Oops, it's Pogue day today. David writes about the Sony A300. It seems Sony is the one to make live view really usable.
I wonder how much money and bulk they could save by doing away with the viewfinder altogether?
Many photographers, especially old-time ones, won't hear of that. But I wonder how much of that is just habit? When I use a digital compact, I never use the viewfinder, I use the screen. I feel it helps me see the composition in relation with the frame, something that's easy to overlook in a viewfinder (which is why so many pictures have too much background around the main subject).
I suspect that if cameras had always had screens to use for composition, and somebody now brought out a camera where you had to press it against your face, nobody would use it. :)