Camera with movable LCD screen?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by CJ, Jul 27, 2006.

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    CJ Guest

    I don't currently own a digital camera, I'm looking for one now in order
    to take photographs of documents for research purposes because carrying
    around a flat bed scanner is just too unwieldy. I'm unable to stand up to
    take the photographs and need a camera with a movable screen that would
    allow me to see what I'm photographing to make sure I'm holding it the
    proper place to get a good shot of the document.
    Can anybody recommend good digital cameras (budget approx. $400 or less)
    with a movable LCD screen? The only one I've found in searching online thus
    far that looks like it definitely has a movable LCD screen is the Sony
    Cybershot or the Nikon Coolpix S4.
    Are digital cameras with movable LCD screens really that rare?
     
    CJ, Jul 27, 2006
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    Paul Bartram Guest

    They ain't common. You will probably get a flood of replies here pointing
    you to the Nikon Coolpix 950, 990, 995 and 4500 series, all now discontinued
    but available used on eBay.

    My 995 is brilliant for sneaking shots of book pages in the state library,
    because it can be held directly above the table while the LCD is horizontal,
    and it has excellent macro capabilities. I guess the S4 is the latest in
    the 'line', but I've not used one so can't personally recommend it.

    Paul
     
    Paul Bartram, Jul 27, 2006
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    Lucas Guest

    Several Canon Powershot Cameras have movable screens as well, like the G6 I
    own. Have a look at their site...: www.usa.canon.com

    Lucas
     
    Lucas, Jul 27, 2006
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    Andy Hewitt Guest

    The Panasonic FZ30 does.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Jul 27, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    Also the Canon 620, 610 and S3 IS.
     
    Mark², Jul 27, 2006
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    CJ Guest

    Thanks. I'll look into the 995 on Amazon.com or Ebay in addition to the
    S4 if I can find one at a store around here. The Cannon's seem a little too
    expensive for my budget.
    I think that even if I use a tri-pod with my camera, because I can't
    stand up to look through the viewfinder to properly align a document on the
    desk with the camera, a swivel screen is absolutely necessary for me.
     
    CJ, Jul 27, 2006
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    Mike Civil Guest

    Another option, if you carry a laptop or have a PC handy where the
    images are taken, is to use remote capture software. This is available
    for Canons, and probably is for other makes as well. Then you could use
    the laptop/PC screen when taking the photo rather than the camera LCD.

    Mike
     
    Mike Civil, Jul 27, 2006
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  8. I know Canon S1/S2/S3 cameras have such a screen, and I'm sure there are
    others.
    A third option is most non-DSLRs offer the ability to display an image of what
    you are about to shoot on a TV screen (such as a portable TV).
     
    Michael Meissner, Jul 28, 2006
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    CJ Guest

    I thought about that too. Unfortunately, I don't own my own laptop, I
    just have one owned by my employer and they've got it configured with
    security software so the user can't install any software...and there's no
    way I'll be able to convince them I need remote capture software for work
    because they don't own a digital camera for me to use with it (no matter how
    much it would help.) The PC security people where I work never go for
    requests to install software the agency doesn't own itself so I'd have to
    purchase my own laptop to use remote capture software.

    That's why I thought a digital camera with a movable screen and getting
    a large memory card would be a good option. Then I could just dump the
    photos from my camera into my home PC at night. Overall, because I can use
    the laptop for note taking and other tasks I do after the work stuff is done
    for the day, I thought a camera would be the cheaper option. I looked at a
    Cannon tonight at Best Buy. I really liked what a saw and it did fit my
    budget so obviously the prices I saw on the 'net were either outrageous or I
    was looking at the wrong models. I'm going to do some more research and then
    try to find a store to look at the Nikon S4 as well and decide which one I
    want.
     
    CJ, Jul 28, 2006
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    Jack Mac Guest

    You might look at the Canon G-series. I had a G-3 and a G-5 and the last I
    looked the G-6 is the current model....maybe a G-7 is out.
     
    Jack Mac, Jul 28, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Any kind of portable television with a composite input will work as an LCD
    substitute with most point-and-shoots--almost all of them have live
    video-out that echoes the contents of the LCD. If you have a camcorder
    with composite input it can be used as a substitute for the built-in LCD
    very nicely.

    In your price range the Canon S2IS might be a good bet. The S3IS or
    Panasonic FZ30 would also be good but they're higher than you want to go.

    If you have not yet seen one you might also want to take a look at the HP
    4670 scanner, which will fit nicely into a large laptop bag--they go for
    under 80 bucks. Make sure you update the drivers--the ones that came with
    mine have some problems.
     
    J. Clarke, Jul 28, 2006
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    m Ransley Guest

    Im sure alot of cameras output NTSC or the same output as Dvds Vcrs, my
    2 sonys do and come with the cables inclued to plug into any tv, I can
    watch on Tv all the functions of my Lcd.
     
    m Ransley, Jul 28, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    As you've seen, the answer is: No, they really aren't that rare. There
    are a lot of digital cameras with a movable LCD screen. You just need
    to do a little more research.
     
    Bill Funk, Jul 29, 2006
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    simon Guest

    simon, Jul 29, 2006
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