2018 has been a memorable year for all of us. It has seen marriages and babies, engagements and graduations. As we look back at all of the excitement that we have seen this year we often stop to wonder whether we got the most out of our vacations and staycations. Perhaps it would have been worth it to snap a picture of Niagara Falls or grab an extra shot or two of our youngest before the left for college.
Phone cameras are great in a pinch, but to really capture the most important moments in our lives, we want a real camera. Good thing there are some really great touch screen cameras that provide professional quality with the same touchscreen controls we are used to on our mobile phones.
Between the Canons and Nikons, Panasonics and Samsungs, which is the best touch screen camera of 2018? The answer to that is simple, but rather than telling you which touch screen camera to run out and buy before the holidays, allow us to show you the top five and find out which touchscreen cameras are truly the best of the year.
Best Touchscreen Cameras
1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon breaks into our top five with their first of two entries on our list. For smaller, convenient, pocket sized cameras the PowerShot G7 is certainly the most elite touch screen camera on the market. The 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor allows you to capture the sharpest photographs at the some of the most dynamic ranges available for units of this type.
The high resolution, 3” tilting LCD screen allows for some great shots at more creative angles as you can hold your camera however you need it while rotating the screen to see what the lens sees in any setting. Given the screen’s ability to turn 180 degrees, it also makes it ideal for taking the perfect selfie as you can see yourself just as well as if you were behind the camera and not in front of it.
As far as function goes – this little camera also gives you the ability to shoot continuous pictures at 8 frames per second to ensure as much time as possible is spent capturing the moments and not waiting for your camera to reset.
2. Nikon 1576 D5600
Nikon has been known for making some of the best cameras in the world for decades, and the 1576 D5600 is no different. We’re not going to spend a lot of time discussing what it has in common with its competitors – a varied angle touchscreen and high quality sensors for some of the best photos – but what makes it unique.
The Nikon has the ability to shoot video recordings in 1080p at a rate of 60 frames per second. Remember the days when video cameras where giant units that sat on your shoulder and copied everything to a VCR tape? Those days are long gone with the Nikon D5600 providing a higher quality video in the palm of your hand.
3. Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Equipped with a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is the first “traditional” camera to make its way onto our top five list. Built for quality, the Rebel offers a variable angle 3-inch LCD touchscreen to make framing and taking your pictures easier and clearer than ever.
Perhaps our favorite feature of this particular model is its wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. The Rebel SL2 eliminates the need to transfer pictures via memory card to your computer to then be downloaded to your cell phone or printed off. The wireless abilities of your Rebel SL2 allow you to send your photos directly from the camera to print or via Bluetooth directly to your mobile device, tablet, or Canon Connect Station for storage.
4. Samsung NX Mini
Coming in as the fifth best touch screen camera this year, the Samsung NX Mini brings the power of professional grade photographs to one of the smallest camera units you’ll find this year. A mere 22.5mm wide and weighing less than six ounces, the Samsung Mini is designed to fit conveniently in your pocket and be your camera on the go. Also unique among our offerings this year is the flip up preview screen which allows your subject to see what you are seeing as you take their picture. Perhaps they’re more likely to give you a genuine smile when they see how cheesy that fake one looks!
5. Pansonic LUMIX FZ2500
Imagine having everything you could ever want in a camera – crystal clear photographs, 1080p video recording, and then doing it better. Panasonic brings 4K technology to the touch screen camera world with the Lumix FZ2500.
Not to be underestimated, the Lumix is ergonomically designed with the buttons and controls intuitively placed so that you can shoot everything from weddings to school plays without stressing about hand fatigue from awkward button placement.
For those quick action shots, the AFS setting on the FZ2500 allows for 12 fps burst shooting, a rate that puts it far above some of the fastest cameras on the market.
Lastly, the FZ2500 also comes equipped with a microphone, headphones, and even an input for remote control. Whether you are taking senior picture shots or recording video, the availability of inputs for those additional features really sets this camera apart from anything else we have seen in the marketplace.
Best Touchscreen Cameras Verdict
There you have it – a comprehensive guide to the 5 best touchscreen cameras of 2018. While any of these cameras will certainly be an improvement over a mobile phone camera or the one in your tablet, it’s true that you get what you pay for. All of these cameras are quality products made by the best names in the business, but head and shoulders above the rest proudly stands the Panasonic FZ2500.