November 28, 2006
Dear CNET members,
To date, I have so far owned four point-and-shoot digital cameras, which range from a 1.3-megapixel with a one-inch LCD display to a 7.2-megapixel which has a big, 2.5 inch LCD display. And in all these years of owning a digital camera, I can count the occasions I've used the optical viewfinder--no more than a couple of dozen times. In fact, while all my digital cameras did have optical viewfinders, I don't have a use for them as I've always solely depended on LCD display to capture my shots. Yeah, so call me an amateur photographer--actually don't call me a photographer at all, because I'm just an average-Joe-arms-length-photo-taker. I really couldn't care less if the OVF one day just disappeared off of my digital camera, but that's just me--what about you? Do you find the optical viewfinder useful or do you think it is just a waste of camera space? How many times have you used your viewfinder? Would you care if your next digital camera didn't include an optical viewfinder, or is it a must have for you? In our latest Point and Shout community discussion, we put forth the question, "What's your choice: optical viewfinder or LCD?", and now it's your turn to tell us what you think.
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Optical viewfinder or LCD?
In the latest Point and Shout discussion, we asked our community members: "What's your choice: optical viewfinder or LCD?" And many of you have already chimed in to tell us what's important to you. Check it out.
If I had to make a choice--viewfinder
"If I had to make a choice, I'd go with an optical viewfinder. The optical finder doesn't wash out in strong sunlight and is superior for following action. Pressing the camera against your forehead also helps..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member RBohlTaking=viewfinder, showing=LCD
"As a long-time photographer, I can say the only way to compose and really save battery power is by using the viewfinder only. Many photographers complain that their batteries go bad so fast. It is the use of the LCD viewfinder..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member bschollesLCD wins hands down
"It's nice to have both, especially for those moments when you can't see a thing on the LCD. But by far, what makes Digital Photography stand out from conventional is the LCD screen that gives me a live..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member surtiSpeak Up!
As larger and larger LCDs squeeze that little glass viewfinder off the back of your point-and-shoot, does it bug you? Or are you an arms-length photographer, anyway? Here's your chance to tell us if you choose optical viewfinder or LCD.
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