Test Reviews

2016-04-06

The MINOX DCC 14.0 among 4 fun compact cameras with special powers

For more composed shots | Minox DCC 14.0

This Lilliputian shooter looks like a toy or perhaps a gadget the circa-60s James Bond might have carried to surreptitiously snap nefarious goings-on. But the DCC 14.0 is actually a fully functional 14-megapixel camera, styled to look like a classic German-made SLR.

Given its specs, the DCC 14.0 might appear limited at first. The camera has no built-in flash and struggles in low light (not surprising given how tiny its sensor is). Video is captured at a paltry resolution of 640 by 480 pixels—a far cry from your smartphone’s HD movies.

So beyond its very charming form, why bother toting the DCC 14.0 around? For its surprisingly accurate optical viewfinder, a feature usually found only on larger cameras. Instead of thoughtlessly tapping a touchscreen, you bring a camera with a viewfinder up to your eye and take the time to frame your shot.

It’s a small shift that can change the way you think about photography—and it’s available in a camera that’s small enough to pack as an afterthought.

2016-01-26

[SHOT 2016 Range Day] Review of the MINOX ZP-8

One scope to rule them all is how I would describe the MINOX ZP-8. Walking by their booth on SHOT Range Day, I was approached by a friendly MINOX representative who said, “Want to see a cool riflescope?” “Sure!” I responded. The MINOX representative handed me what appeared to be a low powered rifle scope. The representative told me to dial it up to 8 power, and dial it down. Cranking the scope up to 8 power, then dialing it down, I was pleasantly surprised when I dialed the reticle down to around 3 power and an illuminated red dot appeared on the reticle.

2015-12-23

Optics REVIEW: The MINOX ZP8 Meets 3 Gun Competition

Christian Swann reviews the MINOX ZP8 for optics use in 3 gun competition.

MINOX USA introduced the ZP8 at 2015’s Shot Show as their newest tactical line of optics. MINOX is a very old and storied German optic maker and has recently acquired Optronika, the German company that engineered the 3-15×50 Scout Sniper Day Scope for the US Marine Corps. The new MINOX ZP8 1-8x24mm is the finished development of an Optronika design. I do believe you will start seeing this brand enter the US Market soon as the go-to optic for 3 Gun competition.

2015-12-14

Die MINOX BL 8x33 HD - Best Safari & Travel Binocular 2015

Back in 2010, I tested and wrote a review on the previous version of the MINOX BL 8x33 binoculars. As you can see from it, my reviews have come along way since then, but even so with the scores they achieved, it is obvious that really I liked them. Indeed they went on to win the award as the best safari & travel bin later on in the same year.

To this day, those MINOX binoculars still remain one of my favorite mid-sized bins and that is why when I discovered that they had updated their BL range to include HD glass in their lenses, I just had to get my hands on the 8x33 version. I really wanted to see if they were as good in all the areas as the older version, but also if the HD lenses had perhaps even improved on them optically.

2015-08-17

The MINOX DTC 400 Slim tested in the Texas Sporting Journal July / August 2015

MINOX DTC 400 SLIM - Wildlife Camera Sets New Standards for Concealment

With the new MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera, no more having to mess with trail cams the size and weight of a car battery.

At only about one inch thick, the DTC 400 SLIM slides nicely into my daypack and loaded with six AA batteries weighs about the same as a Kindle. If you've had wanderers on your property, you'll appreciate how inconspicuous this unit is once mounted. It is slightly curved so it fits every tree trunk neatly and snugly. Combined with its camouflage housing, the result is the unobtrusive presence you want and need in an effective trail camera.

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