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10-28-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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Pentax Digibino DB-100

Hi Pentaxians!

I found a Pentax DigiBino DB-100 binocular/digicam combo [chrome version, introduced in 2002]
at a fleamarket this Sunday last.
I bought it for about $15 just because it's a Pentax, and I hadn't seen it before.
I got it home and put the batteries in and it works just fine!

Then the problem of getting the pics out of it and into the PC arose...it's got a very non standard USB-cable.
Looks a little bit like a Firewire connector on the camera end of things... So I looked around and found the
manual and a driver [attached, in case someone else needs them...the link in the forums manual section doesn't work...],
but I haven't been able to locate the USB cable anywhere yet.

This is a pity, because then it'll just have to stay on the collection shelf,
with the pics inside the 16MB internal memory and no way to get them out...

Anyone out there that can help???

thanks/Erik

Pentax Digibino DB-100 Digital Camera Binoculars 60011 Product Info from OpticsPlanet.com


The world's first binocular with a built-in digital camera!
Digibino DB100 60011 is the combination that a lot of birdwatchers and whale watchers have been dreaming of for a long time,
and Pentax combined its great experience in building world-class binoculars with its tremendous knowledge in camera development.
Pentax Digibino DB100 is a 7x Roof-Prism Binoculars with built-in digital camera.
DB100 supports digital image recording with 7x magnification lens.
The camera has 16 megabytes internal memory and the built-in digital camera supports 800,000 pixels (0.8 megapixel).
Digital images are recorded in the industry-standard JPEG format.
The camera support USB connection to PC for easy and fast image download. DB100 has a binocular-linked focusing system.
The camera has support for a a video-out terminal for TV viewing, and if you can take a movie-like series of photo shots
via continuous shooting up to 10 frames at five frames per second.

Pentax Digibino DB100 Specifications
Type: Roof prism type binoculars with built-in digital still camera, binocular-linked focusing, auto exposure, center focusing.
Lens: PENTAX 37mm (equivalent to 280mm in 35mm format) f/4.0.
Objective lens: 2 elements in 1 group
Eyepiece lens: 3 elements in 2 groups

Digibino Binocular Specifications
Magnification: 7X
Objective Lens Diameter: 17mm x 14mm
Real Field of View: 7.1
Apparent Field of View: 50
Field of View at 1000m: 124m
Field of View at 1000 yards: 372 ft.
Exit Pupil: 2.4mm x 2.0mm
Eye Relief: 11mm
Relative Brightness: 5
Diopter Adjustment Range: -5m-1 to +3m-1
Eye Width Adjustment Range: 2.2 in. - 2.8 in. (57mm - 72mm).
Focusing Range: Approx. 6.6 ft. to infinity (Approx. 2m to infinity).
Eyepiece: Rigid type.

Digibino Digital Camera Specifications
Effective Pixels: 0.8 megapixel
Sensor: 0.85 megapixel (total pixels)1/3 inch progressive CCD
Recorded Pixels: Still - 1024 x 768 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels.
Sensitivity: Auto (equivalent to ISO100 - 1600).
File Formats: Still - JPEG (Exif 2.1), DCF.
Quality Levels: "Fine", "Normal", "Basic".
Storage Media: Internal memory 16MB.
Digital Zoom: 1.6X, 3.3X

Focusing System
Type: Binocular-linked focusing system.
Focusing Range: Binoculars & camera: 6.6 ft. (2m) to infinity.
Focusing Indicator: Cross hair in binocular field of view.
Exposure Control:
Metering System: TTL metering center-weighted metering.
Exposure Modes: Programmed auto exposure.
Shutter: Programmed AE CCD electronic shutter.
Shutter speed: approx. 1/8000 sec. to 1/30 sec.
Drive Modes: One shot, Continuous (max. 10 shots at 5 shots/sec., Fine image).
White Balance: TTL auto.
Optical Viewfinder: Binoculars (diopter adjustment from -5m-1 to +3m-1).
LCD Monitor: 1.6 inch, D-TFT color LCD.
LCD Function: Nine-image and 1X-3.3X (soft zoom) magnification available in playback mode.
Interfaces: Video output terminal, USB terminal.
Video Output: NTSC format model or PAL format model.
Power Source: Two AA size alkaline batteries, two AA nickel-hydride rechargeable batteries, one lithium battery (CR-V3 type).
Body Color: Black / Chrome
Dimensions: 5.0 (W) x 2.7 (H) x 1.7 (D) inches (127mm x 69mm x 44mm)
Thickness: 1.7 in. (44mm)

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10-28-2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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This? Pentax DigiBino DB 100 Cable | Pentax DigiBino DB 100 USB Cable | Pentax DigiBino DB 100 Cord | Pentax DigiBino DB 100 Video Cable

Wait that's out of stock...

This? http://www.everydaysource.com/product/compatible-usb-data-cable-for-pentax-d...&mi=5964

Notice if you add to cart it says it's a Nikon UC-E6 compatible cable used with the Coolpix 4600, 7900, and 8800 - I don't know if that's accurate or not.
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You might want to try one of the early *ist-D cables or early Optio ones.

If you can show us a picture of the connection, we'd be able to help.

The *ist-D cable has a semi-roundness to it.
The Optio cables were very small. Almost a sub-USB.

I have most all of the early Pentax digital cameras - except the DigiBino

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QuoteOriginally posted by bradshea Quote
This? Pentax DigiBino DB 100 Cable | Pentax DigiBino DB 100 USB Cable | Pentax DigiBino DB 100 Cord | Pentax DigiBino DB 100 Video Cable

Wait that's out of stock...

This? Compatible USB Data Cable compatible with Pentax DigiBino DB100, 5.83 FT, Black | EverydaySource.com

Notice if you add to cart it says it's a Nikon UC-E6 compatible cable used with the Coolpix 4600, 7900, and 8800 - I don't know if that's accurate or not.
WOW! You are quick!
Thanks, but this ain't it. This looks like micro-USB to me...
The out-of-stock one looks about right [difficult to tell with this pic...]
- almost square, with a small groove at the bottom.
I'll post a pic of the connector tomorrow.

Thanks a lot/Erik

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QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
You might want to try one of the early *ist-D cables or early Optio ones.

If you can show us a picture of the connection, we'd be able to help.

The *ist-D cable has a semi-roundness to it.
The Optio cables were very small. Almost a sub-USB.

I have most all of the early Pentax digital cameras - except the DigiBino

Thanks for your interest, Lauren!

I just remembered that I have this "multi adapter" that I bought yesterday with me.
The one on the attachment fits the Digibino physically, if very wobbly, and gives power to the camera.
Green power LED lights, but PC doesn't react at all. No joy with legacy hardware or plug/play...
The driver I found won't talk to Win7. OK - the attached pic. Sorry, sorry.
Xperia smartphone in fluorescent lighting after Metaxa brandy the Greeks made me drink...
It's night here. Tomorrow, my time, I'll try to do it right...

Thanks alot/Erik

PS. I really dig your avatar

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That definitely isn't the same cable as a uc-e6...
8 pin UC-E6 like-mini-usb proprietary connector diagram and applications pinouts diagrams @ pinouts.ru
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erich_H Quote
Thanks for your interest, Lauren!

I just remembered that I have this "multi adapter" that I bought yesterday with me.
The one on the attachment fits the Digibino physically, if very wobbly, and gives power to the camera.
Green power LED lights, but PC doesn't react at all. No joy with legacy hardware or plug/play...
The driver I found won't talk to Win7. OK - the attached pic. Sorry, sorry.
Xperia smartphone in fluorescent lighting after Metaxa brandy the Greeks made me drink...
It's night here. Tomorrow, my time, I'll try to do it right...

Thanks alot/Erik

PS. I really dig your avatar

Show us a picture of the DigiBino female.
That picture of the generic adapter gives me hope that the *ist-D cable might work.
So, show us the DigiBino female.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bradshea Quote
Thanks Brad, and you're right. It's definitely not the same. But on the site I found this:

Nikon Coolpix UC-E1 USB + serial connector pinout diagram @ pinoutsguide.com#

The shell looks different, but maybe the pinouts will work...my connector also is 8-pin...

Thanks a lot/Erik

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QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
Show us a picture of the DigiBino female.
That picture of the generic adapter gives me hope that the *ist-D cable might work.
So, show us the DigiBino female.

Thanks Lauren.

The *ist-D cable is the same as the one in my reply to Brad above, I think...
See attached pic...This is not my connector, unfortunately.
Mine is less rounded and with the key thingie to stop you inserting it the wrong way around,
offset to one side instead of centered like the *ist-D connector is.
On top of that, I just thought of the simple fact that mine has an indentation instead of a ridge key.

I was too occupied with other stuff today to make time for the pics I promised yesterday.
I got my replacement CCD for another camera [a Canon - good to start experimenting on]
today, so, you know...

But, tomorrow, insh'Allah, I'll give you pics of the working Digibino, and also good pics of both male and female parts.

Thanks alot/Erik
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Status Report:

The guys at DCcables are going to get the Digibino cable back in stock.
Then I'm gonna buy one from them [US$5.99] if I do not find anything before that.

Meanwhile: here's a couple pics of the female connector and one of the Digibino itself.

Thanks/Erik
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erich_H Quote
Status Report:

The guys at DCcables are going to get the Digibino cable back in stock.
Then I'm gonna buy one from them [US$5.99] if I do not find anything before that.

Meanwhile: here's a couple pics of the female connector and one of the Digibino itself.

Thanks/Erik
Well...the *ist_D cable will NOT work.
Good to know the DigiBino is some crazy one-off.

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USB cable update

This should be the same cable as used with the Minolta Dimage X.
Got one of these, too. But no cable yet.
It's been so much easier to just put the SD-card in th PC...
Gives you more search terms, at least...

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/USB-8-data-Cable-For-Konica-Minolta-...183516977.html

Just ordered one of these. $5.99 / Free shipping. Fingers crossed...

Thanks/Erik

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Clumsy Chinese...

Got the above mentioned USB cable. Perfect, but for the fact that this was no cable for Pentax.
Looks like some Samsung cable...sigh...wrote to Chinese and they are going to send the correct cable
(by express camel caravan via Kazakhstan, probably)...so, I'm still waiting...

When I get the right cable, I' definitely going to post some pictures here from the DigiBino.
It seems that it is not a very wide spread model of Pentax, so maybe it will be of interest.

Thanks/Erik
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Have you any photos?

I have just bought one out of curiosity for peanuts. Looks like a really fun little unit my son will love playing with (spy camera)

I have the right cable. Will post some images once I have taken a few.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote
Have you any photos?

I have just bought one out of curiosity for peanuts. Looks like a really fun little unit my son will love playing with (spy camera)

I have the right cable. Will post some images once I have taken a few.
Hi!
Still haven't got the correct cable... so the pics are inside the unit...
Thanks/Erik
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