view·​find·​er | \ ˈvyü-ˌfīn-dər How to pronounce viewfinder (audio) \

Definition of viewfinder

: a device on a camera for showing the area of the subject to be included in the picture

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Mirrorless cameras—those that don't have a mirror inside that sends the true image from the lenses up to the viewfinder, but instead simulate the image there—are brilliant. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Mirrorless Cameras Will Make You Rethink Whether Your Phone Is Really Good Enough," 26 Aug. 2015 But digital displays and autofocus are not reasons why the M10-D costs $8,000—you're paying for the camera's relationship between its viewfinder and the lens. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The New Leica M10-D Is Delightfully (and Infuriatingly) Old-School," 6 Nov. 2018 Here, the cut-out rectangle is less a viewfinder than a shapeshifting bridge. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This James Turrell Installation Is the Best Meditation Chapel in New York," 5 Aug. 2018 At $240, the Nano S has a nice big viewfinder when the camera is connected to your phone (it can also be used on its own). Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best 360 Cameras for Capturing Your World," 6 Mar. 2018 Looking at the Sun with your naked eye can harm your vision, and channeling the Sun's rays through a DSLR viewfinder can damage your equipment and even cause blindness. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How to Photograph a Total Solar Eclipse," 7 July 2017 The camera still has its retractable 2.35 million-dot OLED viewfinder and a rear screen that can flip all the way up — for selfies and vlogging — or tilt 90 degrees down. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Sony’s RX100 VI adds a long zoom lens to the best compact camera," 5 June 2018 Rodgers almost never uses the viewfinder so as not to break eye contact. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure," 27 June 2018 Behind the hole, peering out from under the signpost identifying the first tee, Josh Braver snapped a photograph of Woods’s follow through while his five-year-old son, Luke, gazed at the image on the viewfinder. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Didn’t Win Again. But He Will.," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of viewfinder

1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of viewfinder

: a small hole or window on a camera that you look through to see what is being photographed


view·​find·​er | \ ˈvyü-ˌfīn-dər How to pronounce viewfinder (audio) \

Kids Definition of viewfinder

: a device on a camera that shows the view to be included in the picture

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