Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bushnell ImageView 8×30 1.3MP Digital Camera Binocular

Bushnell binoculars
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8 X 30mm. 1.3-megapixel Still Pictures. Fully-coated Optics. 16 Mb Internal Memory. Fold-down Eyecups. Usb Port. Requires 2 Aaa Batteries.

  • Binocular аnԁ digital camera combination wіth 8x magnification
  • 1.3 megapixel still image quality
  • 16 MB οf internal memory wіth SD card slot
  • 32-foot field οf view аt 1000 yards
  • Powered bу 2 AAA batteries, USB connectivity

Bushnell ImageView 8×30 1.3MP Digital Camera Binocular

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  1. Joanna Daneman says:
    90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Fun, Great Pix, some limitations, April 27, 2005
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    This review is from: Bushnell ImageView 8×30 1.3MP Digital Camera Binocular (Electronics)

    I was SURE I “invented” Bushnell ImageView in my mind (but didn’t have the foresight to go patent the idea, alas!) Every time I’d look in my birding binox, I would think, DARN! Why can’t I snap that picture RIGHT NOW? Well, Bushnell, who is the maker of my birding binoculars, certainly was channeling my thoughts, and they came out with the ImageView, which is a pair of 8X30 binoculars with a built-in digital camera. So, how does it work and will this hybrid binox-camera combo work for you? Let’s discuss…

    1. Specs and Features
    Bushnell 8×30 binoculars
    Built-in 1.3MP digital camera
    8MB internal memory
    Hi-res (default mode) stores about 45 pix, low-res maybe 55-85 pix
    AVI movie mode
    Photo Suite 5 software
    USB cable
    neck strap and case strap
    soft case with zipper and pocket inside

    Requires 2 AAA batteries
    Computer with USB port that can support USB devices like camera; XP is recommended but you can use other Windows that support USB. You may require internet access to download different drivers to download your pictures to your computer if you don’t have XP.

    2. Using the ImageView

    The out-of-box experience with the ImageView is excellent; all the user has to do (assuming he or she has an XP operating system on their PC) is to do the following:
    a. Open box
    b. pop open the battery port
    c. Install the 2 triple-A batteries.
    d. Hold down the MODE button (one of two on the top of the center-mounted camera module)
    e. Snap a shot
    f. plug in the USB cable
    g. Put the cable on the computer and download the pictures.
    DONE….easy as pie.

    3. Quality, Usability and Pros & Cons

    The binoculars are clear and free of most distortion. But..here’s the rub; if your eyes are very close-set (mine are) you will NOT, repeat NOT be able to use the CaptureView. I have extremely deepset and close-set eyes and normally, on binoculars, I move the eyepieces in to the most narrow setting possible. On the ImageView, due to the camera taking up space in the middle of the two scope sections, the narrowest setting is not narrow enough to suit my eyes. Boo. In fact, Boo HOO! I was quite dismayed. The man of the house tried them. He too has close-set eyes but a far bigger head (hahah!) than mine and he put the ImageView down to the narrowest setting. He can see fine out of the binox. Lucky guy, he just got a pair of binox AND a digicam. I can barely see out of them if I hold it JUST so. So if you are a small woman or a narrow-headed kind of person like me, you must try these before buying or plan to possibly have to return them. And if you intended this for your child or grandchild, it probably won’t work. So beware. This is a serious issue with the ImageView–I am sure there were arguments about the average distance between pupils on people’s eyes, and they hit the sweet spot of the happy average, but I was NOT happy to find out I’m not able to use them. *IMPORTANT* TRY BEFORE YOU BUY or check out the return policy.

    The camera is 1.3MP. This is NOT a high res, but it keeps the price down to something reasonable and not outrageously expensive per pair. This is because 1.3MP cameras are not state of the art any more and are being used for toys, phones and other “and it has a camera, too!” electronics. In other words, if you expect high-quality pictures you can enlarge greatly, this isn’t for you. BUT…the opticals are good enough to get a reasonably nice picture from the camera, one that is bright and clear enough for most amateur work. For blowing up a picture of a rare warbler hiding in a pine tree? No. For sporting events? Yes. As to the low resolution setting (which Bushnell wisely decided NOT to make default), you can use it to get many more shots, but you won’t be happy with the quality. I found I needed to stick with the high resolution to get a good picture I could use.

    The focus for the camera is MANUAL. It’s a knob on the top of the camera mount and easy to use but in this day of autofocus, it will fox a few point-and-shoot folks. Just focus as you home in on your subject in the binox and all is well.

    AND there is NO flash. But these aren’t night binox and you won’t need one anyway. But be aware, low light is not the time to be using the ImageView.

    The movie feature allows you to take a short movie clip. I love this! Soccer moms, take note; you can get a short (30-70 second) clip of your home-grown athlete when you are sitting cheering in the stands. But the 8MB memory onboard means that you will max out the storage and will have to download that AVI to a waiting laptop or computer. I have done digital photography in Asia back in the days of low memory storage by keeping a laptop near me for downloading shots and then clearing the storage on the camera. With the arrival of larger memory cards for newer digicams, I don’t have to do this…

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  2. P2P Roxwell says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great binoculars, Not so great camera, August 2, 2010
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    P2P Roxwell (Nashville, TN USA) –

    This review is from: Bushnell ImageView 8×30 1.3MP Digital Camera Binocular (Electronics)

    I read the reviews on Amazon before and after buying this binoculars/camera combo. The optics of the binoculars are absolutely amazing and incredible. So clear and crisp. Worth the price I paid for it alone. But I really had higher expectations for the camera, as that was the primary reason for buying this, for my birdwatching. You have to be a good distance away from the subject to get any kind of good, clear pictures, which is possible. If it’s anywhere closer than 49 feet (as stated in the manual), the subject in the pictures will be quite blurry and fuzzy. Unfortunately, my plan was to use the binoculars to see the birds in my front yard better and to capture/record them, but they were less than 49 feet away, apparently. The video quality is quite grainy/pixelated and small. Overall, I’m very happy with the binoculars, just not so much with the camera. If only you could capture exactly what you see through these great binoculars…

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