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SonyFDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder
 
4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

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    (24)

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    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (32)
  • Great resolution (15)
  • Compact (12)
  • Good in low light (10)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (13)
  • Sports/action (9)
  • Family photos (8)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Wildlife (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must buy if you own a RX1

This EVF offers amazing high resolution. If you own a RX1 you will be amazed at the WYSIWYG after you release the shutter. The price admittedly is insane! But, this is a special...Read complete review

This EVF offers amazing high resolution. If you own a RX1 you will be amazed at the WYSIWYG after you release the shutter. The price admittedly is insane! But, this is a special unique camera. I would strongly recommend this viewfinder.

John

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK - not overwhelmed

My electronic viewfinder arrived yesterday - beautifully packaged. It does a great job of moving what you see on the rear screen into a very clear viewfinder - helpful to those who like TTL...Read complete review

My electronic viewfinder arrived yesterday - beautifully packaged. It does a great job of moving what you see on the rear screen into a very clear viewfinder - helpful to those who like TTL views. However, I was very disappointed that it will not work with the Sony Thumbgrip. It will ony work directly on the camera.

If you want to use the thumbgrip - then use the optical viewfinder, or none at all.

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4.0

Small, usefull.

By JK

from NYC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

    Necessary tool for some photograpic situations.Very small, and usefull.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good EVF with pristine view

    By Sohail

    from Abu Dhabi, UAE

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Pricey
    • Vulnerability

    Best Uses

    • Mass Coupling
    • Street

    Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

    This is a pricey though mandatory accessory for the Sony RX!R. The view is spectacular. Only problem is that it feels like it could be knocked off any time. Hasn't happened yet, but it just feels vulnerable. Otherwise functionality is 100%.

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    5.0

    better than the optical viewfinder

    By Ansel

    from Detroit

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

      I have struggled for many years to get daytime shots in bright light. the lcd screen in most cameras becomes more of a reflecting mirror and many's the time I simply shoot blind and hope for the best. I recently splurged on the Sony RX1r, but the optical view finder was disappointing on this beautiful camera which is otherwise a joy. I exchanged it (Thanks B&H) for the electronic view finder (Sony FDA-EVMiK)and have been very happy with it. With the optical view finder none of the metadata, etc were visible. But worse yet the AF tracking info was gone too. Now I get sharp focusing brackets and sharper images. this screen lights up when you put the camera right next to your face. the optical view finder activates in the same way but with my face pressed to the view finder I could not refocus since I would have to take my face away to look at the lcd screen. that would be ok in very bad ambient light. Happy to say that problem is solved with this great view finder. I would gladly have paid the difference for this electronic view finder but the other good news is that this one is cheaper than the optical. the arm connecting this view finder to the camera is conveniently jointed so there is the possibility for a variety of positions vis a vis your eye and the camera. you can even hold the camera at waist level this way and look down into the now horizontal plane of the view finder with the lens facing straight ahead. if there is any complaint I have it is that it is becoming so useful that I am reluctant to go out with my camera unless the viewfinder is attached. this makes the camera a bit larger bot, there are plenty of cases out there.

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      4.0

      Useful but very expensive

      By Alexander

      from Mukilteo, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

            A very helpful piece of equipment, it greatly enhances the overall shooting experience. You must be careful with appendage accessories that get clipped, screwed, snapped or otherwise affixed to the top, bottom or sides of cameras, it could be bumped, or knocked off and damaged.

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            5.0

            Worthy accessory

            By kgsmith1

            from Jamestown, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                The images look three dimensional through this device. Helpful in bright light when the LCD can be difficult to see well.

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                5.0

                Sony Electronic Viewfinder

                By Jan

                from Hawaii

                Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                Makes my Sony RX100 II complete. Love having it. It is great that when I hold it to my eye it turns on immediately, & when I take my eye away from it Turns off itself & I see on the LCD screen immediately.

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                5.0

                Extremely useful on sunny days

                By Brian the mad cyclist

                from Cupertino, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                    I often use this camera while cycling, attached to a binocular harness so I always have it available. This works great except on sunny days, I'm basically shooting blind. With this, I can stop, lift the camera to my eye, and properly frame and shoot.
                    Works great, only drawback is, obviously, the cost.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Addition to RX1

                    By Chris

                    from Chattanooga, TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                        For the first year, I used my RX1 without the EVF. Having now acquired the EVF, I consider it indispensable. It transforms the camera. The image is clear and bright, and all necessary shooting information is available but not cluttered. My EVF fits securely and I have no concern that it may be knocked loose. I do wish, however, that there was some way to lock it in the collapsed position, as the rubber eyecup tends to catch on clothing, the camera bag, etc., causing the EVF to extend to a more vulnerable position.

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                        5.0

                        Makes HX50 useable in bright sunlight.

                        By Fred

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                          Pricey, but well worth it.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          A good solid viewfinder

                          By George

                          from Olivebridge, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                              I purchased this to use with the Sony RX100 ii. Its a fine viewfinder. I gave this 4 out of five stars for two reasons: first, while this is a well made piece of equipment, it does not come close to the viewfinder that is an on-board component of the Fuji X100S. The Fuji is clearer. Second, the price for this, like most of Sony's accessories is ridiculous.

                              Sony makes good products, and at the same time gouges its loyal customers.

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                              5.0

                              Best EVF in the market

                              By Fruchstuck

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Best Evf In The Market
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Resolution

                              Cons

                              • Accessory Not Built In

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                              Very high resolution and refresh rate, great image, extremely easy to use, very intuitive and most useful level indication. A lot of people says bad things about Sony because the RX1 and RX1R have no viewfinder, and the EVF as well as the optical viewfinder are very expensive accessories. This EVF is without a doubt the best money can buy these days, and it is highly recommended. I woudl prefer to have it built in the RX1R, but still....great.

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                              5.0

                              Great EFV - expensive but worth it

                              By Mike J

                              from Vancouver, B.C

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                Really useful product for composing and when shooting in bright light. I am used to SLR type cameras, and really like the option to use the viewfinder. THe brightness is a bit misleading, but it does allow composition in bright sunlight, which I find useful, especially when travelling in South Asia. A minor downside is its hard to find a camera bag that is small and will store the camera with its EFV mounted. I will look for one, it takes a bit away from the RX100 II's slimness, but the added functionality is worth it.The major downside is the price - its expensive for sure. However, its also seems to be commanding a good price on reseller markets, so you can get it and then sell if it you are not using it - but I bet once you get it, you will use it all the time.

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                                5.0

                                Must have

                                By Doc.

                                from Chicago, Illinois

                                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                  The good news is this works. The display works just fine. It is needed in bright light. I am glad I got it. The bad news is the price. The cost of my camera, come on. I also worry that when I need to replace my camera the viewfinder will not work on it. I would recommend it to a friend.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 10
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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Needed but expensive

                                  By Doc.

                                  from Chicago, Illinois

                                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Small / Compact

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                    This is a must have. It works and works well. Under bright light is when you understand why you need it. It's compact, easy to use and gives a full view of all information. I would not be without it. The down side is the price.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 10
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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Needed but expensive

                                    By Doc.

                                    from Chicago, Illinois

                                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife photos

                                      Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                      This is a must have. It works and works well. Under bright light is when you understand why you need it. It's compact, easy to use and gives a full view of all information. I would not be without it. The down side is the price.

                                      • Ease of Operation:
                                      • 10
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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Sony EV1MK -great accessory for RX1R

                                      By veritas 2004

                                      from Brisbane, Australia

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Good in Low Light
                                      • Great Resolution

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                          The Sony RX1R is a great camera, but the electronic viewfinder FDA-EV1MK is an almost essential accessory. The tilt feature makes the camera a real joy to use!

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                                          4.0

                                          So far, so good!

                                          By Lyle

                                          from Chicago

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Good in Low Light
                                          • Great Resolution

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Sports/Action

                                            Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                            Despite the improved brightness on the Sony RX100 Model 2, my older eyes have difficulty with LCD in bright sunlight. The EVF takes care of that, giving all the information on the LCD. A little concerned about the battery drain of the EVF (powered by the camera)and, of course, the initial cost.

                                            • Ease of Operation:
                                            • 7

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                                            4.0

                                            Indispensable but very expensive

                                            By David CP

                                            from Seattle

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Bright
                                            • Displays All Data Needed
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Good in Low Light
                                            • Great Resolution
                                            • Shows Full Frame
                                            • Small / Compact

                                            Cons

                                            • Way Overpriced

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Bright Outdoors
                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Street Photography
                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                            I have been using cameras with viewfinders in them since 1963 perhaps. For a long time the lack of a viewfinder ruled out a compact camera before I even looked any further. But I needed the other specs of the Sony Cybershot RX100M2 so tried it without a viewfinder. It is a good camera, no doubt about it. An almost perfect second camera. But I did miss the viewfinder. Having ordered one (it's a ridiculous price, almost as much as a good compact camera all on its own) I find it really excellent and I hope to forget how much I had to pay for it. It works very well. Automatically switches between LCD and viewfinder. Is bright. Full frame. Displays all the info you need. Has a diopter adjustment. The angle is adjustable. It's small. Detachable. Comes with a cute little case.
                                            Now if I could only get a $200 rebate on it I'd give it 5 stars plus. It's overpriced.

                                            • Ease of Operation:
                                            • 9
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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Brilliant images

                                            By ThumperBob

                                            from Flushing, NY

                                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Good in Low Light
                                            • Great Resolution
                                            • Large Clear LCD

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Sports/Action

                                              Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                              Image is absolutely brilliant, Great detail, quite bright

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                                              4.0

                                              Sony Viewfinder

                                              By Robbym

                                              from Toronto, Canada

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Great Resolution
                                              • Great Zoom
                                              • Small / Compact

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Macro Photography
                                                • Video

                                                Comments about Sony FDA-EVM1K Electronic Viewfinder:

                                                Very clear image, excellent for magnified details in manual focus. Not as bright or well made as the Sony/Zeiss optical viewfinder and not compatible with thumb grips.

                                                • Ease of Operation:
                                                • 7
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                                                • No

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