Some people use live view for tripod and macro shots, but for regular use, the viewfinder is much better to use. Also, the ergonomics of a DSLR makes it look weird when someone is using liveview(just my opinion). There are times when I would like it, but that's for about less than 1% of the shots I take.
I currently own a basic canon point and shoot, and am upgrading to a dslr. I am on a budget, so I am looking at the entry level models, some of which have liveview like the canon xs etc., and some don?t like the Nikon d3000. I am trying to determine whether or not this feature should be a consideration in my purchasing decision, ie should I only look at cameras that have it, or pay more for a camera to get it. Most people I see using an slr seem to be using the viewfinder, and I?ve also heard that focusing can be slower with liveview, and it inhales battery life. I can see how liveview could come in handy in weird shooting angles, but I was wondering how often those of you who have liveview are actually using the feature, and if those of you who don?t have liveview are wishing you had bought a camera that did.