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Can't get image in viewfinder

How do I get the image I want to take in the view finder?

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Re: can't get image in viewfinder

Your camera works just like a film camera SLR,. You use the eyepiece to frame and focus your picture. The LCD screen is for reviewing pictures taken or menu operations.

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I cant see through the Viewfinder its just all black but i can see on the led screen and i can switch the display to he view finder and see it fine , so is the viewfinder broken ?

It is not likely the view finder is broken, because it is deep inside the camera. There can be many reasons why you can't use it as it should. Did you know you can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder and the display separately? It is in the manual page 31. And if you are with the manual (still online available) have a look on page 16 too.
When the camera does not give the image to the view finder, it also could be an electronic problem, because switching in the camera goes along electronic paths.

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Adjust the viewfinder diopter to match your eye. Remove the rubber eyecup by grasping both sides and sliding it up. Turn the little knob to the left of the viewfinder until the focus points or center metering circle appear sharp. Replace the eyecup.

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The image in the view finder is distorted

It's possible it got bent out of shape. The viewfinders in pocket cameras are secondary to the rear screen, and some more recent models lack them entirely.

The reason why the screen is better in these cameras is because the main lens, and the viewfinder are separate by a few inches, so what you see in the view finder, and what the camera takes a picture of can vary by quite a bit.

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That's how a DSLR camera works. When you are setting up the shot, the image through the lens is reflected by a mirror up to the viewfinder. When you snap the picture, the mirror flips out of the way so the image can be registered on the sensor and then the mirror flips back. So, for that time, there is no image in the viewfinder.

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Though the photos in autofocus are fine and very sharp, the view through the viewfinder is blurred,even when i press the button half way down to focus the lens. this has only just started happening. have i...

Good day,

The problem you might be having is that the view finder is out of focus.
If this is the problem it is an easy fix.
You will see a small wheel next to the view finder (it has a + and a - next to it), look through the view finder and let the camera focus on an object. Now turn the wheel and you will see the image either get worse or start to come in focus. Adjust the wheel until you are satisfied with the clarity.

Please let me know if this was helpful!


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Perfectly good photos but image in view finder will not focus Nikon D80 camera

Try adjusting the viewfinder diopter. There's a little dial just to the right of the viewfinder. Turn it while looking through the viewfinder. You want to be looking at an unfocused view or a blank wall. Turn the dial until the focus brackets are sharp. Make sure you do this with your shooting eye.

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D60 Digital Camera: I put a picture on my view finder as a background ...

What you're describing is a feature called "live view" (or more accurately "live preview"). It enables the user to treat the LCD like a viewfinder to compose shots just like on any digital compact camera.

Although many newer digital SLR's now have live view, the D60 does not so you cannot achieve what you want. All that the LCD is for is to view photos already taken and to provide camera menus and information in all other modes. Composing the images before pressing the shutter is done solely via the optical viewfinder.

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New canon powershot S51S/ when I change the lcd screen to the viewfinder it is blurry. How do I get a clear image through the view finder?

There is a little knob to the left of the viewfinder called the diopter adjustment. Turn that.

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Is there a little black wheel or anything beside the optical viewfinder that turns? If there is, turn it until the image comes into focus.

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The viewfinder image should look sharp & clear, as long as the camera is turned ON. If the camera is OFF, the viewfinder image will blur. At least this is how it works on my C2000z. If your viewfinder is always blurry, I would return the camera for exchange.

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