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Chapter 7. Technical information > Getting to know your viewfinder's configurat...

Getting to know your viewfinder's configuration

Did you ever think that your viewfinder might be lying to you? While your digital camera is your photographic eye, what you see in the viewfinder isn't always what your image sensor is capturing. With today's combination of complex optical and electrical components crammed into tiny camera bodies, a wide range of different viewfinder configurations have evolved. By understanding how the viewfinder works in your digital camera, you can make adjustments to your shots and make sure what you see is what you get.

Do you do everything in your LCDs?

Almost every digital camera has an LCD panel. While originally designed as a user interface for viewing and setting camera options, the LCD panel quickly became one of the big advantages over traditional film cameras. Not only could you access menu items, but you could also review your pictures, and of course, use it as a viewfinder. While early digital camera models had LCD panels that were barely passable as viewfinders, as shown in Figure A, today's sophisticated models use fast refresh rates, better power management, and more accurate illumination to give the digital photographer a useful way to frame a shot.


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