Viewfinder or Lcd? What’s Best for Framing Your Photos?

I’ve always been a promoter of the use of the viewfinder for my students, I believe it is very important to get used to looking out for him and mostly understand the information he gives you, before you do the picture.

When I began to study photography, still with reflex cameras, I was with a pad by annotating the exif my photos, it’s the only way it was possible to find out what aperture, speed, ISO, focal length or distance, which I had used for each one of them and, once revealed, get redo photos with other settings and go learning how these adjustments were in practice.

The great advantage in digital photography, it is precisely to allow you to do a lot of pictures and you see quickly what you’re doing and correct or change of practice settings, which makes the learning curve for those who are starting, considerably less.

But how to use it to your favor? First knowing where you will choose view your photos before you do them.


If you are not very familiar with the term, the viewfinder, or display, is that “hole” that you configure, the scene that you will photograph and that is on top of your camera.

They may be different depending on the brand and even your camera model, besides being larger and sharper in professional cameras than in the input and electronic cameras in compact cameras, superzoom and mirrorless. And if you have a DSLR and wearing glasses, you can adjust the sharpness in diopter to ensure more fidelity than you are seeing, in some cases, allowing you to shoot without glasses. Most of the diopters have a standard correction in the range of -3 to +1. To adjust it, just make the camera’s focus on an object and look through the viewfinder, then turn the selector until the image you’re seeing is clear. Oh, if you borrow the camera for another photographer, he probably will need to redo the adjustment.


The screen on the back of the compact digital cameras, known as liquid crystal display , or LCD, is simply used to frame pictures, show, and sometimes, change menus and settings, and to review recorded images when the camera is in playback mode.

As LCDs have increased in size and quality, many compact cameras and digital cameras  from A2zcamerablog are no longer mirrorless viewfinders, noting that the higher resolution of your LCD, better quality and color fidelity than you see, still, even the best LCD can be hard to see under bright light, even though it has an anti-reflective coating.

Viewfinder or LCD?

Well, when I was still using a superzoomcamera, I just fell by the LCD, but it has a lot of years, and back and forth, the electronic viewfinders have evolved in many cameras, which can facilitate your use, but my experience with several cameras to students, shows that there really is no comparison, the viewfinders of professional DSLRs are much more comfortable to wear than any other camera.
Well, in professional cameras you can shoot by LCD, but the resources and how this happens is different from other types of cameras, is what we call live view, which can be a big advantage for some types of pictures as in Studio, you can view the focus with more precision, but it’s definitely not a feature for the day to day hardly you will see a professional photographer shooting by LCD, even as a matter of habit, the viewfinder gives you more control over what we’re shooting.

Why Use the LCD to frame your pictures

– Size -the main reason is the size, the screens are much higher compared to viewfinders.

– Convenience -Actually is much more practical to change positions and composed with a larger screen.

– Quick view – even those who just use the viewfinder, just “spying” the result of the photo on the LCD, which forces you to two different actions, shooting and then play back the picture, already on the LCD that can be automatic.

– Inaccurate Frameworks – some camera models that have the electronic viewfinder, may show slightly different images than it is photographing and this causes a malaise in time frame, you might even get used to it, but in such cases the LCD is much better.

– View blocked -Some superzoons when they’re with zoom extension used whole, can obstruct vision by the viewfinder.

– Glasses – for those who wear glasses, the LCD can be more comfortable to wear, even though some cameras have the diopter for help in sharpness, the frame of the glasses can mess up a lot of time frame for the viewfinder.

And the one I like best!

– Creativity – That is unbeatable, especially for the articulated LCDs, make new frameworks as high or low as no other camera can do. That justifies the use of the LCD, and of course you can always lay completely in the ground … or not?

Why not use the LCD to frame your pictures

– Battery -as you can imagine, the energy resources to maintain an LCD attached are much greater than any other function of your camera, so this is an important issue to take into account, maybe get used to use the viewfinder can mean a few extra hours of photo in that session or road trip. Ah, showing each photo made, also consumes a lot of battery.

– Camera Stability -one of the most important things to have sharp photos, is know to hold your camera to keep her stable, and often this is only possible by viewing the framing for the viewfinder, so you keep the camera close to you.In the superzoons cameras that becomes more severe, because the zoom also needs more stability, then stretch your arms towards that beautiful Lindsay bird upon the tree, brings great risks of a blurry photo.

– DSLR -if you have a DSLR, the viewfinder will show the real scene, even some models having some loss of framing, will always be the best option, in addition to an excellent workout pro look because it helps to realize the outcome of the picture without distractions of your peripheral vision.

And the most important:

– Light – Shooting in environments too light or sunlight, can simply derail you can show what you’re photographing, besides running a serious risk of not understand perfectly if your photometry is correct, in these cases, only the viewfinder will allow a professional result.


You can choose between any of the two, viewfinder or LCD, if your camera allows. I’m still a promoter who uses DSLR viewfinder, no matter if your camera is of entry, or professional, semiprofessional think a healthy habit to learn to see over there and use the information that appears in your viewfinder, your favor. But the most important thing always will be not to lose the picture, in the photograph there is no rule so rigid, everything should be available to the good result, often those choices make it easy, and other damage, it is up to you to figure out what is best for your result.

I just use the viewfinder, but I confess that once in a while would like an articulated LCD for some photo

And you use which one? Share in the comments!

Good frameworks and let’s go together!