Friday, July 08, 2011

P&S Digital Cameras for Digiscoping

Apart from adding a carbon fiber tripod a couple of years ago, I haven't changed my digiscoping gear since 2006. I'm still using an older generation Swarovski ATS80 HD, 20-60x zoom, Swarovski DCA, and a Nikon Coolpix 8400 (discontinued, but still available) for all my digiscoping. For all the macro shots on my blog I use a Nikon Coolpix 4500 (also discontinued). I've yet to spend time with the Canon SD4000 IS we have at the store, but if my 8400 died today it's the camera I would likely replace it with. As I've mentioned in previous posts, unless I've used it extensively, it's difficult for me to recommend particular camera models, though I can tell you what others are using. While just about any DSLR with a 50mm f/1.8 lens will work, here are three point-and-shoot digital cameras recognized by the digiscoping community that work well:

Where to get camera recommendations:

Link: Yahoo Digiscoping Tech Group

Link: Facebook Digiscoping Group

© 2011 Mike McDowell


  1. Thanks for that advice. The number of point and shoots makes it so difficult to know what is best to use for digiscoping. Such a shame that the Coolpix 8400 was discontinued!

  2. Can u suggest an adapter that can fit a Nikon 50mm 1.8 to my ED82 scope with wide DS 30x eyepiece? Really wanna use this combo but quite hard to find a suitable ready made adapter..