Kyocera Finecam L4v And L3v; Compact Cameras Boasting The Largest LCD Monitors Available With Any Digicam
A compact digital camera is certainly convenient, but petite size has one drawback. The LCD monitors of most digicams are simply too small for convenient image viewing while shooting or during playback. Until recently, a 1.8" screen was common; today, an increasing number of cameras are fitted with 1.6" or 1.5" screens. Even the largest SLR cameras' screens are no larger than 2". (All measurements refer to the diagonal of the screen.) The Kyocera designers recognized that most users prefer a larger screen and equipped the 4-megapixel Finecam L4v and the 3-megapixel L3v with a 2.5" LCD monitor, the largest available on any camera.
may recall reading about a Kodak camera that also employs an oversized
screen. That model is the EasyShare LS633, available in some countries,
though not in the US, as of this writing. The LS633 boasts a 2.2"
OLED monitor of an entirely different display technology; it employs an
Organic Light-Emitting Diode--a sheet of glass with silicon transistors
and five thin layers of organic material that glows when receiving voltage--instead
of liquid crystals as in a conventional LCD screen. An OLED monitor has
two benefits. It consumes very little battery power and features an extremely
wide viewing angle; the image remains viewable even at a very wide 165º
angle, though with a slight color shift when viewed from the side.
In spite of the nit-picking,
I can highly recommend the oversized, bright and contrasty LCD monitor.
After shooting with the Finecam L4v for two weeks, I found even the 2"
monitor of my digital SLR camera to be too small.
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