Best Binoculars 2016

Top 7 Binoculars You Can Buy

Best Rated
Nikon Prostaff 7S
Best Seller
Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI
Olympus 10 x 21
Bushnell Powerview 10x25
Bresser 10x25
Bresser Binoculars Hunter 10 x 25
Best Deal
National Geographic 10 x 50
ModellNikon Prostaff 7SOlympus 8 x 40 DPSIOlympus 10 x 21Bushnell Powerview 10x25Bresser 10x25Bresser Binoculars Hunter 10 x 25National Geographic 10 x 50
Our Rating
Rating1.2VERY GOOD
Rating1.3VERY GOOD
Magnification10 x8 x10 x10 x10 x10 x10 x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm40 mm21 mm25 mm25 mm25 mm25 mm
Field of View at 1000 m108 m143 m97 m100 m96 m96 m96 m
Relative Brightness17.6254.415.815.8115.81n.i.
Dioptre Correction
Suitable for Eyeglasses
Weight645 g710 g170 g242 g190 g203 g780 g
Dimensions164 x 129 x 42 mm182 x 139 x 58 mm107 x 82 x 41mm102 x 51 x 71 mm104 x 35 x 118 mm112 x 108 x 33 mm110 x 90 x 40 mm
(Special) Features
  • Waterproof (up to 2m for 5 minutes) and Fog-free with Nitrogen Gas
  • High-Eyepoint Design
  • Aspherical Eyepiece Lens eliminates Image Distortion
  • Durable, high-quality Finish with Sure-Grip Rubber Coating
  • Wide-Angle Field of View for fast-moving Subjects
  • UV Ray Protection
  • Tactile and ergonomic Design
  • Center Focus System
  • Fold-Down Eyecups
  • Green multi-coating on Prisms and Lenses for higher Light Transmission
  • Slim Body for traveling
  • Bk-7 Glass Material
  • XMC Technology
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Best Rated
Nikon Prostaff 7S
Nikon Prostaff 7S
  • Waterproof (up to 2m for 5 minutes) and Fog-free with Nitrogen Gas
  • High-Eyepoint Design
  • Aspherical Eyepiece Lens eliminates Image Distortion
179,00 €
Best Seller
Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI
Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI
  • Durable, high-quality Finish with Sure-Grip Rubber Coating
  • Wide-Angle Field of View for fast-moving Subjects
58,00 €
Olympus 10 x 21
Olympus 10 x 21
  • UV Ray Protection
  • Tactile and ergonomic Design
24,99 €
Bushnell Powerview 10x25
Bushnell Powerview 10x25
  • Center Focus System
  • Fold-Down Eyecups
19,99 €
Bresser 10x25
Bresser 10x25
  • Green multi-coating on Prisms and Lenses for higher Light Transmission
  • Slim Body for traveling
17,76 €

All You Need To Know For Our Best Binocular Reviews

We’ll help you look clearly with our best binocular reviews 2016.

Nikon binoculars like the Nikon Prostaff 7s are among the best binoculars one can buy.

How far we are able to see with our bare eyes is dependent on various conditions some being weather, the height of the observer and the light ratio. But in some situations it is vital for us to see objects clearly from a distance. To do so one can use binoculars just like during hunts or wildlife watching. Although most binoculars are similar in their design there are quite a few differences and thus quite a variety.
If you’re looking for a new set but can’t decide which binoculars to buy, continue reading this binocular guide to learn about the types and features. You’ll know which binoculars to purchase after looking at our top 6 from our best binocular reviews 2016.
This binocular guide will help you pick the most suitable pair for the occasion.

Types of Binoculars

Depending on what the binoculars are used for there are different types of binoculars. The best binoculars will be perfectly designed for the environment they will be used in. Our best binocular reviews has therefore focused on a variety of models to find the best binoculars within it’s field of usage.

  • Binoculars for Bird Watching: Bird watching is a popular and relaxing hobby and depending on where you observe, you’ll need special binoculars for bird watching.
  • Astronomy Binoculars: Viewing the stars and our galaxy at night require a special set of binoculars. This is where astronomy binoculars are used.
  • Children Binoculars: Children binoculars are ideal for kids as the gap between the lenses is shorter. Kids binoculars must be robust and durable so that they can discover their environment from a different perspective for as long as possible.

Besides these there is still a wide range of other binoculars though they are rarely seen within private households in the UK.

  • Night vision binoculars: Night vision binoculars are often used by the military to see from a distance even at night. Sometimes high quality commercial binoculars can come with night vision though too.

Though they might be obvious, our best binocular reviews have concluded some pro’s and con’s of binoculars in general.

Pro’s of Binoculars Con’s of Binoculars Models
  • clear and sharp view from a distance
  • ideal for viewing nature, animals and the stars
  • the best binoculars even come with night vision
  • partly very expensive

Buying the best Binoculars

Swarovski Binocular EL 8.5x42. Swarowski Binoculars are amongst the most expensive on the market.

Binoculars are built for different applications. Therefore it is important that you know their features and characteristics in order to choose the best binocular for you. Below you’ll see a list of characteristics that our best binocular reviews 2016 focused on. We recommend that you pick your binoculars after viewing these aspects.

Feature Description
Magnification How close can an object appear with certain magnifications? A 10 time (x10) magnification means you’ll easily see objects you usually would only start seeing from 100 m.
Objective Lens Diameter The best binoculars have bigger lenses, which means they let more light in and enable you to see more even during dawn.
Field of View (at 1000 m) The field of view describes the visible area usually in relation to a distance of 1000 m. The best binoculars for example have a field of view of over 100 m and are therefore especially well suited for sports and bird watching.
Relative Brightness Sometimes just called “brightness” this results from magnification and the objective lens diameter. The best binoculars have values over 25 making them ideal for sunrise, dawn and fog.
Dioptre Correction This allows the user to sharpen the sights for each eye individually so that even very low vision can be compensated.
Weight It is important for the best binoculars not to be too heavy if being held for long periods of time, for example during hunts and bird watching.

Which Binoculars are suitable for you?

The Bushnell Binoculars “Powerview” are one of the most popular binoculars in online shops like

After you have taken a look at the characteristics it’s time to find your own best buy according to our best binocular reviews. Which binocular is the most suitable for you depends on which activity you are going to use it for. Also ask yourself what your budget is and how long you’ll be using the binoculars for. Our best binocular reviews will give you a pretty good idea of what to choose and where to find the best binoculars.

Where do I find top quality, but cheap binoculars?
Binoculars can be very expensive, this being one of their few disadvantages. Though that doesn’t mean you can’t have top quality but at the same time cheap binoculars. First of all there are loads of online shops or binocular shops on the internet that specialize on a wide selection and often have binoculars for sale. In our best binocular reviews we also had a look at the best value for money models and listed our winner as the “price tip” above. Being our best binocular under £100 it guarantees you good quality to an affordable price and often beats the binoculars for sale.

Where do I find the best binoculars?
You’ll find many top 10 binocular lists and binocular guides online that, when compared, result in an average best buy choice. Cheap binoculars might not last you as long as a pair that you’ve spent more money on. If you pick brands like Nikon, Bushnell, Swarovski, Olympus or Bresser though, you’ll already have a high quality standard of binoculars. If you’re not certain which binoculars are suitable for you in this category, see best binocular reviews for our “best-rated” and “best-selling” models. These let you know which binoculars were the UK’s favourite pick and our winner of the reviews 2016.

What are the best binoculars for bird watching?
Our best binocular reviews show a few things ideal bird watching binoculars must have.
The binoculars should at least have a magnification of 8 or higher and should be waterproof. Also a field of view of about 90 m or higher is recommended.

Which binoculars are suitable for eyeglass wearers?
In most cases the best binoculars are always suitable for people who wear eyeglasses. What’s important is that binoculars have dioptre correction. Also the binoculars eyepieces can already be adjusted to compensate low vision.

The UK’s best Binocular Brands

The Zeiss Binoculars Conquest HD. Zeiss binoculars are, just like Swarovski, some of the best binoculars bust also very expensive.

Some brands have made a real name for themselves when it comes down to making the best binoculars. You won’t be surprised that the producers of some of the worlds best cameras, like Nikon and Olympus are among them. As already mentioned, Swarovski known for jewellery, produce top quality binoculars.
Our best binocular reviews have not included some of these in the top 5 list above simply because some (like Zeiss binoculars) are simply too expensive for beginners and also in comparison not marginally better than some cheap binoculars.
See the united kingdom’s most popular binocular brands below.

  • Nikon (e.g. Nikon binocular Prostaff 7S 10×42)
  • Swarovski
  • Bushnell (e.g. Bushnell binocular Powerview 10×25)
  • Celestron
  • Hawke
  • Canon
  • Bresser
  • Pentax
  • Barska
  • Braun
  • Zeiss
  • Olympus (e.g. Olympus binocular 8×40)

Night vision binoculars can be bought by brands like Bresser, MINOX and Yukon.


Binoculars for Sale
Binoculars for sale will often not only sell the model individually but as a set with certain accessories. This is perfect for beginners who need cheap binoculars with good quality.

The best binoculars come with a range of accessories designed for comfort and easy usage. We’ve listed the gear you might want to buy to complete your binocular set. Sometimes with a model that is decent, the right accessories will make cheap binoculars worth having.

  • Straps: A strap will let you carry the binoculars around your body leaving your hands free. Useful when on hike with binoculars for bird watching for example.
  • Eyepieces: Different eyepieces are interchangeable on some models like zoom binoculars. Zoom binoculars can be adjusted to different lengths and have attachable eyepieces.
  • Cases: Even cheap binoculars should be protected in any case. A solid case therefore offers security for falls or from water.
  • Lens Caps: These protect the lens from dirt and rain.
  • Tripod: Some models are quite heavy and need additional support when looking through them for extended periods of time. A binocular tripod adds extra stability to the binoculars.