Kowa Prominar first announced the TD-1 digital spotting scope in March last year, the company has now posted a new press release with specifications, it also reveals that this unique digital camera should be reaching shelves in Japan sometime in July. The 210,000 YEN (approx. $2,000) digital spotting scope has a huge 450 - 1350 mm F2.8 - F4.0 zoom lens (equiv. approx. 10x - 30x zoom) coupled to a 1/2.5" 3.14 megapixel CCD. It also has a true TTL optical viewfinder. This beast is 39 cm (15.4 in) long and weighs 2.3 Kg (5.1 lb).

Kowa Prominar TD-1 digital spotting scope specifications


Sensor • 1/2.5" Type
• 3.14 million pixels total
Lens • 3x zoom
• 450 - 1350 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F4.0
Minimum focus distance • Auto focus: 20 m - Infinity
• Manual focus: 5 m - Infinity
Metering Center weighted average
ISO sensitivity Auto (ISO 100 - 200)
Exposure compensation • +/- 2.0 EV
• 0.5 EV steps
White balance • Auto
• Cloudy
Viewfinder • Optical TTL
• 20 mm eye relief
LCD monitor 1.8"
Continuous shooting • 1024 x 768 only
• Four frames maximum
Storage SD card
Connectivity • USB 1.1
• Video Out
• Wired remote
Dimensions 385 x 130 x 125 mm
Weight 2.3 kg