My beloved Canon G151 is in a sorry state and I want to replace it with something of a similar size with an optical eye-level viewfinder.
In 2011 a question was asked about point and shoot's with optical viewfinders and the marked answer (How do I find a point-and-shoot camera with an optical viewfinder?) suggested using Neocamera to search for such cameras.
I just did that, and the only 2 cameras that turned up were the Canon Powershot A1400 and the G16 — both released in 2013.
Is there something I am missing, or is my next camera purchase going to have to be a 3 year old camera?
Some of the replies/comments have asked for justification2 as to why I want an OVF instead of an EVF (or even no VF). So here are some of my (rational/luddite - you pick) points of view.
I am well aware of the offset geometry of the OVF on the G15 and have learnt to deal with it.
I also own various SLR's and DSLR's and know about being presented with information in the VF display.
I have never had a camera with an EVF before and have always considered the EVF view to be inferior to an OVF in terms of laggy-ness, color, and resolution.
I believe that with an OVF the image I see is projected to my eye at the effective distance of the subject from me, but for an EVF I fear that the image is going to be a fixed distance close to my eye - and I am not going to be happy with that.
I want to keep a physical, eye-level VF (of any sort) because I feel it assists me in composing photos by isolating my eye from things that the camera can't see.
FWIW I do wear glasses and my prescription goes well past what any VF diopter adjustment on any camera I have owned can compensate for.
Now many of the above points can be marshaled into a discussion of "How does an OVF compare with an EVF". That is a separate question to the one I am asking here, and I don't want this question to morph in that direction. I may actually ask a separate OVF vs EVF question to better flesh out the details.
I had to choose an answer
Both mattdm's and inkista's replies were good and answered my question, but were slightly different in their approaches. As per many other people I wanted to choose both, but this being a stack exchange site there can only be one so I did what any rational person would do and tossed coin. Mattdm won the the coin toss but I was already leaning to this answer as he did some more searches and proved my supposition.
1. I love this camera for its size, weight, optical view finder, full manual controls and RAW shooting.
2. I shouldn't have to justify why I want something!