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Articulated/flip out LCDs useful?

by Qixotic / February 5, 2010 12:38 PM PST

Have you guys been in situations where a articulated or flip out LCD display on a camera was useful? What kinds of shots/situations were they?

Is this a feature I should consider when buying a DSLR?

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by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / February 5, 2010 4:39 PM PST

I have found the articulated screens great for getting worm-eye view. self taking a group or couples photo, easier to see in the sun because you can tilt the screen until the sun isn't making a glare, and shooting overhead of a crowd. I've never had one on a DSLR and don't really miss it because the viewfinder is so much better than using the LCD screen. I could probably have used an articulating screen in less than 1% of the shots with the DSLR.

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by hjfok / February 5, 2010 5:50 PM PST

I have 2 D-SLRs and a number of compacts, none has articulated screen. I don't shoot over people's head or from the ground. If I do self portraits, I hook it up to the laptop so that I can actually see and check the focus. Most high end D-SLRs don't have an articulated screen because it can break more easily, thus not a rugged feature. But it can be fun for some other people, to get some unusual point of view.

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