X20 and the OVF

Discussion in 'Fuji X10, X20, X30, XF1, and X-S1' started by bobby68, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. bobby68

    bobby68 New to FujiXspot

    Sep 26, 2013
    I have just received my X20, and while the battery was charging, looked around on the camera.

    When I looked in the optical viewfinder, I got a little bit disappointed. The view was dark and not clear at all, not what I had expected.

    Then I plugged the charged battery back in, and took the first picture, and to my surprise, the viewfinder was now very clear and bright. I pulled the battery, and the OVF was again dark and muddy.

    What's happening here? I know the OVF have an electronic layer, but does that mean that the camera use battery, even if it is off?
  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    NW corner of CT
    Hello, bobby68 and welcome to FujiXspot!

    I'm hoping one of our members who has the X20 will come to your aid and let you know what's up with this situation, in the mean time we're very glad to have you here.
  3. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

    May 13, 2013
    Welcome and congratulations with your new X20. There is nothing wrong with your OVF or camera (unless it fully darkens). There is a visible difference when you look through the viewfinder with or without the battery. You can still look through the viewfinder but it looks a bit "muddy" ad misty as you say. An I'm inclined to agree that it has to do with the electronic overlay. It's a very neat feature. But every advantage has its disadvantage, as a famous Dutch football/soccer player once said.

    It may be disappointing at first, but that will probably quickly fade away. You won't be able to shoot without battery anyway. ;-)

    Enjoy your X20. It's a fine camera.

    Best wishes,

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  4. bobby68

    bobby68 New to FujiXspot

    Sep 26, 2013
    I'm not nervous about something being wrong with my camera. It's working as it should. It's a really great camera. I also got a XF1and like both.

    I'm just curious about the reason why the display darkens, when the battery is out of the camera. And if it means that the camera will use current, even if not in use, so if I don't use it for a period, it will loose power?
  5. Andreas F.

    Andreas F. New to FujiXspot

    Apr 17, 2013
    Stuttgart, Germany
    That´s right. The overlay panel in the viewfinder of the X20 is using current, so you have to keep an eye on your battery.