Overall Minox have once again produced an excellent trail camera that definitely improves upon their already excellent previous models.
It is tough, waterproof and the batter life is excellent and I love the ability to be able to send any captured images to your phone or e-mail address all of which mean that you can leave it out on location over very long periods of time with complete confidence.
The improvement in the video quality along with the fact that it now also records sound is excellent as this was something that I mentioned as being a shortfall on the DTC 600.
So in my opinion if you are looking for a tough, high quality trail camera, the Minox DTC 1000 is up there with the very best.
We received a pair of Minox BN 7x50 DC Binoculars from our friends at Pelagic Outfitters to play with. Like most serious fishermen and hunters, we here at BDO know that optics are not the place to "cheap out".
As soon as you take them out of the box, you can tell this is a quality pair of binoculars. Comfortable ergonomics, a rubberized coating and an overall solid feel gave me a great initial impression.
Immediately after unpacking, we all went outside for a little test drive. Right away we were impressed with its light gathering ability. The image was exceptionally bright and razor sharp.
I'm one of those people that have trouble with cheaper “binos”. I can never seem to align the images correctly and I quickly get a headache and stop using them. These “binos” didn't suffer from that issue. They adjusted easily, came into perfect focus and were comfortable for extended periods of time.
Today's market offers a wide choice of game cameras of all types and makes, and they offer a terrific sales opportunity, as reported by GunTradeWorld.
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Winner in 2011 and once again in 2012, the Minox HG 8x43 scored a hugely impressive 87% overall on the Best Binocular Reviews Ratings scale, that included a 10/10 for body construction quality. So you just know that these water and fog proof binoculars are extremely well made and easily tough enough to handle pretty much whatever you throw at them whilst you are out there in the wild.
As well as this, at only 650g (22.9oz), these are one of THE lightest full sized binoculars that I have ever reviewed, this combined with their well made and well padded neck strap will make them as comfortable as possible even if you have to carry them with you all day.
In the past Minox have perhaps not been the first Brand to spring to the mind of UK Deer Stalkers when considering a pair of Binoculars however whether it be for Camera's, spotting scopes or Binoculars they have always had a reputation for quality.
It seems however that times may be changing with Minox now having set their sights firmly on the Field Sports and Deer Stalking market.
Not having reviewed a Minox product before but being aware of their reputation I was delighted when they offered to send me a pair of their 8x44 Binoculars from their BL range and more than a little excited at the prospect of giving them a try.
My first impressions of these Bino's were that they are remarkably light weight. Weighing only a little over 800g (strap and eye covers included) and being just 15cm in length they are very practical and easy to carry. Whilst this isn't the most important thing in a pair of Bino's it certainly does help, especially when already loaded down with a rifle, shooting sticks and all the other accoutrements that many deer stalkers tend to carry.