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When is it better to have an optical viewfinder?

Last night, before going to bed, I checked on my one and a half years old toddler. She was sleeping well and so very cute in the bed. So I ended up pulling out my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 to shoot some photos of her. The ISO 3200 mode on this camera allowed me to shoot the photos with existing lighting, which consists of two alarm clocks and one digital photo frame. They dimly lit the room in ambient light that my eyes could see, but nothing showed up on the electronic viewfinder. I estimated the composition and made a few shots at 2-seconds shutter speed. The final composition I liked came as a pleasant surprise as I wasn't able to frame it through the electronic viewfinder.

That's when I remembered how nice it would be to have an optical viewfinder. With an optical viewfinder on a SLR, I would have been able to frame the composition exactly how I wanted. All I had to do is sit in the dark long enough for my eyes to adjust to the environment.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:05:48 +0000

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