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For those deciding on a new Binocular Purchase, Should a Digital Zoom Camera also be considered as a Option?

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#1 Mbinoc

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:26 PM

For those deciding on a new binocular purchase, Should a Digital Zoom Camera also be considered as a option?

 

On Friday afternoon / evening I drove out to a piece of land owned by the family to mow the yard and perform some weekly maitenance. The previous weekend I picked up a used canon zoom camera inexpesively at a thrift store, and was anxious to try it out. (By in-expensive I mean about 10$ in unknown working condition, I got lucky and then spent another 10$ on some rechargable bateries).

 

It compared favorably to a set of vintage 7x binoculars I also had on hand. The camera was a canon powershot sx130. Here are some photos:

 

This first photo was taken of my fishing pier with no zoom.

 

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This 2nd photo was taken from the same spot using zoom at appoximately 3/4 of a mile capturing the opposing shore line.

 

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Even using this in-expensive purchase the view was similar to a pair of 7x binoculars, and the image stabilization helped with the handeld operation.

 

This got me even more curious, and I did a little research and found these video's on youtube of a higher end nikon p900 that just blew me away with it capabilities.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=LhQlwKX3LQA

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=7LHA2s6hWqE

 

I think these zoom cameras are a viable option that some might want to consider. Technology today can be amazing.


Edited by Mbinoc, 25 August 2019 - 05:53 PM.

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#2 Rich V.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:43 PM

IMO, binoculars are for looking through and enjoying the benefits of using both eyes; cameras are for taking pictures.  Sure, if the camera has an optical viewfinder you can view through it with one eye but that's a big disadvantage to me.

 

I'd never warm to the magnifying digital viewers that are like looking at a smart phone screen, either.

 

Example: https://www.digitalt...cular-ces-2019/

 

The binocular vision aspect of real optical binoculars isn't so easily replaced by technology.

 

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#3 Mbinoc

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 05:14 PM

IMO, binoculars are for looking through and enjoying the benefits of using both eyes; cameras are for taking pictures.  Sure, if the camera has an optical viewfinder you can view through it with one eye but that's a big disadvantage to me.

 

I'd never warm to the magnifying digital viewers that are like looking at a smart phone screen, either.

 

Example: https://www.digitalt...cular-ces-2019/

 

The binocular vision aspect of real optical binoculars isn't so easily replaced by technology.

 

Rich

I see your point Rich in the different purpose. I'm a beginner whos main interests are currently in the 2nd hand inexpensive finds. Any opininion I may provide should be looked at from a beginners perspective, who is basically comparing sub 30$ used finds. This applies to both my telescopes / binoculars, and other purchases.

 

I'm still having some fun playing around in this used in-expesively priced optic market, and just sharing the experiances encountered along the way.

 

In my journey, I have picked up a few finds that should have cost a bit more, but have yet to spend the dollars myself on a hand picked item of desire. Everything I have purchased has been bought opportunistically because I perceived it as a good deal at the time.

 

I view my collection as liquid,  (Meaning If I ever find something better, I try to move out or give away what I already have). It has been a fun ride so far, and I think If I compare sales to purchases I have pretty much broken even in this hobby, and the side effect is that I also now have a few (new to me) toys I get to play with.

 

When I first started I literally new nothing, and have been slowly building up a solid base. This web site is the best knowledge resource I have ever found to help people grow in this hobby.

 

I'm also ok with using dated technology, I personally don't need the best available to have some fun.


Edited by Mbinoc, 25 August 2019 - 06:09 PM.


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 05:29 PM

Interesting observation and topic! I have both digital zoom modest camera and binos... and love them both. The traditional binos are wonderful for relaxing and viewing directly vs vicariously thru a screen and saved file. But the camera is wonderful for capturing images for the record, and to bring back the memories of having been there! They make a good combination!

 

Personally, I would avoid devices that do both (those binos with built in camera) --- where you wind up with deficient plus deficient.    Tom


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:00 PM

Personally, I would avoid devices that do both (those binos with built in camera) --- where you wind up with deficient plus deficient.    Tom

 

 

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 The binos with the digital zoom camera built in seem like a gimmick. The binos are poor quality, the camera is poor quality.

 

The camera is most likely a digital zoom meaning that there is no optical zoom. Digital zoom simply wastes pixels.. it not really zooming in..

 

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:23 PM

 If anyone is interested, here is the camera used in the above photos.

 

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Its pretty small in body, but the lens extends out to a surprising distance.




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