WHICH VIEWFINDER?

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

Would you rather peer through glass or at a screen if hold­ing the cam­era at eye level?

An elec­tronic viewfinder is ba­si­cally a tiny LCD screen on which you can re­view shoot­ing info, as well as see­ing your sub­ject and look­ing at im­ages. An op­ti­cal viewfinder, on the other hand, pro­vides an un­clut­tered real-time view of your sub­ject, and lit­tle else.

It’s per­haps no sur­prise that elec­tron­ics com­pa­nies with ex­per­tise in screen tech tend to opt for the for­mer, while more tra­di­tional cam­era brands take the op­ti­cal route. Elec­tronic viewfind­ers were once seen as the poor re­la­tion, but ad­vances in res­o­lu­tion, and the in­tro­duc­tion of OLED screens, mean im­ages are vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able from their op­ti­cal brethren.

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