Top 10 binoculars

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Optical devices will always be popular. Binoculars, telescopes can be found many applications, and for each will be important their own characteristics. For example, the hunter On the way you will need lightweight (every extra gram after a few kilometers will turn into a kilogram), durable and waterproof binoculars, even a monocular will be of interest to save on weight, but at the shooting range for shooting it will also be more convenient for high-aperture binoculars with high magnification or telescope. Spotteramkeen on skies and airplanes, optics with high magnification and image stabilization are best suited. The stabilizer is useful and on the sea, but the requirements for water protection grow at the same time at times. Amateur astronomer the luminosity of optics and the maximum approximation limit are important to anyone else.

Therefore, a huge number of models of visual optics on the shelves is not surprising, but to understand all the proposals is not always easy. It makes sense to expand the market for binoculars in 2018-2019 year in popular demand and select those models that can definitely be recommended.

Top binoculars ranking - TOP 10

CategoryA placeNameRatingPrice
The best binoculars for hunting and tourism1Pentax SP 8x40 WP9.9 / 1013 990
2Nikon Action EX 8x40 CF9.8 / 1013 660
3Veber Alfa 10x50 WP9.5 / 1013 990
4Olympus 10x50 DPS I9.0 / 106 290
The best binoculars with optical stabilization1Canon 10x42L IS WP9.9 / 1093 990
2Canon 12x36 IS III9.8 / 1058 890
3Nikon StabilEyes12x329.6 / 1083 090
The best binoculars for watching the night sky1BRESSER Spezial Zoomar 7-35x509.8 / 1012 290
2Nikon Monarch 5 20x569.8 / 1057 190
3Pentax SP 20x60 WP9.7 / 1021 990
4Navigator 10-30x609.1 / 105 750

The best binoculars for hunting and tourism

Pentax SP 8x40 WP
13 990
An excellent representative of its class is the eight-cage in a durable and relatively light metal case, having a multi-layer clarification and a hydrophobic coating on the lenses, effective sealing and nitrogen filling. For the tourist or the hunter, in our opinion, this is the best binoculars - he copes with his duties in rain and snow, survives falling and swimming at a depth of up to a meter. And with all this, he has bright optics, working perfectly at twilight, a very low level of distortion.

The body is rubberized, so it does not freeze the hand in the cold, and it falls into it much more conveniently. There is no need to search for controls - in the classical design they are obvious and are in intuitive places.

Main advantages:
  • Durable and lightweight body
  • Reliable moisture protection
  • High quality optics
  • Oversized weight (850 g)
9.9 / 10
For two years on hikes, from steppes to highlands. Binoculars do not fail, convenient, gives a beautiful image - what else do you want?
Nikon Action EX 8x40 CF
13 660
According to the characteristics of the binoculars "Nikon" is very close to the "Pentaks", but the plastic in it is more, which does not add confidence. In addition, the standard caps to protect the lenses seem to have been designed by a person who has never used binoculars in his life - in the standard position “binoculars over the belly” they are too easy to lose.

Nevertheless, binoculars are very good - there is also moisture protection (plus nitrogen content), and optics are used with a high aperture ratio, so at dusk it will be easy to look for game or a place to rest. On the other hand, the weight of 855 g clearly limits the convenience of wearing binoculars with multi-day crossings and on-line hunting.

Main advantages:
  • Sharpness, high aperture
  • High level dust and moisture protection
  • Sometimes it is noticeable that the assembly is moved to China, for its quality
  • Low quality lens caps
9.8 / 10
I always take him with me on hiking trips - I drowned with him a couple of times, the optics didn't even sweat.
Veber Alfa 10x50 WP
13 990
If you need high-quality inexpensive binoculars for hunting, then you should look at this option. Thanks to the 50-mm lenses, the ten-page machine has quite a decent luminosity, the metal case of the binoculars is filled with nitrogen. Binoculars are protected from water and dust, well experienced blows and falls.

A rangefinder scale is provided, although this attribute of field optics is unlikely to be needed by a hunter or tourist. Much more pleasant is the separate setting for the right eye and for the left - if the eyesight, as often happens, diverges, then the binoculars can be customized.

In general, we face a strong "middling", which will not let you go hunting and hiking, but will cost twice as much as the optics of famous brands. The only "but" is the weight of more than a kilogram, in the campaign it will be felt.

Main advantages:
  • Durability, water protection
  • Good optics
  • Comfortable grip


  • Excessive mass
  • Lens caps are fixed poorly.
9.5 / 10
For your money - great binoculars for hunting, distortion or image blur is not, and take a hike is not scary.
Olympus 10x50 DPS I
6 290

To some tourists, this binoculars seem too large. But if you take it with you on a trip, you can get a lot of new emotions. Have you seen a shy or aggressive animal in the distance? Binoculars will help to consider it in detail. You see an interesting architectural object, but there is no way to get close to it? Again, Olympus 10x50 DPS I will come to the rescue. A tenfold optical zoom should suffice in most cases. Transport facilitates the strap and handbag, supplied in the kit. This model differs from many other binoculars in a wide angle of view. In the same minuses you can add a leakage of the design - the device can not be used in the rain and in desert conditions.

Main advantages:
  • 10-fold increase
  • Wide angle view
  • Good speed
  • Adequate price
  • Lack of mounting for a tripod

9.0 / 10

The best binoculars with optical stabilization

Canon 10x42L IS WP
93 990
The gorgeous ten-doctor with a modern optical stabilizer and multi-coated lenses is able to work in bright light and at dusk - which is why he is one of the fetters of the Spotter community. Well, the cherished red rings and the letter L in the model name directly refer us to Canon top lenses, indicating the perfection of the optics used.

The large dimensions of the lenses (the lens is 42 mm, the eyepiece is 4.2 mm) not only give binoculars an enviable aperture ratio, but also provide a minimum level of distortion. As a result, when working with 10x42L IS WP, the presence of optics in front of the eyes is almost not felt - as if really own eyes were stretched out in space and were somewhere far away. Of course, the weight of binoculars corresponding - more than a kilogram, so that the mount under the tripod with long-term observations will not be superfluous. And, as befits Canon's “Elke”, effective dust and moisture protection is provided here, so binoculars won't let you down either in the rain or in the desert.

Main advantages:
  • High performance stabilizer
  • Dust and moisture protection
  • Minimal image distortion
  • Fast battery consumption
  • Insufficient impact resistance
9.9 / 10
The best, very clear binoculars, with a stabilizer, the image literally stands still.
Canon 12x36 IS III
58 890
Despite the more “dark” optics, this binoculars significantly outperforms the leader of the rating both in price and in weight - they are almost two times smaller, and this is important. A twelvefold increase will be appreciated by lovers of bird watching, spotters, and other connoisseurs. The dual gyro sensor provides independent control of the optics for each eye, so shaking, vibrating the boat on the water or any other external interference does not lead to doubling or blurring of the image: binoculars are not cheap, but they are definitely worth the money.

The rubberized coating provides convenient grip, but it also has a serious drawback - it becomes dirty quickly and cleaned very problematically. If we add sufficiently weak moisture protection to this (only splash protection is guaranteed), then this model is clearly not recommended for tourists - it is intended for short-term attacks on nature or observation from the premises, and not for long journeys in unpredictable conditions.

Main advantages:
  • Clear image with minimal distortion
  • Great image detail
  • Effective stabilizer
  • Low moisture protection
  • No mount for tripod
9.8 / 10
When the stabilizer is turned on, the picture becomes even clearer - I did not expect it, but “Canon” really succeeded.
Nikon StabilEyes12x32
83 090
This binocular would most likely come up with a coloring in some pixel camouflage like ACU - chopped forms evoke certain associations with the military style. To match the appearance and stuffing - binoculars has a dust and moisture protection and is filled with dried nitrogen, so it does not sweat in any weather. However, despite the smaller dimensions of the optical elements, the “Nikonovsky” binoculars weigh even more than the top-end “Canon” - this is largely the fault of the more complex dual-mode stabilization system.

As a result, we have a rather controversial representative of our class - yes, it can be bathed in water and worn around the neck during a sandstorm, but for tourists it is too heavy, and an accidental fall will still lead, with a high probability, to malfunctioning of the stabilizer. But at the same time the Canon optics for less money will be both lighter and lighter. Perhaps, this binocular is still useful to the owner of his own yacht, but in all other cases hardly anyone would prefer it, except for fans of the brand.

Main advantages:
  • Stabilizer Efficiency
  • Reliable sealing
  • Overweight
  • Darkish optics in comparison with competitors for the same money.
9.6 / 10
Old binoculars were constantly fogging, and the salt from the sea spray was doing its job. In this regard, the Nikon binoculars turned out to be a much more advantageous purchase - the roll does not affect the image, it does not even notice the water.

The best binoculars for watching the night sky

BRESSER Spezial Zoomar 7-35x50
12 290
In fact, this binocular is more like a station wagon - it can work even with a seven-fox for short distances, even to look for comets in the sky at a 35-fold magnification. In addition, there is even a certain degree of moisture protection.

Binoculars are quite compact and light, its creators managed not to step over the kilogram line. So for some time you can use it without a tripod. The diopter correction is very, very good - plus or minus five diopters, although most often only three are available on binoculars. The twilight factor of binoculars varies from 18.7 at the maximum approximation to 41.8 at the minimum - binoculars are suitable for work in the evening and at night, especially if you do not set the zoom to the limit.

Main advantages:
  • Decent aperture
  • Acceptable weight
  • Wide range of diopter adjustments
  • Relatively low prevalence
9.8 / 10
From binoculars with a large approximation for the money, I think, one of the best. In addition, the zoom is adjustable.
Nikon Monarch 5 20x56
57 190
This binocular magnifies the image 20 times - a very high parameter, only telescopes are capable of more. With such an increase in the image can affect any rustle. Binoculars Nikon Monarch 5 20x56 can not be used in the hands - a tremor or even a heartbeat. In this regard, the manufacturer recommends using a bundle with a tripod, taking up observation of the starry sky. Binoculars in such conditions shows itself better than the vast majority of telescopes. Low dispersed lenses do not allow artifacts to appear. They also contribute to the enlightenment of the picture. The case of binoculars is made of plastic, which reduced the weight to 1.23 kg. The insides are filled with nitrogen, which makes the device almost eternal.
Main advantages:
  • Not the biggest weight
  • Good protection against dust and moisture
  • Nitrogen filling
  • 20-fold increase
  • Very high luminosity
  • Lack of optical stabilizer
  • High price
9.8 / 10
Pentax SP 20x60 WP
21 990
60-millimeter lenses with a proprietary Pentax anti-glare coating combined with a fixed approximation (whatever one may say, any complication does not have the best effect on the aperture ratio) provided this binocular with the value of the twilight factor 34.6, so that it can be used at night perfectly. Plus, as well as in other binoculars of this series, there is a durable aluminum case, reliable moisture protection and nitrogen filling of pipes - the binoculars are reliable, calmly tolerate temperature drops.

His weight, however, is decent - 1.4 kg, so it’s worth thinking about buying a tripod right away, otherwise it’s simply impossible to use it for a long time with a 20-fold approximation and the absence of a stabilizer.

Main advantages:
  • High quality optics
  • Durability and Reliability
  • Solid weight
9.7 / 10
Great binoculars, at night, you can safely look craters on the moon.
Navigator 10-30x60
5 750
A good choice for a novice astronomer - thanks to the plastic case, binoculars are inexpensive and relatively light (almost hit a kilogram), while the 60-millimeter objective lenses are fairly high-aperture. So frankly, the Chinese origin can be forgiven for him - they collected the binoculars decently, and the quality of the optics processing can be faulted only in comparison with the binoculars, the price of which is higher at times.

The main disadvantage of the Navigator is the tendency to mist when temperature drops sharply, so by pulling it out of a warm apartment on a winter night, you may be disappointed. The magnitude of the twilight factor is not indicated by the manufacturer, but the optics are expected to be darker than the branded counterparts. But here again it is worth remembering the price.

Main advantages:
  • Affordable price
  • Acceptable level of sharpness and luminosity
  • Plastic case
  • No anti-fog protection
9.1 / 10
Bought for the sample - do I need it at all. You know, I really liked it, and in the summer I still take it with me - yet the difference in weight with other binoculars with such zoom is palpable.

How to choose a visual optics?

Let's start with the decoding of the main parameters. As with any other optics, binoculars, monoculars and telescopes are primarily important. degree of approximation and lens diameter - the first determines the applicability (it makes no sense to take a 20-crib in the forest, and there may be a little 30-fold in the sea), the second indirectly indicates luminosity (the smaller the lens, the “darker”, other things being equal, optics). In the designation of the model, these parameters are always indicated - for example, 12x50 is 12x binoculars with 50mm lenses, and 8-12x42 with 42mm lenses allows you to vary the zoom from 8 to 12 times.

Choosing between zoom optics and having a fixed approximation, it must be remembered that, despite the greater versatility, binoculars with an adjustment of the approximation have a more complicated device and less aperture, so a good “zoom” will always be more expensive than a high-quality “fixed”. First of all, chromatic aberrations and distortion along the edges of the image will grow - this is very tiring for vision during long-term observations.

Do i need optical stabilizer? Of course, with a large zoom and handheld observation, it is very useful, but do not forget that the resistance to shocks from stabilized optics is many times greater. Therefore, no matter how much one would like to take stabilized binoculars on a hike or on a hunt, think about it - would you throw a lot of money on the air after an accidental fall? Small weight, durability and security are much more important in a hike, and in this regard nothing better than binoculars with a fixed approximation has yet been invented.

Binoculars with high approximationamateur astronomers are often used: binoculars, unlike a telescope, allow us to observe with both eyes, give a wide field of view and less tiring. But here you need to take into account such a parameter as twilight factor - it determines how well optics work in low light conditions, and there is no point in taking optics with a twilight factor of less than 17–18 at night.

Happy shopping and interesting observations!

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