How Digital Camera Binoculars Work - Terminology

By Scott Gray

Binoculars With Camera

Digital camera binoculars are exactly what they sound like, a pair of binoculars with a digital camera included.

When your digital camera just can't get close enough, these binoculars allow you to take a photograph of exactly what you see through them.

They're perfect for creating up close memories of sports events, bird watching, surveillance, and hunting.

You can buy them in hunting binoculars and marine binoculars and the majority of models include all the software you need to view your photographs from your personal computer.

How They Work

Digital Camera binoculars work by taking photographs using a built in digital camera of the magnified image you can see when you look through your binoculars.

All you have to do is aim and focus your binoculars on the object you are looking at, press a button, and the digital camera automatically records the image.

Once you have captured the image you from your binoculars with a camera you can then download and print your photographs from your computer.

The quality of the photographs or short films that you take with your camera binoculars will depend on the quality of the digital camera that is built in to your binoculars.

By using the magnification that is available with binoculars whether its 7X, 8X or even 10X, you will get much better pictures than digital cameras alone offer.

This is what makes these binoculars a favorite among bird watchers.

These binoculars allow them to experience birds close up and take photographs of what they see.

Most digital camera binoculars also offer an instant replay feature that will allow users to save the last 5 to 60 seconds on video.


  1. The two numbers in the name refer only to the binoculars and are the magnification and the aperture numbers.
  2. The eye relief, which is expressed in millimeters and refers to the distance between your eye and the lens of the binoculars. This is crucial for anyone who wears glasses. The best of these will use Bak-4 prism glass and fully multicoated lenses.
  3. The camera part will have its own specification and these will include mega pixels or the resolution available. The higher the resolution the better your photographs will be.
  4. Instant replay video is a new feature for these types and will allow the user to save the last 5 to 60 seconds of whatever they are viewing.

Important Features When Choosing a Pair

If you want to buy the best binoculars, there are a number of important features that you should look out for. These include:

  1. Instant replay
  2. A memory expansion slot
  3. A tripod adapter - this is useful for preventing shaking and blurred pictures

  4. Look for the best magnification and check the closest focus offered by the camera.
  5. Choose optical zoom rather than digital zoom
  6. Choose Bak-4 prism rather than Bak-7 glass.
  7. Fully multicoated lenses are better than multicoated lenses Look for eye relief of 15mm or more

What Models Are The Best?

So what are the best camera binoculars? Some brands of digital binoculars to consider are those made by Bushnell, a name that stands out.

The photo quality and color LCD screen provided by Bushnell binoculars are excellent.

Barska offer quality at a good price. Most binoculars with a camera offer instant replay and give you excellent value for money.

Vazussk is another excellent model when it comes to choosing the best camera binoculars. These Vazussk 1.5" LCD Digital Binoculars with Camera have instant replay, excellent resolution, and affordability.


Scott Gray is a freelance author and binocular enthusiast and loves to provide useful information about binoculars.