|VF-3 fitted on Olympus E-PM2|
I am a long time user of Micro Four Thirds camera from E-PL1, E-PM1 and now E-PM2. This system appeals to me because of its small size. One thing that consistently held it back for me was the lack of EVF. With the E-PL1, the screen was barely visible in day light. This was changed with E-PM1, the screen is now quite useful in daylight, apart from the glare and reflection. The rear screen of the E-PM2 looks very much the same as the E-PM1.
|Close up of VF-3|
|VF-3 showing diopter adjuster|
· Very useful in day light.
· Can be pivoted 90° and used as a waist level finder.
· Makes the camera more discrete, rather than everyone seeing your rear LCD.
· Helps with stability when shooting.
· Resolution good enough for manual focusing.
· It has a locking pin, so unlikely to drop off like the VF-2.
· Cheaper than VF-2.
· Colour temperature is different to rear LCD.
· Very low contrast and shadow is way too bright.
· Lower resolution than VF-2.
· Add bulk to the camera.
· Actual viewing area is quite small.
· Cannot use flash or any other accessories when it is attached.
|View from the back|
Update 13th October 2013: I've had the VF-3 now for a while and I can say it is not good enough. As a viewfinder to use during bright sun light, it works. Also it makes taking photo more stable because you are not holding the camera at arms' length. Ultimately it fall short of what I expect a viewfinder to be. After shooting in good light at the Redbull Soapbox race, I want happy with it. But after using it at the London Fashion Weekend cat walk show, I was very disappointed. I was using a Canon DSLR at the same time and the optical viewfinder so much superior. The VF-4 may be a lot better, but I don't have one to test and it makes the camera viewfinder combination cast more than a good DSLR. Unless mirrorless cameras have good viewfinders I think they will not be taken seriously by enthusiast and professional photographers.