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Best Rated Compact Binoculars | Comparison & Reviews 2016

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Best Rated Compact Binoculars Comparison 2016 – This page contains a roundup and comparison of all of the best compact binoculars currently available (in 2016) that are on the market. Compact binoculars are small in size and weight. Most have an objective lens of 25mm to 30mm which is smaller than full sized binoculars, making these type of binoculars best for daylight use. These are ideal of travel, as these type of binoculars can slip into your coat pocket. Some of these binoculars are waterproof and fogproof for outdoor use in inclement weather. Below are the top rated Compact binoculars to compare by features, price and reviews.

Best Rated Compact Binoculars – Comparison (2016)
(best rated binoculars by consumer reviews)

Nikon 7277
8 X 25mm Travelite Vi Compact Binoculars
Nikon 7278
10 X 25mm Travelite Vi Compact Binoculars
Nikon ProStaff ATB 10×25 Waterproof Compact Binoculars Nikon ProStaff ATB 12×25 Waterproof Compact Binoculars
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8×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 42.7°
Porro Prism System
Closest focus: 10 ft
Eye Relief: 14mm
Weight: 9.0 oz
25 yr. Warranty

10×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 47.2°
Porro Prism System
Closest focus: 10 ft
Eye Relief: 11.1mm
Weight: 9.5 oz
25 yr. Warranty

10×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 47.2°
Porro Prism System
Closest focus: 9.2 ft
Eye Relief: 15.9mm
Weight 12.9 oz
25 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
12×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 47.5°
Porro Prism System
Closest focus: 9.2 ft
Eye Relief: 15.5mm
Weight 12.9 oz
25 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof


Best Rated Compact Binoculars – Comparison (2016)
(best rated binoculars by consumer reviews)

Bushnell H2O 8×25
Waterproof Compact Binoculars
Bushnell H2O 10×25 Waterproof Compact Binoculars Nikon 16000 ProStaff 7S 8x30mm Waterproof Compact Binoculars Nikon 7579 Monarch 7 8x30mm Waterproof Compact Binoculars

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8×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 55°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 15 ft
Eye Relief: 13.5mm
Weight: 10.2 oz
2 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
10×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 65°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 15 ft
Eye Relief: 12mm
Weight: 10.2 oz
2 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
8×30
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 60.3°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 8.2 ft
Eye Relief: 15.4mm
Weight 14.6 oz
25 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
ED Glass Elements
Phase-corrected Prisms
8×30
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 61.0°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 6.6 ft
Eye Relief: 15.8mm
Weight 15.5 oz
25 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
ED Glass Elements
Phase-corrected Prisms


Best Rated Compact Binoculars – Comparison (2016)
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Nikon Premier LX-L 10×25 Compact Waterproof Binoculars Nikon 8218 Trailblazer 10×25 Hunting Binoculars Leica BCR 8×20 Compact Waterproof Binoculars Carl Zeiss Victory 10×25 Compact Waterproof Binoculars

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10×25
Center Focus
Magnesium Alloy
Apparent field of view 50.5°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 10.4 ft
Eye Relief: 15mm
Weight: 10.5 oz
25 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
10×25
Center Focus
Rubber Coating
Apparent field of view 59.2°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 11.5 ft
Eye Relief: 10mm
Weight: 9.9 oz
25 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
8×20
Center Focus
Rubber Housing
Apparent field of view 52°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 7.2 ft
Eye Relief: 15mm
Weight 8.6 oz
10 yr. Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof
10×25
Center Focus
Rubber Armored
Apparent field of view 54°
Roof Prism System
Closest focus: 13 ft
Eye Relief: 13.5mm
Weight 8.8 oz
Lifetime Warranty
WaterProof
Fog Proof



Binoculars Glossary of Terms
Closest Focus Distance = This is the nearest object that you can focus on. Lower power binoculars can focus on closer objects than high power binoculars.
Apparent field of view = Apparent field of view is the angular diameter, expressed in degrees (°), of the circle of light that the eye sees through your binoculars. A large field of view is good for a seeing a large amount of area (usually with lower power binoculars). Higher power binoculars zoom in on a smaller area.
Eye Relief = Eye relief is the distance (in millimeters) that a binocular can be held from your eye and the full field of view can still be observed. More Eye relief distance is important for those that wear eyeglasses.
Apparent Field of View = This refers to how much of the overall scene you can view. The higher the magnification, the smaller field of view. Just like a wide angle lens will show more of the view, a lower magnification binoculars will show more of the overall scene. A higher magnification will show a closeup view, but with a much narrower field of view. The field of view is measured in degrees. A 180 degree field of view is being able to view everything in front of you.
Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) Lens = Some of Canon’s high end Waterproof Binoculars have a superior UD Lens. These type of lenses will reduce chromatic aberration, or color fringing, which can affect the image by reducing contrast, and image sharpness.
Nitrogen or Argon Filled = Filling binoculars with Nitrogen or Argon helps to prevent fogging.
ED Glass Elements = Nikon’s Monarch Series binoculars have ED Glass (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lenses, which correct chromatic aberrations across the furthest limits of the visible light range and effectively compensate for color fringing. The improved resolution also provides brighter, more natural looking images.
Roof Prism System = Roof prism binoculars have a straight profile, with the eyepiece situated directly behind the front lens. This allows for a more compact design.
Porro Prism System = Nikon’s Porro prisms binoculars are made from a high density glass, BAK-4. They are cheaper than Roof Prisms, and are more angular than straight.
Phase-corrected Prisms = These type of prisms enhance the contrast and improve color fidelity.
Relative Brightness = This will show how bright the image will appear in the binoculars. Higher is better. Binoculars with a higher magnification will appear dimmer. So a 12×35 pair of binoculars will have lower relative brightness than an 8×35 pair of binoculars.


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