Consumer Reports says that 35% of you would like optical viewfinders on cameras, and yet they are becoming harder and harder to find. Why is this?
To find out what’s taking place, we chatted with several camera manufacturers. Here’s what we found out:
- * It’s the result of two interrelated trends: Consumers want ever-smaller point-and-shoots, and they want them with larger LCD displays. And these two trends, they said, far outweigh the importance of including an optical viewfinder.
- * To build such devices, there’s no room on the camera body for an optical viewfinder. Indeed, LCDs that measured up to 31/2 inches dominate the entire back of some subcompacts, forcing such models to include touch screen displays.
- * With more subcompacts shipping with lenses that have greater optical zooms, as much as 10x or 12x, it’s very difficult to construct a tiny but accurate optical viewfinder that covers the same range as the lens.
CR has a list of a few cameras that still have optical viewfinders, should you be in the aforementioned 35%.