Excerpt: A purchased this because, shooting from eye level, holding the camera against my face helps keep the camera from shaking or otherwise moving. It works very well for that purpose. I am not comfortable as yet with the electronic image the viewfinder delivers, but I expect to adjust to it as I use the camera more.My only real complaint is that it is a little awkward engage the device when it I want to shift from the LCD to the viewfinder when working quickly.
Excerpt: I use the viewfinder for close up and outdoor bright sunshine photography (especially without a tripod)- which greatly improves several Pen cameras' flexibility and utility.The lock-in-place shoe keeps it secure. The normal horizontal position adds stabilty when taking pictures necause the camera rests against your head. The 90 degree vertical position provides flexibility when shooting low level perspective pictures (and provides for some clandestine shots).
Excerpt: The VF-3 is now a permanent mount on my XZ-1. I now have the the same stability in holding the camera and sunlight viewability as my DSLR. Checking manual focus which is rarely used in the XZ-1 is not as good as an optical finder, but meets the other needs admirably. Hinged mounting makes up for fixed view screen on camera.
Pros: Adds Low Viewing Angle, Easy To Use, Sunlight-viewable
Excerpt: OLYMPUS VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder – This is one of those items that I found very useful during the transition from DSLRs to MILCs (Olympus PEN E-PL5) and in conditions where there is a high level of intense ambient light. It took a little time to get the adjustments for brightness and contrast just the way I wanted them, but it was well worth the effort.
Excerpt: This is a great addition to any PEN system. I've been able to take photos better when the sunlight washes out the screen of my PEN mini. It's also great for macro photography and manual focus as it allows more precise adjustments. I'm a novice and now that I use the EVF I'm finally holding my camera properly.
Excerpt: Makes it easy to frame your subject in bright sunlight but just as important makes it easy to see your settings. Image view is too contrasty and unsaturated to thrill you like an SLR view, but it does the job to help get great final image quality from those little Olympi.
Excerpt: Small Pen camera needs focus aid for non-auto focus lenses. Using the rear screen for this is a waste of time and energy. The VF3 is the almost perfect answer but it sits to high and is easily damaged. Still, I could not do without it. It would be far better designed if it sat close to the top of the camera and was flat or near flat. The camera and VF3 however are outstanding for size and IQ. And yes, I also have a full frame dslr (Canon 5dmk2) to compare it to.
Excerpt: It won't even mount on my EP3. I mean it wont even begin to slide into the hole bellow the hoteshoe. Of course I didn't want to force it. But I mean really come on right out of the box brand new and I can't mount it on my camera. I am alongtime user of the VF2 which is amazing and preforms flawlessly.