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Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder

B&H # PADMWLVF1 Mfr # DMW-LVF1
You Pay: $119.95
Product Highlights
  • For Lumix DMC-GF1, GF2, & DMC-LX5 Digital Cameras

Panasonic's External Live View Finder mounts to the hot shoe of DMC-GF1, GF2, and LX5 digital cameras and provides a full-time live view function with a magnification of 1.04x (0.52x in 35mm equivalent) and 100% field of view regardless of what lens is used. Because it displays the same information as the GF1's LCD, it is effectively used in situations where the LCD is difficult to see, such as under bright sunlight. The LVF is also handy for low-angle shots because it can be tilted vertically from 0 to 90 degrees.

The full-time live view lets you see in the LCD how adjusting the exposure, white balance, aperture and even the shutter speed will affect the shot. This makes it easier to capture a special shot or particular kind of image without shooting again and again.

Provides an external optical glass viewfinder alternative to the LCD while using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, GF2, & DMC-LX5 digital camera
Mounts into the hot shoe on top of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, GF2, & DMC-LX5 digital camera
Conserves battery power by allowing the camera's LCD to be turned off while providing a viewing and compositional aid
Mount Hot shoe
Magnification Approx 1.4x (0.52x in 35mm equivalent)
Field of View 100%
Display 202,000-dot LCD
Tilts 0 - 90°
Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder
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  • 90-Day Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicDMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder
     
    4.1

    (based on 169 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (71)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (150)
    • Lightweight (122)
    • Reliable (78)
    • Durable (48)
    • Good image quality (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (10)
    • Low resolution (6)
    • Not functional (4)
    • Poor image quality (4)
    • Poor design (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (88)
    • Everyday (83)
    • Landscape photography (70)
    • Macro photography (43)
    • Portraits (42)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (135)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (79), Semi-professional (34), Professional (27), Casual user (10), Photo enthusiast (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A necessary Accessory

    Use as external viewfinder for Panasonic LX5.
    Unfortunately, it is difficult finding a detailed description anywhere I looked.
    This works like the (swivelling on better productas) electronic viewfinders of video cameras...Read complete review

    Use as external viewfinder for Panasonic LX5.
    Unfortunately, it is difficult finding a detailed description anywhere I looked.
    This works like the (swivelling on better productas) electronic viewfinders of video cameras before large LCDs. It is more than adequate for it's main function - to provide a framing aid in bright ambient light. For those who complain about its low resolution and for those considering buying this device: It is very easy (push a button) to switch between viewfinder and camera LCD. It shows everything one wants shown on the camera LCD and this can clutter up the small viewfinder image. But you can eliminate all the LCD symbols etc by pushing the Display button on the back of the camera. This simple mode change works also with the LVF-1 attached. The only mode I have not figured out yet: how to only show the auxiliary grid lines (used for proper alignment with the horizon or other significant lines in your composition). If you want the grid lines, you have to live with the symbols as well. The tilt feature of the LVW-1 is convenient for shots from a low position but you still have to get on your knees -- but probably not on your belly.
    Note: To properly remove the LVF-1 as well as the hot-shoe cover, you have to realize both items not only slide into the hot shoe from behind but also into the electric connector just below the hot shoe of the camera. Hope this helps. And yes: B&H should list the LVF-1 as accessory for the LX5 (and - in my opinion - delete the optical viewfinder accessory for 24 mm wide angle viewing)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Light & effective

    As a photographer with extensive experience with both SLRs and point-and-shoot, this attachment is nice to have on the GF1, which handles more like a mini-SLR than a point & shoot. I'm always...Read complete review

    As a photographer with extensive experience with both SLRs and point-and-shoot, this attachment is nice to have on the GF1, which handles more like a mini-SLR than a point & shoot. I'm always tempted to use a viewfinder with the GF1, and this fits the bill. It's a little odd at first, with a somewhat coarse appearing pixellated screen that doesn't refresh very rapidly, but you quickly get used to it, and appreciate the 100% coverage and on-screen information (just like the camera-back LCD). It's good for stabilizing the camera against your head, and nice in bright sunlit conditions. However, it's a bit of a pain to install, so I've been shooting without it, and find that using the LCD screen on the GF1 is totally effective in most conditions, and quite superior for some things like macro and low-angle shots. So I'm adjusting to point&shoot style image composition, and find I reach for the viewfinder less and less frequently. Haven't owned it long enough to assess durability or reliability, but it seems well made.

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    4.0

    Essential in bright conditions

    By Pon

    from Greenwich, CT

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Traveling

      Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

      I use this viewfinder with my D-Lux 5 and it really does do the job. Before, bright conditions made it often impossible to see the LCD monitor in order to compose your shot. Some posters have commented that the viewfinder is loose on the hot shoe - but mine seems a good snug fit. I'm keeping back one star because I wish the eye cup was better contoured to keep ALL light out of the viewfinder. Still, it's essential for this camera.

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      5.0

      Long desired product with great discount

      By Dennis Dreams

      from Penang, Malaysia

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

          Refresh rate a bit at the low side with slight small magnification which makes it a it hard to see into when wearing glasses. But it's a great addition when shooting outdoor under bright sun light and shooting at odd angles.

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          5.0

          Does as advertised

          By fleofle

          from Philadelphia, PA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Well Made

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

            I was on the fence since the purchase would be for my secondary camera (gf-2) and did I really need it. I took the plunge and was wowed. It increased the functionality two-fold: the obvious plus is shooting with 90 degree or backlit natural sun without guessing with the lcd preview, and secondly - changing the angle of the viewfinder itself adds to its applicability. Very sound product.
            Only thing I would do differently would be placing the toggle button LVF/LCD and the diopter on the left of the unit - it just takes getting used to using my right index finger to access those commands.

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            4.0

            I should've bought this a long time ago

            By curtistuckr

            from Savannah, GA USA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Needs Higher Resolution

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

            This is a must have for taking photos on bright, sunlit days. I like the tilt capability...it provides for more flexibility in framing a shot. Slightly disappointed with the resolution of this viewfinder. Scenes with long, straight elements are pixelated along the edges.

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            5.0

            Amazing!

            By simone303

            from Italy

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

              Came in New York for the honeymoon with my panasonic gf1, I found this on the internet, and the shop was located a short walk from my hotel, I saw the price on the internet and I took it right away.
              My expectations were more than met.
              This was the missing element to this little monster.

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              5.0

              A solution for sunny days

              By Primem8

              from Brisbane Australia

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                  In sunny Queensland it is often hard to view the image when taking a photo in full sunlight.
                  The view finder made a stop to that. It is so much easier to get the full details of the photo and make a happy snappy.
                  the unit fits easily on the camera body but I wonder why the flash is disconnected when the viewfinder is mounted.

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                  4.0

                  Great for outdoor use.

                  By Freestyler

                  from Long Beach, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Not Lockable To Camera

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                  I bought the LVF-1 for outdoor use. Its next to impossible to see anything on the external lcd monitor on a sunny day. For it's purpose it does well. Resolution isn't the greatest but I wasn't expecting it to be. Eyepiece is comfortable and protects my glasses from getting scratched. It's lightweight and easy to carry around in my bag. Like other reviewers I have to be careful not to pop it off accidentally when removing/replacing my camera in the bag. Overall, I'm happy with it!

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                  5.0

                  Good addition to the LX-5

                  By Philos

                  from Rapid City, SD

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography

                    Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                    The viewer works well. It has a focus adjustment that works. It has a button that lets you switch from LCD to viewer. I got this because I dropped my camera and the LCD screen was starred.

                    The viewer makes taking pictures in bright light much more satisfying. I can actually see what I"m pointing the camera at.

                    This is my backpacking camera and the addition of the viewer makes carrying it awkward. This is minor though for the benefits it offers.

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                    5.0

                    EXCELLENT DEVICE FOR LX5 OWNERS

                    By JERRY

                    from USA/ARGENTINA

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                      The LX5 is an excellent camera producing beautiful images. The drawback to any digital camera with only an LCD screen with a fixed lens is that at times it may be difficult to view and compose the image being taken. The external viewfinder is a small unobtrusive device showing everything that one sees on the screen(including settings) and at the same time enabling one to properly compose in difficult lighting situations. The ability to tilt the finder is a plus providing one with the opportunity to take pictures from different angles. The price is very reasonable to accompany a very fine camera. As the finder can be used on some other Panasonic cameras makes this a wonderful accessory to own.

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                      5.0

                      Great addition to GF1

                      By Felix Baldo

                      from Australia

                      About Me Casual user

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                        Had read some negative reviews on the view finder and am glad I bought it. Most of my photos are indoors but when in extreme light the DMW-LVF-1 is a must!

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                        5.0

                        Nice add on for DMC-LX5

                        By Cheve

                        from Mexico city

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Not Functional

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                        Great product, good idea.

                        I would rather have a built in viewfinder, but this is not bad. Works really well.

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                        5.0

                        Very handy, especially in bright sun

                        By Johnc

                        from Savannah, Ga.

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                          I use the viewfinder in bright sun when it is difficult to see the display on the back of the camera. I also use my camera a lot for macro photography. Because the viewfinder can be tilted up, it enables me to get the camera close to insects and flowers without making me squat or bend (I'm 69 years old).

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                          4.0

                          Good add-on to the Lumix

                          By APJ

                          from Montreal, QC

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

                          Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                          I like it so far, the variable angle is great. But it's a big bigger than I expected and makes the whole thing a bit bulky.

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                          4.0

                          Essential in bright sun

                          By Bestbob

                          from Marshall, MI

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                            Use this for much better ability to see your subject in bright sunlight with a GF-1. While the view is not as clear as higher resolution pieces (the new one for the GX-1, for instance) I found it easy enough to use in practice.

                            Agree with those who find it too easy to move the diopter adjustment. Disagree with those who feel it comes off the camera too easily... on the GF-1 I have not removed it since first attaching and so far it shows no sign of falling off by itself.

                            Have used this so far for about 3 days of active photo taking. And the days were indeed bright. Left a G1 at home on a short trip... could not have done that and easily used the GF-1 in daylight without this accessory.

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                            5.0

                            Does what it says and does it well!!!!

                            By Frank S.

                            from Scranton, Pa.

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Works as Promised

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Bright daytime shooting
                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                            I read some so so reviews on this before I bought it and I honestly can't imagine why anyone would not love this product. I dont have to swap my glasses any more to shoot.The screen resolution is good it is easy on, easy off. And it doesnt matter if it is bright sunny daylight I can still see good. PLus it tips up for low to the ground shooting.The only thing I would change is a lock on the diopter adjustment. I love this little item, and it is well worth the $$.

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                            5.0

                            Plenty of bang for the buck!

                            By Steve

                            from Murray, KY

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • A Must Have
                            • Bright image
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits and looks great
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                              The DMV-LVF-1 fits my DMC-GF2 camera perfectly. It makes the camera completely usable in sunlight or other bright light situations where the LCD is difficult to see. It is very easy to use, touch one button and it switches between the LCD and LVF. The diopter adjustment works great also.

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                              5.0

                              Essential addition for my GF-1

                              By Leslie

                              from Ann Arbor, MI

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                                I bought this viewfinder to shoot on a desert backpacking trip - a setting where glare would make the display utterly useless. It worked a treat and I wish I had bought it sooner. Easy to use, fairly compact addition. Combined with a zoom lens it does bulk out the Lumix's small profile but it's such a useful addition that I don't regret it. Pricey but worth it.

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                                5.0

                                Great Little Tool

                                By ndapp

                                from Portland ME

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bright sunlight
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                                  This is a very clever little tool. Image is true to size and clear (DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR OCULAR PIECE!).
                                  A perfect addition to the camera. Bonus: option to swivel upward for low lying imaging.

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                                  1.0

                                  Didn't like it

                                  By Natalie

                                  from Miami, FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Image Quality

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                                    I was really disappointed with this viewfinder. Everything looks grainy and slightly out of focus. It also had a really bad blue cast. I really like shooting through a viewfinder but with such bad quality I'd prefer to look through the LCD instead.

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                                    4.0

                                    gf2 viewfinder

                                    By powexplorer

                                    from idaho

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Image Quality

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about Panasonic DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder:

                                    Helps when using the camera in well lit situations.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 7
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