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Does anyone know if there is a compact digital camera with a viewfinder?

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  • Rie Brosco Jan 03, 2011

    hi. Digital SLR cameras are too heavy and bulky. I am a Professional Organizer and take lots of photos (before and after) organizing for my clients. the biggest problem I have with run-of-the mill point and shoot digital cameras is that in bright sun or snow, you cannot really see what you are shooting. I have a Nikon 35 mm film camera and a fuji finepix digital. Thoughts?

  • Rie Brosco Feb 17, 2011

    solved. Fuji S1800 Thankyou.

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Do you mean a digital SLR camera?

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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Unfortunately it is not possible to preview the picture on the camera's LCD screen before you take it.

The 300D is an SLR camera. What this means is that as light comes in through the lens it is deflected by a mirror (which sits in front of the sensor) up to the viewfinder. When you take a picture, the mirror flips up out of the way and a mechanical shutter opens, exposing the sensor to the incoming light. Because the mirror and shutter are in the way of the sensor, it is not possible to have a 'live preview'.

Compact cameras (which do allow you to preview the image on the LCD screen) work in a different way. They have a completely separate viewfinder, and they do not have a mechanical shutter - The signal from the sensor is simply switched electronically between the LCD screen and the memory.

On the plus side, although you might not be used to using a viewfinder, you will find the image you see is a lot bigger and a lot brighter that those you get on a compact camera.

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