view·​find·​er ˈvyü-ˌfīn-dər How to pronounce viewfinder (audio)
: a device on a camera for showing the area of the subject to be included in the picture

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another exciting highlight of this Sony model is the revolutionary pop-up electronic viewfinder, something not found in compact cameras until now. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 3 Mar. 2023 EnChroma’s newest viewfinder was installed in June, at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan. Daliah Singer, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Aug. 2022 The dolly grip, Mary, has a viewfinder. Scott King, Forbes, 2 June 2022 If your last experience with virtual reality was, like mine, your smartphone placed inside a disposable cardboard viewfinder, then there’s good news: it’s gotten a lot better. Outside Online, 20 July 2020 Leading up to this photograph, mothers were running with their children from the Irpin bridge across my viewfinder toward the relative safety of Kyiv. The New York Times, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2023 But Hofer, who preferred a cumbersome 4-by-5-inch viewfinder camera mounted on a tripod, found that approach not only impractical but distasteful. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2023 The strategy is an interesting one, the bet being that photographers who don't like the EVF experience will look to Pentax SLRs when shopping for an optical viewfinder model. PCMAG, 9 Nov. 2022 Hayward became focused on Javelins — a mobile weapon consisting, in crude terms, of a circular tube connected to a big square viewfinder — which have proved to be one of the most effective tools combating Russian advances. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viewfinder was in 1883

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“Viewfinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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view·​find·​er ˈvyü-ˌfīn-dər How to pronounce viewfinder (audio)
: a device on a camera that shows the view to be included in the picture

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