The DA4 universal digital camera adapter allows you to digiscope with a variety of 3-4x optical zoom digital cameras that don't have filter threads. Depending on your point and shoot camera and which Kowa spotting scope you have, you may need additional digiscoping accessories:
- TSN-DA1 digital camera adapter works with the Kowa TSN 600, TSN 660, TSN 820 and older 77mm spotting scopes.
- TSN-DA10 digital camera adapter works with the Kowa TSN 770 and TSN 880 spotting scopes.
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Only game in town.
Ian G. from Nevada City California
I wanted to keep my camera attached to my scope for quick digiscoping while out birding. This is the only option for my scope so I forked out the cash and went big.
All the little parts are precision machined. The quality of craftsmanship is top notch. However, due to this precision machining, and the chrome, all of the screws come loose very easily. I've missed shots because the camera has slid out of position because screws came loose. Realignment of the camera isn't hard with practice, but it's frustrating to miss a shot.
Due to the loose screws, the shutter release cable is now gone. It fell off somewhere near a Snow Bunting if you see it. Also, the arm for the shutter release cable poked me in the forehead when I did not have the DA-4 in digiscoping position . I took the arm off I do not believe I will replace it anytime soon. Had I been quick to put loctite on the screws that did not need to be adjusted, I would not have lost the cable.
I found that the edge of this adapter hits my nose. While not noticeable for quick looks, after a big day I feel like I have a bruise on the bridge of nose from leaning up against the edges of this thing. Maybe I have a big nose though? For my next sea watch I will take it off for sure.
Things that I like about the DA-4: 1. It works. 2. The locking mechanisms for folding and unfolding this thing are pretty snazzy. 3. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to use.
If I had to buy this again, I would, but only because there are no other options.