a compact camera with a viewfinder

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Richard Babinger, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. I would like to buy a rather light (less than 300 grams) with a
    viewfinder. I hate standing in the sun and seeing nothing on the display.
    Canon G 12 or Nikon 7000 or 7001 or the new Fuji x 10 (which is to be
    had in October) are all too heavy for me. It should really be a camera
    which you can put in your pocket. But the quality should be similar to
    thase mentioned above.
    I looked almost everywhere, but without success. I know that it is
    practically impossible to get what I want.But perhaps somebody has a
    good suggestion.
    Richard
     
    Richard Babinger, Sep 5, 2011
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    Michael Guest

    You are between a rock and a hard place. Pick up a used 2 megapixel
    point and shoot from 8 years ago and you'll get a camera with an
    optical viewfinder that will even track the zoom. But it will be a two
    megapixel camera. I think (but don't remember) my Nikon Coolpix entry
    level from about 4-5 years ago having an optical finder, and it was OK
    at 7 megapixels. Today that optical finder is mostly gone. But if you
    want something good, and you want to look through a viewfinder, you
    will need either a camera with an electronic viewfinder (not cheap) or
    a DSLR. It perplexes me why the point and shoot, as i has evolved this
    decade into a better camera, completely abandoned that tag-along
    optical viewfinder that made composition out of doors possible.
     
    Michael, Sep 5, 2011
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    Tim Conway Guest

    Here's a Canon SD800 that's 7 MP with an optical viewfinder. Someone here
    recommended this sometime ago. You can find them used on ebay reasonable.

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD800IS/SD800ISA.HTM
     
    Tim Conway, Sep 5, 2011
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    notbob Guest

    Yep!

    I still use my Canon Powershot S10 with zooming viewfinder (framemarks). Check the
    newer Sxx models. They all had zooming framemark viewfinders up to
    the S80 at 8 megapixels

    nb
     
    notbob, Sep 5, 2011
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    Irwell Guest

    The one that will fit your requirements is the Sony W300,
    it features an optical viewfinder, Zeiss lens and very good Image
    Quality. A new one maybe very hard to find, but a lightly used
    one should be OK.

    Descrption and some on offer at Amazon.com
    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Cybersho...WWRK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315250371&sr=8-1
     
    Irwell, Sep 5, 2011
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    dd-b Guest

    You can get folding hoods that shade
    the LCD, that would help with
    direct sun. I find with mine I can
    manage to discern the edges of major
    objects, which is enough to get the
    framing right. It's a minor annoyance
    the rare times I photograph standing
    in the sun; if you do a lot more outside
    photography, it'll be proportionally more
    annoying.

    Or look for one with an EVF, or get something
    like the Olympus EPL-2 and get the EVF
    accessory for it (I haven't used it, but it
    gets decent reviews at least).
     
    dd-b, Sep 7, 2011
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    Hari Seldon Guest

    Good ol' HP Photosmart 945 still does some tricks for me. I usually take it
    along when shooting with my 1D mark II body. The delay between clicking and
    the actual photo taken can be infuriating - but once you get used to it,
    it's a fun and cheap camera that takes more than excellent pictures. I see
    one on ebay now for $32 which is a good deal to try one. One more thing: it
    eats batteries (4x AA, with the high rechargable NimH batteries it's well to
    do). But as I stated before: it takes nice pictures and I am more than happy
    with it as a back-up walk-along camera.

    It is an EVF btw.
     
    Hari Seldon, Sep 9, 2011
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    Whiskers Guest

    You may have to widen your parameters a little to get an optical
    viewfinder. The Canon Powershot A1200 does come in at less than 300g
    though.

    <http://www.dpreview.com/products/search/cameras#criterias=SpecsCoreParams%
    2CSpecsViewfinderType%2CSpecsViewfinderCoverage&includeDiscontinued=No&sort
    =newestFirst&view=grid&page=1&paramSpecsCoreParamsBodyType=Compact&paramSpe
    csViewfinderType=OpticalTunnel> or <http://xrl.us/bmcxa5> for short.
     
    Whiskers, Sep 9, 2011
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