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hardcore09
07-13-2012, 05:16 PM
Looking for any advise on a good digital camera for hunting that could also take good hd video. I don't want nothing really heavy or too bulky since i will be backpacking with it. Thanks for any info!!!

Powerman777
07-14-2012, 09:50 AM
My wife bought a new sony. It is small and compact and takes some really nice pictures and video. I believe it is a cybershot?? It was around $200 and is a really good camera. I am actually taking it to Wyoming this fall on my mule deer hunt.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-14-2012, 10:15 AM
The Sony WX series are nice compact cameras that take good video. Ditto for the Canon ELPH series. The next step up are mirrorless DSLR cameras like the Sony NEX and Nikon 1 cameras. I have a Nikon J1 and the photo quality is great and the video is OUTSTANDING.

Drhorsepower
07-14-2012, 10:41 AM
Will you be digiscoping?

hardcore09
07-14-2012, 04:36 PM
Drhorsepower.....I would really like to, Does it take a special adaptor for all the spotting scopes? I currently have a nikon prostaff.
-thanks for the info everyone! Its much appreciated!!!

tdub24
07-14-2012, 09:09 PM
I recently bought a Canon Vixia and so far love it. It has 51X zoom and I really like recording in HD as well as being able to take pictures while recording. I was around $300.

stepnahalf
07-14-2012, 09:37 PM
If you want a camera with manual control rather than just a "point and shoot" camera, look at a Canon Powershot S100. If you like the idea of a super zoom/quality picture too, look at a Panasonic Lumix FZ150. I think the best bang for the buck point and shoot is a canon powershot ELPH 300 HS.

Drhorsepower
07-14-2012, 10:03 PM
Hardcore, the cameras bitterroot bulls mentioned seem to be the top choices for folks digiscoping. As for adapter, the best bet is to see if tinesup makes one, if not. And eBay search would probably be second choice. Nikon makes adapters to some of their spotting scopes for specific Nikon cameras, I'm not sure if your scope falls in that realm though. For digiscoping, you will not want an optical zoom more than 4x and digital zoom is not a good method as well. Go to the camera shop with your spotting scope and see what works! Every setup is different and different scopes may like a different camera behind them! You would just hold the camera to the back of your eyepiece. These days, hd I think is a must!

Muleys 24/7
07-14-2012, 11:04 PM
I'm going to get a Canon ELPH110 (it's a point and shoot camrea) 16MPX that takes 1080 video too. I plan on useing it for diascoping as well. I've heard good stuff about them.

If your intrested in diascoping too, check out tinesup.com. They have a close out special on last years model of canon which is the canon elph100.

Drhorsepower
07-15-2012, 12:19 AM
If you end up going with tines up, they set up the camera for you as well settings wise for best digiscoping setup. I am in the market for a new camera as well. I am running a dslr and I could sure save a lot of weight by going to a point and shoot. I do not know what I am going to do though.

bigmoose
07-22-2012, 10:54 AM
If you want a camera with manual control rather than just a "point and shoot" camera, look at a Canon Powershot S100. If you like the idea of a super zoom/quality picture too, look at a Panasonic Lumix FZ150. I think the best bang for the buck point and shoot is a canon powershot ELPH 300 HS.

I agree with stepnhalf. Panasonic has now up-graded the FZ150 with the FZ200. This camera should be great for those low light shots with a constant 2.8 across the lens range (up to 24x).

Moose

Muleys 24/7
08-25-2012, 10:45 AM
I got the Canon ELPH110 with the tines up diascoping kit last week, took it out this morning to check it out. The adapter fits like a glove on my Zeiss. The image quality is great with that cam and the zeiss. I can't wait to get some wildlife pics and start diascoping. I would recommend this set up to anyone that is thinking about getting into diascoping.

Bitterroot Bulls
08-25-2012, 12:07 PM
Can't wait to see some pics, Muleys.

I have been digiscoping with a Diascope 85 and Nikon J1 lately, and have had some good results.

Here is some video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_hYF3rZ90E

Muleys 24/7
08-26-2012, 06:37 PM
Can't wait to see some pics, Muleys.

I have been digiscoping with a Diascope 85 and Nikon J1 lately, and have had some good results.

Here is some video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_hYF3rZ90E

BB, Nice footage, Did you end up getting a Zeiss diascope 85 after all?

Bitterroot Bulls
08-26-2012, 08:44 PM
I did, and I have been enjoying the extra Xs that the big eyepiece offers.

Muleys 24/7
08-27-2012, 07:19 PM
I did, and I have been enjoying the extra Xs that the big eyepiece offers.

That's great, sounds like your as happy as I am with mine. On my up coming hunts, I'll be sure to get some good pics and footage to share.

Elk Hunter
08-29-2012, 05:56 PM
I used a Nikon D7000 for the first time backpacking this year. Just finished a 65 mile section of the CDT, and I will be taking it hunting with me which will also involve backpacking. It replaces a Nikon Coolpix 5700 and is so much nicer with very little weight gain. 8oz. I think. Just turning it on and the auto focus is way faster, and being able to use a UV filter eliminated that slight blue tint in photos taken at high elevation. I also carry a polarizing filter now. An adapter that attaches like a lens allows the spotting scope to be used like a lens, and with the live view zoom it makes a very nice eyepiece. It does 20min HD videos, which I don't do a lot of. This DSLR is just so much better than the point and shoot.

Bitterroot Bulls
08-29-2012, 06:56 PM
I used a Nikon D7000 for the first time backpacking this year. Just finished a 65 mile section of the CDT, and I will be taking it hunting with me which will also involve backpacking. It replaces a Nikon Coolpix 5700 and is so much nicer with very little weight gain. 8oz. I think. Just turning it on and the auto focus is way faster, and being able to use a UV filter eliminated that slight blue tint in photos taken at high elevation. I also carry a polarizing filter now. An adapter that attaches like a lens allows the spotting scope to be used like a lens, and with the live view zoom it makes a very nice eyepiece. It does 20min HD videos, which I don't do a lot of. This DSLR is just so much better than the point and shoot.

If you want to save a little more weight without losing the functionality of your DSLR, check out the Nikon 1 series. I am very happy with the little J1. You can also use the FT-1 adapter and maintain full funtion of your existing nikkor lenses.

Muleys 24/7
08-29-2012, 07:12 PM
BB, I noticed the quality in the footage above can only be viewed in 480p, Dose your J1 have HD? If so, why couldn't I veiw in HD?

Bitterroot Bulls
08-30-2012, 11:27 AM
BB, I noticed the quality in the footage above can only be viewed in 480p, Dose your J1 have HD? If so, why couldn't I veiw in HD?

the original footage is in full 1080p. The video quality in the J1 is OUTSTANDING. I rendered the clip above in 480p for uploading size reasons for youtube. The original video out of the camera was MUCH sharper.

Muleys 24/7
08-30-2012, 06:19 PM
the original footage is in full 1080p. The video quality in the J1 is OUTSTANDING. I rendered the clip above in 480p for uploading size reasons for youtube. The original video out of the camera was MUCH sharper.

Ah, I see. I'm sure you wouldn't have the J1 if it wasn't good! Nothing like great quality optics and cams! Had a quick ? for you......... Is 1080p outdated now? Just wondering because on my new canon 110 is says I have 1920p, I didn't even know they had more than 1080?

Bitterroot Bulls
08-30-2012, 07:12 PM
1080p is still the industry standard for home viewing. The 1920p setting would likely be downsampled for viewing in most cases.

dzlfarmboy
02-22-2013, 10:49 AM
Hey guys, would my Canon T3i SLR be good for pics and video with a Vortex Razor HD Spotter im planning on getting soon for my first Elk hunt this fall?. I like taking pics and having something for people to see in my coffee table albums I make of my hunts.

Bitterroot Bulls
02-22-2013, 10:59 AM
Hey guys, would my Canon T3i SLR be good for pics and video with a Vortex Razor HD Spotter im planning on getting soon for my first Elk hunt this fall?. I like taking pics and having something for people to see in my coffee table albums I make of my hunts.

It can be a challenge digiscoping with an SLR. Mirrorless and compacts are better because you can autofocus, and they are easier to adapt to the spotter.

You should look at the Tines Up kit, or make your own with an inexpensive compact camera with a MAX zoom of 5x or less, an adapter for filter threads like a Zeikos universal adapter, and a Tines Up Video Scopecam adapter.

dzlfarmboy
02-22-2013, 12:02 PM
I see what ya mean BB, Tines up setup looks pretty sweet. Anyone had much luck using the Iphones for digiscoping?

Bitterroot Bulls
02-22-2013, 12:06 PM
I see what ya mean BB, Tines up setup looks pretty sweet. Anyone had much luck using the Iphones for digiscoping?

Actually,

I tested the Meopix iphone adapter with great success. It was really pretty easy, once I downloaded an app with a timer. Phoneskope also make pretty slick looking adapters people have had luck with. Kowa makes a higher end version.

I still the think the compact camera/ tines up system gives a little bit better results.

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