Canon cameras are clearly top of the line as far as digital cameras go. In my experience, Canon colors outperform every other brand.
In this post, I’ve rounded up my picks for the best Canon camera with flip screens.
I’ve chosen cameras from all three types: point and shoot, mirrorless, and DSLR.
My choice for the best Canon flip screen camera is the EOS M50, which also happens to be the camera I use on a daily basis.
Best Canon Camera With Flip Out Screen: 7 picks
1. Canon EOS M50
The Canon EOS 50 is my personal choice for the best Canon camera with flip out screen, and it’s the one I use on a day to day basis for photography and videos.
The lcd screen is closed at the default setting, and you can flip it out and lock it back in to use as a regular camera.
When the screen is out, it has a range of motion of 180 degrees, so you can be in front of the camera and still see the screen.
It’s a mirrorless camera, which means it’s compact and can take photos that rival those you can capture using a DSLR. It sports an APS-C CMOS sensor and can take photos of up to 24.1 megapixels.
On the video side, you can shoot 1080p full HD in 30 and 50 FPS, as well as 4K in 30 FPS. The 4K video is significantly more cropped than the 1080p video, but for this price point, it’s not a bad deal.
The autofocus is also quite good. 1080p autofocus is much quicker and more efficient than at 4K, however, and 4K features are somewhat limited.
On the photography side, there are the standard auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, and fully manual modes.
In auto, you can choose to apply a variety of filters to give effects of old school films.
There is a dial on the shoulder which you use to adjust exposure, shutterspeed, and aperture. If you’re in manual mode, you’ll have to hold the up arrow and turn the dial.
Overall photo quality is really good and it’s a lot of fun to take action photos in the burst mode at 10 frames per second.
For this price point, it’s one of the best cameras out there: compact, feature packed, and superb image quality.
It also has built in Wi Fi and NFC for easily transferring photos to your phone for instant sharing.
2. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III is an amazing compact camera that packs a huge punch in a really tiny body. We’ve listed it as #2 to round off our top 3 with one mirrorless, one point and shoot, and one dSLR.
First off, it has a large 1 inch CMOS sensor capable of capturing 20.1 megapixel photos. For Canon to be able to fit such a huge sensor in such a tiny body is a big deal!
Next up, the screen. Technically, this is not a flip out screen, but a flip up screen. It articulates 180 degrees up and down, so you can use it when you’re holding the camera high above your head, as well as right it front of you.
When it’s in front of you, the screen will be above the camera body.
The PowerShot G7 is not a mirrorless camera so the lens is fixed. You get a 24-100 mm(4.2x) lens with an aperture of 1.8 to 2.8.
This camera is a great choice for vloggers as you can shoot 4K at 30 FPS and full HD 1080p at up to 120 FPS. The 1 inch sensor also means there will be great low light performance.
Canon has done something interesting with the mode selector dial. The outer ring is exposure compensation, and the inner ring lets you select a variety of modes from Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and manual.
You will have to adjust the settings using the menu keys or using the touch screen.
You can also use this camera for live streaming directly with the Canon companion app, and it also has clean HDMI out. Clean HDMI out means it will show the image without any of the overlay you typically see on screen.
Since this is a compact camera, don’t expect as powerful of an autofocus system as you find on mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
Ideally, the Powershot G7 X is a good choice if you’re really into live streaming and you don’t want to have a lot of extra equipment to do so.
Otherwise, the mirrorless and DSLR offerings have more flexibility and better image quality.
3. Canon EOS 80D
The Canon EOS 80D is an excellent all-round dSLR camera.
It sports a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and can shoot up to 1080p Full HD video. The stock lens comes built in with optical image stabilization that helps remove small unintentional shakes.
The EOS 80D is a DSLR camera with a flip lcd screen that swivels around to lay flush with the back, as well as flipping out and around 180 degrees to face you.
The built-in autofocus system has a 45 point system which makes sure nearly every photo you take is amazingly sharp.
If you’re into action shooting, the EOS 80D has a continuous shooting mode that can take 7 photos per second.
The left shoulder has a mode selector dial with all the modes you would find on a DSLR, and the right shoulder has an grayscale LCD display that shows you basic information like how many shots are left, the ISO, and exposure setting.
By far, though, the most important feature of the EOS 80D is what Canon calls the Intelligent viewfinder. A typical DSLR viewfinder sees what the lens is seeing, but Canon has overlayed a lot of information that you can utilize to take great photos.
4. Canon EOS M200
The Canon EOS M200 came a close second to the M50 when I was researching which mirrorless camera to get. The EOS M200 is much cheaper than the M50, but the M50 has a little bit more room to grow with you as you level up.
It sports an APS-C sensor that can take 24.1 megapixel photographs.
As a purely vlogging camera, though, the M200 shines.
It has a 180 degree swiveling screen that you can fit into the back of the camera or flip out and face forwards or backwards.
The interesting thing about the M200 is that all of the mode selection and controls have to be done from the screen itself.
The dial is very minimalist and you can only choose between Auto+, normal photo, and video modes.
There is a menu button on the back side as well as arrow pads for navigation, and the record video button also lives next to the menu button.
Like the M50, the EOS M200 can shoot both 1080p and 4K, though 4K video is cropped. It uses the same autofocus system as the M50, so 1080p focus will be very quick and sharp, and 4K focus will be a little slower.
The M200 is super compact and a great option for traveling and vlogging where you’d be carrying the camera around. You can throw it in a bag and you won’t even notice that it is there.
The only thing that put me off was the lack of an electronic viewfinder and the fact that you had to use the screen for mode changing and adjustments.
I prefer using the viewfinder for photographs.
As I mentioned above, the M200 is a great choice if you’re just starting out with a vlog and you want something that will shoot great video right out of the box without much tinkering, you’ve got yourself a winner with the M200.
The EOS 80D is also available refurbished:
5. Canon EOS Rebel T7i
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is a great prosumer DSLR camera that shines as a camera with a flip screen.
On the whole, it has an APS-C CMOS sensor that can take photographs up to 24.2 megapixels and can shoot video at full HD 1080p. There’s no 4K in this line, unfortunately.
The Rebel series is a great entry level camera series, so whether you’re just getting into photography and want a good DSLR or you already got your feet wet and want to level up, the Rebel t7i is a good place to start.
The Canon Rebel T7i has all the basic features you’d expect to find in a DSLR camera, however, it’s not quite as advanced as the EOS 80D that you saw above.
One of the ways you can tell is the EOS 80D has an LCD on the shoulder that displays all of the relevant camera settings. This LCD is missing on the Rebel T7i.
You’d have to see all your settings in the touch LCD screen or the viewfinder.
The LCD screen swivels in and out and you can even flip it outwards to the front so you can see yourself as you film.
The guts of the T7i has a DIGIC 7 image processor and a dual pixel autofocus system which is very efficient at changing the focus from one subject to the next. With fast moving objects, it may go back and forth before settling on the correct object, but it’s hardly noticeable.
The ISO range is also quite impressive all the way up to 25,600. Realistically, you will never use 25,600 as the image will be far too noisy, but you can still push up to ISO 6400 with good results.
You can also hook the camera up to your phone using NFC or WiFi for instant sharing on the gram or even to free up some space on your memory card.
6. Canon EOS Rebel SL3
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is an entry level DSLR camera with a flip screen.
It has a generously sized 3 inch screen that flips all the way out to the front for shooting photos of yourself. The screen can also flip 180 degrees for a variety of angles.
This is a very basic DSLR camera and a good entry point for folks looking to get into DSLR cameras or just someone who is looking for a good camera to take family photos.
There are some intelligent shooting modes as well as the standard modes you’d expect to find on any SLR camera.
At the heart of the camera is the DIGIC 8 image processing system which is super fast and efficient.
It has an impressive ISO range of 100 to 25,600, but realistically, you’ll never go beyond 6400 as the photos will become too grainy to be usable.
That being said, the Digic 8 processor is amazing at handling low light situations and you can capture a stunning amount of detail in the toughest lighting.
The APS-C CMOS sensor lets you take 24.1 megapixel photographs.
There’s also a very quick and accurate dual pixel autofocus system that takes much of the effort out of shooting on auto.
If you’re a fan of the optical viewfinder, you’ll be happy to know that you can see all the relevant settings in the viewfidner itself so if you are using manual mode, you can adjust everything you need to without having to pull the camera away from your face.
You can shoot both 4K and 1080p video.
Overall, the camera is very lightweight and super easy to carry around.
It’s not quite as advanced as the EOS 80D you saw above, but for beginners and amateur photographers, it’s a super option that does not break the bank.
7. Canon EOS M6
The Canon EOS M6 is a great higher end mirrorless Canon model with a flip screen. The screen sits flush at the back and flips upwards.
The EOS M6 has an APS-C CMOS sensor capable of capturing high resolution 32.5 megapixel images. The M6 is similar in design to the M200 in that it’s very compact, but it is a much more advanced model.
The most unique feature is the detachable electronic viewfinder. This brilliant design touch helps keep the camera compact when necessary, yet still giving you the flexibility and precision of a viewfinder when you need it.
The guts of the camera has Canon’s Digic 8 image processor which captures really high quality images. The dual pixel autofocus system also does a great job of keeping your subjects in sharp view all the time.
A mode selector dial lets you switch between standard modes you’d find on a mirrorless or SLR camera. Another dial lets you change the exposure, and the third dial can be used to adjust shutterspeed or aperture depending on the mode you are using.
On the video recording side, you can shoot 4K at 30 FPS and Full HD 1080p at up to 129 FPS.
It has built in Wi Fi and NFC for easy transferring of photographs from your camera to your phone.
The EOS M6 is also available as a refurbished model.
Camera with flip out screen: buyers guide
There are many reasons you would want to get a camera with a flip out screen. Let’s talk about why they’re useful and what other features you need to consider.
Great for vlogs
Arguably the most useful part of having a camera with a flip out screen is to shoot vlogs! Many vloggers are one-man or one-woman teams that set up the camera and sit or work in front of it.
You need to be able to see the shot as you’re taking it, and flip out screens help you achieve just that. You can perfect the framing and composition, as well as make little adjustments here and there.
We’ve noted whether a particular camera model shoots only 1080p or 4K as well so you can easily filter out any cameras that don’t meet your requirements.
Flip out screens are also useful for taking photos from weird angles. When I take videos of my son, for example, I have to hold the camera at my waist height to keep the camera aligned with his height.
By flipping out the screen and articulating it upwards, I can see the shot very easily!
You can use the same principle to shoot subjecs that are taller than you are.
Why choose Canon?
There are many companies out there, but Canon is easily one of the leaders in the market.
They’ve been making cameras for many years and have honed down their craft. It’s no surprise that they release one great camera after the next.
There are the occasional flops, of course, but most of them are superb.
Canon tends to handle colors much better. There is a video on YouTube that compares the Fujifilm X-A7 to the Canon EOS M50 and you can very clearly see that the Canon colors are much more natural.
Canon cameras also tend to have better autofocus systems(though not quite as good as Sony).
Another huge advantage of Canon is the massive variety of available lenses. If you opt for a dSLR, you’ll have immediate compatibility with Canon’s entire ecosystem.
Even if you choose to go mirrorless, a small adapter will let you use any Canon lens on your camera, though specific mirrorless lenses will have a slightly smaller profile.
Size and weight considerations
Size and weight are obviously two very important factors before buying a camera!
This won’t be too much of an issue if you’re setting up an indoor studio, though. If that’s the case and you’re mounting the camera on a tripod to remain in one place for most of the time, you can get away with a bigger dSLR camera.
However, if you plan on carrying the camera around quite a bit, then a dSLR may start to feel a little hefty after some time and you may be tempted to go for mirrorless instead.
Mirrorless cameras have all the advantages of dSLR cameras but packaged into a smaller unit thanks to the absence of the mirror.
With mirrorless you have a fully digital system, where the image you see on screen or in the viewfinder is the image the sensor itself is seeing.
In SLR cameras, the viewfinder will show you what the lens is seeing, not what the sensor is seeing. So you may see a well-lit subject through the viewfinder, but if your aperture and shutterspeed settings are not configured properly, you’ll end up with an over or under-exposed photograph.
For any kind of semi-professional shooting and above, you should definitely stick to mirrorless or a dSLR. Smaller cameras have tiny sensors that don’t capture quite as much light.
The bigger the sensor, the more light comes into the camera(so better low light performance) and the overall image quality will be that much greater.
How to get cameras for cheaper
These cameras are not exactly cheap, so if you’re on a tight budget, it may be worthwhile to consider refurbished models.
Many companies have started to offer factory refurbished models, where the cameras are cleaned, updated, and any parts needing replacement are replaced.
There may be signs of use like scuff marks and scratches on the body, but the internals is all tested and fixed if necessary.
Essentially, the manufacturer puts their stamp of approval stating this product is still good to go.
If you’re a student or on a tight budget, consider checking out refurbished models. Many manufacturers offer them and you may be able to find certain refurbished models on Amazon, too.
See also: Canon cameras for wildlife photography
There are very few situations in which you can go wrong with choosing a Canon camera. In this day and age, a Canon camera with a flip screen is definitely the most versatile choice that will check the boxes for amateurs and professionals alike.
Remember to narrow your choices down by your use cases and the size and weight of the camera. Size and weight may seem superficial, but if the camera is too inconvenient to take along with you wherever you go, you have an issue on your hands!