Nikon Working on a Hybrid Viewfinder for Future DSLRs

Nikon is developing an X100-esque hybrid viewfinder for DSLR cameras. A recently published patent filing by the company describes and shows a DSLR with a viewfinder that can switch between optical and electronic modes. The purpose appears to be for providing the photographer with an optimal view of the scene — if the scene is too bright for the photographer (e.g. the camera is pointed towards the sun), then the camera switches to an electronic view that provides the user with a view that’s more suitable for their eyes.

Unlike the X100’s viewfinder, however, there is no electronic image overlaid on the optical one when in OVF mode.

(via Egami via Foto Actualidad)

  • Dnguyen

    No thanks, unless it brings in “silent mode”.

  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    having used the x100 hybrid viewfinder, i am all for it as long as they use a high quality/resolution display and allow it to zoom in instantly to the point which the area of focus is selected. 

    That would make checking focus a breeze. 

  • xarafan

    The patentapplication is a follow-up to an earlier application from Nikon ( The new one mainly deals with automatically changing from ovf to evf when light get’s too bright in the viewfinder.

  • Marco

    i hope you can review images on it

  • John R

    And exactly when does it get too bright in the viewfinder?  Is this for sunspot photographs?  It’s real use will be for video and zoomed viewfinder focus checking.