Sunday, April 09, 2006

Hope for the Coolpix 8400

With great lighting late this afternoon, I decided to run some additional digiscoping tests with the Nikon Coolpix 8400 on birds in my backyard. Per advice from another digiscoper who uses the same camera, I set the focus mode to MACRO with the AREA focus on manual. I'm not really sure why this should make a difference (macro setting), but it did seem easier to nail the focus this time around. These two images represent the quality of sharpness I want to consistently achieve in my digiscoped efforts in the field, so perhaps there's hope for the 8400 after all!


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CAMERA : E8400V1.1
METERING : CENTER
MODE : A
SHUTTER : 1/139sec
APERTURE : F4.9
EXP +/- : -0.7
FOCAL LENGTH : f21.6mm(X1.0)
IMG ADJUST : STANDARD
SENSITIVITY : ISO 50
WHITEBAL : PRESET
SHARPNESS : LOW
DATE : 04.09.2006 16:29
QUALITY : 3264x2448 EXTRA
SATURATION : AUTO
FOCUS AREA : CENTER


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CAMERA : E8400V1.1
METERING : CENTER
MODE : A
SHUTTER : 1/245sec
APERTURE : F4.9
EXP +/- : -1.0
FOCAL LENGTH : f21.6mm(X1.0)
IMG ADJUST : STANDARD
SENSITIVITY : ISO 50
WHITEBAL : PRESET
SHARPNESS : LOW
DATE : 04.09.2006 16:41
QUALITY : 3264x2448 EXTRA
SATURATION : AUTO
FOCUS AREA : RIGHT TOP

All images © 2006 Michael Allen McDowell

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