Coping with bright sunlight on the viewing screen

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Phil, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Phil

    Phil Guest

    I borrowed my son's Fuji 3 megapixel camera (cannot remember the model
    number) at the weekend and, due to very bright sunlight, I had to take
    virtually all my photos using the optical viewfinder.

    When it came to close-ups I just had to guess as only the LCD works
    for that mode.

    How do you guys cope? Any tips? Any comments on cameras with shields?

    As I am contemplating the purchase of a digicam, all comments would be
    gratefully received.

    Phil, Aug 25, 2003
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  2. My Pentax Optio S has a bright enough LCD that I can see it
    reasonably well just by cupping my hand over it. If you think
    you will probably prefer to use the LCD instead of the
    viewfinder, you should check out any camera you're interested
    in on a sunny day at a store where you can carry it outside
    and check its bright-light performance. (As you've noticed in
    this thread, some people prefer the viewfinder to the LCD.)

    -- William M. Miller
    William M. Miller, Aug 25, 2003
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  3. Phil

    Mike Graham Guest

    Some cameras have flip-out screens that you can point in various
    directions. That is just dead snazzy for macros and whatnot. It's also
    nice for pointing the screen down a bit so it doesn't get hit by the sun.
    Otherwise you just have to cup your hand around it. Some cameras can adjust
    the brightness of the screen, which can help, but a brighter screen uses up
    the batteries faster.

    Mike Graham | Metalworker, rustic, part-time zealot.
    <>| Caledon, Ontario, Canada

    Lousy photographer with a really nice camera - Olympus C3020Zoom.
    Mike Graham, Aug 25, 2003
  4. Phil

    Phil Guest

    Phil, Aug 26, 2003
  5. Phil

    Phil Guest

    LOL, yes, I know. And, as I have poor eyesight I would normally use
    the viewfinder. But for close-ups it's useless due to paralax error.

    Phil, Aug 26, 2003
  6. Phil

    Phil Guest

    Patrick, how do you read the menu on the LCD screen?

    Phil, Aug 26, 2003
  7. Phil

    Phil Guest

    Thanks, Wm.

    Phil, Aug 26, 2003
  8. Phil

    Phil Guest

    Thanks, Mike. I must look out for those.

    Phil, Aug 26, 2003
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    JK Guest

    The viewfinder is great with an slr though.
    JK, Aug 26, 2003
  10. Phil

    Phil Guest

    Oh yes! But digital SLRs cost an arm and a leg!

    Phil, Aug 27, 2003
  11. The viewfinder on Canon's G3 is so badly positioned that the lens
    barrel blocks out about 1/5 of the viewing area. I thought it was
    kind of funny, actually.
    Paul Fedorenko, Aug 27, 2003
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    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    With fast lenses. With slow lenses, your eyes adapt to the ambient
    light, and the viewfinder is a dark cave.
    JPS, Aug 29, 2003
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