The touch screen technology is not only applied to smartphones and tablets. Camera manufacturers also adopt this technology to be applied on the DSLR camera they develop. Touch screen on a DSLR camera (and also mirrorless) is commonly used to determine the focus point of an object.
Canon and Nikon — two major names in the camera industry — have several DSLR cameras that are equipped with a touch screen display. The list below will show you those cameras.
In general, the touch screen display feature is available on a mid-range to professional-grade DSLRs. Entry level models like Nikon D3400 and Canon 200D have no this feature. For some photographers, the touch screen feature might not too important. Others find it very useful.
One of the benefits of having a DSLR camera with a touch screen display is that you can take a picture of an object from an extremely low angle without needing to get on your knee since you can touch the screen to determine the focus point. Following is the list of DSLR cameras that have a touch screen display.
1. Canon 700D
On the first list of touch screen DSLR camera we have Canon 700D or also known as Rebel T5i in the US market. This is an old model, announced by Canon in 2013. Canon 700D is a mid-range DSLR camera. The overall specs and features of this camera are higher than Canon’s entry levels like 200D or 1300D. Canon 700D has an articulating touch screen display. The size of the screen is 3 inches with 1.040m (million) dots. To be honest, this camera is not too special. It has a 18-megapixel sensor. DxOMark gave only the score of 61 for this camera.
2. Canon 750D
In February 2015, Canon announced two DSLR cameras at once. One of which is 750D. In the US market, this camera is known as Rebel T6i. This camera itself is a mid-range DLSR camera that has a 24-megapixel sensor. On DxOMark, this camera gets a better score than 700D above, although not too significant. Canon 750D itself has the same display as 700D, 3-inch and has 1.04m dots.
3. Canon 760D
This is the camera that was announced at the same time as 750D above. The core features and specs of Canon 760D are not much different to 750D. This camera also comes with a touch screen, articulated display that has the size of 3-inch with 1.04 dots. What makes Canon 760D different to 750D is that 760D has a LCD information display on top of the body while 750D doesn’t have one. Also, 760D has a quick control dial on the rear of the body. On DxOMark, the score of Canon 760D is slightly lower than 750D. While 750D gets the score of 71 for its sensor, 760D gets 70.
4. Canon 77D
77D is one of the DSLR cameras with Wi-Fi from Canon. This feature allows you to share the photos you took instantly to smartphone or tablet. This camera also comes with a touch screen, articulated display. Canon announced 77D in February 2017 and it was intended to replace 760D above. Canon added some improvement to this camera, especially the sensor. What Canon did to 77D has been paid off. At least if you use DxOMark as the parameter since it gets the higher score than its predecessor. Instead of 70, the sensor of 77D gets the score of 78 on DxOmark. Another improvement is the autofocus point number. From previously only 19, 77D now has 45 autofocus points which way better for photographing moving objects.
5. Canon 80D
80D is a semi-pro DSLR camera from Canon that features a Wi-Fi to allow you instantly transfer photos to smartphone or tablet. On the display side, Canon 80D has a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen with 1.04m dots. You can rotate the screen up to 270 degree vertically and 175 degree horizontally. 80D itself is a replacement of 70D. Some improvements were added by Canon to this camera. One of the notable ones is the sensor. Canon 70D has the sensor of 20-megapixel while 80D comes with a higher sensor, 25-megapixel. As a result, this camera is capable of generating photos with a higher resolution.
Other notable improvement include the number of autofocus point from 19 to 45. Autofocus point is the feature you need to take a picture of moving objects. The more autofocus points a camera has, the easier way to take a picture of moving object. In addition, Canon 80D also has a higher limit shutter speed setting. You can set the shutter speed up to 1/8000. 80D was announced by Canon in February 2016.
6. Canon 70D
When developing 80D to replace 70D, Canon didn’t make any change to its display. 70D also has a vari-angle touchscreen with 1.04m dots just like its junior 80D. 70D itself is the replacement of 60D. Sadly, this camera seems is not good enough, at least that is what DxOMark said as it only gave this camera the score of 68 for its sensor. Another minor is that Canon 70D has a smaller sensor size as well as fewer autofocus points. Even so, 70D comes with some new things compared to 60D. Wi-Fi is among them.
7. Nikon D5500
D5500 is one of the affordable DSLR cameras from Nikon that has a Wi-Fi feature. On the screen side, Nikon D5500 also comes with a touch screen display. It is even became the first Nikon DSLR to feature a touch screen. The screen size itself is 3.2-inch. You can simply touch the screen to determine the focus point of the object before taking a picture of it. Much like smartphone. Nikon D5500 itself was introduced in January 2015 as a replacement of D5300 which has no touch screen display. Nikon D5500 has a 24-megapixel sensor with the DxOMark score of 84.
8. Nikon D5600
As you can guess, D5600 is the successor of D5500 although Nikon didn’t add much changes to this camera. It still has the same sensor and autofocus point. The screen is also the same. Nikon D5600 has a 3.2-inch fully articulated touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots. The only new feature added to Nikon D5600 is Bluetooth which is used by the camera to communicate with smartphone/tablet via SnapBridge app for easier photo transfer.
9. Nikon D7500
If you are looking for a camera for a serious purpose, Nikon D7500 can be one of the options you can opt to, especially if you are a Nikon fan. This camera can be used for a professional need. On the display side, Nikon D7500 has a 3.2-inch tilting display with 922K dots that supports touch functionality. Nikon D7500 has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to allow you transfer photos with ease via SnapBridge app. Nikon D7500 itself is the successor of Nikon D7200. It was announced in April 2017 and started available in the market by June. The sensor of this camera itself is small enough, 20-megapixel. But capable of generating great photos. DxOMark gave the score of 86 for the sensor of this camera.
10. Nikon D500
D500 is a Nikon’s DX format flagship DSLR. This camera replaces the D300S which has been existing first. Nikon D500 comes with the same sensor size as Nikon D7500 above. On the screen side, Nikon D500 features a 3.2-inch touch screen display with 2,5m dots. More than all cameras above. As a result, you can view the photos you took on this camera display a in a very sharp quality. Nikon D500 has the score of 84 on DxOMark. This camera also features a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easier photo transfer from camera to smartphone. The dual memory card slots offered by Nikon D500 allows you to keep more photos on the camera.
11. Nikon D850
Need a full frame DSLR that support touch functionality? Nikon D850 is worth considering item. Just for your information. Nikon D850 is the first full frame DSLR to achieve the score of 100 on DxOMark. Indicating that this camera has a very good quality. The screen of Nikon D850 itself has the size of 3.2-inch with 2.3m dots. Nikon D850 is a full frame DSLR so you can use it for nearly all needs. From recording videos with the quality of 4K, taking picture of moving objects. Anything. You can also use this camera for taking a slow motion video with up to 120 fps in 1080p. Nikon announced D850 in August 2017 as the successor of D810. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also available on this camera.