Binoculars are a highly versatile tool that let you see things closer and be able to discern a lot more detail than you would be able to using only the naked eye.
Their distinguishing feature are that they have two barrels, one for each eye, unlike telescopes, spotting scopes etc. This allows one to use both eyes while looking through, which feels natural and also provides stereoscopic vision. This in turn means that you get some depth perception and your brain has more visual information to work with.
Most binoculars are highly portable, some will even fit in your pocket. You can use them by simply holding them in your hands. There are some specialized binoculars though, that are just too big or have too powerful magnification, and have to be supported on something like a tripod.
Though fundamentally all binoculars are the same – they have lenses that magnify the image, prisms that turn the image upright and eyepieces which beam the image into your eyes – the price range is huge. It goes from $10 kids’ binos all the way to $3000+ professional top of the line items from elite optics brands.
Different shapes and sizes, as well as extra features, also make different models suitable for different tasks. For example, although you can use cheap compact binoculars while out at sea on a boat, you’ll be much better off with a professional marine product.
In this category, we review different binoculars by application, by brand and by features to help you find the best product choices for your particular circumstances.
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- Review of Steiner's Military/Marine 8X30 BinocularsSteiner's optics are world-renowned, but of course, not all binoculars are created equal. We review the popular Military-Marine 8x30 model by Steiner and investigate its features, strengths and weaknesses.
- Wingspan Optics Spectator 8X32 Binoculars ReviewIn this article, we take a good look at the Spectator binos from Wingspan, and look at their features, pros and cons, plus some alternative products to consider.
- Review of Maven B1 Binoculars SeriesB1 is one of the most general-purpose binocular models from Maven. Let's have a look at the features and different aspects of this series.
- Best Binoculars under $200: Review and Buying GuideIf your bino budget is limited to $200, you'll need to make some smart decisions to get the best deal for the money. We look in depth at the most important stuff to consider and show you which exact products best fit the bill.
- A Review of the Top Night Vision Binoculars on the MarketThe market for night vision binos is complex and confusing. This article will help you take the confusion out of the equation and find the best product for your particular needs.
- 7 Tips for Choosing Good Safari BinocularsHow do you go about picking the right binoculars for your wildlife adventure? Read our tips to make the best choice.
- Sports Binoculars: Full Guide and Reviews (2018)Get the best of both worlds: the thrill of watching a live game and the close-up detail you'd get on TV - by getting yourself a pair of binoculars for watching sports. In this guide we review everything you need to know and show you the best products on the market.
- A Detailed Review of the Best Binoculars under 100 USDLet's see how to select binos when you're on a small budget and review some of the top picks for your money. You can get a fairly good binocular under $100 nowadays and this article tells you everything you need to know.
- Steiner 210 MM1050 Military-Marine 10X50 Tactical Binocular ReviewThis is one of Steiner's most popular products, but how good is it. Is it worth actually buying? Read this review as we dive into the details.
- Best Brands for Compact but Powerful BinocularsIn this post we provide an overview of some of the foremost optics producers that make good binos combining significant magnification power and small size.
- Why 8x42 Binoculars are a Great Choice for an African SafariWhen selecting binos for your safari trip, 8x42 is one of the best setups to have, for several reasons.
- Top Laser Range Finder Binoculars for Sports, Hunting and Shooting Ranges - 2018 Reviews and GuideLaser rangefinder binoculars are immensely useful for sports, hunting, target shooting etc. Read our review and guide to make sure you buy a product that's actually good.
- 5 Amazing Things You May See on a Safari Only If You Have BinocularsOptics can enhance your safari experience significantly, in fact, it's unthinkable you might go on one without them. Here are just some things you'd otherwise miss.
- What are the Best Binoculars to Take to a Concert, Outdoors or IndoorsGoing to a concert but want to miss any of the action? Get a pair of binoculars - here we look at how to choose the best ones and show you some excellent choices.
- What are the Best Binoculars for Safari and How to Choose Them (2018)Bad binoculars on your safari will only cause frustration. Learn how to choose the best bino for your money and find out some of the best models that are highly recommended for safari tours.
- A Detailed Steiner Marine Binoculars Review - Are they good?We review the Steiner 7x50 Marine bino in detail - read this if you're out looking for a good boating binocular and have a hard time making a choice.
- Reviewed: Maven C2 Binoculars - A Great Compact Bino?Read our review of the Maven C2 - a compact binocular for every application. We look at the the features and the variations currently available on the market.
- Buying Binoculars with a Wide Field of View: Reviews 2018How do you choose a a good binocular that magnify stuff while maintaining a wide field of view? Read this guide to find out!
- What are the Top Marine Binoculars - Best Products Reviewed Picking great marine binoculars is not easy: read our guide and reviews before buying! We look at both the process of choosing as well as the top-most picks in the category.
- High Powered Binoculars - Reviewed for 2018Read our reviews of the best high powered binoculars for long distance viewing. The buying guide will help you make the best choice.
- Best BinocularsRead our guide to choosing and buying the best binoculars on the market. There are many options to choose from - we break down the selection process and make it easy to make a good buying decision.