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

(based on 133 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (102)
  • Lightweight (89)
  • Reliable (62)
  • Durable (38)
  • Good image quality (6)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (23)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (70)
  • Travel (68)
  • Landscape photography (64)
  • Macro photography (50)
  • Portraits (50)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (67), Semi-professional (29), Professional (15), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (119), 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

Excellent addition to my GX-1

By andromeda143

from Melbourne, Australia

Verified Buyer

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

Allows my GX-1 to be used in strong daylight conditions and also good for someone like me who is used to DSLR's with viewfinders. Nice clear vision with no extreme 'tearaway' effects.

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5.0

A necessity for the GX1

By mj

from Detroit

Verified Reviewer

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

Almost all the higher end M43 cameras now have eye level viewfinders, so products like these aren't really necessary anymore. But if you do have a GX1- and it's still a great camera- this is pretty much required for outdoor use. It's not as good as the built in finder on a GX7, but it's a lot better than the model that proceeded it, and it's far better than trying to use the back panel display when in full sunlight.

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5.0

Highly recommended

By delphi

from Sydney, Australia

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this electronic viewfinder for my recently acquired Panasonic Lumix LX7. I also own a Panasonic DMC TZ10 which I love. What annoyed me terribly was that in bright sunlight the LCD screen is totally washed out and reflective. As a film shooter I really missed not being able to look through a viewfinder especially, as mentioned, in bright sunlight. I purchased the LX 7 because it came with the option of adding a viewfinder, but I bought the viewfinder some time later.

The display of the viewfinder is bright and clear. I love it and the viewfinder now stays permanently on the camera. Yes, it makes the camera a bit bulkier and I still have to find a camera bag that fits the LX7, two batteries and one or two spare cards. The current camera bag I have is just a little tight and I am always a bit worried that I may damage the unit and the camera when putting the camera back into the bag with the unit attached. Overall, compared to my film SLR the LX7 with the electronic viewfinder attached is still a small camera.

The electronic viewfinder is quite expensive but then the LX7 is a splendid little camera and therefore I felt it was worth the extra expense. I was a bit worried that I may need to read a long instruction manual but this is not the case! Remove the hot shoe cover, slide the electronic viewfinder into the hot shoe, press the button and it works! The colours don't seem to be accurate but I don't find this to be a problem. Since I am still shooting a lot of film I can not see the result anyhow until I get the films back from the lab. I use the electronic viewfinder for the composition. I think colours on LCD screens are not accurate either and looking at the histogram gives you a better idea of the exposure, etc. Learn how to use the camera and all its function and then there is no need to constantly check the LCD screen and waste battery power.

This electronic viewfinder is an excellent addition to the Panasonic LX7. Highly recommended.

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5.0

It didn't do too much, then I got the camera.

By Hey U

from North America.

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Needs Expensive Accessory
  • Not Functional

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Home
  • Landscape Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Portraits
  • Studio
  • To Look Through
  • Traveling

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

Big, bright, clear. It helps me to see, frame, focus, and steady the camera. If you get this, be sure and get a camera that works with or it's worthless. You could use to steady a short legged table. Or maybe barter with a friend. you could use it to bean some one and it would hurt, too! But me, mostly, I just looks through it. I couldn't see a darn thing through it until I got a camera. Now put on my camera. make sure a battery is in it. Turn on the camera and it's just wonderful to look through!

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  • No

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5.0

Lumix GX1 viewfder

By Michael

from San Jose, CA

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Traveling

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

    The viewfinder is a must for the Lumix GX1 camera, especially on bright sunny days. It works very well with the Lumix GX1, easy to install and presents all the information seen on the back screen viewfinder.

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    • No

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    5.0

    1 minor defect is a great focusing aid

    By Langarry

    from Atlanta Ga

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Color Fantastic
    • 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:

      I bought this viewfinder from the used Department and guess it was returned Because of a Bad Pixel but its only 1 and it the best diopter Focusing aid ever found Focus the Diopter until you can see it the best. The Viewfinder shows the full gamut Red reds Green Greens and its easier to tell Pink from red Shooting at 10,000 Kelvins at an Antique Lightbulb. Also it shows Shooting conditions accurately. if u see grey on black the move will also show Grey on black. Only thing not so great is a Rainbow Lightshow but it is fun Stare at the picture to avoid it pan ur eye to see it :)

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      5.0

      A must when to shot under bright sunlight

      By mike

      from los angeles

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

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

        It is very useful to shot under bright sunlight when the LCD screen is nearly washed out.Always best serves from B&H .

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Viewfinder

        By Maria

        from Berkeley

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

        I was looking for viewfinder for my Leica D Lux 6 and happily found the a viewfinder from LUMIX. It works great and and is less the half the price of the original Leica viewfinder. I would definitely recommend this gear!

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        5.0

        A must have

        By From Midian

        from Great Falls Mt

        About Me Professional

        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:

          For those photographers who like through the lens viewing. Good quality and a must have to complete the LX7.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Acceptable

          By Big Bear Tommy

          from Camarillo, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Difficult To Use
          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

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

            I tried this external viewfinder on my Lumix LX7 and it was too bright and the details were washed out. I tried all different settings that I could and nothing would make it acceptable.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent piece og equipment

            By Geir

            from Norway

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

            A complete different photo experience with this. Highly recommended!

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            5.0

            Exactly what I wanted

            By Don

            from Perth, Western Australia

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

            The product supplied by B&H performs perfectly. I have attached it to my Lieca D--Lux 6, and it fully performs all functions. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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            5.0

            dont buy this camera without it

            By Timster

            from Golden, colorado

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 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:

              You get a full full of the screen, and full control, and the diopter adjustment allbeit small is very clear. the unit is small and "delicate" and i find myself being particuliarly carefull when using it. Being used to slr cameras for 40 years, this is so much better to use than the on board screen for all shooting. I havent used the tilt function very much yet, but I can see that being a handy feature in the future.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Just like changing my camera!

              By Torius960

              from Rome, Italy

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Since I get off the B&H store I never get it off the camera (LX-7) using the gear almost everytime during my recent two trips.The view is outstandingly brisht in all conditions, it makes the difference with the already very good display.Actually no defect.

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                4.0

                Nice, handy in bright light, but bulky

                By RCMDALM

                from Lockhart, TX

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    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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                      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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