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Viewfinder Information Part 2

Decoding the Viewfinder Information Part 2

In the previous article, I looked into the Focusing Point, the Spot Metering Area Indicator and the Centre Weighted Area Brackets for decoding the Viewfinder Information. In this post, I am going to decipher a few more elements of the Viewfinder.

As previously discussed, the icons and abbreviations may vary from the camera makes and models. Additionally, an entry-level camera may have less viewfinder information than a pro level one.

These items that I am covering are pretty much typical for all of them. For more detail, please refer to your camera’s instruction manual.

Battery Indicator

Viewfinder information
The Battery Indicator inside the viewfinder

Battery Indicator light shows the amount of charge that the battery holds. There are a variety of icons for this indicator, but overall, they are very intuitive.

Focus Conformation Light

Viewfinder information
The Focus Conformation Light

The Focus Confirmation Light

The Focus Confirmation Light is one of the most useful viewfinder information. However, some photographers usually ignore this indicator. Although the colour or shape of this icon varies, they all do the same thing! When this light is solid, it means that the lens is focused. On the other note, if the light is blinking or off, it means that the subject is out of focus.

The Focusing Confirmation Light works in both Auto and Manual focus modes. Therefore, when shooting in Manual focus, this light is beneficial!

Shutter Speed

The Shutter Speed Indicator
The Shutter Speed Indicator

The Shutter Speed Indicator

This a self-explanatory indicator. It shows the shutter speed. Therefore, a photographer can change or check the shutter speed while looking through the viewfinder. This indicator is handy for sport and wildlife photography.

Aperture Value

The Aperture Value Indicator
The Aperture Value Indicator

Aperture Value Indicator

This indicator is another self-explanatory icon. It shows the aperture value. It is beneficial for portrait or landscape photographers. You can check the f-stop while looking through the viewfinder.

ISO Value

viewfinder information
The ISO Value Indicator

The ISO Value Indicator

Another self-explanatory icon. It shows the ISO value that the camera uses. Therefore, whether shooting in auto ISO or Manual ISO, this indicator shows the used ISO. Ergo, photographers can check and confirm the ISO setting right through the viewfinder.

Light Meter indicator

Viewfinder information
The Light meter Indicator

The Light Meter Indicator

The light meter indicator is probably the most important indicator for manual exposure shooters. This indicator shows whether the exposure is correct (when it is set to 0), Overexposed (when leans toward +) or Underexposed (when indicates -). Therefore, if you are a manual exposure shooter, this icon is your best friend. Photographers can check and adjust the exposure on the fly without removing the camera.

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