src="http://www.mirrorlessons.com/wp-content/themes/mirrorlessons Q&A: Do mirrorless cameras have viewfinders? - MirrorLessons - The Best Mirrorless Camera Reviews
MirrorLessons
Q&A

Date: 06/06/2013 | By: Heather

Q&A: Do mirrorless cameras have viewfinders?

viewfinder-featured

Q&A: Do mirrorless cameras have viewfinders?

Walking outside on a brilliant sunny day, how many times have you had to squint at your LCD screen to see the shot you’re about to take? And how many times did that shot end up looking completely different to what you’d expected because you (honestly) couldn’t see what you were shooting?

These are common dilemmas faced by anyone who owns a digital camera that relies solely on an LCD screen as a way of viewing a scene. It is also a common problem we encounter with our smartphones.



But what about mirrorless cameras: do they have viewfinders?

More models have built-in viewfinders now and their number is increasing every year as mirrorless cameras become more popular among enthusiasts and professionals. By and large, if a camera has been designed with amateurs in mind, it is unlikely to have a built-in viewfinder, though the option of attaching an external viewfinder to a hotshoe is present on many models including the Olympus PEN, Nikon 1, Leica T  and Panasonic Lumix series.

So, why are viewfinders desirable? First, cameras with viewfinders let you have a more natural approach when you take your photographs. Second, they allow you to take photos in any light conditions, including bright days where LCD screens are useless. The only proverbial ‘fly in the ointment’ is that, as with any camera designed for a pro audience, they cost a pretty penny.

Let’s have a look below to see the flagships for each brand:

Olympus

The Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • 2.36 million dot
  • 120 fps refresh rate
  • 1.48x magnification
  • S-OVF (expands the live view dynamic range)

Other Olympus Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

  • OM-D E-M1
  • OM-D E-M5 II
  • OM-D E-M5
  • OM-D E-M10 II
  • OM-D E-M10
  • Pen F

Panasonic

The Panasonic GX8
  • 2.36 million dots
  • 60fps refresh rate
  • 1.54x magnification
  • Tilting

Other Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

Fujifilm

The Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Hybrid Viewfinder (optical and electronic)
  • OVF
    • Reverse Galilean type with electronic bright frame display
    • Field coverage: 92%
    • Magnifications: x0.36 / x0.60
  • EVF
    • 2.36 million dots
    • 0.59x magnification
    • 85fps refresh rate

Other Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

  • X100 (Hybrid)
  • X100s (Hybrid)
  • X100T (Hybrid)
  • X10 (optical)
  • X20 (optical)
  • X30
  • X-E1
  • X-E2
  • X-E2s
  • X-Pro1 (Hybrid)
  • X-T1
  • X-T10

Sony

The Sony A7r II
  • 2,359 million dots
  • 0.78x magnification

Other Sony Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

  • NEX-6
  • NEX-7
  • a6000
  • a6300
  • A7
  • A7r
  • A7s
  • A7 II
  • A7s II
  • RX1r II
  • RX100 III
  • RX100 IV
  • RX10
  • RX10 II
  • RX10 III

Nikon

The Nikon V2
  • 1,440 million dots

Other Nikon Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

  • V1
  • DL 24-500

Leica

The Leica SL
  • 0.66” inch type
  • 4.4 million dots
  • 0.8x magnification
  • 60fps refresh rate

Other Leica Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

Photo credit: Boqiang Liao on Flickr (CC by-sa 2.0)


Like our blog? Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! If you’re planning on buying camera gear, you can check out AmazonB&H Photo and PhotoMADD. Prices remain the same for you, but a small percentage of your purchase value is valued back to us. Thank you!

About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

BACK TO TOP
Disclaimer & Copyright Notice

The owners of this website, Heather Broster and Mathieu Gasquet, are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, B&H Photo Affiliate Program, eBay Partner Network, Macphun Affiliate Program, Peak Design Affiliate Program, The Inspired Eye Affiliate Program, SmugMug Affiliate Program and Mediterranean Photo Tours Affiliate Program, all of which are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking MirrorLessons (mirrorlessons.com) to Amazon, B&H Photo, eBay, Macphun, Peak Design, The Inspired Eye, SmugMug and Mediterranean Photo Tours properties properties. They are also members of Google AdSense. AdSense publishers must have and abide by a privacy policy that discloses that third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your users’ browsers, or using web beacons to collect information as a result of ad serving on your website.

To see more information, visit our full Disclaimer page. Thank you!

© Heather Broster/Mathieu Gasquet and MirrorLessons, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Heather Broster/Mathieu Gasquet and MirrorLessons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
MENU
×