Talking about the Swivel Lens

A swivel lens rotates freely while attached to a camera body, used on some compact digital and video cameras (camcorders). These lenses make it easy for a photographer to aim the camera without moving around too much. Swivel lenses come in different sizes and shapes. A swivel lens is also known as a swiveling lens, swivelling lens, and rotating lens.

In contrast, swivel LCDs are displays that freely rotate while attached to a camera body. Usually, the camera body is much larger than the swiveling display. Swivel LCD devices can be considered to be swivel lens devices because the camera body with lens can swivel around the small display; albeit, aiming the camera is more difficult. Most camcorders have a swivel LCD.


  • Enables the user to take pictures from unique perspectives and camera angles
  • Easy composition of images without the need to bend, crouch, or move around
  • Shooting self-portraits v
  • Shooting candid photos

List of cameras that have swivel lens

  • Nikon Coolpix 2500 , 3500, 4500
  • Nikon Coolpix S4, S10
  • Nikon Coolpix 900, 950, 990, 995
  • Sony DSC-U50
  • Sony DSC-F88
  • Bushnell Nighthawk 260900 (night vision)
  • Panasonic D-Snap SV-AS10
  • Casio QV-2900UX Contax U4R
  • Pentax Optio X
  • Agfa ephoto 1280
  • Kyocera SL300R

List of other devices with swivel lens

  • Sony Clie PDA (various PEG-XXXX models)
  • Sony Playstation Portable camera
  • Game Boy Camera which swivels horizontally for self portraits
  • Veo SD camera for Toshiba e805 pocket pc


  • LG cu500
  • Nokia N90
  • Samsung V200

Cellphones with pseudo swivel lens

Some cellphones have lens that rotate and allow users to take self-portraits but are limited in the angles where the camera can take pictures.

  • Samsung SPH-A900
  • Samsung SGH-T809 (also known as Samsung D820)
  • Samsung A930
  • Nokia 3250

List of cameras with swiveling LCDs

  • Canon Powershot S1, S2, S3, S5, SX1, SX10 IS (Canon calls its swivel LCDs as vari-angle displays)
  • Canon Powershot G1, G2, G3, G5, G6
  • Canon Powershot Pro1
  • Canon A640
  • Casio P505
  • Olympus C-5050
  • Nikon Coolpix 5700, 8700, 8800
  • Nikon D5000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 (Micro Four Thirds camera)

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