Canon A60: Can Only See 80% Through Viewfinder???

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Lola Sanna, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. Lola Sanna

    Lola Sanna Guest

    Hi, I'm the lowest ilk of point-and-shoot amateur photographer, but
    that doesn't mean I don't take my shots seriously. Have been shopping
    for a digital camera under $200 that works well with my Mac and do
    automatic everything yet also offer a full set of manual overrides
    (great way to slowly learn more about photography...wihtout burning
    through lots of film!).

    There doesn't seem to be any choice at all...the Canon A60 seems to
    nail everything I want. Fits my needs like a glove. I can live with
    just 2 megpixels, am not planning on blowing shots up big anyway.

    Here's my concern. I read this review:

    "When relying upon the optical viewfinder, the view area loses about
    20% of the picture. You have to try to compensate your composition by
    estimating the balance of the image area."

    ....and I did research and learned that MOST digital cameras don't show
    all in viewfinder; the A60's a tad worse than normal, but the problem
    is unavoidable. Most people compensate by composing via LCD. I don't
    want to compose via LCD! Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I'm into
    photography via viewfinder.

    And I take composition very seriously...it's pretty much the main
    thing I DO take seriously with photography. So...what do I do?
    Everyone's so blase about this issue; I don't understand it. Am I the
    only non-pro photographer who thinks it's ludicrous not to see the
    whole shot via viewfinder? What do I do now? I was SO happy thinking
    I'd found the right camera! And I would REALLY like to be able to
    enjoy the advantages of a digital camera!

    Advice, please?
     
    Lola Sanna, Feb 13, 2004
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    MisNomer Guest

    I don't think this is a problem with just digital cameras, it happens with film
    point and shoots as well.

    take care
    Liz




    Hey! Look what (Lola Sanna) wrote :
     
    MisNomer, Feb 13, 2004
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    RSD99 Guest

    Re: "...
    ....and I did research and learned that MOST digital cameras don't show
    all in viewfinder;
    ...."

    That's one of the reasons ... SPECIFICALLY ... why Canon and Nikon have professional
    models of their cameras. See the Canon EOS-1V, or Canon EOS 1Ds, for example. It seemingly
    has always been this way (at least back to the 1970's) ... so there's no use getting
    "riled up" about it.
     
    RSD99, Feb 13, 2004
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  4. Lola Sanna

    Lola Sanna Guest


    wow, how unbelievably lame. creating a "premium feature" by removing
    an artificial obstruction (and one that is core and basic to the
    appliance).

    So why are their consumer cameras so highly thought of? Why are they
    rated super highly? Why do people treat this as a minor issue? Are
    they all wrong or am I getting overly riled up?
     
    Lola Sanna, Feb 14, 2004
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    Bob Guest

    It is a sad fact that most P&S cameras are designed for idiots. The correct
    way to make an optical viewfinder is to give around 110% view and place a
    frame of the 100% coverage around it. In that way one can frame the subject
    and keep check of anything out of frame. The average 'Joe' can't cope with
    that. Features have to be 'FOOL' proof.
     
    Bob, Feb 14, 2004
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    Travis Smith Guest

    The reason (at least this is what I've always heard) that P&S cameras are
    made this way, is because the average Joe does just that. Points and
    Shoots... They don't look to see if they're cutting peoples heads off,
    etc. So they make that extra room as a "margin of error".

    Travis Smith
     
    Travis Smith, Feb 14, 2004
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