Comparison between Digiscoping Cameras Nikon Coolpix 990,995,4500,5000,5400,8400

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Digiscoping - Comparison between the Nikon Coolpix cameras
Which camera is best for digiscopingMore Info ? This question arrives me almost every week. And I really can't give an objective answer. I only can say, that for me the Nikon Coolpix 990More Info is best.
Other digiscopersMore Info have made totally different experiences.
I've seen so many fantastic shots taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500More Info in the web, but I was not able to get many good shots with this camera.
Also I've seen so many fantastic pictures taken with a Nikon Coolpix 995More Info. Ok, my pics were not bad, but for me the 990More Info works much better. So please take this comparison not as an objective competition between these cameras. It's totally subjectice, and all pics shown here are all made under different conditions and circumstances.
So please, form your own opinion.

Some pictures for comparison. I used average results :

Digiscoping : Nikon Coolpix 990 + Swarovski 80HD Spotting Scope
As you can see, the Coolpix 990More Info brings out details perfectly. The focus works good in most situations. Colours come out very authentic. In bad light colours often comes out a little bit cold.

Digiscoping : Nikon Coolpix 995 + Swarovski 80HD Spotting Scope
The Coolpix 995More Info is ok for digiscopingMore Info. Sharpness can be good, but focus misses the subject quite often. The 990More Info is the better choice. In backlight chromatic abberations appear heavily.

Digiscoping : Nikon Coolpix 4500 + Swarovski 80HD Spotting Scope
All my images taken with the Coolpix 4500More Info came out a little bit soft. The focus failed very often. I was not very happy with this camera.

Digiscoping : Nikon Coolpix 5000 + Swarovski 80HD Spotting Scope
Great colours, almost no details when the distance is too great. At low distance (for example when you photograph out of a hide, with the birdPicture Gallery about 7 metres far away) the results are good, and the pics show great details.
I've heard of other digiscopersMore Info, that didn't have that kind of problem, and again others only get worse shots, equal from which distance. I don't know why.

Canon EOS D60 with 1,4x Converter and 300mm L IS USM lens - non digiscoped
Just for comparison : This photo is not digiscopedMore Info, it is taken with a digital SLR camera, Canon EOS D60, an 1,4x teleconverter and a 300mm L IS USM lens. The resulting focal length is 672mm. The details come out great, the focus works very fast and precise. To name a disadvantage : In bad light conditions the vibrations of the SLR-mechanism cause vibration-blur to the pics. So, this one's only good for perfect light... But then it works great.

All pics shown here are just resized. There's no photoshop work done to them. The crops in the pictures are just from the original pic. No resizing, no optimizing.
For me, the Coolpix 990More Info is the winner. But I recommend you, to read other articles about the differnet cameras, cause my experiences are often a bit different from others. Don't ask me why.

So make your own choice...
... and happy digiscopingMore Info...

By the way, my choice for the future will be a Canon EOS 7 DMore Info Mark II (fantastic camera) together with a 400mm 2,8 L IS USM when photographing with DSLR and I stay with the old Nikon Coolpix 8400More Info combined to a KowaPicture Gallery spotting scope when digiscopingMore Info.

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Thank you for your help :-) !

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