Agree 100% with your statement--"Personally I like a viewfinder and find the LCD pretty useless in sunlight."
The manufacturers have been selling people on the idea that an LCD makes photography so much easier. Perhaps it's because I grew up using a 35mm SLR, but I think today's photographers (mostly casual shooters) are being short changed by thinking that photos should be composed with one's arms stretched to the limit. The whole idea is silly. No vibration reduction system can replace a good tight stance.
At the same time, the manufacturers are compromising the quality and size of the viewfinders that they, so reluctantly, now place on camera bodies and have decided that if a photographer wants a quality viewfinder, he or she should be willing to pay extra--a lot extra--and take up the hot shoe slot in the process. Greed gallops on!
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