ClearViewer: A Folding High-Diopter Lens That Turns Your LCD Into an EVF

ClearViewer is the compact camera’s equivalent of a DSLR viewfinder attachment. It’s a folding high-diopter lens that lets you use your compact camera’s LCD screen as an electronic viewfinder by putting your eye less than 2 inches away from the screen. This lets you see fine details in the shot, make precise manual focus adjustments, and avoid the problem of glare.

Here’s what the product’s website says:

The basic lens is a single element, convex glass lens, mounted in a plastic frame, that does what it’s supposed to do. It’s not fancy, as it’s simply for the purpose of getting a good view of the screen. The idea behind this device is to create a simple, effective, inexpensive solution for the problem of not having a viewfinder. An LCD screen, being composed of many dots, only has limited resolution anyway, so there’s no point in using pricey optics for a simple task.

When you stand back from the LCD screen, your eye takes in the bright background and its “exposure” is affected. No LCD screen can compete with the bright sun. But move in close, and your eye is only taking in the view of the screen; it doesn’t need to compensate for the bright sun, and consequently you can see the screen more clearly. [#]

The product comes in two models: a tripod-mounted one and a hotshoe-mounted one. The tripod-mount version folds flat against the LCD screen when it’s not in use, but the hotshoe one can only be removed and stowed away separately.

You can pick one up over at The Fancy for $45 or through the official website for $35 to $53 depending on the lens quality you’d like.

  • Fred Nerks

    Camera makers take away the view finder to save money, then we have to go and buy gadgets so we can see the LCD screen. I recently bought a loupe for my Nikon D5100 because video has to be taken in live view, which means I have to use the LCD screen to see what I’m shooting. The loupe does a great job but it’s bulky, not to mention expensive. The ClearViewer might have been a more practical solution.

  • Loupe

    Honestly, it looks weird.

  • JosephRT

    I think this is an ingenious idea, the only other thing you will need to complete the douche look would be a mustache like the guy in the pic and violá!

  • sixchain

    This is a perfect solution for my NEX-5n. There was no way I was going to blow $250+ USD on Sony’s viewfinder.

  • 9inchnail

    “to complete the douche look would be a mustache like the guy in the pic”

    Taking photos like a Sir.

  • Mansgame

    lol so the whole appeal of the mirrorless cameras were that they were small…but then you’d put a giant lens on them, and then have to get one of these things. Just admit the mirrorless cameras were a fad that failed and stick with DSLRs until something better comes along?

  • mooboy

    Yeah, cause NEX 7, OM-D, and Fuji XE1 don’t have viewfinders and are so big. You’re not even smart enough to be a good troll.

  • patrick dinneen

    I wouldn’t write this off before I tried it. Yes it does look perculiar but it probably works quiet well. And would help reduce camera shake too.

  • Joe

    LOL, only if you admit you are over 65 and yelling at kids to get off your lawn.

  • Rowland Jones

    This is what stamp collectors, print finishers, and us in the AV industry used to use in the 80’s for checking slides . . . . .

    PS Joseph, I think voila is the word you are looking for – a viola is a violin on steroids.

  • Jimjamaroo

    Looks like a perfect way to burn the pixels on a LCD screen on a summers day.

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Except your melon head will be blocking the sun.