Now let’s talk about some actual binocular models that are on the market right now and see how they compare to each other and to what has been discussed in this article. The following binoculars are our top binoculars reviews 2016.
Pros – Well-priced (about $200) for high-quality binoculars; comes with the VIP Lifetime Warranty, so even you break them you can get them fixed or replaced; has the multicoated lenses that you want for better viewing quality; waterproof and fog-proof, so no inclement weather worries; comes with lots of accessories like a carrying case
Cons – Difficult to use if you wear glasses; hinges at barrels may be too tight, inhibiting easy adjustment; the soft case doesn’t offer much protection from a fall
Decision – A good value! These are a high-grade product that the average consumer can afford that comes from a company with a reputation for excellent customer service. It’s great that they can be used in all weather. But, if you’re buying high-quality binoculars, they should come with a hard case that will protect them from the occasional fall or drop. Overall, a really good product and a great deal for what you’re getting. It’s easy to see how they got such good reviews. The Vortex Optics Diamondback binoculars deserve to be ranked the best binoculars on the list!
Pros – Very inexpensive (less than $100); have multilayered-coated lenses, so there’s more than one layer, which will give you bright images; the eyecups are easy to position; fairly shock-resistant, so falls won’t be a problem; can be attached to a tripod with an adapter; easy to focus and lightweight, meaning you can carry them longer distances
Cons – Take more work to learn to use than traditional “point-and-shoot” binoculars; the case has a loop instead of a strap that could go over the shoulders or neck, so hands-free carrying could be hard; some buyers complained the company’s repair policy is flawed; some people had trouble getting the binocs to focus properly; tripod adaptor does not come with this model, as it does with others
Decision – While they do allow you to see very bright, clear images, the time it takes to learn to focus properly makes them less useful; Binoculars offering wider fields of view at pretty good distances should come with a hands-free carrying case. If you end up needing repairs, the company should make that easy, not hard. Everybody drops things, so being pretty shock-resistant is a nice bonus. For the money, these are not too bad a pair of binoculars – but they’re no too wonderful, either.
Pros–Very lightweight; have an image-stabilizer built in, so viewing remains steady; multi-coating on the lenses gives you sharp contrast; comes with 1-Year Refurbished Binocular Limited Warranty; have a magnification power of 10x, so they are very good for long distances; have a rubber coating to ensure a secure grip; some buyers reported in binocular reviews having reduced eye fatigue with these compared to other brands
Cons – Not available new from Canon website, only refurbished; pretty expensive (above $400) for used binoculars; no accessories are included with your purchase, so you’ll have to buy a case separately; image stabilizer needs 2 AA batteries, which don’t last long, so unless you use rechargeable batteries that last awhile, you’re going to need a lot of them; the rubber coating starts to deteriorate after 2 or 3 years; to steady your view, you have to hold down the image stabilizing button the whole time
Decision – These seem to be greatly over-priced for the level of goods you’re getting. Why pay $400 or more for “refurbished” when you can buy a new pair of binoculars for the same money or less? Getting to use them for 2 or 3 years before the coating rubs off on you is unacceptable, too, even if they aren’t “new.” Image stabilization in a pair of binocs is great, but what do you do when your hand starts to shake from holding the button down for a long time? Conclusion? Save your money and find a really good, long-lasting pair of binoculars without all the defects.
Pros – Not a bad price and perfect for close-up viewing of subjects such as insects and birds, it has a focus capability of as close as 1.6 feet; super compact and lightweight, you could carry these binoculars for a long time before getting tired; rubber outer covering provides a safe grip; the company will repair or replace them for about $20, even if it’s your fault they’re broken; has tripod mounts.
Cons – Only useful for close-range viewing; plastic tripod mounts break easily, if you’re not careful they may snap off when you’re attaching the tripod; difficult to see in dim light with these because the lenses are so small; the small eyepieces may be uncomfortable to look through; some binocular reviews report that there are distracting internal reflections that interfere with focusing; the contrast does not seem to be as clear with these binocs as with others.
Decision – If you only want to view things close up, then these are the best binoculars for you. Since they are so small and lightweight, they are easy to carry and won’t weigh you down. There may be a few kinks to be worked out, like the internal reflections, but it’s hard to beat the Worry-Free Warranty. The price is very reasonable and the quality seems to be well-above average for what these binocs are meant to do, so these would be a superior choice.
Pros – Very reasonably priced under $200; multicoated eyepiece lenses deliver high-resolution images in all light; body design makes extended viewing more comfortable; 10x magnification and 50mm lenses add to great viewing in all light levels; 5mm exit pupil good for older eyes as their pupils don’t open as much as younger ones; no-slip grip rubber coating
Cons – Very heavy, so you can’t really carry or hold them for too far or too long; binocular reviews have reported difficulties getting Nikon to honor the warranty when repairs or replacements were needed; not very shock-proof, even with normal use
Decision – For the quality of the optics, high magnification power, and astronomy strength lenses, the price is extremely reasonable. The smaller exit pupil on these binoculars is definitely more appropriate for those with older eyes. The heaviness of these is an issue, but if you are using them for stargazing in your backyard, then you don’t have far to carry them, so weight may not matter. Across-the-board, these binoculars are an excellent product with a fair price – so go ahead, go nuts with them.
Now you should have a basic understanding of what to look for in binoculars, the different types, information on some of the best companies offering them, and an understanding of what’s hot on the market today. So go outside and enjoy yourself!