You will find very few cameras that have optical viewfinders any more.
The camera makers delete the viewfinder to reduce cost and to put bigger LCD screens on the small cameras.
The Canon SD series of cameras have optical viewfinders on models with 2.5 inch LCDs.
The models with 3.0 LCDs don't have room left for a viewfinder.
Some Sony W series cameras have viewfinders, but all of the newer ones don't.
Panasonic has never had a camera with an optical viewfinder.
The big zoom Panasonic cameras usually have an electronic viewfinder.
Some LCD screens have improved glare protection, but most are not good enough.
I have a Fujifilm F30 that has a button on the back that brightens the screen for a few seconds.
This does let you see past the glare on the screen.
Unfortunately the specifications released by the camera makers rarely mentions how well their LCD screen works in bright sunlight.
I'm looking for a new camera, and wonder how important it is these days to have an optical viewfinder, in addition to the screen. My current camera is about 6 years old, a Nikon Coolpix 4300. Over the time I've had it, when it's sunny or bright out, I've often been unable to use the screen to take the picture, it was impossible to see. So using the optical viewfinder worked out OK.
Now it seems that most point-and-shoot cameras don't have one. I was wondering if the LCD screens are that much better now, better contrast, whatever that they're easier to see when it's pretty bright out?
I'd appreciate any comments. It's tough to do check this out in the stores, the light isnt't the same.