Disappointing. I in comparison with a $200 Zeiss 5×10 Monocular (a bit fatter and shorter than a Sharpie marker), and a $440 Leica 8×20 BCA Trinovid binocular used with one eye. The reviewer additionally owns and is conversant in a stabilized Fujinon 14×40. I had hoped this could be a superior companion to different monoculars for nature walks, airplane flights, and holidays, nevertheless it is not.
The 1x view is beneficial just for discovering a topic. The 400mm optical magnification was in contrast, and the 800mm digital zoom setting was fairly ineffective, and I needed I may have locked it out within the menu. All evaluation was on the 400mm setting.
Evaluating topic measurement (not discipline of view) Powershot was half the magnification of the Leica 8x, and 80%+ of the 5x. I assumed that 400mm meant 8x in comparison with a standard 50mm lens view. Not so. This can be a 4x magnification gadget. Area of view (ignoring topic magnification) was in contrast by placing the Powershot as much as one eye, and the optical one as much as the opposite, and estimating the distinction. The Zeiss 5x picture circle neatly circumscribed the Powershot’s rectangular discipline, in order that the diagonals have been the identical, and the Powershot’s discipline is noticeable smaller. The Leica 8×20 discipline of view had a diameter double that of the Powershot diagonal, creating an infinite distinction.
Viewing a home quantity at distance, the Zeiss 5x was clearer and extra satisfying than the PS, even with none stabilization, and the Leica 8×20 revealed an undetected avenue identify textual content under quantity. For objects like birds and planes towards a vivid sky, extreme picture sharpening was noticed.
In my view, the eyepiece optics and digital show have been effectively matched, each used to their limits, and no enchancment anticipated by bettering just one. I had excessive hopes that I might get an enchancment for one-eyed pocket viewing, however was very disillusioned. That is going again, and I’ll maintain an eye fixed out for a future mannequin boasting huge enhancements – and I will not be an early adopter of these.