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, Bernhard Vogl <bvogl@...> wrote:
> > I see you're using a Zigview on your system. Which one is it? Are you
> > happy with it? If it's the S2 have you found the remote part quite
> > useful?
> It's a Zigview S2, the one with a detach-able monitor.
> It's a small fingercam in a housing with a monitor, so as long as you
> expect the image quality to be "video-grade", not "photo-grade", it can
> be quite useful (The built-in mini camera has 270K pixels, the monitor
Mine turned up this morning, and I'm pretty happy with it on first inspection. I'd already
been thinking about getting one, then a couple of days ago saw a little video of Bernhard
using one and finally took the plunge.
Low-light performance isn't amazing (gets pretty blotchy), but it's a lot better than feared
- in a near-black room with the camera needing 20s @ f8, 100ISO, the Zigview was still
showing enough info to have a good idea of what would be included in the frame. Detail-
wise, you can read the exposure info on my 5D clearly, and can make out the focus
rectangles clearly as long as they aren't against a black background, the red focus
rectangle is also clearly visible making the use of AF just about possible for non-pano
stuff. The remote screen has a two-step shutter button, so can can focus properly then
It uses a Nikon-style EN-EL5 battery rather than some totally non-standard thing, so
picking up extra batteries won't be *too* bad.
Build quality in places is so-so, but on a par for the price.
Anyway, to bring it back to panoramas, I now have a motorised head with a remote
control, plus a remote screen to see the exact view in the viewfinder. For high-res partials
on a big tripod this is going to be a life-saver. :-)
P.S. It'll all be coming with me to Berkeley next month and Lucerne in August, so there'll be
a few opportunities to fiddle with it...