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Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • For Select Olympus PEN Digital Cameras
  • Great for Shooting in Direct Sunlight
  • 1.00x Magnification
  • 100% Field of View
  • Built-In Diopter Adjustment
  • Brightness & Color Control
  • Tilts Up to 90 Degrees

The silver VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras from Olympus is for use with most Olympus PEN digital cameras. It is powered via the camera's accessory port and attaches to its hot shoe. The VF-3 can be used indoors or outdoors and is particularly beneficial when capturing images in direct sunlight which could make viewing the camera's LCD display very difficult. It has a quick refresh rate to minimize ghosting on fast-moving subjects.


The viewfinder has a 1.00x magnification factor and has built-in diopter adjustment for easy viewing without or with eyeglasses. This viewfinder's Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) technology enables high-speed transfer of high-resolution images and aspherical lenses ensure high resolution from center to edge.


Plus, the VF-3 can be positioned up to 90 degrees for composing shots at low or unusual angles. The brightness and contrast of the display can be adjusted up or down in seven increments via the VF-3's EVF ADJUST menu function.

The Olympus PEN E-P2, E-PL1, E-PL2 and XZ-1 cameras can be made compatible with the VF-3 via a free firmware update.

Great for shooting in direct sunlight
1.00x magnification
100% field of view
Built-in diopter adjustment
You can adjust the brightness and color temperature of the viewfinder
Tilts up to 90 degrees
Resolution Approx. 920,000 dots
Field of View 100%
Magnification 1.00x (-1m¹, 50mm Macro, at infinity)
Diopter Correction -3.0 to +1.0m¹
Eye-Point Length Approx. 17.4 mm (-1m¹)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.00 x 1.7 x 1.75" (2.54 x 4.35 x 4.47 cm)
Weight Approx. 1.0 oz (28 g) without case
Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver)
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    VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver)
     
    4.2

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Lightweight (22)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    • Poor image quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (19)
    • Travel (13)
    • Landscape photography (10)
    • Macro photography (9)
    • Home (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (19), Casual user (4), Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent for framing and focusing

    I like my VF-3. I had both the VF-2 and the VF-3, and I sold off the VF-2 because the VF-3 was completely adequate for its intended purpose of...Read complete review

    I like my VF-3. I had both the VF-2 and the VF-3, and I sold off the VF-2 because the VF-3 was completely adequate for its intended purpose of helping me frame and, with legacy lenses, focus. Resolution is sharp enough for the task, and I don't expect a viewfinder to show me the exact colors I will get from my digital file, which are adjustable anyway.

    My standards for an electronic viewfinder may be low because I am comfortable with the LCD and the EVF is mainly to help me focus when my middle-aged eyes can't see the LCD clearly. The VF-3 lets me leave my reading glasses behind.

    A photographer who wants the image quality of an optical viewfinder may find the VF-3 unacceptable. For framing and focusing, though, it works well.

    One complaint I have for Olympus is that, when I am using an EVF and I put the camera in review mode to see my images, or when I press Menu, the camera switches the view from the EVF to the LCD every time. It gets tedious and distracting, after switching to review mode or the menu, to have to take my eye away from the viewfinder so I can click the viewfinder button to activate it, every single time. The camera remembers which device I want to use for shooting, so it should remember which device I want to use for reviewing and using the menu. But that's a problem with the camera, and probably just its firmware, not a complaint against the viewfinder.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's...just ok...

    Ok, not bad, and meh are the only phrases I can come up with. I bought this to go with my E-PL1 because I never really enjoyed using the LCD screen, I'm old...Read complete review

    Ok, not bad, and meh are the only phrases I can come up with. I bought this to go with my E-PL1 because I never really enjoyed using the LCD screen, I'm old school and prefer a viewfinder. I chose the VF-3 over the VF-2 because it was a few dollars less, slightly smaller, and has 1.0 magnification instead of 1.5, which I prefer.

    After the firmware update I tried it out. The view just doesn't look good. Colors are a bit washed out, and if your eye is not dead-center while looking into the viewfinder the colors take on a pinkish tone. However, outside in the sun the viewfinder is a lot easier to see than the LCD.

    Luckily the E-PL1 built in flash can still be used, but for bounce flashing the viewfinder does block a little bit and so pictures tend to be a little dark on the right side, but just a little.

    Overall I am not impressed, but I still prefer using a viewfinder, and I'm hoping over time it will grow on me.

    Reviewed by 33 customers

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    4.0

    Perfect for the EPM2

    By SLOjoe

    from Central Coast, CA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

    Perfect to increase the usefulness of the epm2- I can now use the camera outside in the sunshine and able to see the lcd and adjust the settings without difficulty. Has diopter adjustment, also tilts up for low level shooting, includes small storage pouch.
    The vf3 and 4 are better but made no sense to me to spend more on the viewfinder than the camera. As it turned out the vf3 worked out just fine.
    Downsides? Makes the camera bulkier, finder could be a little brighter.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Decent EVF

    By BHPR

    from Baltimore, Md.

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Resolution A Bit Low

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

    Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

    I am a DSLR user and bought a small Olympus PM-2 as a carry around. As it is a LCD only camera which I found awkward and unsteady I opted for a EVF. There are a couple available but I didn't want to spend a lot on it so I opted for the VF-3. It works well and shows enough info to be acceptably useful. The 4 might have been clearer but it was $ more and does not have a lock which can cause loss of said expensive EVF. Overall a reasonable viewfinder at a reasonable cost.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Perfect for sunny days

    By me

    from NY

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

        Although the PEN E-PL5 has a great screen, it is still not perfect in full sun. The VF-3 is the perfect answer.

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        • No

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        5.0

        VF-3 electronic Viewfinder

        By Doc

        from McAllen, TX

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

          Excellent addition. Makes taking pix in strong sunlight easy.

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          • No

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          3.0

          VF 3 Viewfinder for Olympus Pen Cameras

          By Stuball

          from Reisterstown, MD

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

          I will use this with my Pen E-PL1 camera when I travelThis accessory is an improvement over previous models because it has a lock to keep it on the camera, it is small, light, yet removable when not needed. This lessens the size of the camera making it more compact. However it prevents use of other Olympus accessories when attached.(microphones,etc)This is a useful accessory however ot an absolute necessity. Don't spend more than $[$]on a sux. viewfinder for your Olympus. Older camera models will need to upgrade firmware from website Olympus for the VF-3 to function. Consider the VF-1 or VF-2 if the price is right.

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          • No

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          5.0

          New life for old lenses.

          By Stevedel

          from Fresno CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                I originally purchased an Olympus PL-1 to use with my collection of Pentax M lenses. It was quite usable, but nothing to get excited about.
                Then I bought a VF-3 viewfinder and everything fell into focus, literally. Now, with the help of the in-camera focusing aid, these tired old eyes can put those old, manual, lenses back into service.
                Thanks, Olympus.

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                3.0

                VF-# viewfinder

                By Ricardo

                from Denver

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                Does the job but not as nice as the VF-2 or VF-4

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                • No

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                5.0

                A need, not an option!

                By Radio K

                from Hudson Valley, NY

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Everything

                  Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                  Wish I hadn't waited to get this; it should COME with the camera! Great addition; now I can focus, can compose in bright light, can use this camera like a "real" DSLR but lightweight, compact, gorgeous. Also: With the viewfinder on the camera, it still has a small profile, thankfully. Get this puppy!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent for framing and focusing

                  By MRD

                  from Maryland, US

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Bright
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Low-resolution
                  • Small Image

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Manual focus

                  Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                  I like my VF-3. I had both the VF-2 and the VF-3, and I sold off the VF-2 because the VF-3 was completely adequate for its intended purpose of helping me frame and, with legacy lenses, focus. Resolution is sharp enough for the task, and I don't expect a viewfinder to show me the exact colors I will get from my digital file, which are adjustable anyway.

                  My standards for an electronic viewfinder may be low because I am comfortable with the LCD and the EVF is mainly to help me focus when my middle-aged eyes can't see the LCD clearly. The VF-3 lets me leave my reading glasses behind.

                  A photographer who wants the image quality of an optical viewfinder may find the VF-3 unacceptable. For framing and focusing, though, it works well.

                  One complaint I have for Olympus is that, when I am using an EVF and I put the camera in review mode to see my images, or when I press Menu, the camera switches the view from the EVF to the LCD every time. It gets tedious and distracting, after switching to review mode or the menu, to have to take my eye away from the viewfinder so I can click the viewfinder button to activate it, every single time. The camera remembers which device I want to use for shooting, so it should remember which device I want to use for reviewing and using the menu. But that's a problem with the camera, and probably just its firmware, not a complaint against the viewfinder.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Does what I was looking for it to do.

                  By stu7555

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                    This viewfinder works well with my xz-1 which I cannot see in bright daylight. It zooms with the camera zoom which is very cool and brightens and dims with the exposure setting. It is compact and easy to mount and remove and simple to use. Out of the box nothing happened - a call to B&H tech support let me know that a firmware upgrade to the xz-1 was needed - then it worked perfectly. The resolution is good for framing shots, but may not be good enough for fine manual focusing - I will normally use autofocus. It would have been nice if it was also available in black, but the functionality and price outweighs the aesthetics.

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By Barbara

                    from Oak Park, CA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Diopter
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks On
                    • Tilts

                    Cons

                    • Didn't Come With Camera

                    Best Uses

                    • Bright light
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                    I'm so glad I bought it (on sale). It's helpful when the light is bright and you can't see the screen. I find it especially useful for macro photography. Since I need glasses for close-up details, this viewfinder makes it easy for me to ensure the focus is sharp. Don't forget to upgrade your camera software. I initially forgot and the viewfinder did not work at all until I had done so. I think it may drain the battery faster, but it's worth it. I found that when the battery said it was "empty" if I turned the camera off then back on a short time later (repeatedly), I could get several more shots. I don't recall having this issue before the viewfinder, but maybe I just didn't try it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    VF-3

                    By wjr

                    from phx, az.

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                      Really like the product! Excellent view and solidly attached.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very excited about this view finder

                      By Michael

                      from Glendale Az

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                        Because, like on most cameras with only a lcd screen, this adds an option when the lcd screen is hard to use in bright sun

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder...

                        By Chamay

                        from Minnesota

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                              This is essential if one is interested in out door photography on bright days. The view is not what one would expect through the viewfinder of an SLR...but this is not an SLR. Great piece of kit...performs as advertised...

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                              5.0

                              Works efficiently

                              By Al

                              from Rio Rancho, New Mexico

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                                Used on my EPL-2. You must upload the software to be able to use this. Not as good as the VF-2 quality wise, but it has a positive lock unlike the VF-2, plus it is cheaper, and works very well on action shots.

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                                4.0

                                Good but not good enough

                                By RangerClouD

                                from Dallas, TX

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Small size

                                Cons

                                • Expensive
                                • Low Resolution

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                                I got used to shooting with EVF since I started to use DSLR. So for a EVIL, EVF is definitely needed. I bought this VF-3 for my Olympus E-PL5. It works well and provides decent range of vision under sunlight. Its size and color also matches my PL5. And,unlike VF-2, VF-3 has a locking button, which makes EVF fix to the camera tight.However, compared with VF-2, VF-3's resolution is lower. Moreover, the color of image showed in VF-3 looks unreal. BTW, the window is too small for my eye. As VF-3 is $ lower than VF-2, the disadvantages I mentioned above are acceptable.

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                                4.0

                                Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder

                                By Tim H.

                                from CA

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Lower Resolution

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                                Bought it for my E-PL2. Got it when Olympus was running a special with an $ rebate, so end up paying only $ . Performance wise it is distant away from its brother VF-2, as the resolution is not high enough. But for the price I paid, the value is hard to beat. Use it whenever I can: close macro shots, outdoors with bright sunlight, etc. Very useful tool if you have a PEN.

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                                5.0

                                I would buy this product again.

                                By Roger

                                from Sterling, Va

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                                      Works very well. I would buy this product again and again!

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                                      5.0

                                      The perfect match for my EPL2

                                      By Droogie

                                      from Spokane

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                                        This little jewel is perfect to use with my EPL2 and my legacy glass. I've read other reviews about people complaining about the resolution and I have not had any problems. Images are nice and sharp, no more squinting at the LCD in bright light trying to manually focus a lens. Being a wearer of eyeglasses I've found the VF-3 to be quite comfortable and there seems to be no distortion at all. Plus it locks on the camera. How cool is that. If you want a viewfinder for your Pen series camera, and want to save a few bucks without compromising quality, this really is a hidden gem.

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                                        5.0

                                        Better than expected.

                                        By Ly

                                        from Washington DC

                                        About Me Semi-Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Locks On

                                        Cons

                                        • Brightness

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • outdoor

                                        Comments about VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras (Silver):

                                        I got the VF-3 during rebates for my E-PM1 that I got from the Penready Project. THE LCD screen just wasn't doing it for me and was too hard to see in bright sunlight. The EVF isn't perfect for outdoor use but that's a problem with EVFs in general.

                                        The VF3 for the cost is still a keeper, and it locks on securely unlike the VF2 so I don't have to worry about losing it.

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