In the future models, if one doesn't have it will become an "inadequate" model. Just like AF, AE, continuous shutter, its another tool to help to make shooting easier. If one likes to prone on the ground to compose a low angle shot, so be it, I will use the live view.
Good to have! Lying prone/standing on higher ground just isn't an option sometimes.. And maybe one day you might just want to take a close-up of something you don't want to put your face too close to :bsmilie:
Yah, if this feature is really a waste of time, why would any1 wants to buy angle finder during the film era? Thats because shooting thru the Viewfinder isn't always that convenient. In digital era, live view is a built in angle finder.
I'd say this feature is good when u need it...when u need to take shots at a height that is not comfortable for you or when you need to squeeze your camera into a crevice that your face have problem going into. But of course, live view to me is best when it has a flip up/down panel like the A300/350.
However, if the live-view comes at the expense of slower shutter speed, slower AF or other features, i'd give it a miss...
I know some of you might not agree... But I feel that the digital age has made our life as a photographer better, but at the same time, made ourselves as slave to the digital age.
Constant upgrading is a must now as in this new era of photography, having a new camera means to have a new system to get your jobs done. If you are the type in believing technology helping in your job to be simplier, you might disagree my point.
Now back to the subject, new DSLR technology is like a delicacy, is nice to have, but not a MUST. If you think you can get most of your jobs done with your current setup, stick to it but move on when you think its necessary.
LV brings greater convenience, so it's a good-to-have. Technology (generally, used in the right way) is meant to bring greater convenience to our lives, so since it's available, why not use it? LV technology is not so much revolutionary, but evolutionary in digital photography, so it's a good-to-have. I personally find it very useful when taking static macro shots, for accurate MF, as well as overhead shots.
Maybe those who disagree with having LV in DSLRs may want to elaborate their reasons? To me, it doesn't get into the way of normal shoots, so if you don't use it just leave it alone.