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PanasonicExternal Electronic Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1
 
4.7

(based on 119 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (95)
  • Lightweight (81)
  • Reliable (55)
  • Durable (33)
  • Good image quality (6)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (22)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (63)
  • Travel (62)
  • Landscape photography (59)
  • Macro photography (45)
  • Portraits (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (64), Semi-professional (26), Professional (14), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (111), 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.

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4.0

Nice, handy in bright light, but bulky

By RCMDALM

from Lockhart, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Traveling

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

I am old school, and like to use a viewfinder. The option of having one is one of the reasons I bought an LX-7. I had an LX-5 with the predecessor viewfinder to this one and liked both a lot, so had no problems upgrading. The new viewfinder is much brighter with much higher resolution, but is also much bigger than the prior model, which is incompatible with the LX-7. That said, the viewfinder is terrific in bright daylight, and its ability to swivel 90 degrees vertically is often quite handy. Switching between the viewfinder and the rear screen of the camera is done by clicking on the button just below the viewfinder screen. Others have complained that it's not automatic when you put your eye up to it, but I don't find that an issue at all.

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4.0

useful, but a bit big on the camera.

By Dan

from Bay Area

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Pros

  • Bright
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Provides Setting Data

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Landscape Photography
  • Studio
  • Traveling

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

useful to replace having to use the lcd screen on the camera and reduce impact of glare. Loses a star because it's a bit bulky.

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5.0

Viewfinder for DMC-LX7 AND DMC-GX1

By Tauranga Kiwi

from New Zealand

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Traveling

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

    Does what is says on the box!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent addition

    By skip

    from Washington, D.C.

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I have found the LX-7 one of the best little cameras to take anywhere...social affairs, trips, etc. However, like all LED based cameras without a viewfinder, shooting in bright light can be a problem. This viewfinder solved that problem. I have no idea why I waited so long to get it. I know that these point and shoot cameras have come a long way since I bought this one, but I found that if you get a good one initially, they will last several generations of newer cameras. Look for the big jump in quality, convenience and easy of handling before moving up to a newer camera...these cameras are getting better, just not cheaper.

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      5.0

      Excellent viewfinder!

      By Tri-X46

      from Allentown, PA

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      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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        4.0

        Wonderful Finder

        By Greg

        from Dallas, Texas

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        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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          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

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            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.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                A worthwhile investment

                By John M

                from Phoenix, Az.

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                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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                  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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                  5.0

                  A Great Option for Better Photography

                  By Jolly John

                  from Greenville SC

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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 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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                    4.0

                    Crystal clear viewfinder

                    By Ming

                    from Los Angeles, CA

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                    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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                    5.0

                    Indispensable

                    By SparkyMG

                    from Portland. OR

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                    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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                        4.0

                        This works well

                        By Teton-er

                        from Jackson Hole, WY

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                        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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                        5.0

                        Fastest and least expensivie

                        By Linda of Philly

                        from Philadelphia, Pa

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                        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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                          5.0

                          A must for portrait photography

                          By TCfixit

                          from Cumberland, England

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                          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

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                            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

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                              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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                                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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