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

Examples of viewfinder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your viewfinder when shooting will be a 6.2-inch AMOLED FHD display with a pinhole cutout in the top left corner. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "These are the best smartphones of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Narrowing my choices down to 20 images was nearly impossible, but here are a nice variety of photos from my 2020 viewfinder. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, " photographer David Petkiewicz’s favorite 20 photos from 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 An animation should appear on your new device; hover your old one over it until that image appears in your viewfinder. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Set Up Your New iPhone," 25 Dec. 2020 This camera has a full-size HDMI, better ergonomics for waist- and chest-level video shooting, and more options for capture rates and color profiles, plus a convenient electronic viewfinder and roomy eyecup. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Here are the best compact cameras for 2021," 25 Nov. 2020 To break it down, a DSLR has a mirror inside its body that reflects the image coming through the lens into a viewfinder. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best DSLR cameras for beginners, according to professional photographers," 20 Nov. 2020 The interior is padded, and the viewfinder on the right side drops down and illuminates with LED lights at the press of a button. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Iconic items for every Rebel, Sith Lord, and Wookie rookie," 15 Sep. 2020 The GoPro Hero9 Black is the first GoPro to feature a 1.4-inch front-facing color LCD screen that acts as a viewfinder. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "GoPro’s Hero9 Black launches today, and it has more features than you’ll probably ever need," 16 Sep. 2020 Instead of looking through your viewfinder, take a notepad and write down your thoughts. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Rick Steves' New Book Is an Ode to His Favorite People, Places, and Stories Over 50 Years of Traveling Through Europe," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of viewfinder

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of viewfinder was in 1883

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9 Jan 2021

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“Viewfinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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