You know what I'd like to see on a camera?

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  1. stsinner

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    Most of today's cameras know what orientation your camera is in, but wouldn't it be nice if they would put an indicator in the viewfinder to tell you when you camera was level? I have a nasty habit of holding the right side of my camera higher than the left, for whatever reason-didn't notice until I came here and got slammed repeatedly for slanted horizons, but I'd like an indicator to remind me when I'm being brain-dead.
     
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    You could buy a keychain sized level, and put it on top of the camera when you are concerned about the horizon. but if it was built in it would definitely be cool.
     
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    Agreed, a good idea. Even my cell phone has an accelerometer in it and has a level program, so the electronics should be getting cheap enough for this to happen.
     
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    I'd like it in the viewfinder like the under/overexposure meter in my Nikon.
     
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    Some cameras like my D200 have a grid display which can be turned on in the viewfinder. I guess the level would be nice though if you do not have a level horizon to line the photo up to. But a question is where would you put it. The D200 in my opinion already provides information overload in the viewfinder. I would be happier if it showed ISO without me having to specifically hit the ISO button, rather than showing the white balance which I never change or play with anyway.

    Why aren't these things more configurable !
     
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    That's a nice find.. that would be good for something like real estate photography..

    What I would like is a simple dot somewhere in the viewfinder that lights up when the camera is level for those quick shots that you either get or lose..... They could do it very simply with a mercury switch or something similar.. I feel a patent coming on...
     
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    The new Olympus E-30 has this.

    The E-30 is equipped with an internal Digital Level Sensor that detects the camera’s pitch and roll and indicates it in the optical viewfinder on the control panel, and during Live View operation. This Digital Leveler is a tremendous benefit to landscape and architectural photographers who must ensure that images they take of scenes or buildings are as true as the walls of the buildings themselves. Rather than spend time rotating an image in computer software, you can use the new camera’s Digital Leveler to make sure your subjects are where they should be in the frame.
     
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    Awesome! That means that others will soon follow suit.
     
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    Yep, everybodt follows Olympus. :mrgreen:
     
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    I could have sworn the D3 had this feature for a while now.
     
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    D700 has it. Why I dont know but it does and, the D90 may have it as well. But dont quote me on that.
     

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