Every camera I’ve ever owned had a viewfinder…until I got the Panasonic TZ3. It has a 3″ high resolution LCD that is mostly a pleasure to use. But the LCD can be the pits when taking photos in bright light at certain angles.
There are a lot of features I desire and find useful in a digital camera. But having the LCD act as a mirror so I can see my own reflection is certainly not one of them.
Hopefully, LCD technology will improve in coming years and we won’t have to worry about glare. Until then, we have to make due with what’s available.
When I was out shooting the other day, the sun hit the LCD so strongly that I could not even frame the shot. The highly polished surface indeed became a mirror making it virtually impossible to view the scene. I’ve been in this situation with other cameras but, as mentioned, I could use the viewfinder.
As soon as I got home I ordered an anti-glare LCD protector. It arrived in a few days.
What a difference. It not only protects the screen from scratches but significantly improves viewing the LCD in bright sun, though it’s not perfect in every cirumstance.
I’m often asked which LCD protector I use. It’s made by BoxWave. It’s easy to apply and virtually bubble free. It can also be removed, rinsed off and reapplied.
Did I mention it’s easy to apply? It’s the first LCD protector that didn’t make me feel like I was ready to explode trying to apply it. I actually applied it myself. I didn’t even have to hand the camera and LCD protector to my husband, who previously got the job because he has more patience for these types of things.