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Sony a57 viewfinder

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Initial post: Nov 21, 2012, 11:04:52 AM PST
Dylan says:
Has anyone used the Sony a57 viewfinder? How does it compare to an optical viewfinder?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 4:09:17 AM PST
jeepm0de says:
I just purchased an A67 from Sony and can comment on the viewfinder.
1 - You view 100% of the image you're about to take, and not 95% or so compared to the optical.
2 - When configuring ISO and other settings, you actually get a preview of what the shot may look like as apposed to setting the configuration and waiting to see how the picture turns out.
3 - Over a million pixels on the digital viewfinder and it's quite crisp and refreshes very well with movement.
4 - A downside is the translucent mirror actually steals a little bit of light in order to display the image in the viewfinder, and this will reduce how well low-light shots may develop.

Reason I went with Sony over the Nikon/Canon models? 10 burst (A67) and 12 burst (A57) with Autofocus is amazing, as well as full HD video at 60fps again with Autofocus - the Nikon/Canon's have yet to achieve this. The only major difference to the 57/67 is the 67 has 24mp instead of 18, and GPS built in.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the camera and really enjoy a lot of it's features.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012, 10:25:22 AM PST
Non-expert impression: unfortunately it is no match for an optical viewfinder. After all, it is an artificial projection with much lost in depth perception cues and fine gradient. Despite the 1.4 million dots, it is not detailed enough and fast enough in refreshing for a pleasing experience, in my opinion. In panning left and right, for example, you'll will notice a lag from the top of the frame to the bottom which creates a wavy movement of vertical lines, kind of like the wavy pencil illusion. It is somewhat contrasty, and the higher-end a77 and a99 with the OLED screen and more dots look better of course. Another thing that bothers me is that the diopter adjustment is not continuous; it has tiny increments, so unless one of the stops falls in perfect agreement with your eyes, it will feel just a little strained, adding to the artificial feel. My previous experience with an EVF is on the now old Panasonic FZ18 with only 188,000 pixels, yet even if it looks like you're looking through a mesh, the colors and contrast are not as jarring as on the a57, especially under artificial light. This is, of course, a very subjective call and I recommend you try it before deciding because you might like using it. It has many benefits like selectable information overlay and real-time exposure results.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012, 1:29:47 PM PST
Dylan says:
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to try it out, I've gone to several photography stores with no luck. I decided to buy it without trying it first. I'm upgrading from a Kodak Easyshare Z981, which has a pretty awful EVF, but only a couple thousand dots, so hopefully the a57 will be better.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012, 4:52:01 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
You are describing your experience with a laggy low quality EVF of your Panasonic FZ18, or is it Sony SLT's true-color, million-pixel EVF with a fast refresh rate? You should state it more clearly than throwing in unwarranted opinions, because if you have never seen through a Sony SLT's EVF, you have just overgeneralized a whole bunch here.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012, 4:55:14 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
Of course Z981 has a s-h-i-t-t-y EVF because it's too many fewer pixels, the color is probably a couple thousands as opposed to millions. On top of that Z981 EVF is much slower. A57 EVF is day and night better. Check it out in store.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012, 5:06:14 PM PST
Dylan says:
Thank you! I just bought it, it should be shipped soon. I haven't been able to find anywhere to try it out, except one store where the guy took one out of the box so I could try it, and the battery wasn't charged! I'm sure the a57 will be a lot better than the Kodak one, considering the huge price difference.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012, 8:30:35 AM PST
Dylan says:
I just tried it out, the viewfinder is a lot better than the kodak! Zoomed all the way out, it's very responsive and has almost no lag, although it does start to get some lag when you zoom in all the way. I'm very happy with it, and something the kodak didn't have either was automatically switching between evf and lcd, which it does very quickly.
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