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 The three-way tilting screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF) are quite good. Tom O'brien, National Geographic, "Best new compact cameras for travelers," 24 Nov. 2019 County leaders took the lawmakers to Raspberry Island to look at the site from across the river through viewfinders. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "MN communities pitch projects to lawmakers. A peek at what east-metro cities are asking for.," 16 Nov. 2019 This one context-sensitive settings menu (its options differ between, for example, Night Sight mode and regular Camera mode) can be accessed either by tapping a drop-down arrow or by swiping down on the viewfinder itself. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "XDA-developers’ first look at Google Camera 7, leaked from the Pixel 4," 13 Sep. 2019 With his eye to the viewfinder and his finger on the shutter button of a camera with a 300-millimeter lens, Cole took a photo that not only captured, but came to define, an inflection point in world history. Washington Post, "Charlie Cole, photographer who captured the Tiananmen ‘Tank Man,’ has died," 15 Sep. 2019 Apple's concept would allow for the wristband to capture photos and video, while the Apple Watch's display serves as the viewfinder. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Apple Watches could have onboard cameras in the future, according to new patent filing," 26 June 2019 Even at this early pre-production stage, handling the Leica S3 is amazingly easy and intuitive, the optical viewfinder is a marvel, the shutter sound is a joy, and the speed is excellent. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Leica S3 is a frustratingly awesome medium format DSLR," 27 Sep. 2018 In a Miami home rental in late 2014, a camera crewman peered through a viewfinder and brought Mia Khalifa into focus. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Mia Khalifa is among the world’s most-watched women. Yet the porn industry is keeping the profits.," 16 Aug. 2019 Let the natural lines in a scene guide your own eye, and be patient as the moment unfolds in your viewfinder. Kristen Mcnicholas, National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, August 16, 2019," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Viewfinder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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


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Kids Definition of viewfinder

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

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