Digibinning – A First Attempt

On Sunday 2/28/2010, I went out to try some digibinning – taking photographs with a digital camera through a binocular. Armed with a pair of Swarovski EL 8.5×42 Swarovision binoculars and snapshot adapter to supplement our review of the Swarovisions, and a Nikon CoolPix P6000, I went to look for a Great Horned Owl that was reported in a local park. As we were getting out of the car, someone walked by and pointed out the owl to us.

Swarovision digibinningSince this was an exercise in trying out digibinning, I took some photos without the binocular for comparison. The image on the left shows the comparison between a photo taken with just the digital camera (on left) and then one taken through the binoculars with the digital camera (on right).

These are full frame photos.  The pictures have been resized and combined but not cropped. For this comparison, to see what you get shooting through the binoculars, it is only valid if we maintain full frame photos.

There is definitely a learning curve here in aiming the camera and binocular. The difference was really quite astounding and the possibilities are great. We will certainly have to try this a bit more. The snap shot adapter can also be used with a DSLR.


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