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Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1

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Product Highlights
  • Viewfinder for DMC-LX7/DMC-GX1 Cameras
  • Displays Same Information as LCD
  • 1,440,000-Dot Equivalent Resolution
  • Effective in Bright Sunlight
  • Tilts 0 to 90° for Low-Angle Shots

The Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1 is an optional viewfinder for the DMC-LX7 or DMC-GX1 Micro 4/3 camera. Just mount this on the camera's hot shoe, and you've got a superb 1,440,000-dot equivalent color viewfinder image, with all of the same information that's displayed on the LCD screen. It displays 100% of the image, and works particularly well in bright sunlight (always tough on LCD displays). The viewfinder also tilts up 90° to make low-angle shots easier than ever. Because it mounts on the camera's hot shoe, it can't be used with a shoe-mounted flash on the camera.

Viewfinder displays same information as LCD
Field sequential color, 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution
Effective in bright sunlight
Tilts 0 to 90° for low-angle shots
Type Live View Finder (field sequential color, 1,440,000-dot equivalent)
Field of View Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye-Point Length Approx. 17.5mm from eyepiece lens
Adjustable Diopter Yes, -4.0 - +4.0 m-1
Dimensions 1.15 x 1.87 x 1.92" (29.4 x 47.7 x 48.9mm)
Weight 1.26 oz (36 g)
Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicExternal Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1
     
    4.7

    (based on 115 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (78)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (91)
    • Lightweight (78)
    • Reliable (52)
    • Durable (31)
    • Good image quality (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (20)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (61)
    • Travel (58)
    • Landscape photography (56)
    • Portraits (44)
    • Macro photography (43)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (61), Semi-professional (25), Professional (14), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (107), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    External viewfinder

    I agree with many that this is an expensive device, but these days, that's just a given for something of high quality. I will not decrease the rating since that is not a...Read complete review

    I agree with many that this is an expensive device, but these days, that's just a given for something of high quality. I will not decrease the rating since that is not a fair evaluation of the actual device itself, cost vs. value is a subjective event. Everything costs too much these days, there seems to be no fix for that.
    I shoot with a sixty year old Leica IIIf, an Olympus DSLR and a Fuji X100. I simply must have a viewfinder, optical or electronic. But here's the drawback with an optical, and this includes my old Leica. If you use anything other than the focal length it is designed for, then you run into some serious framing issues. I routinely switch from 35mm-50mm-90mm even on my old screw mount rangefinder, and so you must use an external viewfinder. Leica was smart, even back then, they offered variable external viewfinders. That's what this electronic viewfinder for my LX-7 does; it's simply a new design of a very old concept, and it works beautifully. It has a great image, with excellent ergonomics. By placing the diopter inside, you cannot accidentally knock it off adjustment, and switching between viewfinder and screen is also well executed. I wouldn't mind a sensor like my X100 that automatically switches, but I also realize that this would increase the size and complexity of the switch function, and it works too well as is to make a complaint. It now seems simply like an updated version of my old Leica, a great example of a predecessor in size and capabilities, especially since it has a summilux for a lens. I would simply not own the LX-7 without this viewfinder; I do not miss the hot shoe. The LX-7 does very well at low light with no flash. I always go flashless, whenever I can, always have, even before the digital age.
    Great device, great design, highly recommended.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very useful yet bad finishing

    A must-have tool to complement your GX1 or LX7. The image is very bright and clear and very useful when taking outdoor photos under the bright sunlight.

    It makes the camera...Read complete review

    A must-have tool to complement your GX1 or LX7. The image is very bright and clear and very useful when taking outdoor photos under the bright sunlight.

    It makes the camera a bit bulky, but I don't mind it with my GX1. Overall it is still a pretty compact camera.

    My only concern is the quality of the finishing. The build quality of the item is firm enough, but the painting can easily peeled off. Mine started showing some peeling marks after two months of regular use, revealing the aluminium surface underneath the black painting.

    In terms of usage, this is a 5-star item but a big no-no in terms of its finishing.

    Reviewed by 115 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent viewfinder!

    By Tri-X46

    from Allentown, PA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Convenient
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • On Sunny Days
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

      Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

      Remove the accessory shoe cover, slide the viewfinder in the track, press the button and it's on, and while it's on, you save power on the monitor. On a sunny day, you'll need it. And if you are an old photographer, you'll love it.
      Besides, you can tilt it up for a 90 degree view.

      B&H shipped quickly and it was well packed.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Wonderful Finder

      By Greg

      from Dallas, Texas

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Refresh Rate
      • Good Resolution
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

        I am using this finder on an LX7 and love the ergonimics of the setup. Resolution and colors are excellent. Very nice locking mechanism that makes certain it's never going to slip off accidently.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Easy to find and quick to ship

        By pdagnew

        from Mission Viejo, CA

        Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

        This EVF accessory was recommended by BH for taking discrete pictures and where a steady hand is needed. Does a great job!

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        5.0

        SUPERB

        By Michael Thomas

        from UK

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

              This was a present for my elder daughter who is an experienced photographer. She is delighted with this viewfinder in every respect. Some have complained that it is heavy but the weight feels just right like a camera should and well built.I envy the variable positioning. To be able to shoot upwards while looking straight ahead would have suited me very well on my trips to India.No complaints at all except that Governments take so much in tax and duties.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              A worthwhile investment

              By John M

              from Phoenix, Az.

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                I bought this for the DMC-LX7, and Im quite pleased. The coverage is accurate and it provides a better option for daylight image composition over the rear LCD. Out of the box I had a little trouble at first using it with glasses, but once I found the diopter adjustment wheel that took care of it. The 90 degree viewing option is great for close-ups and shooting low to the ground.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good add on

                By afs

                from Brazil

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                • Some Image Delay

                Best Uses

                • Traveling

                Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                Expensive but a nice addition if you face a situation where the ambient light is too high or when the sun hits the lcd.

                Good resolution, but the colors aren't very accurate, you'll need to set up bright, saturation and color.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A Great Option for Better Photography

                By Jolly John

                from Greenville SC

                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 Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                  There are three good reasons to own this viewfinder; 1) It is adjustable to fit your vision. So when you look through it and see things in focus or out of focus, that's what it is. This beats using reading glasses to look at the back screen. 2) If you are outdoors with strong light on the back panel you can't see your image. With the view finder, that is not a problem. 3) This thing flips up so you can look down at your image like in cameras from pre 1960. If you want to shoot a picture of a small dog, small child down at floor level. You don't have to lie on the floor. And finally in terms of installing or removing this, it slides on and off easily enough. BTW, the button on the back let's you toggle from using the viewfinder to using the camera's back LCD display. I highly recommend this device. It's well worth the cost.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Crystal clear viewfinder

                  By Ming

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Pricy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                  Crystal clear viewfinder.Amazing!The only thing I don't like is its price. It should be an on-board viewfinder instead of $.Overall, a must have accessary for outside photography.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Indispensable

                  By SparkyMG

                  from Portland. OR

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                    The electronic viewfinder is indispensable when photographing outside on a sunny day. The rear monitor of the LX7 (or any other camera) becomes difficult to read when sunlight falls on it directly. What is especially neat about this viewfinder is that it tilts up…so you can use it looking down (like an old twin lens reflex) or hold the camera over your head. It is well done, bright and readable, better in my estimation than many built ins

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Dabikedude

                    from Las Vegas, Nevada

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                      This was a super addition to my LX7 and works wonderful.As always the customer service from B&H was flawless and the shipping was fats and efficient.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      This works well

                      By Teton-er

                      from Jackson Hole, WY

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                      I bought the GX-1 because I wanted a DSLR quality camera in a much smaller package. I travel quite a bit, and I also bring this camera backpacking, climbing, and skiing. I chose this over the OMD in part because it was smaller, lighter, and more portable. The downside was lack of an EVF. This EVF works very well. It makes this portable camera feel like a true SLR. I would add that my picture composition is also much improved compared to using the screen. I even like the 90 degree rotation, which I did not think I would use. The picture through the EVF is very clear and represents the entire photograph. The downside is that the camera is less pocketable, and I believe has a larger profile than the OMD, with the viewfinder in place. However, I really have no complaints. If I am climbing and need pocketablilty I simply do no bring the view-finder. In situations where pocketability is not as much an issue, then the EVF is a great enhancement to this awesome little camera. It is a great complement to the larger micro 4/3 lenses available for this camera. It does what it is supposed to do.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Fastest and least expensivie

                      By Linda of Philly

                      from Philadelphia, Pa

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                        I received my viewfinder in two days of the order. I pay less than the Panasonic website. No shipping charge. So efficient! B&H is an excellent choice for buying camera equipment. I am hooked.Linda

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A must for portrait photography

                        By TCfixit

                        from Cumberland, England

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                          When used in conjunction with my Olympus 45mm F1.8 (90mm)lens that I use for portraiture, the Viewfinder comes in to its own, especially for accurate focusing on the subjects eyes. Also it is invaluable when using the camera outdoors in strong sunlight (even in the UK).

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                          5.0

                          Excellent alternative for the Leica EVF3

                          By Tony

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                            Saved a few bucks by going with the Panasonic version which fits the Leica D-Lux 6 camera. Very useful when taking outdoor pictures when shooting in bright sunlight or even in very dim surroundings.

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                            5.0

                            Wow! What a difference.

                            By Batuche

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Flips Up To View
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Close-up
                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                              Used in bright sunlight when the LCD screen is nearly washed out, to fine-tune close up photos, and for low level photos when the angle of the LCD screen would be difficult to view. It provides a clear view plus all the information normally shown on the LCD screen. I leave it on the camera all the time.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Just what the doctor ordered

                              By New Hampshire Video

                              from Southern NH

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • A Bit Cube Like

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                              You really need this if your interested in shooting in daylight or desire to shoot in manual mode.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Panasonic Viewfinder for GX1

                              By Peter I

                              from New Zealand

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                                This addition to the LUMIX GX1 which I had converted to having an Infrared sensor installed has made a big difference to my composition most especially in strong light situations where the screen (even with power turned up) made composing outdoors difficult. Now with this viewfinder this process is now seamless. Well worth the cost..and in my view all higher end small four thirds should have a viewfinder as standard as well as the rear screen.

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                                5.0

                                More than expected

                                By aB

                                from Santa Rosa, CA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                                  I just received the electronic viewfinder for my Panasonic GX-1. It works very well and helps immensely when the lighting conditions, particularly outdoors, make the main LCD panel difficult to view.
                                  The unexpected bonus is the tilt feature that allows the viewfinder to be rotated 90 degrees. Will be particularly helpful for closeup photos.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Finder !!!

                                  By ace1a

                                  from New York , NY

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use

                                    Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                                    Quite expensive but worth every penny, This finder gives new life to the camera, it is sharp and great in bright light where the LCD is hard to see!

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                                    4.0

                                    Set expectations appropriately

                                    By Der

                                    from Western WY

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky
                                    • So-so Image Quality

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Studio

                                    Comments about Panasonic External Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1:

                                    This viewfinder is easy to use, attaches securely, and provides a good image. Additionally, the tilt feature is more useful that I expect and opens up some new options for creative shooting. I got this for use in bright light outside and it really does help.

                                    Unfortunately, the overall image is not as good as the LCD on the back of the camera. It's a little dimmer, not quite as clear, and there is definitely some lag when panning quickly. It's not bad, mind you, just not great. I find I still use the LCD screen most of the time and only switch to the viewfinder when it's needed in the situations I described (bright sun, low angles, etc).

                                    It also adds a fair bit of bulk to the camera but that's expected. When you need it, though, it's great to have.

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