Articulating screen

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An articulating screen in the Olympus E-620.

An articulating screen is a liquid-crystal display (LCD) which is not fixed, but rather can be repositioned using a hinge or pivot. The articulating screen is known under different other names such as flip-out screen, flip screen, adjustable screen, articulated screen, or hinged screen. According to the way it moves, there are two main types:

  1. The LCD moves around one axis, so that it only tilts. It is called tilting screen or tiltable screen.
  2. The LCD moves around two axes which are at a right angle to each other, so that the screen both tilts and swivels. This type is called swivel screen. Other names for this type are vari-angle screen, fully articulated screen, fully articulating screen, rotating screen, multi-angle screen, variable angle screen, flip-out-and-twist screen, twist-and-tilt screen

Articulating screens are used in a variety of electronic devices such as laptops, camcorders, digital cameras, desk phones, mobile phones, DVD players and others; also TV screens and computer monitors can be articulating screens.

This article focuses on digital photography, where an articulating screen allows convenient or unobtrusive shooting from various perspectives.

Digital cameras with tilting screens[edit]

The tilting screens of camera models marked with an asterisk (*) here below can be tilted by 180 degrees or close to it so that they may be used to take self portraits more easily.

Digital cameras with swivel screens[edit]


Aftermarket products are available which can be fitted to static screen cameras. These reflect the screen image, or capture and duplicate the image.[3][4][5]

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