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Old Sunday 19th January 2020, 04:25   #1
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Greetings! Apologies for the cross post. Didn't see this one.

I'm a newbie to this sort of specialized equipment. I'm looking for binoculars that double as a camera.

I know they're out there, but what I'm looking for is one that photographs...
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Old Sunday 19th January 2020, 16:01   #2
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Hi R. and welcome.

There have been quite a few binoculars with a camera or a camera with binoculars over many years.
From 110 film size or even earlier to digital.

So far as I know, none have been very successful.
Perhaps someone knows of a useful one.

In my opinion it is much better to have a binocular and a separate camera.
I use a variety of binoculars plus a 2007 Canon A720IS, G15 or Canon SX730 HS 40x optical zoom camera.
The Canon A720IS gives about as much detail as a 10x binocular and has an optical viewfinder and is very fast to get a picture.

A more adventurous camera would be a bridge camera but these are larger.

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Old Sunday 19th January 2020, 23:18   #3
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Greetings! Apologies for the cross post. Didn't see this one.

I'm a newbie to this sort of specialized equipment. I'm looking for binoculars that double as a camera.

I know they're out there, but what I'm looking for is one that photographs...
Hi Rickenbacker,

You may note that a binocular with a camera built-in will usually cost less than a cheap bino and cheap camera sold separately. There's a reason for that.

Rickenbacker or Schecter ... your choice.

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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 02:32   #4
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Hi Rickenbacker,

As Binastro indicates in post #2, the history of combined binoculars and cameras is not a happy one
While seemingly an attractive combination of technology, it invariably results in both a mediocre binocular and a mediocre camera in a clumsy package
Gijs van Ginkel has illustrated various attempts. See pages 35 through 51 of ‘Multi-functional binoculars and telescopes in the past four centuries: a global overview’
at: https://www.houseofoutdoor.com/verre...n-vergelijken/


Some current options are:
A) Smart phone attached to a binocular
The modern equivalent of the combined binocular/camera. It’s workable but clumsy for hand held use e.g. see: https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.co...ter-review-07/
And you just don't see a lot of good bird images taken with this combination while hand held


B) Smart phone attached to a binocular or telescope, on a tripod
Good images are possible but with nothing like spontaneous use as you move about
For some tips and inspirational images using telescopes see: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/may...rds-smartphone
And there’s a whole digiscoping forum to explore on this site at: https://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=243


C) Dedicated camera
The best results, most easily attained, with a wide variety of choices - see Binastro’s comments above
Though of course ‘easily’ is a very slippery term when it comes to taking good shots of birds in the wild!
And there’s also a seperate camera forum to explore at: https://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=111


John

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