On Tue, 4 Sep 2007 18:50:01 -0600, "Joe Fisher"
>I totally agree with you. I cannot *stand* a camera w/out a viewfinder, be
>it just a hole in the camera optical, or an Electronic Viewfinder (my
>I couldn't deal with an LCD
>alone. When I"m looking at cameras, if it doesn't have a viewfinder, it's
>off my list.
>I've seen some Sony's with a viewfinder as well as an LCD.
>->->Most Canons have a viewfinder as well as an LCD. I have 3 Canons, I love
>them. They make incredible cameras!
>The Camera doesn't have to be big to have a viewfinder, look at the newest
>Canon digital Elph.
>I don't get it, do the camera makers think that nobody is ever going to take
>a picture in bright sunlight? The LCD washes out in bright sunlight, you
>can't see it.
>And as you implied, is there *any* more unstable position than holding a
>camera at arms length to take a picture. (Not to mention, IMO it looks
I am with you on this one.....
I've been shopping for a new digital camera and I was rather shocked
to find that most of them lack the viewfinders these days. I played
with some of them in the stores and I found a few brands that I liked
the way they worked and the way they have their features. Many of
these were in my price range and I liked the pictures they took even
though "in the store" pics are not the best way to test a camera,
especially under florescent lights. However, I could not see myself
holding a camera a foot or more away from my face to take a pic. It's
not just unsteady, but it's just no the way to take a pic. I spent
long hours reading photography books when I was younger, and I had a
high end film camera that took great pics. One of the first things I
learned was to hold a camera tightly against my face to steady it.
Well, thats not at all possible with a camera that lacks a viewfinder.
I dont care how large the lcd screeen is, it's just not the way to
take a pic.
Every one of the brands that lacked viewfinders lost my sale. One
brand/model in particular I would have bought when it was on sale,
because I had the money and liked the other features. But I just
could not get myself to buy a camera without a viewfinder.
I have seen that the Canons all have them, and I will just have to
save a little longer until I can afford the higher price, which is
nearly double what the other one would have cost. Hopefully a Canon
will soon go on sale. Or, maybe I will find an older model of another
brand name since most older ones still had the viewfinders. In all
honesty, I'd rather have less megapixels. I used a 3mp camera for
several years and was completely satisfied with the quailty. I dont
even want anything over 6mp because it just eats up card space for
nothing. I was told that at least some, if not all of these cameras
can be set to a lower resolution, so I suppose that would help, but I
still cant see the reason for such large MP sizes, except for those
that are trying to make huge posters. My former 3mp camera did fine
for a 6 inch picture.
>> thoss wrote:
>>> These seem to have completely disappeared from current compact cameras.
>>> How do people manage without them? The viewing screen is no adequate
> >> Stay informed about: Optical viewfinders