Photographic Binoculars: Photo & Video Capture at a Distance
It can be lonely in the viewfinder of the binocular... especially in this age of instantly sharing what we see on camera LCDs, phones and more. There are two types of photo binoculars -- ones that simply mount a digital camera between the binoculars' eyepieces and ones that have the digital camera lenses integrated into the binocular lenses. The former is cheaper but not truly representative of what you see in your lenses and may result in blurry or double vision images--it's the simple math of one lens trying to capture what two lenses are seeing. The latter ensures what-you-see-is-what-you-get in your photos and videos.
What can you do with photo binoculars? They're great for birders and wildlife voyeurs of course, but also Joe Sports Fan might want to bring a set to the game and record some plays for a later debate.
As with any two-in-one apparatus, photo binoculars give you both functions but of course if you want the best camera, just get a camera, and if you want the best binoculars, just get binoculars. You will find photo binoculars to generally have a more limited field of view and width of view than regular binoculars. Here are a few to check out:
Barska Point 'N View 5-megapixel 8x32mm Photo Binocular ($240)
Bushnell Instant Replay 5-megapixel 8x30mm Roof Prism Photo Binocular ($180)
Celestron VistaPix 3.1-megapixel 8x32mm Photo Binocular ($143)
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Posted by Susan Moriarty at September 10, 2008 8:42 AM