Sony RX100 -- no viewfinder -- is anyone troubled by that?

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
Troy, NY
Any problems seeing the screen in bright sunlight? Inquiring minds want to know.

I am tempted, but I have noticed that all my other cameras -- G12, FZ150, D-550 -- there are times when I can't seen the rear screen very well and I have to resort to the viewfinder.
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
It's a pretty great screen. When you set it for "sunny weather", or whatever they call it, you can see it well enough in just about any conditions. I found the same with the Nex 5 I had for a while last year.

- Ray
 
Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
What I have heard concurs with Ray's experience. Besides going turbo bright, it ups the local contrast, too. Part of a viewfinder for me is also the act of bring the camera to my eye and feeling involved in the scene I am watching through the viewfinder. Everyone responds differently. I'm not sure I would like working exclusively from arm's length, but I think they have the viewability of the screen figured out.
 

Isoterica

Hall of Famer
Dec 6, 2011
It doesn't have to be at arms length, you can lift it up to a foot in front of your face or so.. depending on your eyesight that is :D, but I know what you mean Luke. Between dslr and my other cameras I am most at home looking through the viewfinder.
 

kenhiraihnl

Regular
Sep 29, 2012
Trisberg posted a pic of his RX100 w/ EVF. I considered doing that, but opted to keep pocket-ability and minimum accessories foremost.
 

Luckypenguin

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Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
So it turns out that, disregarding my current temporary NEX-5N ownership, all of my cameras have a built-in, eye-level viewfinder (although in the case of my G1X it is more the classic Canon G-series "glass hole for peering out of" than a viewfinder). The interesting bit is that, aside from my 50D where the eye-level viewfinder is a fundamental component of the camera, and in spite of using DSLRs for many years previously, I hardly ever use the 'finders except in particularly glary conditions.

If the RX100 has something similar to the "Sunny LCD" setting on the NEX the the LCD will be even easier to see in bright conditions. What I haven't yet found on the 5N is a way to quickly enable and disable this feature without going back into the menu. You don't want to leave the Sunny setting on in dull or dark conditions because it is very bright indeed!
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
What I haven't yet found on the 5N is a way to quickly enable and disable this feature without going back into the menu. You don't want to leave the Sunny setting on in dull or dark conditions because it is very bright indeed!
That's the same with the RX100 - its there but there's no shortcut to enable/disable it. I didn't find it too bright in non-sunny conditions, so I tended to leave it on, but the other downside is it does eat batteries pretty quickly...

-Ray
 

Hikari

Veteran
Jan 5, 2013
Maine, USA
But there is a viewfinder on the RX100--it is that big screen at the back. I use the same viewfinder on my RX1 and like it very much.
 

Lawrence A.

Hall of Famer
Nov 8, 2012
New Mexico
Larry
Yep. I just can't go where there's no eye level finder. I even got the 45 degree finder for my Hasselbald, and I use that mostly on a tripod. An RX200 with a viewfinder, and I'm in. I almost never use the LCD in cameras, except to change menu settings.
 

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