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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a big difference..., October 22, 2011
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This review is from: Sony FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder for NEX-5N Digital Camera (Camera)
This OLED viewfinder is a great addition to my NEX-5N. I was pleasantly surprised because a few days after I placed the order I received the shipping notification from Amazon although it is always out of stock.

I have no experience with other electronic viewfinders but I can tell you this one is amazing. Very high resolution, sharp and all the necessary info shown in the viewfinder - even the live histogram. (One weird thing though when adjusting exposure compensation you wont see the histogram. It behaves the same way on the LCD - I don't know what Sony was thinking... hopefully they will change this in a firmware update)
You can go through on the camera's menu in the VF which works great (you can't utilize the LCD's touch feature - which I think wouldn't be possible anyway). I have the soft buttons customized and I found it easy to change the settings through the viewfinder. If you have the focus set to "Flexible Spot" you can move around the spot by pressing the scroll wheel and don't have to take your eyes off the finder. Pretty neat... But the other two soft buttons are not VF friendly. They are flat and don't stick out from the body so it's hard to find them - a firmware upgrade won't help on this but you can put some small rubber bumper pads on them.
You can also review the pictures in the viewfinder which is also great, the brightness and the colors are the same that you will see on the computer screen.

There are also a few negatives to consider when using the viewfinder. The first and biggest is the price - it will be prohibitive for many. It cost 50% of the 5N body which is a joke... $250 would be still much but more realistic. With it the NEX-5N cost almost as much as the NEX-7 which has the same VF built-in although you can't tilt that one.
If you attach the VF to the body it sticks out and might not fit in a slim bag or in your jacket pocket. If it does be careful when you pull it out - remember it is $350.
You can't use the flash while the VF occupies the accessory port and sometimes this can be troubling. Take the VF off put the flash on take the flash off put the VF back on... I don't know when will I experience contact problems. I guess after the warranty expires.
One more thing - I don't like too many bits and pieces because I have more chance to lose them but at least the VF comes with a little pouch so I can keep the flash in it while the VF is on the camera.

I have no regrets buying it and it will stay on my NEX-5N 95% of the time. If you buy it you will love it but if you think it doesn't worth $350 for you that is understandable because it is really overpriced.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2011 8:43:39 AM PDT
Shama says:
Got one myself and completely agree with your review! Spot on! It's great but too expensive for what it is. But haven't taken it off and shoot through all the time now.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 12:52:36 PM PST
[Deleted by the author on Feb 17, 2013 7:26:26 PM PST]

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 5:35:35 AM PST
Delanson says:
What is the reason to get a viewfinder instead of just shooting with LCD screen?

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 7:26:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2013 7:36:59 PM PST
dnk512 says:
Well, I now have this viewfinder for more than a year and I can say that refresh rate and resolution are great. The only problem is contrast if you uses glasses in a bright day. The finder works great if one keeps the eye tight on it. If you use glasses, plan on wearing a hat in bright sunny days.

To answer the Delanson, the viewfinder improves the shooting experience. Allows one to track action with the camera pressed against the head (more steady). Allows use of the camera in bright sun (nearly impossible to do on the rear screen). Finally, the viewfinder can be used in dark places you do not wish to have a bright LCD (think astro-parties)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 5:43:30 PM PDT
M. Hunt says:
Have you tried to shoot in bright sunlight? I did today with my NEX-5R and I could not even see the info on the LCD screen. In bright sunlight, the LCD is pretty unusable.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 7:10:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2013 7:11:30 PM PDT
dnk512 says:
M. Hunt, do you use glasses? If not, just press your eye into the back of the viewfinder and block all light from going in. I have glasses on so I use a hat that shades well the eye/viewfinder area.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 8:36:33 PM PST
Paradoxically, a viewfinder actually lets you see a much bigger, clearer image while you are composing a shot because your eye is so close to the image. You can see things that you can't see on the LCD screen, like exactly where the focus is sharp and where it isn't. This can be crucial if you're shooting something with shallow depth of field.
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