B&H Photo and Amazon are both offering a free DMW-LVF-1 External Live View Finder with the purchase of a Panasonic GF1 Micro 4/3 camera and the 14–45mm normal zoom. The viewfinder normally sells separately for ~$130.
To order the same thing from Amazon, here are Amazon's fine-print instructions, with the links:
Free DMW-LVF1 Viewfinder with the Panasonic Lumix GF1 Snap up the Panasonic Lumix GF1 and get a free Panasonic DMW-LVF1 External Live Viewfinder—a $150 value—with combined purchase from Amazon.com. Simply add the GF1 and viewfinder to your Shopping Cart, and we'll automatically apply the discount at checkout. Offer good while supplies last; applies only to purchases of products sold by Amazon.com and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.com site.
I don't have the viewfinder for my GF1, so I can't comment on it, other than to say it's necessary if you want to shoot outdoors in bright sunlight, where the live view viewing screen of the plain GF1 runs the gamut from "less than ideal" to "utterly useless." In some kinds of light I cannot see the LCD at all, and basically end up guessing at what I'm pointing the camera at. In other words, you need the viewfinder....
(Thanks to Ken Bennett)
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Featured Comment by james wilson: "The Hoodman loupe is still the best viewfinder for a P&S camera. It is a real SLR type experience. A little bulky perhaps but I keep it hanging around my neck and deploy it as needed."
Response by Edward Taylor: "I concur on the Hoodman loupe. It is bulkier, but much better than the viewfinder. Another plus is that I can use it on any camera to see the LCD clearly in bright light—even if I am just checking the histogram, composition or focus post exposure. Zacuto makes a more expensive one as well."Response by Kirk Tuck: "I disagree with James about the Hoodman. I find the electronic viewfinder for the Olympus EP2 and EPL cameras [there's also a black one that's out of stock at the moment —Ed.] to be much more usable. I don't have to do a two hand shuffle to use the camera and the view is wonderful. Also much smaller than a Hoodman Loupe. I do use the Hoodman Loupe when doing video on DSLR's but only out of necessity."