|29mm at 20X (~1566mm), ISO 800, 1/100s, f/5.6|
First off, the camera 'feels' very solid - well built. The new 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD lens is a 'Power Drive' lens that is a bit bigger than the older version that came w/ the V1 (bigger in that I can't use my homemade adapter for the 40X W eyepiece on the Zeiss 85T*Fl scope). The zoom ring on the new lens spins freely when the camera is off. When the camera is on, the the ring provides a smooth zoom from 10 - 30 mm. Good news is that the ring still spins freely, so there's no worry about cranking the lens past zoom. It just takes a bit of time to get used to the feel. Otherwise, its bright and sharp.
28mm at 20X (~1512mm), ISO 800, 1/60s, f/5.6
On the Digidapter™ digiscoping adapter and 20-75X Zoom eyepiece there is vignetting until about 20mm, but images seem sharp out to 30mm, which was not the case w/ the earlier version. Better yet, I can zoom the eyepiece all the way out to 75X for a whopping 30*75*2.5 = 5625mm effective focal length! At 20fps and Auto-ISO capabilities, I'm bound to have a few keeper images even under these extreme magnifications.
|10mm at 20X (~540mm), ISO 800, 1/100s, f/3.5|
This afternoon a White-crowned Sparrow showed up briefly in the yard. I was able to digiscope it through the back window.
Advance Movie Options are available with this camera. Possible options include HD Movie (1080p), Slow Motion (3 seconds recorded at 400fps and played back at 30fps = 40 second slow-mo), Fast Motion (plays back 4X normal speed), Jump Cut (recording pauses every other second for a drop-frame effect), and a 4-second Movie Clip Mode.
I tried the Slow Motion option this afternoon on this American Goldfinch. I like the slow motion effect especially when trying to record fast-moving birds. Looking forward to try it on hummingbirds!
Time to head to the marsh to try this camera out!