The Beginners Guide To Zooming
For a lot of our new users, calibrating the AVP for those perfect shots can be a bit tedious. This guide is to help our new users effectively use their new pocket scope to its full potential.
For those of you who don’t have time to read a wall of text, take a peak at our spoiler video below. Everyone else, buckle up!
If you’re not familiar with how the AVP works, we’ll give you a quick explanation. Using something our team likes to call “Magnification Stacking”, the AVP combines the digital zoom from a smartphone camera with the hardware-based optical zoom offered by the AVP. This allows users to replicate the ability of a telephoto lens for a fraction of the price. With that being said, in order to maximize the capabilities of your AVP, you must have a smartphone handy (along with the provided accessories)
Ultimately the scope can be operational in just 4 steps:
- Attach Tripod to your Scope
- Attach Phone Clip to your Scope
- Attach Cell Phone to your Scope
- Open Native Smartphone Camera Application
However, the process of capturing the ultimate zoom or photo is actually slightly more complicated than the list above.
Practice Makes Perfect
We’ve all heard the old adage “practice makes perfect”. I’m here to tell you that the saying holds true when operating your AVP. It will be difficult for a new user to replicate what they’ve seen on our social media as they were done by our experts; however, you will be well on your way after reading this guide.
I recommend all new users to practice assembling & dissembling the unit repeatedly as proper assembly is paramount to become a zoom master. We understand the technology isn’t perfect yet, so knowing how to deal with small nuances can prepare you for that perfect shot.
Properly Aligning Your Scope
The key to a perfect shot is to precisely line up your smartphone’s camera with the clip’s peep hole. As you can see in the picture below, the clips peep hole is not lined up with the smartphones camera. It’s slightly off-center. Ideally, you want to be perfectly centered. On a similar note, make sure the scope and cellphone are both firmly secured. If not, you risk the unit falling apart mid use.
To ensure best results, make sure the unit is resting on a flat surface. If you’re still having trouble stabilizing the legs of the tripod, or want to take your new hobby to the next level, we designed the AVP to be universally compatible with all industry standard tripods. So if you’re not a fan of tripod we provide, feel free to explore other options.
After assembling the unit properly, its time to dive into the the camera application.
As previously mentioned, the AVP relies on the power of a smartphone camera. Knowing your way around the camera application will help you capture optimal pictures and videos.
The smartphone used in the picture above is the Galaxy Note 8, a relatively new smartphone that works perfect with the AVP. Due to the overwhelming amount of smartphones, it would be impossible for us to know the details of each device; however, we have compiled a generic list of key functions/settings users should look for when operating their camera.
Note: most of these settings can be enabled/disabled in your phones camera settings
- Make sure your phone is recording in the highest resolution
- Enable video stabilization
- Enable grid lines
- Use smartphone side-buttons for zooming in/out
- Disable camera flash
- Remove phone case
If you’re having trouble finding any of these settings, a quick Google search will point you in the right direction.
Night Vision Smartphone Application
Download link: IOS Application: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/night-eyes-lite-night-camera/id954158424?mt=8
When talking about Night Vision, most people envision something like the picture below.
However, the definition of night vision is pretty ambiguous, “The faculty of seeing in very low light, especially after the eyes have become adapted”. While the night vision application we provide to our customers may not be to the degree in the picture above, it will in fact enhance your ability to see in the dark.
Using the provided night vision application, zoomers will be able to catch their targets in the dark with ease. Simply download the night vision camera application, and you’re good to go!