For DSLR photographers looking to make the jump to mirrorless, one of the biggest turnoffs is having to settle for an electronic viewfinder (EVF). As things currently stand, most EVFs are good enough to get the job done, but many still lack in resolution and – arguably most importantly – color rendering.
That’s changing though, with the production of a new EVF from Epson (yes, the company most known for printers). It’s unglamorously called the ‘Ultimicron L3FJ63800C’ and said to be the highest resolution EVF for mass production – packing in almost twice the pixels and 30% more color gamut than anything on the market.
The impressive viewfinder, first shown off at this year’s CP+ expo, boasts a 4.4 megapixel screen, measuring in at .66 inches with a 1,400 × 1,050 pixel resolution. It’s capable of producing 16.77 million colors, roughly 98& of the sRGB color gamut.
This additional color reproduction is significant, because it will allow photographers to adjust the EVF to more accurately represent what it is they’re seeing and how they want it to be represented in-camera.
One particular implementation I could see being used it the ability for photographers to create custom presets of sorts to apply to the EVF, similar to those found in post-processing programs.
Take for example the extremely popular VSCO Film presets. Imagine being able to live-preview the Portra 400 preset as you’re composing and shooting an image? Furthermore, imagine having that preset tied into Lightroom so that it automatically processed the image upon importing it?
Interestingly, as pointed out by DC Watch, it appears as though this particular EVF is the one being used the monstrous Leica SL. While Leica doesn’t particularly point out where it’s sourcing the viewfinder from, the specs match up identically.
While the megapixel wars for sensors might be all but finished, there’s still plenty of pixels and far better color accuracy to pack into EVFs. This is just the one of may strides to be taken towards EVF perfection.
[via DC Watch]