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    Hi, I was reading through the manual and it says when using live viewer, we should cover the viewfinder. On top of that, exposing the camera to direct sunlight with the live viewer switched on may damaged the camera circuit.

    In that case, shouldn't we avoid using live viewer? If you video shoot, you need to use the live viewer right? Then how?

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    there are rare instances that the live view mode may be required such as angles that are impossible to take using the viewfinder. i have taken direct sunlight shots through the viewfinder and that is even more dangerous to the human eye than to the camera's sensor. would you rather go blind than use live view? all this would come to common sense on what you are going to shoot. also, the viewfinder automatically closes when you switch to live view.

    video, obviously only works on liveview. unless you are doing a documentary on how the sun will wreck your sensor, i take it you wouldn't be shooting directly at the sun, right?
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    Default Re: live viewer

    Thank you for your advice. I take it that for most normal photo shoot, we should avoid live view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bukitimah View Post
    Thank you for your advice. I take it that for most normal photo shoot, we should avoid live view?
    I would use live view only when necessary, like those angles where its difficult or not possible for me to look through the viewfinder. When you're shooting with your eye looking through the viewfinder, you can tuck your hands in close to your body with better support for the shot. Proper hand holding is one of the fundamentals for photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bukitimah View Post
    Thank you for your advice. I take it that for most normal photo shoot, we should avoid live view?
    Then why are so many manufacturers implementing it? What a waste to include a function with serious limitations. 'Direct sun' refers to mid day sun, pointing the camera directly at the sun. Not much much chances of survival for camera circuitry or human eye. For everything else there are no limitations.
    Your manual aims to be on the very safe side with plenty of warnings and precautions.
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