FS608R Digital Camera Binoculars FHD 1080P: Review

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The FS608R Digital Camera Binoculars FHD 1080P from Gear Best is a low-end binocular with a built in camera that takes up to 2592 x 1944 (defaults to 2,048 x 1,536, and can go lower) pixel photos or avi movies (no sound).

Really good binoculars cost hundreds of dollars, but there is a range of inexpensive binoculars that everybody who uses binoculars (especially bird watchers) and/or has kids owns a few of. This is the extra set of binocs you keep in your car, near back yard window, let your kids play around with, or if you are a biology teacher, bring to school for the trip down to the nearby wildlife park on sample collection day. Everybody’s got a few of these, and this particular binocular could easily be one of those.

The FS608R at the discounted price at GearBest of just under $70 is not as good as comparable low end binoculars optically, but the photographs it takes are actually impressive. (The same binoculars are Amazon are $170, elsewhere in the $80s or $90s.) Clearly, you are paying for the electronics. Interestingly, the quality of the photographs is much higher than one might expect when just looking through the binoculars. The movies are not anything special, don’t get it for the movies, but it is a nice feature to have.

As is the case with any binoculars, the focusing is key. If you are used to self-focusing or almost-always-infinity cameras, you will have to learn to respect the focus, but once you get that straight, the photos are amazingly good for the price of the device. The camera uses a micro SD card (not supplied, and if you don’t have one you’ll want to get an SD card adapter so you can get the micro SD card in your card reader). The camera also has a USB connector as an option for getting the shots off the binoculars.

It think this set of binoculars is going to get a lot of use in our family, and in Amanda’s classroom.

I don’t know much about GearBest, but it seems to be a relatively new China-based outlet for medium to low range (in price) electronics. The normal price for the FS608DR digital camera binocs is 180.00, which is more than you should pay for this device, but the discounted price is reasonable.

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7 thoughts on “FS608R Digital Camera Binoculars FHD 1080P: Review

  1. For what it is worth, the shipping to me was really fast. No bad issues. My main complain is that their miniture computer gear tends to be Windows only; I’d like to see more linux! After all, Linux is big in China!

  2. I purchased this unit and i am having a great deal of problems understsnding how it works and the manual that comes with the unit is very vauge re how to operate it and do setups, replays, deletes etc. is there a more in depth owners/operaters manual available on line that i can print off and to be able to understand ( i’m a bit of an idiot when it comes to computers etc.) . Please help .

    1. I have the same problem and even looking through the bi-focal part of my glasses can’t read what buttons are what. Hard to do what you are supposed to if you can’t read the tiny writing in the instructions.

  3. Wife bought me one of these RS608R camera binocular but the instruction manual is in such small print my old eyes just can’t read it, even with my glasses. Is there a manual I can look up and possibly print? Seems to be a pretty cool little unit and I’d like to figure out how to use it.

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