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Old Aug 30, 2011, 2:51 PM   #1
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Are there any of the small, pocket-size cameras that are equipped with a view-finder, in addition to the LCD screen? It seems as though, when the first of these compact cameras started coming out, you could find one with a view-finder but then they started disappearing as the LCD screens grew larger. TIA

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G'day Dave

Agree with your observations - viewfilders disappeared long ago ...
Mostly [it seems to me] because the vf could not keep up with the lens zoom once the zoom was more than 3x or 4x

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canon powershot a1200 has a small optical viewfinder in addition to the lcd.
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Optical viewfinders can't keep pace with the zoom ratios of the lenses in P&S cameras, and electronic viewfinders just duplicate the LCD monitors which increases the cost, some would say unnecessarily. Also, many P&S cameras use touch sensitive LCD monitors in lieu of controls, and without controls, you can't do much with an electronic viewfinder. Plus your cheek or nose could make a change to the camera's settings while you're looking through the viewfinder, which will really complicate things.
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true, but EVF's are disappearing fast, too, and i really like having one.
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true, but EVF's are disappearing fast, too, and i really like having one.
Then you'll have to pay for it.
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Old Dec 3, 2011, 8:23 PM   #7
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I also find the optical viewfinder a necessity for any camera I get. I can't see the LCD screens in daylight. Canon seems to be one of the last manufacturers who offer this. My wife has a A1200 and is very happy with it. (My son and I also have Canons, purchased partly due to the availability of the optical viewfinder - Canon, are you listening??).

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