A device on a camera that indicates, either optically or electronically, what will appear in the field of view of the lens.
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.
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.