With the advent of LCDs on the backs of digital cameras, viewfinders have become increasingly rare on point-and-shoot cameras. And while LCD technology has improved, many readers of the Which? Conversation would like to see the return of the viewfinder.
In support of our ‘bring back viewfinders’ campaign, we’ve rounded up our top five cameras with viewfinders.
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Canon PowerShot A1200
Canon has recently announced the PowerShot A1200, one of the first compact digital cameras to feature an optical viewfinder in almost two years.
Canon used to be a stalwart when it came to viewfinders and was one of the last major camera brands to succumb to scrapping them from its models. We gladly welcome the reintroduction of the viewfinder on the 10Mp A1200.
The Fujifilm X100 will soon be coming to a camera shop near you. It features a hybrid viewfinder that can switch between an optical and an electronic view. Benefits of having an electronic viewfinder include the ability to present the photographer with detailed shooting data while composing the shot, as well as the ability to review the photo once it’s been taken.
The Fujifilm X100 is a digital camera for photography enthusiasts. It’s expected to go on sale later this month for around £1,000.
Sony alpha a33
The Sony alpha a33 and a55 launched last year. The cameras are of a revolutionary design, and unlike typical digital SLRs they have electronic rather than optical viewfinders. Optical viewfinders on digital SLRs reflect the light coming through the camera’s lens to the photographer’s eye. The mirror then moves when the shutter button is depressed, so the light can hit the sensor.
The Sony a33 and a55 are SLT (single lens translucent) cameras. In this type of camera there are no moving mirrors. This allows the cameras to capture images quicker.
Canon Ixus 980
The Canon Ixus 980 performed exceptionally well in our lab tests. The model’s a few years old now and a little tricky to pin down, but it takes great shots and has a viewfinder to boot – so is well worth looking out for.
The research carried out in our lab showed that its viewfinder wasn’t the best, but on a bright and sunny day, some users would prefer to have a poor viewfinder than none at all.
Nikon Coolpix P7000
The Nikon P7000 is a bridge camera, so sits in a group of cameras where viewfinders are more commonly found. The presence of more viewfinders in this class of camera indicates that keener photographers still expect to see viewfinders on their cameras. However the comments on Which? Conversation indicate that more casual photographers who use point-and-shoot models would still also welcome a viewfinder.
You can read the full review of the Nikon Coolpix camera in our best bridge camera group test . The P7000 is an advanced compact camera with a broad selection of features and costs around £280.
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