I like this item, but I don''t love it. This as a special use, low resolution digital camera that is super sensitive to infrared light. I mostly agree with the other reviews. What I don''t agree with is mostly technical, and would not help you decide to buy, so I will not...
I like this item, but I don''t love it. This as a special use, low resolution digital camera that is super sensitive to infrared light. I mostly agree with the other reviews. What I don''t agree with is mostly technical, and would not help you decide to buy, so I will not waste your time with it.
With some optical background, I understand the challenge that compact monocular/binoculars have with small field of view. I initially couldn''t decide between 4.5x and 6x model. I chose 4.5x, but now wish they made a 2x model that can take photos. Because of the higher magnification and smaller field of view, the practical usability of this item is at least 100 feet or more. The focusing does allow you to see as close as 30 inches, but why did they bother? BTW, the front lens is focusing for the target, and the back ocular lens/eye piece is focusing to compensate for your prescription.
PROS: 1)Everything in the description for this item and by other reviewers. 2)Fast shutter speed for photos, so slight movements will not blur still photos (with no optical zoom in daylight or at night with IR on). If you have shaky hands or use the optical zoom, you should use a monopod or tripod.
CONS: 1)On/Off switch too close to other buttons. It required 2 seconds to turn off, but that is how long it takes to realize you pushed the wrong button. 2)Eye piece only adjustable for people with perfect or nearsighted vision. Farsighted people will have to wear glasses/contacts. This is an "oversight" by the designers. 3)Does not fit well into included vinyl zip case when the oculars are adjusted for most people (distance focused and no Rx compensation). I have to turn the ocular/back lens completely into the scope (3 complete rotations) each time to fit it back into the case. 4)If you use a tripod mounting plate, the TV/Video out cable and the photo/video switch may not be accessible due to it''s location near the tripod mount. 5)Unlike a real camera, there is no feature to review photos/video saved on the micro-sd card. You will need another device to see the 640x480 jpg files, usually around 200-300 kb in size. 6)Battery cover is spring loaded, somewhat awkward to screw on.
MISC: 1)IR illuminator glows dull red when on, so your target may see your red IR glow. 2)The IR illuminator will reflect back, causing glare from windows and leaves/brush near you. You have to turn the IR off, or use this in open space. Think of the IR as a very bright flashlight, but only visible when looking through the scope. 3)The eye piece display seems very bright when your eyes are adapted to the dark, but it''s required to see the small internal video display clearly. Our eyes use "rods" for night vision, which can not see detail as clearly as the color sensitive "cones" that require more light. 4)Front lens has a 42.5mm threading. I was hoping my 43mm wide angle video lens would allow a wider field of view, but obviously it did not fit. 5)Because this is not a pure optical device, the internal video screen resolution in daylight at 4.5x, is only about the same as my 20/20 vision. Digital zoom does not increase resolution, but does make small things up to 3x bigger, so it is helpful but harder to hold the picture steady. 6)While recording video, the IR/color mode and Sensitivity buttons do not work.
WISH LIST FOR NEXT VERSION: 1)A slightly larger case that fits, even when both focusing lenses are at the maximum extension. 2)Power button relocated, or software change to give "Power Off" warning and require a second press to shut off. 3)Built-in photo/video player, like other digital cameras. 4)Optical/Digital Zoom from 1x to 10x, or mountable accessory lenses for wide-angle and telescopic lenses like SLR cameras. 5)adjustable Oculars designed for both near and far sighted people.
I found it interesting that most of the other reviews are "Vine Customer Review of Free Product", not actual purchases. I still agree with most of what they posted. If you find this review helpful, please click "Yes" below. Maybe I''ll get a free product to review someday! :-)