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    Default How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    Hmmm, there are a few SLRs in the market now that offers 'live view.' Does anyone have any read-ups on how this is achieved?

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    Thanks for the link, J-Chan.



    From the image above (from: http://www.olympus-esystem.com/dea/products/e330/feature/index.html), it seems that the TTL light is split into 2 - one portion to the live view CCD and the other portion of the light to the viewfinder. Wouldn't this make the viewfinder dark? Do correct me if I am wrong.

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    This is Olympus E-330... yes... the viewfinder is pretty small & dark... but i think the E-410 & E-510 is different already...

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    This depends on the shooting style. As with most P&S, The LCD viewer is almost useless under bright sunshine. Then the viewfinder would be just nice for the framing and shooting. But then in a darker situation, when the viewfinder is too dark to see anything, the Live View with it's boost, make it possible to frame a subject. It's more of how a photog uses the equipment and overcome the limitations.

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    S5pro and 1D mkIII also offer live view for a while. can check it out.

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    S5Pro comes with LiveView?? Don't think so.

    1DMkIII is with LiveView..but it cost a boom to own. The Olympus E-330, E-510 and E-410 is a lot cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu-By-U View Post
    S5Pro comes with LiveView?? Don't think so.

    1DMkIII is with LiveView..but it cost a boom to own. The Olympus E-330, E-510 and E-410 is a lot cheaper.
    ok, sorry i read 'wrongly'

    took from fuji webbie.

    Designed with Studio Workflow in Mind

    Function Lock
    Live View function
    Remark function
    RAW+JPEG dual-save mode

    Other Camera Functions

    Viewfinder with a magnification : Approx. x0.94
    11-point AF sensor
    High-precision i-TTL flash control
    2.5 inch LCD with approx. 230,000 pixel resolution
    Nikon F mount compatibility for all Nikkor AF-D/G and the latest AF-S optics

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    Wonder what they mean by "Live View Function". Any S5Pro user here can explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu-By-U View Post
    Wonder what they mean by "Live View Function". Any S5Pro user here can explain?
    same as the one in 1D mkIII

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    Ah! Found some information on Panasonic's DMC-L1's live view.

    Read it here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pana...mcl1/page7.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu-By-U View Post
    Wonder what they mean by "Live View Function". Any S5Pro user here can explain?
    fujifilm had this before olympus E330 with the s3pro. Just using the sensor to see lor but it was limited to 30secs and very troublesome to use as it is nested in the menus.

    E330 is the ONLY live view which allows AF and exposure concurrently with live view. The newer E510 and E410 only has live view B which need to flip the mirror up to AF (losing live view momentarily)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wind30 View Post
    fujifilm had this before olympus E330 with the s3pro. Just using the sensor to see lor but it was limited to 30secs and very troublesome to use as it is nested in the menus.
    I agree.. The S5Pro has the live view function but it is only for 30secs, so that you can adjust the composition etc. However, you are unable to change the timing, therefore, it is fixed at 30secs. At the end of 30secs, the camera automatically snaps the picture for you. You can't snap the picture at e.g. 15secs, even after you're satisfied with the composition.

    Good thing is that you can choose between a colour or B&W live view.

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    I don't own a S5Pro, but i found this info on the Net.

    The "live view" is more of a "live preview" mode. It's different from the live view provided by the Olympus series. More info in the link below:

    http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/came...39/page_3.html

    Here are the important points, as quoted from link above:

    "You can only use Live View to examine the images beforehand. When in Live View, you cannot press the shutter release."

    "This is only a preview, however, so it is only meant to check focus, and you can zoom in quite closely. The advantage of the live preview, which is a more appropriate name for it, is that you see the entire frame, as the viewfinder always cuts off a bit."

    And here's something quoted from the S5Pro Manual:

    "Continued use of live image display can cause the CCD to overheat, resulting in coarseness or noise such as white spotting in images. If this occurs, turn the camera off and wait for it to cool down before starting again."

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by dewey; 11th June 2007 at 05:33 PM.

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    For the S5Pro, it is a function which I do not use very often. Think I have only used it once or twice. It's a good-to-have function, not a must-have.
    Last edited by cityofangels; 11th June 2007 at 05:37 PM.

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    Default Re: How does a SLR provide 'live view'?

    Interesting...wonder why Fuji do not implement a cutoff shutter release to reduce the 30sec when required.

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