Here's our Hardware Tip for.. October 1, 2004
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Buying a Digital Camcorder--Part 3 of 3
The LCD viewfinder is an important feature in any digital camcorder. Not only does it let you quickly frame an image without putting your eye against a small lens, but it also allows you to set up a shot from a distance. You can adjust props or people by moving them around yourself and at the same time glance up at the LCD viewfinder to check whether you have everything you want inside the video frame.

Before you buy, make sure you can rotate the LCD Viewfinder of the digital camcorder so it's visible from in front of the camera (for just this type of prop adjustment situation).