Bushnell Imageview 15-45x70mm 5MP Camera Spotting Scope

| March 25, 2012 | 2 Comments

Bushnell Imageview 15-45x70mm 5MP Camera Spotting Scope

  • Includes table tripod, remote shutter cable, and soft case, powered by two AA batteries
  • 15 to 45X magnification and 70-Millimeter objective lens, 26-Feet close focus
  • 121.5-Feet field of view at 1000 yards at 15X, and 17.5-Feet field of view at 1000 yards at 45X
  • Includes limited two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 11-Millimeter eye relief and 1.1-Millimeter exit pupil, 11.6-Inch length and 25.4-Ounce weight

We won’t tell you what a picture’s worth. But capture a moment of perfection and you just may think our ImageView spotting scope is priceless. It’s equal parts spotting scope and digital camera, and an instant pardon when you find yourself at a loss for words. It’s equipped with our Sync Focus feature that lets you simultaneously sharpen the camera image and the picture your eye’s seeing for flawless 5MP snapshots every time. Take in the view at high power through bright, crisp multi-coated

List Price: $ 475.95

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  1. Richard Cousins "Rick Cousins" says:
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Best in class but still a compromise, March 23, 2011
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    The Imageview is the only system of its class available as far as I can see. There are a few other scope/camera combos on the Web, but each fails at some point: some are discontinued or unavailable, some lack the essential zoom feature and are fixed magnification, the nearest is a Russian model that has a fixed screen which cannot be easily shielded from ambient light and a lower resolution camera…at well over twice the price for the Bushnell.

    That said here’s the quick overview:

    Pros:
    *One of a kind
    *Inexpensive
    *Light weight
    *Good quality photos under optimum lighting conditions
    *Takes inexpensive SD cards for unlimited photos per trip
    *Includes cable release

    Cons:
    *Focus offset between camera and eyepiece cannot be corrected with diopter ring as manual suggests and may be distant dependent
    *LCD screen required for a clear photo is almost impossible to see in sunlight (e.g. birding)
    *Battery life can be measured in minutes, you can’t get many shots from a set of AA batteries
    *The included tripod is flimsy and cheap, if you use this scope in the field, you’ll want a sturdier one
    *Buttons, fit and finish are marginal at best
    *It’s difficult to remember to throw the switch from eyepiece to camera; you’ll take some blank shots, especially at first
    it doesn’t not work like an SLR
    *It’s clearly not designed to be weather resistant
    *The camera metering is particularly bad for birding. Birds are generally back-lit against the sky or a bright background. Spot metering helps take care of this, the Imageview seems to use an averaging algorithm which leads to dark birds on a bright background. Post-image work can recover some, but not all the data.

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  2. Red Ranger "Cheers!" says:
    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    BIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!, May 4, 2010
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    Red Ranger “Cheers!” (Mansfield, OH United States) –

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    I have always been impressed with Bushnell products. O.K. they’re NOT high end optics, but they’re very very good, especially when you consider how economical they are. So, yeah, you could call me a Bushnell fanboy, that’s fine with me! I’m not a wealthy man, and I’m not a purist, but I do appreciate quality. We own two different pairs of Bushnell binoculars, and are well pleased with the performance and longevity of both products.
    I’ve owned this scope for less than six weeks, and I already feel like I’ve got my money’s worth! Initially, I was looking to find an affordable spotting scope and the right accessories to use our old digital camera to do some digiscoping. I’m a budding bird-watcher, and I wanted a way to capture images of birds that I could not identify, so that I could study them at my leisure. This scope (along with an adequate tripod) came in UNDER BUDGET and FAR OUTPERFORMS what I could have done with our old digital camera!
    Of course, there’s no such thing as a free meal. There are SOME drawbacks to this scope, but I feel that they’re FAR outweighed by the advantages. If you are looking to take high-end photos that you can sell to National Geographic, keep looking! If you’re looking for a great spotting scope, with the built-in ability to take good quality photos as well as short videos (without audio) at an affordable price, then look no further!
    A satisfied customer,
    Brian Hart

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