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Bushnell 10x25 ImageView VGA 11-1026

*Est. $60
Reviewed by ConsumerSearch
Bushnell 10x25 ImageView VGA 11-1026

Budget camera binoculars

Pros
  • Tripod socket
  • SD card slot to expand memory
  • Two-year warranty
Cons
  • Low-resolution images
  • Choppy video quality
  • Some reports of quality-control issues
  • Only 10mm eye relief (not for eyeglass wearers)

We found almost a dozen owner-written reviews and ratings of the Bushnell ImageView 11-1026 camera binoculars at Walmart.com. Other reviews cover the earlier 11-1025 model, which is similar but lacks the tripod socket and SD card slot. The best such review is at BackpackGearTest.org, where the reviewer provides plenty of detail based on two full years of use. Staff at Optics Planet also review this earlier model, and we found plenty of owner-written reviews of the ImageView 11-1025 camera binoculars at Amazon.com and Epinions.com. The handful of reviews at Cabelas.com also add useful detail.

Reviews say these budget camera binoculars can be fun to use as long as you don't expect too much. This newer model comes with a tripod socket so you can minimize camera shake, plus a slot for an SD card to expand the memory. These features beat the competing models in this price range, all of which share the same VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera resolution -- enough only for e-mail or posting online. The 10-second movie clips aren't very smooth at only at 9 frames per second. For 5-megapixel camera resolution and better video, consider the Bushnell Compact 8x30 Instant Replay 11-8325 (*est. $165).

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Our Sources

1. Walmart.com

Nearly a dozen owners review the newer 11-1026 ImageView camera binoculars here. There are mixed ratings, but with more owners satisfied than not. Some report quality-control issues, and one user complains of a short battery life.

Review: Bushnell 10 x 25mm Image View Binocular with Digital Camera, Contributors to Walmart.com

2. BackpackGearTest.org

This detailed, well-illustrated review by an active hiker covers two years of use of the similar 10x25 Bushnell ImageView 11-1025 camera binoculars, with the same VGA (640-by-480) resolution but without a tripod adapter or SD card slot. While the binoculars prove useful on hikes, the camera function is disappointing, and the sound the camera makes can scare away the wildlife you want to photograph.

Review: Bushnell ImageView Binocular, Mike Wilkie, May 2007

3. OpticsPlanet.net

Staffers at this big optics retail site pick the earlier 11-1025 Bushnell 10x25 ImageView camera binoculars as a "Best" model. But at the time of our report, no owner-written reviews or ratings are published here.

Review: Bushnell 10x25 ImageView Digital Binoculars Camera 111025, Editors of OpticsPlanet.com

4. Amazon.com

More than 30 owners review an earlier model -- the 11-1025 Bushnell ImageView 10x25 digital camera binoculars -- with ratings covering the whole span from one to five stars on a five-star scale. Satisfaction seems to depend primarily on realistic expectations, but some owners using Windows XP report problems and other issues.

Review: Bushnell ImageView 10x25 VGA Digital Camera Binocular, Contributors to Amazon.com

5. Epinions.com

The 18 owner-written reviews published here cover the earlier 11-1025 model, giving it mostly dismal ratings. The only owners who are satisfied with the photo quality say that good photo editing software is the key.

Review: Bushnell ImageView 11-1025, Contributors to Epinions.com

6. Cabelas.com

The four owner-written reviews here seem to cover more than one ImageView model, but they reinforce the point that turning on the camera makes a beeping noise that can scare off the animal you're trying to photograph.

Review: Bushnell Outdoor Image View Digital Binoculars, Contributors to Cabelas.com

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