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Old May 24, 2011, 7:46 AM   #1
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Default lack of viewfinders???

Looking for a new camera for my son, and finding a viewfinder seems impossible on $200ish priced point and shoot cameras. Have they figured out how to deal with glare?
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Old May 24, 2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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There are things like the hoodloop to help in viewing the LCD's.
http://www.hoodmanusa.com/prodinfo.asp?number=H-LPP3

Seem a bit expensive .
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Old May 26, 2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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Canon is apparently listening to the complaints of missing optical viewfinders, and has come out with an inexpensive point and shoot with an OVF, the A1200 model.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...owershot_a1200

As for glare on LCDs, I use the Boxwave anti-glare protectors.

http://www.boxwave.com/products/clea...-protector.htm


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Old Nov 22, 2011, 4:59 PM   #4
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Default view finder a big plus

But, good luck in finding one with any kind of zoom and image stabilization (this is important) in a compact camera. My wife has used a Canon SD800 IS since 2007 and loves it, (it cost $380) but was recently damaged.

She is replacing it with a Canon 300 HS for only $165 but no view finder.

So I am now searching for another compact camera with a view finder, 10x+ tel. lens, IS, and 12mp.

Wish me luck!
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 6:22 PM   #5
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I don't know why no viewfinders became so popular, well yes I do. It's because they are a little by necessity bigger, and for awhile everyone wanted a camera they could stick! in their jeans watch pocket.

As far as being able to see the LCD any better than before, it aint gonna happen. Cameras with LCD only finders, are basically "Point and Pray" cameras when faced with bright sunlight. Well even sometimes not so bright.

I finally got tired of it, and not really wanting the complications of a DSLR, bought a Canon G12. Sort of like a DSLR in a little package, but with a fixed zoom lens, and an optically coupled viewfinder.
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It's at a different price point of course, but the Fuji X10 has a very impressive VF.
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With a P&S, you're never viewing through the lens optically, and adding a second eye-level electronic viewfinder to the LCD monitor that a camera must have, adds considerable expense. So, for $200, yes, your choices will be few if any.
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