view·​find·​er | \ˈvyü-ˌfīn-dər \

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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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 Through the viewfinder of his cameras, Wallace W. Abbey watched American railroading closely in the mid-20th century years of conversion from steam to diesel. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wallace W. Abbey's train photographs, showing at MSOE museum, capture a lost time," 9 May 2018 Many at the Garden missed the choke in real time; so did Gartland, because the snapping shutter blacked out the viewfinder. Eric Moskowitz,, "A Celtics-Sixers photo for the ages. And the photographer behind the shot.," 7 May 2018 But the still image quality on the RX100 III remains superb for a compact shooter, and the camera itself is small enough to squeeze into a purse, electronic viewfinder and all. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Mother’s Day gift guide," 7 May 2018 That’s not something that can be written off or Ziploc-ed away from one’s emotional viewfinder. Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue, "Netizens Shows How Cyberharassment Is Trivialized, Especially For Women," 1 May 2018 The magnification is the same as the A7R (0.78x) due to similar optical design, but the 2,359,296 dot screen is far lower-resolution than the R’s viewfinder, which clocks in at an insane 3,686,400 dots. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Sony A7 III and A7R III review: mirrorless magic," 30 Mar. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of viewfinder was in 1883

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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 \

Kids Definition of viewfinder

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

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