Zoom camera with large bright viewfinder options?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by justareader, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. justareader

    justareader Guest

    I've been shopping the closeout deals for a 10 X optical zoom camera.

    So far The Minolta Z1 and the Olympus C 740 seem to meet my zoom lens
    requirements. I will be using the camera primarily for snapshots but
    plan on using the high zoom factor to help compose the shots. I have
    a tripod with standard 1/4 thread for longer distance pictures.

    My vision is poor especially in low light, and I also have trouble
    with incident light so I am looking for a camera with a large, bright
    shielded viewfinder image.

    I have read a lot about the low resolution of the EV and reflected
    LCD viewfinders. This is not as much a concern for me as are
    brightness and shielding from incident light.

    Is the reflected LCD of the Minolta Dimage Z1 as bright as the EV

    I was also looking around at eye cup options. Ideally I would like to
    remove all the incident light and have the viewfinder image appear
    large, taking up as much of my field of vision as possible. I was
    hoping to get results similar to viewing through a good monocular.

    The only product that looked like it might eliminate all incident
    light was an LCD viewer with a magnification loop. The
    Xtend-a-View Pro Mini fits over the 1.5 inch LCD and the eye cup looks
    as though it would remove any incident light. Anyone know how this
    might compare to viewing the LCD through the Z1 mirror arrangement?

    I was thinking of just gluing a rubber eye cup over the z1 viewfinder
    if the image is otherwise large and bright enough.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!
    justareader, Feb 11, 2005
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  2. Suggest you look at the Panasonic Z3 12X zoom. Now about $280.

    Robert Morrisette, Feb 12, 2005
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