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Best Cameras With Viewfinders

Last updated on 03/14/2014

Viewfinders were standard features on cameras for decades. But as digital cameras shrunk and LCD screens expanded, the beloved viewfinder got the ax. But if you get nostalgic about looking through a camera’s viewfinder (or just can't see your LCD in the sun), here a few cameras whose viewfinders made the cut.

Point and shoots with optical viewfinders are rather rare, but the A1400 is a nice budget camera that still includes the viewfinder. It's also one of few models that run on AA batteries, making it a rather unusual camera model for 2013.
Olympus  PEN E-P5
Fast and Feature Packed
from $1,064.99
[Read our full Olympus PEN E-P5 Review] Fans of the tilting LCD screen will love that the Pen E-P5 includes both a tilting screen and an adjustable electronic viewfinder. But that's not the only thing to love, the E-P5 is also fast and all wrapped up in a classic looking body. With a Micro Four Thirds sensor, image quality should also be top notch. Olympus also included wi-fi and GPS--there's a whole lot to love about the E-P5.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i
from $499.00
DSLRs haven't let go of the viewfinders--in fact, most of them use screens that turn off during shooting. If you are looking for a camera with a viewfinder and have a bit larger budget, look into a DSLR. The Rebel T5i is our favorite so far in 2013, upholding the Canon reputation for quality DSLRs.
Olympus Stylus SP-100 IHS
from $399.00
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 doesn't just sport an electronic viewfinder, it's also the first to offer a dot sight to help users manage the hefty 50x zoom. The viewfinder is electronic, which has a different look to it over the optical type, but it does allow you to use more features directly through the viewfinder. The viewfinder is high resolution (920K dots), but that's not the only reason to look into this camera, it has an excellent lens and is priced well.
Canon PowerShot G16
Canon adds wi-fi to an advanced compact favorite
from $499.00
While advanced compacts with built-in viewfinders tend to be a bit on the bulky side, the Canon PowerShot G16 is heavy on performance with a 1/1.7" sensor and excellent f/1.8-2.8 lens. Priced around $400, it's hard to find a compact with these specs and a viewfinder at this price. Many advanced compacts are now offering a hot shoe slot that can be used with an electronic viewfinder accessory, but purchasing the viewfinder often nearly doubles the price of the camera.
Olympus Stylus 1
An advanced compact with a long zoom
from $633.00
[Read our full Olympus Stylus 1 Review] The Olympus Stylus 1 offers a rare combination of features that are hard to come by in the advanced compact category, including a built-in electronic viewfinder and an impressive 10.7x optical zoom. Again, the viewfinder is electronic, but much more comfortable and easy to use than only using the screen. When you're not using the viewfinder, the LCD screen is bright and tilts for taking shots at awkward angles.