The most recent Samsung Smart NX cameras, such as the NX Mini
we recently reviewed and the brand new Samsung NX3000
, feature a flip screen. This is an invaluable tool in photography and here we run down our top 5 reasons for when it will be useful:
When shooting images of yourself, it's often awkward to make sure that you're positioned correctly in shot without use of a mirror, which then means the viewer can see your camera in the shot, which isn't such as good look. The tilting screen on the NX Mini and NX3000 eliminate this problem, allowing you to flip the screen around and see yourself perfectly. They also have an innovative feature called Wink Shot, which lets you activate the shutter by winking, meaning no more awkward holding angles as you try to reach the shutter button with your finger.
2. Bright light
If you've found the perfect position to shoot, but can't see the image on your screen because of bright sunlight, for example, it can be difficult to compose your shot effectively. If you didn't have a tilting screen, this would mean having to tilt the camera to see what you're shooting, which can end in you losing the ideal shot. With a tilting screen, you can simply partially tilt it to get rid of the glare, without having to move your camera set up at all.
3. Shooting at awkward angles
When you find yourself at an odd angle to the action, or in a crowded space where you have to hold the camera up or to the side of you to get a good shot, it can be difficult to see what you're going to get in the frame, meaning a bit of guess work will be involved. With a tilt screen, you can hold the camera in a portrait stance and open the screen up like a door towards you, effectively allowing you to shoot around corners at angles that usually wouldn't be possible with a non tilt screen camera.
4. Shooting at low angles using a tripod
If you are shooting low level work using a tripod, it can be rather painful if you have to kneel with the camera for a long time to see what you're shooting. It can also lead to wet knees and ruined muddy clothes in bad weather. To get around the issue, you can tilt the screen on your NX Mini or NX3000 upwards, allowing you to see what you're shooting from a higher angle.
5. Getting elements in the background of the shot just right
When shooting photos of yourself, or photos of groups with you included, it can be difficult to line the shot up with background elements you want to be in specific places. However, with the aid of a flip screen, this problem gets slightly easier. Not only will you be able to see that everyone is in the shot, but you'll also be able to see where the background elements will be. In the end, not only will this mean you take a better photo, but they'll also be less re-takes which will save time and boredom.
For more information on both the NX Mini and the NX3000, take a look at the Samsung UK website