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 Post subject: live view? someone help!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:56 pm 
Hi everybody, my name is Nora, and I'm 14 years old. I know I'm young and I'm going to ask a very stupid question, don't get me wrong but i may be 14 but i know very much about photography.

But....i was watching the video for the Sony alpha a200 and a700 and when i was watching the video tour for the a700 he mentioned something about live view, now what exactly is live view....? i know i know it sounds stupid, but someone please tell me! i need it to figure out which camera i want to buy, the a200 or a700.

thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:05 pm 
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Hi artofnora,

Welcome to Camera Labs!

Live View allows you to connect your DSLR to a laptop/pc. The mirror in front of the sensor is raised and the sensor then relays the data being captured (what you normally would see in the viewfinder) to the laptop/pc. This shows the image you're about to capture in much higher detail than on the little LCD on the DSLR.

N.B. during live view mode you cannot see anything through the viewfinder since the mirror is raised (mirror lock-up)

Hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:47 pm 
Ohhh! Okay!
Now I get it! Knowing that really helped.
Thank you!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:16 pm 
Hi artofnora, and welcome to the forum!!!

To add to what thomas has already said: live view also allows you to view the image you would normally see through the viewfinder on the LCD on the back of the camera. This is useful for studio or astro photography as you don't have to keep looking through the viewfinder; you can just look at the screen instead.

Mark


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Hi artofnora, Live View basically lets you use a DSLR like a compact - ie, using the screen to compose your photos. As the others have said, there are benefits to this which include being able to see the entire frame as it will be recorded, possibly shooting at unusual angles (made easier if the camera has a flip-out screen), enlarging the image to check focusing and being able to overlay graphics like a grid or a live histogram.

Some - but not all - Live View systems also let you watch this image on a PC screen.

To see an example of Live View in action, check out our videos for the Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D300, Olympus E510, and Panasonic L10.

Neither the Sony A200 nor the A700 have Live View, but the Sony A300 and A350 do have Live View and flip-out screens.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:51 pm 
I can't thank you guys enough, this has seriously been a big help.
But one more question, do other companies like Nikon and Cannon have live view too?


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Hi artofnora, yes they do but only on certain models. I listed some examples in my previous post: Canon 40D and Nikon D300.

It will also be in the forthcoming Canon 450D / XSi.


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artofnora wrote:
i need it to figure out which camera i want to buy, the a200 or a700.


Why would you need to know what Live View is, since neither of these camera's have it? There is one video on YouTube that says that the A700 has LiveView, but that's not true. It's a great camera though. I got it about a week ago and I'm very pleased with it.
If you want a Sony DSLR with Live View, you should wait for the A300 or A350. Of course it's very personal, but I'd definately recommend the A700, even though it has no Live View.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:32 am 
yeah your right
I did my research it and I made my decision,
a350 it is..... but that means I have to wait :(


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artofnora wrote:
yeah your right
I did my research it and I made my decision,
a350 it is..... but that means I have to wait :(


Great choice! I always like it when someone chooses a Sony :D !
Sony says the A350 should be available in March, let me look it up for you... 21 of March it is. That's not too long, is it?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:23 pm 
[quote="Bjorn van Sinttruije" 21 of March it is. That's not too long, is it?[/quote]

about a 4 weeks time, not that long might be worth the waiting :D


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alex168 wrote:
about a 4 weeks time, not that long might be worth the waiting :D


I agree. I had to wait about 10 months for my A700 (because I had to save without a job and I'm only 16), and that was a bit too long. But 4 weeks is not bad at all, and definately worth it!

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Hi Nora,

May I add my own warm welcome to the CameraLabs forums.

In my opinion this topic has drifted to an uncomfortable place as far living in the "Comments and feedback" section. Sometimes it isn't always clear where a topic belongs and this is a close call but I'll stick my head above the parapet and move it to the "Buying a new camera" forum where the information above might be more relevant.

I've left a "shadow" behind so that members can find their way there. Hope that's OK with you?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:55 pm 
Go Sony fans!
Does the a700 the only DSLR from Sony that has HDMI?


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Yes, only the A700 has HDMI. Keep in mind though you have to buy a seperate cable for that, and it's probably quite expensive.

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