Trouble seeing LCD display in sunshine, any suggestions ?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by raamman, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. raamman

    raamman Guest

    I am having considerable difficulty seeing the LCD displayon the back
    of my Sony in bright sunshine. I am having to take multiple shots at
    varying angles guessing that my subject is nicely framed or not cut
    off, and still I wind up losing the shot I wanted to take because I
    couldn't properly see what the display is showing. The viewfinder is
    next to useless for me as well. I am wondering if anyone here has
    experienced and solved a similar problem. I am thinking of perhaps
    some kind of polarizing tape or film I can put over the LCD that will
    help me see it better.
    raamman, Jun 15, 2007
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    MartinS Guest

    An LCD image is already polarized.
    I assume you're not wearing polarizing sunglasses!
    MartinS, Jun 16, 2007
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    Whiskers Guest

    I have been known to improvise a sort of eye-level 'viewing hood' using a
    cheap 2" slide viewer; remove the part that holds the slide (some models
    have that part easily removable) and use the magnifier and rest of the
    gadget to let you view the screen almost like a traditional view-finder,
    with most of the glare from sunlight eliminated. Something along the same
    lines but made of stiff cardboard and a small magnifying glass might be
    neater; experiment :)) (My inspiration was the viewing hood of a
    roll-film twin-lens reflex camera).

    There are a few 'hoods' on the market, which claim to make the LCD screen
    easier to use, but I'm not convinced by them and I haven't seen one with a
    magnifier built in.

    This problem is one that compact digicam makers need to address; it annoys
    everyone I know who has ever tried to use such a camera in broad daylight.
    An optical viewfinder should help, but on those few compacts so equipped
    that I've tried, the optical viewfinder is very small and not very accurate
    - and of course you still can't see any of the 'menus' or other
    information on the LCD.
    Whiskers, Jun 16, 2007
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    raamman Guest

    Thank you, I'll look for some hoods and if failing to find anything
    suitable I'll improvise. Thanks again.
    raamman, Jun 16, 2007
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    MartinS Guest

    My wife bought me an original Canon ZR camcorder 8 or 9 years ago. It
    came with a clip-on hood with adjustable magnifying eyepiece to convert
    the LCD screen into an optical viewfinder. Very useful it was too in
    bright sunlight. Unfortunately the camera no longer works reliably, and
    I recently bought a ZR700 at a fifth of the price ($400 vs $2000).

    It would be nice if P&S camera manufacturers provided such a feature.
    MartinS, Jun 16, 2007
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    Jer Guest

    They could, but if they did the product wouldn't be cheap enough for
    enough people to buy enough of them to make enough money on the first
    10K production units. Considering the cheapness of a significant
    portion of the P&S market, producing a better product doesn't translate
    to making money. Hence, most P&S products are considered disposable by
    the manufacturer, and the consumer will eventually agree when they see a
    repair estimate for their broken LCD hood, rendering the product almost
    as useless as it already is. IOW, it's a marketing snake that eats it's
    own tail.
    Jer, Jun 16, 2007
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    Miles Guest

    You might want to look at these -- I haven't yet, but will next week.
    Courtesy of PC World July 2007, page 140.

    Miles, Jun 17, 2007
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    raamman Guest

    raamman, Jun 17, 2007
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    frodron Guest

    I may be a bit late entering this thread, but I have seen LCD Scrree
    Protectors on Ebay. They come from China although you can order throug
    an Irish seller. One was priced at about £6.50 inc. p. & p
    frodron, Jul 21, 2007
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