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Old 07-15-2008, 09:53 PM   #21
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I didn't realize just how important a real viewfinder can be, until I used one of the kids cameras w/o one.

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I'm curious, how is a real viewfinder valuable or useful? They always seemed small on a point and shoot and you've got the LCD showing what will be shot too... although I suppose sun would be a problem with the LCD. A floppy hat solves that, though.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:46 PM   #22
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I'm curious, how is a real viewfinder valuable or useful? They always seemed small on a point and shoot and you've got the LCD showing what will be shot too... although I suppose sun would be a problem with the LCD. A floppy hat solves that, though.
Anytime the sun washes it out (and I find myself without a fashionable floppy hat), or, shooting nearly into the sun. I was taking some snow scenes and I just could not see a thing on the LCD with the bright snow/sun behind me. Optical viewfinder saved me.

It doesn't happen all that often, but it is a great option on occasion. Sometimes, it's just nice to hold the camera up to your face, rather than a foot or two out to see the LCD.

I noticed many of the shots DW was taking were blurred from camera shake. You can hold it steadier braced against your face than holding it out to see the LCD.

But it I had to choose wider angle (28mm eq or better) or optical viewfinder, I'd take the WA.

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That makes sense. It's interesting to see how the other team plays.

I only go out with my SLR so I only have a viewfinder option. I'm probably going to add a wide angle lense at some point, but my widest right now is a 24mm. Which, with a 1.6 crop body makes it a not-very-wide 38.

My wife has a point and shoot that she now likes more than her SLR. It has image stabilization built in which does work well with camera shake. No viewfinder though.
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It has image stabilization built in which does work well with camera shake.
I'm pretty sure hers has image stabilization also (electronic kind, not the gyros). But that would involve digging through the menus, showing her how to do it and then her remembering to do it.

I'm still struggling to get her to turn off the flash when she's trying to take a picture of something 100 feet away...

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I'm curious, how is a real viewfinder valuable or useful? They always seemed small on a point and shoot and you've got the LCD showing what will be shot too... although I suppose sun would be a problem with the LCD. A floppy hat solves that, though.
In addition to the sun issues, it helps with taking pics at night. Also, it helps you save battery life if you turn off the LCD.
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Features I'd look for - optical view finder in addition to LCD display, ability to use AA batteries, image stabilization. Zoom at least 3X, small speaker to hear movie sound during playback.
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I've been happy with the Lumix branded cameras with image stabilization. The one I bought was $50!
Those are by Panasonic. I got mine for $200 two years ago, but it is dissapointing. next one will be a Canon Sureshot...........
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