For me it does, a great deal, what about you? A bright, big viewfinder is important to me, coz not only does it aid in focusing, composing/framing, but it lets you 'see' more clearly as more light is hitting your retina. Simply put, I hate small, dim viewfinders. Not pointing fingers at any specific brand but I think some of the VF really sucks, on those entry level or even mid range DSLR. It takes a lot of squinting to see thru them and I hate that.
So far what is your favourite camera viewfinder? Most SLR film cameras by the major manufacturers from mid range level up have pretty good VF. For mid range DSLR cameras, the best VF so far is the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D's one. Super bright and clear. If only the 'C' brand would take the hint and make their VFs on their mid range DSLR equally as good. I also like the Canon 1 series VF, and Nikon's D2* series for pro body level VF. But I do wish the camera manufacturers would come out with decent VF for the mid and lower range bodies. I understand that design has a lot to do with it, a smaller size camera means smaller mirror box, smaller reflex mirror (due to the cropped sensor) smaller pentaprism chamber etc. Hence the vf has to be smaller, and this in turn alows less light in. Do you think the companies have the technology to create better vf in the next crop of entry/mid level DSLR cameras? e.g by using new materials, design techniques?