Viewfinder meaning

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A device on a camera that indicates, either optically or electronically, what will appear in the field of view of the lens.
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A camera device, as a special lens or small video screen, that shows the camera user images of objects or actions exactly as they will appear in the photograph, on the TV screen, etc.
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The preview window on a camera that is used to frame, focus and take the picture. The viewfinder is an eye-sized window that requires the camera to be pressed against the face. All analog cameras have viewfinders but not all digitals have them. Professional photographers generally prefer a viewfinder because it helps them hold the camera steady and allows them to focus on framing the scene without distraction.Types of CamerasMany point-and-shoot cameras have only an LCD display for previewing the image. Prosumer and digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras have both the screen and a viewfinder, which can be an optical lens or a tiny microdisplay. The first DSLRs did not have a "live preview" and used the screen only to display images after they were taken. See DSLR, prosumer and parallax error.
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A device on a camera that shows what will appear in the field of view of the lens; it helps the user target a subject, zoom and focus the image.
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