Digiscoping- which camera?

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Subject: Digiscoping- which camera?
From: "Luke and Nina (Honeyeater Homestay)" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 07:06:46 +1000
It has come time for me to tap your vast knowledge. I need to know what
camera to upgrade to for Digiscoping. I have an 80mm Optex scope with a 4
year old little Olympus C40 (4MP). I am happy with the scope for now but the
camera could be better. I have trawled the internet for hours and hours and
am more confused than when I started.
I know that what I am looking for are as many of the following as I can get
(maybe not all): 

*       3x - 4x optical zoom 

*       External zoom elements 

*       Lenses with filter threads 

*       Minimum 3-MP sensor - more is better especially being 2006 now with
all the 7-10MP available 

*       Large LCD screens that swivel independently from the lens 

*       Full manual capability 

*       Fast write speed 

*       Little or no shutter lag 

*       Cable or wireless shutter release

my current camera has a wireless shutter release but with a 3 second lag
I found a list of cameras that don't cause Vignetting when zoomed at
""http://www.jayandwand but I struggle to understand their scoring
exactly and some of the cameras like the Dimage i5 didn't look like they
were available in Australia, on further investigation?
I would be grateful for any feedback as my wife is threatening to leave me
if I spend any longer searching the internet.
Kind regards
Honeyeater Homestay
53 Reid Road 
Mission Beach
QLD 4852

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