A Google search for compact digital with [optical] viewfinder returns plenty of links w/ information.Does anyone know how I would go about determining what compact cameras have a viewfinder, either new or used?
Perhaps dpreview's Features Search will prove more useful. I just ran a search for compact cameras (not discontinued) w/ optical viewfinder and got five pages of results.The google search suggested really highlights the problem because this thread comes up as number four hit with many others being rants about the lack of Optical Viewfinders.
Sounds like an opportunity for a good deal on a camera...All but 5 models are 2+ years old And even those are at least a year old.
I had the original Canon digital Elph SD230 and it did not get much use the last few years but when I needed it a few weeks ago it was a dead.SD780 is a great little camera.
Don't you mean the S230 - 3.2MP? I sent one of those back and got sent a SD980IS - essentially the same as the 780 but a little wider and a little more zoom. Still 3.2MP upgrade to 12MP is a good deal for the price.I had the original Canon digital Elph SD230 and it did not get much use the last few years but when I needed it a few weeks ago it was a dead.
I was about to reluctantly toss it away when I googled and found out there is a recall program for this model with a known CCD problem and Canon fixes out of warranty. So I shipped it out to Canon and a week later I received a new SD780.
No doubt the SD780 is a much improved camera with a DIGiC 4 processor but it does not compare in build quality to the original Japanese-made digital elph. Yes, I would have preferred the original one I sent out to be returned repaired.
Yes, I meant the S230 sorry for the typo. The lag time of the S230 was the first thing I noticed back when I got it and it had the same effect on me as the cheap build quality of the 780 that I received as a replacement. Perhaps, they replace them and it is doubtful if they are being repaired as Canon seems to indicate.
These newer compact cameras are getting to be quite inexpensive and "cheap", likely none are made in Japan as the original Digital Elph.