Using your camera's LCD screen for composing and reviewing shots is all very well, but some of us miss the opportunities afforded by a viewfinder, especially when faced with the bugbear of bright sunlight.
The Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) isn't just any old example however: attached by the Accessory Port 2 as found on the latest generation Micro Four Thirds system PEN models, this affordable and tilt-able aid to visibility offers the twin benefits of a 100% viewing angle plus amazingly high 920k-dot resolution.
The look of the Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder has been designed to match the classic style of the PEN camera range, with a stylish silver finish and dedicated button incorporated on the unit for swapping between use of the camera LCD and that of the EVF itself.
What's more the VF-3's compact proportions and weight of a mere 28g without cover mean that, like any PEN camera, it is easily portable in either jacket pocket or camera bag.
With the ability to tilt the Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder up to 90°, shooting with your Olympus PEN at low angles becomes an achievable and rewarding experience.
The photographer can tilt the EVF so that they can view its display when looking directly down on the camera's top plate, in that way ape-ing the operation of a medium format camera. So there's no need to ever get grubby knees again trying to achieve that otherwise improbable low angle shot.
The Olympus VF-3 electronic viewfinder provides a portal to all the hands-on control you'd expect. Just like the camera's back plate LCD, it showcases the likes of exposure compensation, white balance, and image aspect ratios before you press the release button. The display is also bright, with high contrast visibility provided from the centre to the edges.
Attachable or removable any time you like, the EVF also features the peace of mind of a lock mechanism so photographers will not accidentally lose this handy accessory just when they need it most.
The Olympus VF-3 electronic viewfinder is an affordable addition to any camera kit bag and will repay investment many times over through years of service and great pictures (and video) not otherwise achievable.