When we buy cameras, our mindset can still be informed by the viewfinder on our old cameras; those little black rectangles that look like a picture frame, with one tiny window at the top. But with digital cameras, most of us know that a viewfinder is no longer a necessity. One of the features that make a DSLR so appealing is the ability to see through a lens what is going on behind the scene. This works for some people, but the viewfinder can be a major distraction for others. This can be especially true when shooting in low-light situations, which can cause you to lean forward in the viewfinder, which can be uncomfortable and take your eye focus off the subject. So, Optical Or Electronic Viewfinders: Which To Use?
You can find an optical viewfinder or electronic viewfinder in just about every camera these days. And for a good reason: both technologies are best at helping you frame that perfect shot. But which one is right for you?
What is an Optical viewfinder
An optical viewfinder is a type of camera that uses a light-sensitive and mirror-reflex mechanism to obtain an image of the scene being captured via a camera lens and a sensor instead of solely relying on an image captured by a camera’s fixed lens.
An optical viewfinder is a camera feature that allows the user to preview what is being recorded by the camera. The optical viewfinder works in a similar way to binoculars. A mechanism in the viewfinder moves the mirror in conjunction with the double-sided mirror to allow the user to see what is being recorded via the camera lens.
An optical viewfinder is the best way to shoot in dimly-lit conditions and the best way to check focus. You can also take pictures with an optical viewfinder by holding your camera and pressing the shutter, called “shutter-release.” These are very important camera features that many photographers use better to control the focus and exposure of the image. This can be especially important if you’re shooting in low light or if your subject is moving while you’re shooting.
What is Electronic Viewfinders?
Electronic Viewfinders are the new standard in camera technology. They are the successor to the traditional optical viewfinder and are replacing the SLR camera that we all grew up with. When looking through a traditional optical viewfinder, you are looking through the lens. The moment you switch to an electronic viewfinder (EVF), you are looking through the screen, and that screen can be split into multiple sections that can display multiple images at the flick of a switch. This comes in handy when shooting with a camera phone, as you can preview a variety of shots while in transit. It also means you can use the EVF to check exposure and focus while you are shooting.
Electronic viewfinders work in a manner similar to a traditional viewfinder: A lens moves up and down over the image frame, showing you what the camera is pointed at. This approach is a bit more complicated than a traditional viewfinder since the camera’s image sensor is located behind the viewfinder—and so it is impossible to see exactly what the image will look like as you compose the shot using the viewfinder. The solution is to allow the camera to display an electronic viewfinder that contains an approximation of the image, as well as critical focus and exposure information.
How do Electronic Viewfinders work?
In a way, a camera viewfinder is a gadget that does something very familiar to the human eye. It lets you see the place where the camera is pointing. It seems like a very simple photo tool, but it’s not. There is a lot of technology involved, and it’s rather complicated, but it’s not impossible to understand.
Which is better to use, Optical Or Electronic Viewfinders?
The first major change to the way cameras are generally used is the fact that we are no longer limited to the film that came with the camera. The digital revolution has brought us the ability to download images and videos easily. Today, there is a wide range of digital devices that we can use to view our photos and videos. The two most common devices are the optical viewfinder and the electronic viewfinder. The optical viewfinder allows you to see your images as they come into focus, while the electronic viewfinder allows you to review the images before they are taken.
Digital SLR cameras have become the standard when it comes to photography. At the end of the day, they are more convenient, there are more options, and the quality is way better than in the old days. However, there is a downside to all of this. The modern digital SLR cameras have both of these types of optical viewfinders.