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No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:40 pm

I am still shopping for a new P&S camera....I am reading now that most of the newer models do not have the old fashioned Viewfinder to look through...my older Canon Powershot has the viewfinder..and I did always use it to look through when the sun was so bright I had a hard time seeing what I was looking at through the LCD screen.

The two cameras I am considering both have no Viewfinder.....Am I going to find myself missing have the viewfinder? and those who are using a camera without one..do you find you miss having one?..Really wish Canon still worked on the A95..it was the perfect camera for myself....it also had the swivel screen which I loved



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Re: No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:06 pm

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Re: No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby madeintahoe » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:47 pm

Thank you Maverick....Did not really think I could get another one to buy..this one is refurbished which I guess is okay and something to think about..getting another one.

I really do want the wide angle that the two I am considering have....so just not sure yet.

Thank you again for the link!
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Re: No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby LightRanger » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:51 pm

My Panasonic Lumix LX5 has a hotshoe optical viewfinder. I haven't purchased it, but otherwise love the camera. Haven't missed the optical VF like I thought I would, honestly.

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Re: No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby vitaminC » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:40 pm

The LCD's on newer cameras are likely much better than on your previous camera- just as the camera itself will be considerably improved.

There aren't many P&S options with an optical view finder. The problem is that it's hard to factor in the zoom function into the viewfinder as well. You could consider a rangefinder camera like a Leica (for big $) or you could get an Olympus PEN camera with a fixed lens and their optical viewfinder.

For a true P&S option, how about the Panasonic LX3 and this?
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Re: No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby madeintahoe » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:31 pm

Thank you LightRanger...I was also told that I probably won't miss having a VF

VitaminC...Thank you for the links..I am considering a Panasonic..so will research that model
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Re: No Optical Viewfinder on newer P and S Camera's ?

Postby vitaminC » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:13 pm

A friend was just showing me his Canon G15, and it indeed has an optical VF! A little larger than many P&S cameras, but seems pretty nice. And you can really extend the battery life by leaving the EVF off. Lots of choices out there!
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