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Old May 23, 2006, 2:11 AM   #1
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I'm considering a SD600 but I'm concerned there's no optical viewfinder. I guess this means the screen will always have to be on, thus decreasing battery time, correct? Also, if you're shooting in the bright sun, is it hard to see the screen? Any other drawbacks to not having the optical viewfinder?
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Old May 25, 2006, 6:45 PM   #2
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You pretty much named them. The trend towards larger and brighter LCD's that actual "gain-up" when needed, is a good trend. However, there are still many situation where you just can't see the LCD screen (or see it well enough without a whole lot of contortions). I realize it's more expensive, but I moved up to the SD700 in order to gain the Optical Stabalization, larger zoom and the Optical Viewfinder. Yes, it's more money . . . but the presence of those items makes this a much better camera than the SD600 for me at least.
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Old May 27, 2006, 8:47 AM   #3
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I'm considering a SD600 but I'm concerned there's no optical viewfinder.* I guess this means the screen will always have to be on, thus decreasing battery time, correct?* Also, if you're shooting in the bright sun, is it hard to see the screen?* Any other drawbacks to not having the optical viewfinder?
I guess that as You started the thread by quoting SD630, it is the SD630 that you are considering and not SD600 as mentioned in your post.

The SD600 (or Ixus 60 here in England) does have an optical viewfinder and 2.5 inch screen instead of the 3 inch screen of the SD630, other than that they are basically the same camera. The SD600 is also cheaper than the SD630. So for me, opting for the SD600 was an easy choice.

The SD600 is an excellent camera by the way and well worth considering.

Hope that is of some Help.

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