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    Until I started using an E-3 (last week) I never really appreciated how useful live view was, especially with the flip out LCD.

    My first digital camera (the non-dSLR Olympus C5060 had a similar flip out screen, and obviously being a compact did live view. I'd briefly used an E-510. The first accessory I got for my E-1 was the angle finder, so I suppose I should have known.

    I particularly like the way it lets you see in real time the effect of changes to exposure settings etc. This and a live histogram is great. And the ability to superimpose a grid on the image is great.

    One feature that's lacking is something I've found surprisingly useful on my Ricoh GRD-II, is a digital spirit level. I used to always get a sloping horizon.
    now I have this set to appear as default.

    As usual, I don't think Olympus always get the credit for some of their innovations. A Nikon using friend saw a picture of the E-3 and can't wait for Nikon to do a swivel and live view camera.

    Anyone else found features they thought might be gimmicks turn out to be essentials?

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    Re: Live View and flip out LCDs

    I often take my C8080 out in preference to the E-500 simply because of the screen. It is so good for candid street scean shots.

    Guess it's time to update
    Graham

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      Re: Live View and flip out LCDs

      Originally posted by DTD View Post
      Until I started using an E-3 (last week) I never really appreciated how useful live view was, especially with the flip out LCD.

      My first digital camera (the non-dSLR Olympus C5060 had a similar flip out screen, and obviously being a compact did live view. I'd briefly used an E-510. The first accessory I got for my E-1 was the angle finder, so I suppose I should have known.

      I particularly like the way it lets you see in real time the effect of changes to exposure settings etc. This and a live histogram is great. And the ability to superimpose a grid on the image is great.

      One feature that's lacking is something I've found surprisingly useful on my Ricoh GRD-II, is a digital spirit level. I used to always get a sloping horizon.
      now I have this set to appear as default.

      As usual, I don't think Olympus always get the credit for some of their innovations. A Nikon using friend saw a picture of the E-3 and can't wait for Nikon to do a swivel and live view camera.

      Anyone else found features they thought might be gimmicks turn out to be essentials?
      Indeed, I have always felt that Live View is a feature that cynics would be surprised by, especially with an articulating screen. Not that I classify you as a cynic, David!

      Using live view for critical focus is something else I value, too.

      E-330 fans and Sony with its new Alpha 300-series DSLRs like live view especially because there is no shutter delay caused by the mirror having to re-deploy, too, but for the Sonys this does sacrifice exposure and critical focus preview.

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