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 Imagine spending much of your day bent over lab equipment, focusing your eye intently into a small viewfinder. Morris Panner, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Narrowing my choices down to 21 images is always tough, but here is a nice variety of photos from my 2021 viewfinder. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2021 There’s also a 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, vari-angle touchscreen, an SD card slot, USB-C for fast transfers and a EN-EL-25 battery that should be good for 300 shots per charge. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 26 Nov. 2021 General improvements for color consistency in viewfinder preview *[1]. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 7 Dec. 2021 O’Keeffe often framed her imagery as if seen through a viewfinder, a formality imposed upon photographers by the nature of the camera that was a matter of choice for a painter working on canvas. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Interestingly, Richard saw his daughters' unlikely future through the viewfinder of a camcorder, his preferred instruction tool on the court. Andrew Lawrence,, 2 Nov. 2021 Two colleagues were squished beside him, chair arms touching, trying to ensure they would all be captured in the viewfinder of the computer’s camera. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 Virtually, a model can strike a pose and see exactly what every artist sees by looking at the camera’s viewfinder. Suhita Shirodkar, Wired, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of viewfinder

1883, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2022

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“Viewfinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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