it can also shoot still images at 20 frames per second. Which allows you to capture even the fastest moving objects.
One of the best features....
...is it’s 3.0” touch screen. Instead of slipping out to the side, this screen flips 180 degrees up. This is great for selfies and vloggers that want to keep a clean profile from side to side ( such as on a selfie stick, gimbal, or gorilla tripod). This keeps the center of gravity on the camera instead of throwing the gravity off center by having the screen flip out to the side.
Other cool features is vertical video support for vlogging and posting to social media. It’s live stream capable and supports external microphones. It is a lot of features packed in such a small camera.
The drawbacks of the camera are pretty clear. It has a fixed lens. This is very restrictive compared to other EF and RF mount cameras offered by Canon. There is also no viewfinder on this camera - and no way to mount one if you wanted to. You must rely on the screen only to frame all your shots/images.
If you find yourself wanting a compact camera with a ton of great features. But you can live with a fixed lens and no viewfinder - you may want to consider the new Canon GX7 Mark III.
A full review of the G7X Mark III by Sawyer Hartman is below
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is Canon's new entry level DSLR. While it does lack some key features that the mid-upper tier DSLR’s do… for the price, this can be a steal.
To start, this camera comes equipped with a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor. It comes equipped with Canon’s industry leading dual pixel autofocus. It also supports all EF and EF-M lenses. That means you have the option to use pretty much all the lenses that Canon makes (a lot of versatility for you).
The camera comes with a 3.0” 1.04 million dot adjustable screen. The brightness has seven adjustment levels to combat even the brightest of days. This screen is identical to the one that comes with the Canon 6D mark II and the Canon 80D.
Other key features...
...include - Eye detection autofocus. This benefits you by keeping a subjects face in focus. Even through movement. It does this by detecting and focusing on their eyes. This is perfect for portraits and up close cinematic video shots.
4k video is also a plus as well as a built in 4k time lapse movie where it will create a timelapse for you. No need to edit photos into an editing program - the SL3 does it all for you, in camera.
As for the drawbacks - and there are a few. This will explain why this camera rated the lowest out of them all. But keep in mind that this is a personal opinion.
The first is that it is an APS-C format sensor. This means you will have a native crop on your image of 1.6x. This can lead to many framing issues, especially shooting indoor environments.
To support that flaw, there is a 2.64x crop when shooting in 4k. That is massive.
To put that into perspective - if you were shooting on a very wide angle 18mm lens - that lens would no longer be wide angle. That lens would turn into the equivalent of a 45mm. It is one of the worst crops for 4k on the market (and is seen in the canon M50). It can only shoot at 24 frames per second in 4k as well.
If you want a solid entry level camera with a great flip out screen, and you can live with an APS-C sensor and a massive crop in 4k (or don’t plan to shoot in 4k often); then you might want to consider the SL3!
Here is a great review of the SL3 by the DPreview team. Give it a watch if you need clarity in any other aspect.
Canon EOS RP
The EOS RP is the first mirrorless camera we have talked about so far. There are countless benefits to having a Canon mirrorless camera. Most of which we will not get into in this article (but we will have a full DSLR vs. mirrorless comparison in the future). But know, this camera offers a ton of features and at a great price point.
To start, it has the same sensor size as mentioned in the 6D Mark II overview that's earlier in this article. Which will give you a larger field of view and a cropless image.
Another great feature is that it is an RF mount. This means you will be able to use all the newest Canon glass that they have started to release.
Side note: the new RF glass is said to be much better than regular EF glass.
You can still use EF mounted glass on this camera. You will have to buy an adapter to do this (such as metabones). It can shoot in 4k at 24 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second. The RP also includes Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel autofocus system.
A couple other key features include being able to shoot well in low light
A 3” 1.04 million dot display. Auto eye focusing, and a real time electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder is incredible. It will show you all the adjustments that you are making in camera as you are making those changes. You do not see this on a regular DSLR.
I will have an article in the future that compares DSLR to mirrorless, so stay tuned for that.
We have to go over the downsides to this camera. The first one is that it only shoots in 24 frames per second in 4k. This is somewhat of a standard for cameras of this size and price point. But it would have been nice to see 30 frames per second to give you that slight/dreamy slow motion in post.
The most obvious downside if that you would have to buy and adapter to use older EF or EF-S lenses.
Are you interested in purchasing a mirrorless camera and want to get one at a great price, and features? But you are ok with the fact that you will have to buy an adapter to use older Canon lenses. Then by all means, consider the Canon RP.
I am including a video of the hands on review of the RP by Jared Polin. Give it a watch if you have any other questions about the camera!
Canon EOS 80D
When searching for the best canon camera with flip screen, for starters, the Canon 80D is the oldest of the cameras in this list - it was released in 2016. So why are we including it in this list? Because it’s a solid camera, and is still used by countless people everyday (including myself).
Some of the key features of the 80D include a 3” flip screen (exactly the same as the 6D Mark II). Dual pixel autofocus. 1080p at 60 frames per second, and wifi connection.
What all this does for you if give you a great all around camera. The autofocus includes auto eye focus to keep your subject in perfect focus - and it works great. The flip screen is adjustable and has 7 brightness levels to combat the harsh sun on bright days.
You can look at the Canon 80D much like the Canon 6D Mark II. The only real difference is that the 80D has an APS-C sensor and the 6D Mark II has a full frame sensor.
The cons of the canon 80D I’m sure are pretty clear. It only supports 1080p. In today's day and age you may need 4k. It also has a cropped image with the APS-C sensor.
Do you find yourself needing a mid-tier DSLR that is built to last and quite affordable? Can you live with an APS-C crop and no 4k? The canon 80D might be the one for you.
Here is an in depth hands on review by DigitalRev TV - a very reputable camera gear reviewer on YouTube. Give it a watch if you need a little more information.
Canon EOS R
The Canon EOS R is the top tier camera on this list. Period. It is mirrorless, like the RP. It the RP’s big brother. It is the most expensive, supports the most expensive lenses, but at the same time, offers the most out of them all. You need to keep this in mind when choosing the best Canon camera with a flip screen.
For starters, this camera's packed with features. A few of them include RF lens support for the newest Canon lenses on the market. Dual pixel autofocus with edge-to-edge auto focus points from the vibrant lcd screen. It performs great in low light. Focus peaking indicator to let you know exactly what you are focusing is in focus.
Another feature that many don’t notice is the fact that the EOS R will record at 4k 30p but in the 10 bit color space. Long explanation short - the colors out of this camera in both photo and video is incredible. The bitrates are very high for all of the video outputs as well. Which puts it ahead or in line with other top tier cameras like the Canon 1DX mark II.
A few of the other minor features (that you would expect)...
...include a very bright and vibrant LCD viewfinder. You will also get a silent shutter (seeing as it is mirrorless), a digic 8 processor, and 1080p recording at 60 fps.
With everything that is great...
...there are some downsides, of course. The main downside, for some, is price. Coming in a little under or over $2,000, this can be a bit steep for some. The other issue, is what plagues the RP a bit, you will need to buy an adapter to use older EF or EF-S lenses. Luckily you can purchase bundles from amazon that include the adapter (like the one I linked above) - for no additional cost.
There have also been complaints in the industry about how difficult it is to color grade c-log. I have not had this issue at all. The colors coming out of a Canon camera are the best in the world (even better than red or alexa).
There is also a major crop when using 4k. The crop is 1.74x…
If you are in the market for mirrorless and want great colors, autofocus, and RF lenses. But you are willing to fork out around $2k plus the price of an adapter (if you want to use EF lenses). The canon EOS R is the one you’ll want to get.
I thought an in depth hands on review video would help you with any other questions that you may have. I thought of no none better than Jared Polin himself.
Canon EOS M100
The Canon EOS M100 is the entry level camera to Canon’s mirrorless market. I’m sure you have already noticed, it looks very like the GX7 Mark III. You’re right, it’s similar in its form factor. It’s a compact camera; but as you read more, you’ll notice that it offers a bit more.
This camera's purpose is photography. Not so much videography - even though it’s more than capable of shooting video.
The main features of the camera are about the same when compared to the GX7 Mark II. DP AF, eye detection, a flip up screen, and 1080p recording.
The biggest difference...
The biggest difference between the two cameras are interchangeable lenses. This is a huge plus to this camera. The camera supports the EF-M line of lenses when is specific to any M class Canon camera. Canon offers a wide variety of lenses with this mounting type.
You can buy the same adapters to allow EF lenses to mount to it. Giving you the versatility of using older lenses.
There's another awesome aspect of this camera that will will cost you a bit more. You can attach a speedbooster adapter to it. What a speedbooster will do is turn your APS-C crop into almost the same field of view as a full frame camera. You will go from a 1.6x crop to a 0.71x crop. Quite a big difference.
We will now dive into the downsides of the camera
The APS-C crop is a downside for sure. You can only record in 1080p, there is no 4k. You will also have to buy an adapter to use EF mount lenses, and another adapter if you want close to full frame images.
There is speculation that M class glass will not be around forever and that Canon will abandon the line. While this is only speculation, entry level cameras are the only ones to use the glass. There is also no viewfinder
Do you find yourself needing an affordable compact mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses? Are ok with spending more on adapters to make it work to it’s fullest potential? Then by all means, go for it!
Canon EOS M50
The Canon EOS M50 is the big brother to the M100. That's something to consider when looking for the best canon camera with flip screen. It offers the same features that the M100 does. This includes DP AF, eye detection, and interchangeable lenses. With that, it offers a few major upgrades that I will go over with you now.
The biggest plus to this camera over the M100 is the fact that it offers 4k recording. While the crop in 4k is significant (1.6x), the camera still offers 4k output. 1080p is capable of doing 60 fps and at 720p you can pull 120 fps.
Much like the M100, you can attach adapters to achieve close to full frame images with a speedbooster. You can attach an adapter to use EF lenses as well.
As for the downsides...
...they are about the same as the M100. Adapter heavy, M-class glass won’t be around much longer, etc. But the difference between the two is 4k. The camera does support 4k - but at the expense of field of view/crop. The crop is massive at 1.6x or 2.56x compared from full frame. It makes the image unusable.
Example would be if you took a 22mm lens and started recording in 4k, it turns that 22mm into a 48mm. Yeah, that’s major.
We have covered the fact that you are able to use adapters, but it’s a negative because it costs more money. It’s a negative.
If you find yourself needing a low to mid tier mirrorless camera that shoots 4k and has DP AF, but are ok with buying adapters to avoid cropping along with an aging lense class; then this may be the one for you!
As usual, if you need more in depth information, here is an in depth review of the M50.
Canon EOS M6
It is hard to place the M6. It’s a mirrorless camera that has the same form factor at the M100, but lacks some of the functions of the M50.
Actually, I would put this above the M100 but below the M50 in most areas. I will cover the areas that it does better than the M50.
Comparing this to the M100 - it’s pretty much the exact same form factor. You get the same sensor, the same M-mount, even the same video output specs (1080p at 60 frames per second)
We assume these cameras are for photography more so than video.
What this camera offers, that the M100 does not, is the ability to mount a viewfinder to it. Do not ask me why it did not come with it (a money grab?). But you can buy the viewfinder and mount it to the top of the camera where your flash or mic would go.
Keep in mind, the M6 mark II is releasing in the very near future. From what most have said, it is going to be quite a bit better than the original.
Do you find yourself needing a compact mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses? Then you could find yourself getting some great footage with this camera.
If you have more questions about the M6 - the guys over at Tech Gear Talk will answer them in the very in depth review!
Canon EOS Rebel T7i
You may have asked yourself why I have included the rebel T7i in this list. There are other options out there that should be better… and I would answer that by saying no. The Canon Rebel T7i is still a wonderful camera. It offers great features for its price point and can do both photo and video.
This camera comes equipped with much of the same hardware as the Canon 80D. This includes the same APS-C sensor and flip screen. The touch screen features and output resolution are also the same.
So you may be asking, what makes it different than the 80D? It’s roughly $200 cheaper, there has to be something different. Well…
The difference is that DP AF is not available during video recording. This could be a hindrance for some and not for others. If you are ok with manual focusing during video recording, this will not affect you at all. If you rely on AF while recording, well, this could be a problem.
If you find yourself needing a great 1080p DSLR that's reliable. But you aren't worried about continuous autofocus. The T7i might be the camera for you!!
Chris Winter can answer any other questions you may have about this camera in his in depth review!
A lot of the decision making when it comes to a buy like this comes down to quite a few factors. Those factors include:
- The intentions you have with the product
- The image you want to see
- The sacrifices you want to make on one product for the other.
The last bullet point stands true. You should have noticed that there isn’t much difference between a few of these cameras. That is the reason that I included the ones that I did. The main determining factor was price. The next came functionality and how they compared to one another.
Do you find yourself needing top performance and a crisp image? But you're OK with sacrificing a higher cost to get that - I would recommend the EOS R.
If you want a well rounded rugged camera, that's priced reasonable, and isn’t the top of the line but still does a great job? The Canon 80D
Do you want a compact camera that shoots great stills and decent video? But you're ok if it sacrifices quality to save money? The Canon M100.
What some seem not to grasp is the fact that 1080p is still the standard. The majority of society watches videos on their phone. You will not notice much of a difference on your phone between 1080p and 4k. Keep that in mind.
Things you need to keep in mind…
I have mentioned this to many people that I have ran into over the years. Most would always ask what camera gear I was using and compare theirs to mine. What I would always ask them is, “why are you so worried about the camera?" A camera doesn’t make your story.
The gear itself doesn’t tell the story
You could be filming your family at a reunion and having a blast. When you go to watch it, I can almost guarantee you that it wouldn’t matter if it was a shot on a $400 or $4000 camera. Why? Because the story is within the image.
The same idea applies to anything we have seen. A lot of people prefer classic movies over modern. Why? Because the story is better. It's the same with video games. The greatest games of all time were all made long before 4k tvs and hyper realistic graphics. It all comes down to your story…
What I am telling you is to buy what you are comfortable with purchasing. Never think that what is on the screen is ever going to affect anyone more than a memory, feeling, or emotion.
Lets wrap this up
If you are actually reading this - I appreciate it.
With all the information that you have gathered from this article, you should have a great idea of which is the best canon camera with a flip screen.
Whichever one you choose, have a blast shooting with it. There isn’t anything more enjoyable than capturing memories of those around you. Or creating stories with the resources you have.
As always, thank you again for reading, and until next time - keep shooting!
Giving credit where it's due...
- Canon RP : www.dpreview.com
- RF Glass: www.canon.com
- Canon 80D: www.trustedreviews.com
- EOS R(1) - www.fstoppers.com
- EOS R(2) - www.digitaltrends.com
- M100(1) - www.trustedreviews.com
- M100(2) - stuff.tv
- M50 - www.trustedreviews.com
- M6(1) - https://www.expertreviews.co.uk
- M6(2) - www.engadget.com
- T7i - www.pcmag.com
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