How To Use the Viewfinder on a Digital Camcorder

Digital camcorders typically come with an LCD screen and a viewfinder. Although, many new camcorders are being made without the viewfinder as some people don't see it as being important any more. While LCD screens are larger than viewfinders which allows you to see more details in the image that does not necessarily make them better. Viewfinders and LCD screens both have their positive and negative points.

Using the Viewfinder

Using your digital camcorder's viewfinder is easy. Turn the camcorder on via the power switch and leave the LCD screen retracted in the side. By default the viewfinder should now be operational.

Most viewfinders can be adjusted to accommodate the camcorder operator. They slide away from the camera body which allows them to be tilted up. You can now operate the camera without putting yourself in an awkward and uncomfortable position.

Why Some People Prefer the LCD Screen over the Viewfinder

People tend to prefer their LCD screens over the viewfinder for two main reasons. The first is that the picture is a little bigger, allowing the user to see more details in their frame. Although this is true, it isn't that much larger. LCD screens are at most 4 inches. If you're really concerned about seeing small details in your frame then you should invest in a monitor to tap the camera into.

The second reason LCD screens are popular is that they also allow you to see your immediate surroundings which helps when you're moving with the camera and don't want to trip over anything.

Why Some People Prefer the Viewfinder over the LCD Screen

The biggest disadvantage an LCD screen has is that it can easily get washed out by bright light. This causes your image to be compromised. With with the viewfinder you're sticking your eye over an eye piece so what you're seeing is that the image is really going to look like. It might be small, but it's accurate.

This is especially important because some users make a huge mistake with their LCD screens that they would avoid if they relied on the viewfinder. They try to adjust the camera's exposure and inadvertently change the LCD monitor's brightness level while leaving the recorded image alone. They typically don't realize their mistake until viewing the footage after the shoot when it is too late to fix it.

Another reason some operators prefer the viewfinder is that it allows them to have complete focus on their frame so they won't miss a thing.

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