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

(based on 109 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (88)
  • Lightweight (75)
  • Reliable (50)
  • Durable (29)
  • Good image quality (6)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Everyday (58)
  • Travel (55)
  • Landscape photography (54)
  • Portraits (42)
  • Macro photography (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (58), Semi-professional (23), Professional (14), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (103)

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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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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    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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        • No

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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

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                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

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                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

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                  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

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                    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

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                      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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                      5.0

                      electronic view finder

                      By Corky

                      from Painesville Ohio

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Traveling

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

                        I just can't believe I went almost a year with my LX-7 before I got the electronic view finder. The diopter adjuster is super,
                        I can use the EVF with or without my glasses, it has that much range of focus.I just put the camera in front of my eye, just like a DSLR.But even better,because it tilts up a full 90 degrees.

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                        5.0

                        Great add-on for my LX7

                        By Ron

                        from Jacksonville, FL

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

                        This viewfinder was the deal breaker for purchasing my LX7. It was what I was one of the things I was looking for when purchasing a camera. Sometimes I want the feel of a classic camera with a view finder. Great for outdoor, although I wish the eyecup was a little bigger. Overall, extremely satisfied! I definitely recommend as a companion with the LX7 or any Lumix its compatible with!

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                        5.0

                        Completes the package

                        By TimV

                        from Kansas City

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                        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:

                          I purchased this viewfinder because I am coming from an optical viewfinder on a dslr. It is by far the best way to compose a picture. The view finder has great resolution, it is bright and has a well needed diopter adjustment. It also tilts up 90 degrees which makes it extremely easy to get the right angle on any shot you want. This accessory makes the lx7 an even better camera than most mid priced dslr,s. It is very portable, can be removed easily, and seems well made. If you use your camera outdoors in bright light then this accessory is a must, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to view an lcd screen in direct sun light. Buy it, it is well worth the money!

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                          5.0

                          Panasonic Electronic Viewfinder

                          By ColoPhotoGirl

                          from Colorado

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            The viewfinder is perfect for those who do not like to use the screen. It provides the same information shown on the screen but without sun glare. IMHO it is a must have item to compliment the LX7 and GX1 cameras. I have both cameras and this item was purchase as a gift so I can have one on each camera.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great Addition to a Great Little Camera

                            By Les

                            from Pinehurst, NC

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

                            Excellent image clarity and does not add a lot of bulk to this mighty little camera. (DMC-LX7) Easy to take on and off. Makes framing photos so much better. Rather pricy but glad I bought it.Les

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                            5.0

                            At this price, just get one. No brainer.

                            By Kye

                            from Brisbane, Australia

                            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:

                              The good:
                              Having a viewfinder on the camera.
                              Quality of the colour reproduction.
                              Diopter adjustment design.
                              Resolution.
                              Locks onto hotshoe securely.

                              The bad:
                              Sometimes tearing of colour (sequential red/green/blue not seamless).

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