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Why Use An Electric Viewfinder?

Here, we find out why an electronic viewfinder can be a useful piece of kit for your cameras.

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There are many cameras that are now compatible with electronic viewfinders and they're an accessory that can become particularly useful when certain situations arise. With this in mind, here are three situations where an electronic viewfinder will come in helpful:


In Bright Light

When it's really bright, or the sun is shining straight onto the back of your camera, it can be really difficult to see anything on the screen, even if you up the brightness level. This is where the electronic viewfinder comes in, as you'll be able to see the scene perfectly clearly when you look through it, eliminating any glare getting in the way of composing your shot. 




Help Frame The Image

Sometimes, looking at the scene away from the camera slightly on the screen can result in a composure that's not so tidy. By using an electronic viewfinder, you can make sure everything you want is in the shot, and nothing you don't want creeps in thanks to the field of view they present. Sometimes, looking through the viewfinder and moving your camera around will allow you to discover new viewpoints that you wouldn't have thought of capturing before, too. 


Help To Stabilise Your Camera

Using the viewfinder can sometimes help you to stabilise the camera a bit more if using a tripod isn't an option. Holding the camera up to your eye while still holding the camera with two hands gives you three points of contact, helping to keep your image shake free. Plus, as mentioned earlier, this will help you to clearly compose your images too without getting distracted by what's around you.


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JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 1:20PM
Also you can often set an EVF to show the photo brightness, not just the ambient brightness - making it easier to see the image you are actually creating and also any effects of the filter you might apply - e.g b&W.

Also you can often have the EVF show you the image you have just taken for say 2 seconds, saving you looking away and to the review LCD screen to check the shot - though this is also annoying of you want to see the scene straight after - e.g. if you are shooting action .

On the negative side, EVF are also said to be laggy, only showing you what happened a fraction of a second before, so may not be suitable for fast action shots. Though this is becoming less of an issue with faster EVF's.
georgehopkins 13 113 England
26 Jan 2021 4:11PM
Not a big fan of EVF never looks real compared to an OVF, I suppose if its above 6M dot resolution and a refresh rate of over 100/sec then you get a lot of clarity and reality in the viewfinder.
I had a Canon EOS R a few years ago and shooting for a few hours my eyes were tired out, so got rid and got a Canon 5D mk iv and found I could shoot all day with the OVF.
Just purchased a Fuji GFX 50R recently again struggling with the EVF and started using the LCD screen with an optical Loupe.

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