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Initial post: 5 Nov 2009 06:51:03 GMT
Cedric says:
We've just lost our Olympus mu 7.1 digital camera and are wanting to replace it with one with a viewfinder as, being oldies, we can't see the LCD without our reading glasses and find it difficult to compose shots in the sun.
What are our options? - nothing too complex to use, we just enjoy taking holiday photos.

Posted on 5 Nov 2009 13:53:43 GMT
There are so few compact cameras with optical viewfinders - one ot two Canons and a Nikon; I think that you may as well have a look on a site such as DCRP and then just go to a shop and try some out.
Some have small viewfinders and may be fiddley though.
There again you could have a look at cameras with electronic viewfinders. I don't like them myself but some, particularly the Panasonic G1 crowd, would tell you they are worth a look.
How much do you want to pay?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2009 21:27:51 GMT
X says:
It's a toughy, Doc, but since you have started so well I'll leave you alone to solve it.

I lied: try a G10...

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 00:36:55 GMT
The Canon G 10 has one of the better viewfinders and would be on my list to look at. Its a touch bulky though compared to a mu. All you can do is go and look carefully at them and decide for yourselves.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 11:07:21 GMT
Ian Graham says:
I had he same issues and replaced my camera with the Finepix S1500. Great little camera with very clear digital viewfinder and easy to use. It's not too expensive either. I'm no expert but it might be worth a look.

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 12:43:49 GMT
GrrMeister says:
I quite agree with your comments regarding LCD screens in sunlight, not easy to see what exactly you are going to get, and on telephoto shots much prefer to hold camera against eye to steady and look through a viewfinder. I would reccomend you have a look for a 'Kodak Z650' 6-MP - (10x optical zoom + 5 x digital) Had mine about 18 months and paid around 130 - now see they are 350 on Amazon but you should be able to pick up a good second hand one for around 60 or so. Battery life (use 2- NI-MH 2100mAh gives long life using viewfinder which is mini LCD) Camera a little bulky against the modern slim crop but well worth the extra space. I am certainly not thinking of selling mine yet so sorry!


Posted on 25 Oct 2010 15:22:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2010 21:55:58 BDT
Completely agree - it's tough to find cameras, especially compacts, with viewfinders. I'm from Which? and we're taking this problem to the manufacturers, so if you support the cause, come and support us! About time I say. Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2010 16:26:40 BDT
Colin Bratt says:
Why not have a look at the Canon Ixus 100IS. It's coming down in price, fits in a shirt pocket and takes great still and video pics. Being able to view pics straight on to a HD Tv is also real handy.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2010 22:11:13 BDT
Funnily enough Colin, I bought a Canon A1100 just because its one of the few cameras left with a viewfinder, albeit pokey. And I got it very cheap.

Posted on 26 Oct 2010 08:40:54 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
I bought the Canon IXUS95IS for the very same reason and I'm delighted with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 08:53:13 BDT
No doubt the problem is the provision of a zooming viewfinder to go with the ever bigger lens zoom range

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 09:19:57 BDT
Get a Canon IXUS 95IS for about 120. It has a superb 2.8 lens and viewfinder. Takes briliant stills and good vidios and can go in your coat pocket!! Ray Shaw

Posted on 27 Oct 2010 13:22:12 BDT
Ann M. says:
I'm going to Africa next week and need a new digital camera...with at least 10x zoom, I think....I've looked at Canon 130, Casio ,Sony, and Fuji and would like some advice...looking in the range of $180-250...any advice?

Posted on 27 Oct 2010 15:14:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2010 15:18:26 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
Deja Vu anyone?

Or here may be of some help?

Posted on 27 Oct 2010 15:41:23 BDT
Sam-Theo says:
Pam A - Have a look at Panasonic FZ100 or its younger brother FZ45!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 15:57:31 BDT
Ann M. says:
Sorry, I should have specified small, compact...and basically p&s. I want to actually see the sights and not be fiddling with lenses, settings, etc....I do want some shots to bring home, but my memories are the most important and I've seen far too many folks across the globe missing the action because they're trying to take a photo!

Thanks! I've gotten some great suggestions!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 16:14:36 BDT
Sam-Theo says:
Cedric - Since getting used to 'free angle LCDs' I hardly ever miss viewfinders. Worth looking into/experimenting. Our vision problems sound similar.

Posted on 29 Oct 2010 12:46:37 BDT
Thanks for all the comments on Which? Convo guys, we're going to get somewhere with this and get viewfinders back on compact digital cameras!

Posted on 1 Nov 2010 19:45:32 GMT
I've always liked the Fuji FinePix Bridge Cameras, Have worked up through the S5000, 5600 & currently a S9600.
The EVF (viewfinder) is quite acceptable, not as good as an SLR, but still pretty usable.
Do watch out for the Bridge Cameras that DON'T have any dioptre adjustment, I went & ordered a Fuji 2800, never thought to check if there was any adjustment and had to send it back as I just couldn't use it. STill waiting for a refund, but as it's from Amazon partner very hopeful, the adjustment on the three previous Fujis was more than adequate, so don't be put off.
Can't see the sense in buying a bridge with just the back LCD, it's pretty useless in any bright light situation, you do need an evf to make use of teh zoom etc

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2010 20:01:19 GMT
No offence DB but I rather think this thread was about optical viewfinders.
By the way, I wear glasses all the time and have no problem using cameras whilst wearing them. Simple dioptre adjustment would not correct for my astigmatism so I have no choice. Doesn't the EVF appear to be at distance?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2010 16:31:44 GMT
I hope Which? succeed. I have given up on compacts without optical viewfinders. The manufacturers have made a big mistake leaving the viewfinder off. You might just as well use a mobile phone! When I take this up with retailers they all seem to agree because their customers WANT a viewfinder so they can steady the camera and avoid seeing themselves reflected in the LCD screens (which is all that most real compacts have today) I understand the Canon Ixus 970IS is one of the last viewfinder compacts to be made and is very good with optional manual controls but only available secondhand. Support WHICH?

Posted on 4 Nov 2010 00:38:40 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
IXUS100 (Canon's excellent credit-card sized compact with viewfinder) is currently 99 in my local PC World to clear. Bargain!

Posted on 4 Nov 2010 19:20:43 GMT
Tikka says:
I'll stick to my trusty Leica Digilux 1 - optical viewfinder, big enough for my paws, no shutter delay, great lens - and an awesome 4MP (can't have everything)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2010 21:39:48 GMT
Is that another badge engineered Panasonic?

Posted on 6 Nov 2010 11:13:35 GMT
i own an Sony alpha 200. you have to use the viewfinder as the LCD panel is for viewing your picture after taking it i.e. it is not a live screen. oh and older Minolta lenses fit and work well.
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