My first thought was also Leica!Nice write up, @JB. The style of it reminds me of a vintage Leica camera, very luxurious and high-end looking. I have mixed emotions on the USB charging - on one hand it's a nice feature and saves money on batteries, but on the other hand it's one more thing to remember to charge. The battery in my rangefinder lasts close to a year and I always have a spare in the bag, so I just pop it in when it dies (I know the GPS in this unit eats up more battery power than a plain rangefinder, though). OTOH, with more and more carts being equipped with USB charging outlets, it becomes less of a worry - just throw the USB cable in your golf bag. Also cool that it can be updated through a computer via USB - handy for when they add courses and/or update the firmware with additional features or bug fixes.
The green contouring is a really cool feature, and when I looked at the course list on their website I was amazed to see how many courses they already have mapped for it. That would come in especially handy when playing unfamiliar courses. I can't imagine using the green contouring is against the RoG, since green maps are legal, and although it wasn't mentioned I assume it has mode selection to allow slope to be turned off for competition purposes.
Definitely a premium price, but it's a premium product with the craftsmanship and all the features. I'm not sure anything else currently on the market compares with it.
It reminds me a lot of when I switched to a Sony camera and the digital viewfinder.Great write up!
This is an absolutely stunning device; looks, features, trusted brand - it has everything you’d want!
I’m incredibly intrigued by the LCD screen under the rear optical lens and how I’d like using it compared to the traditional viewfinder. As someone who wears glasses or sunglasses on course, I think this could solve a universal frustration.
This one is a hard ponder for me. I’ve only used a rangefinder for a little over a year, but it’s all been on a simple well-known model without slope. I seriously wonder how this one would compare.
That’s a great analogy! I can instantly understand how that would likely feel while on the golf course.It reminds me a lot of when I switched to a Sony camera and the digital viewfinder.