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Panasonic DMW-LVF1E External Live Viewfinder for Lumix GF2, GF1 and LX5

by Panasonic
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Live View Finder for the Lumix GF1.
  • Provides 100% field of view irrespective of the lens attached.
  • Magnification: Approx. 1.04x / 0.52x (35mm film camera equivalent).
  • Ideal for use when the LCD screen is difficult to see (e.g. under bright sunlight).
  • The vertical tilt facility (0 to 90 degrees) makes the LVF handy for low-angle shots.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5,800 x 6,300 x 6,800 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: Panasonic GF1 External Live Viewfinder
  • ASIN: B002P3KLKE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The optional 202,000-dot equivalent Live View Finder (LVF) DMW-LVF1 featuring a magnification of approximately 1.04x (0.52x*) and 100% field of view is designed for use with the DMC-GF1. Because it displays the same information as the LCD, it is effectively used in situations where the LCD is difficult to see, such as under bright sunlight. The LVF is also handy for low-angle shots as it can be tilted vertically from 0 to 90 degrees.


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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful accessory 8 Dec 2009
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The DMW-LVF1E viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 is expensive but extremely versatile. As expected, it allows photographers like me to hold the camera up to my eye. This may be a neccessary move in bright light when the screen would be almost unusable. However, it hinges through 90 degrees allowing you to hold the camera at low level without being a contortionist. This is extremely useful in close-ups of flowers etc. Finally, there is a switch on the viewfinder that allows easy switching between viewfinder and screen. If you have a GF1, then you should consider this as a potential accessory.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
This is a nice accessory for the GF1. It comes in a nice little leather case.
I bought it because I prefer to look down a viewfinder. Having said this using the GF1 is great with and without the EVF, and allot of the time I dont have the EVF on me I really dont miss it.
The resolution of the EVF is a little cause for concern as it isnt high enough to check the focus of an image accurately. So for important shots its best to stick to the LCD anyway.

Its a very well made device that compliments the GF1 very well, however its not for everyone as well as being VERY expensive.
I dont regret my purchase, but its not quite good enough for the money for real satisfaction..

its also sold cheaper elsewhere on the internet just to let you know ;)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory accessory for specs wearers 24 Nov 2011
I purchased the LVF for my Panasonic LX5 because I found the screen useless in bright sunlight... and I like holidaying in hot places where strong sunlight is endemic! What I had not realised was the absolute brilliance of having adjustable DIOPTRIC CORRECTION. I always have to pull on my reading specs to compose the photo, but with the LVF I can adjust the dioptric correction to suit my eyes.

So yes, this is an expensive extra and perhaps it could have greater resolution but the benefits are enormous.

PANASONIC: if you read this, please build ALL your cameras in two versions, one with a VIEWFINDER with adjustable dioptric correction. I'll happily give up the useless integrated flash to make room for something as useful as a live viewfinder!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful accessory 26 Dec 2009
This electronic view finder is extremely usefyl with a small camera as Panasonic GF1. It adopts easily to my vision, it can be adjusted to be bright enough to cope with the mediterranian sun, it provides all screen info, saving battery, it also can tilt downwards, an extremely practical feature when shooting low and finally it can be easily removed.I am too happy to have bought it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LVF1E 8 Dec 2011
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Wish I had purchased this when I brought my Lx5.
I am now able to frame shots so much more easily.
I should have not paid attention to the negative comments because the LVF1 is one big plus.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit.. 16 Dec 2010
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I'm using this LVF1E on a LX5 camera, and it is even more useful on this than the GF1. This is because LX5 users are less likely to want the eye level manual focus facility, and this is the only area where the LVF1E does not score maximum points, as the resolution is lower than the camera screen. Otherwise, this is a must have accessory as far as I am concerned. Expensive...yes, but it's beautifully made, (in Japan), gives a large, clear and bright eye level image, with full information, is easily switched from LVF to camera screen, and above all enables the world's best compact camera to be used at eye level, opting out of the 'arm's length' brigade. Wonderful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works exactly as stated 1 Sep 2012
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Purchased this recently and improves usage of the Lumix LX5 significantly. Bright and clear screen and multi-angle viewpoint is really useful. Would recommend this product without question
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected 10 July 2012
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I bought this for my Leica D-Lux 5, the screen of which is unusable in bright sunlight (yes, we have had a few short periods this summer!). It works beautifully. OK you wouldn't want to focus with it, but then you can't focus with a standard 'compact' camera viewfinder anyway. I can use it with my glasses off or on, the dioptric adjustment has a good range. Was a bit nervous when I opened the box as it says it is only for use with the Panasonic camera, but the other reviews are right. It looks and works fine on the Leica and is a lot cheaper: the info display at the bottom is also easy to read. I like the button which switches between screen and viewfinder, so it will remain permanently on my camera now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very excellent addition
I need to say immediately I didn't buy this on Amazon, but picked up a near mint copy on eBay for less than half price to use on my LX5. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Finegan
5.0 out of 5 stars adds usability to the GF1
I've had my GF1 for years and only recently added this evf to my kit. Ok, it hasn't got the resolution that many may think they need but as a framing device it works perfectly and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mooncoin
3.0 out of 5 stars Viewfinder
I purchased this viewfinder because I had only previously been SLR cameras. After I had purchased the LX5 I became accutely aware of the problems of not having the customary... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frank Slowey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love yet he viewfinder
Just what I wanted - now I can take photos on sunny days without having to look at the screen
Published 11 months ago by R W Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars The DMW-LV1-IE live view-finder is only near to meeting my...
1. The resolution of this view-finder is not particularly good, especially when zooming-in with the lens control or when tracking a moving object.
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Published 13 months ago by Mr. Paul M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
Loved this. Came with a robust case and fitted well. Does what it needed to do. Makes my photography easier. I can now see the image in high sun light.Recommended.
Published 14 months ago by old timer
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic
it arrived very quickly. it was easy to attach to the camera and also easy to use. I haven't had a chance to try it outside yet because of the weather but it works very well. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Antonella Battaglia
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Viewfinder
Excellent product. Arrived as expected. Does what it says it does and is a great must when in full sun.
Published 14 months ago by E. B. Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good electronic viewfinder
Provides a reliable way of viewing the subject on a sunny day when the camera's LCD screen can not be seen.
Published 16 months ago by Achebee
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent viewer
After looking at the Live Viewfinder and putting the cost to the back of my minds seems a lot of money for a tiny object. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rob
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