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Find out what is an EVIL camera and how it works.

You might have been misled into thinking that there is such thing as an EVIL camera. That probably this camera has supernatural powers and it can do evil things.

In reality, what many photographers refer to as EVIL camera is an acronym for Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable-Lens Camera. This camera was so called because instead of using a through the lens (TTL) optical viewfinder to compose a picture, an electronic viewfinder does the purpose. 

Why should a camera use an electronic viewfinder instead of the conventional TTL optical viewfinder? This is to compensate for doing away with the conventional mirror system to reflect the subject and enable the photographer to see what he wants to photograph.

Doing away with the mirror system simplifies and reduces the bulk of mechanically or electronically operated mirrors associated with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that gained popularity after the gradual shift from the old, film-based cameras of the past. Thus, the resulting mirrorless camera is lighter than DSLRs while at the same time performs better than the compact point-and-shoot cameras because of the larger sensor used to record pictures digitally. EVIL cameras are also called mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras or MILCs.

I bumped into one of these EVIL cameras during my stopover in Singapore three weeks ago. It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10, touted as the world's lightest interchangeable lens camera with a viewfinder. The camera, the last one on display, is on sale, almost $300 dollars below the usual price.

Panasonic Lumix G10

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To top the camera sale, a Lumix G Vario 45 to 200 mm zoom lens goes with it. In itself, the zoom lens is worth at least $262.95 in Amazon. 

I thought this is a rare opportunity to buy the camera considering that my old, film-based Pentax single lens reflex (SLR) camera is already out of synch with the current photography trend. Besides, it's cumbersome and expensive to use film and have it developed in a photo shop. 

Having enjoyed immensely the pictures taken using my Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera for the past several months, I bought the EVIL camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 hoping to use it to capture the elusive and nervous wild birds I usually encounter while on field work and even while in our backyard. This will also be useful in taking pictures of venomous creatures like the mangrove snake which I had to approach closely just to have a decent close up picture a few months back. It's just too risky and you have to rely on the animal's disposition.

Can an EVIL camera take good quality pictures? Well, you be the judge. I wrote about photography tips and used the pictures taken by Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 below:

How to Take Close Up Pictures of Wild Life

Photography Tutorial: Depth of Field and Zoom Lens

Photography Tutorial: How to Take Pictures at Night

And well, here's a quick, unprocessed or RAW picture of a feral cat from Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 with the 45-200 mm Lumix G Vario lens under cloudy skies at 5pm.

picture of Panasonic Lumix DMC G10

Enjoy the pictures and the photography tips.

©2011 December 4 Patrick Regoniel What is an EVIL Camera?


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