Hi everybody, so there we have the new P7700 Coolpix and I couldn't help but notice how many complained on the lack of EVF, so here's my repost below of the post on this forum which I left under the new coolpix announcement post, purposely a challenging tone but hope it could provoke some thoughts on the rather brainwashed habit causing people crying out for an EVF.
It's an outdated habit to glue your head together with a black box, one have to think why SLR were designed in the first place, not because you should keep your eye glued together with the camera, it was merely a limitation of the old days!
Once upon a time when the camera engineer found a way to let the photographer to see exactly what the lens captured there were no other ways to solve it, but today with the digital era and LCD's people have come to not be able let an old habit go, eg. glue ones eye together with a viewfinder, how absurd.
There is nothing wrong taking picture by viewing the main LCD on the backside of the camera, but something that have left me wondering is, why on earth doesn't camera makers put on a high quality bright OLED displays on cameras, how come something so vital haven't found its home on cameras but instead can be found on nearly any new smart phone these days??
The future isn't EVF, but OLED and other new display technologies allowing for a bright, colour correct and contrast rich images under virtually ANY light conditions, high time to bury an old habit all you above posters complaining about the new Coolpix not having EVF.
To add some further input to above post, I for one have found many situations when I can't take a picture without viewing through the viewfinder, it may be because of lack of space, have to take a picture well above, below my height, taking a picture level with the ground but due to muddy dirty wet ground I don't want to lay down... all these 3 situations are true handicaps for a viewfinder while a display (preferably with swivel) wins any day.
Comparing with smart phones, cameras are lacking in the following compartment:
* Virtually all cameras, and in particularly Expensive DSLR's have no OLED display.
* No Gorilla glass, particularly on DSLR's forces one to use a screen protector with No contrast what so ever makes it very hard to view anything under strong light conditions when ruggedness is needed.
* DSLR's have no touch screen
* DSLR's have comparatively small displays, Samsung S3 have 4.8' screen.
A photographers most important tool is ones own eyes, so why not serve the eye with the best display technology in the camera industry is a psychological mystery, a complete blunder in a double sense.
There, what's your thought, are we just old fashioned or what makes it so "difficult" for some people to adopt a new way of using a camera?
And just FYI, my last camera for the past 3 years was the Nikon D700.