How hard is it to view the top display? Is it used often?
I am a d70 owner thinking about going to a D7100. I checked one out at Best Buy and noticed I could not read the top view screen. I am very far sighted and need reading glasses to read small print. Once you get the camera set up the way you like it how often do you need to view the top view screen. I shoot mostly in manual and auto.
Thanks for your help.
#1. "RE: How hard is it to view the top display? Is it used often?" | In response to Reply # 0NickMilner Nikonian since 01st Jul 2013Thu 04-Jul-13 06:21 PM | edited Thu 04-Jul-13 06:23 PM by NickMilner
I'm in the same boat and I also struggle with some aspects of the top LCD panel. However, there are some aspects that still make it useful: the important parameters are large enough to read, and when you're changing specific parameters (e.g. ISO) all the other information disappears so you can concentrate on the setting you want to change.
One final point is that although some settings are too small to read you get to learn where things are. For example, although I shoot in raw and can fix WB in post I firmly believe in getting the shot right in-camera, so I carry WB cards and use the custom WB settings. The problem is that the indicators for WB are about three or four microns in height (or that's how it seems!) and completely unreadable. But it's not so bad because you learn that auto is the far left and custom is the far right so you can spin the dial and get the right setting purely by location.
You can always use the back screen but if you shoot in manual (which I do as well) the top display is pretty handy.
#2. "RE: How hard is it to view the top display? Is it used often?" | In response to Reply # 1Bela614 Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004Thu 04-Jul-13 06:26 PM
Thats what I used to do with my D70. I knew where the symbols were located and could figure out what the setting was. Same with ISO standing alone in the viewer. It sounds like it is not too much different than the D70. I was hoping for an improvement but I am adaptable.
Thanks again for your answer.
#3. "RE: How hard is it to view the top display? Is it used often?" | In response to Reply # 2NickMilner Nikonian since 01st Jul 2013Thu 04-Jul-13 07:08 PM
It's a shame they haven't cottoned on to e-ink displays yet. They're bit mapped so they're as flexible as the rear panel, they only get easier to read the brighter the sun, and they only consume energy when they're updated - you could have all your shooting parameters displayed all the time whether the camera was on or off.