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Digital camera LCD and sunglasses

Written by Gail Bjork

If wearing polarized sunglasses using a digital camera, the LCD may become invisible when holding the camera at certain angles. Learn why.

LCD screens and sunglassesWhen taking photos outside with a digital camera, polarizing sunglasses may interfere with viewing the Liquid Crystal Display monitor. The LCD can all of a sudden become dark when you turn the camera on its side.

LCD’s work by polarizing light. When a camera is turned at a 90 degree angle, it changes the polarization of the light emitted by the LCD. Polarized sunglasses will block the light. The only solution is to remove the sunglasses when taking photos or try tilting your head to one side.

Polarized sunglasses may also cause displays to become “invisible” on LCDs found in automobile dashboards, ATM machines, iPods and similar items. This also only happens when the LCD is viewed at certain angles.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • Sue, you’re absolutely correct. It’s six of one, half dozen of another. Or do like me: wear non-polarized sunglasses when outside taking photos in bright light. Or remove your glasses when taking shots.

  • This is helpful information but it doesn’t help if you can’t actually see without your sunnies on!!