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Best Rated Image Stabilized Binoculars – Comparison and Reviews 2015-2016

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Best Rated Image Stabilized Binoculars Comparison & Reviews for 2015-2016 – This page contains a roundup and comparison of all of the best top-rated image stabilized binoculars currently available (in 2015-2016) that are on the market. Image stabilizing binoculars allow you to view objects at long distances without the blurring that can occur from vibration or shaking that occurs when viewing through binoculars without a tripod.

Most IS Binoculars run on AA batteries to power the motors to compensate for vibration. All image stabilized binoculars are weatherproof, and many are waterproof as well. They are best suited for birding, boating, astronomy, and other uses. Below are the best image stabilization binoculars to compare features, reviews, and price.


Best Rated Image Stabilizing Binoculars – Comparison
(best rated IS binoculars by consumer reviews)

Canon 10×30 Canon 12×36 Canon 10×42 L Canon 15×50
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10×30
Image Stabilized
Water-resistant
Uses 2xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 60°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 13.8 ft
Eye Relief: 14.5mm
Weight 22 oz
12×36
Image Stabilized
Water-resistant
Uses 2xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 60°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 19.7 ft
Eye Relief: 14.5mm
Weight 23.3 oz
10×42 L
Image Stabilized
Water-proof
Uses 2xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 65°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 8.2 ft
Eye Relief: 16mm
Weight 36.8 oz
Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements
15×50
Image Stabilized
Weather-Resistant
Uses 2xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 67.5°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 19.7 ft
Eye Relief: 15mm
Weight 41.6 oz
Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements


Best Rated Image Stabilized Binoculars – Comparison
(best rated IS binoculars by consumer reviews)

Canon 18×50 Nikon StabilEyes 12×32 VR Fujinon Techno-Stabi 14×40 Nikon StabilEyes 16×32 VR
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18×50
Image Stabilized
Weather-Resistant
Uses 2xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 66.6°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 19.7 ft
Eye Relief: 15mm
Weight 41.6 oz
Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements
12×32
Image Stabilized
Water and Fog Proof
Uses 4xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 55.3°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 11.5 ft
Eye Relief: 15mm
Weight 39.9 oz
14×40
Image Stabilized
Water and Fog Proof
Uses 4xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 52.1°
Dual Piezo-vibration & Gyro Sensors
Closest focus: 16.4 ft
Eye Relief: 13mm
Weight 43.3 oz
16×32
Image Stabilized
Water and Fog Proof
Uses 4xAA batteries
Apparent field of view 55.9°
Vari-Angle Prism Stabilizer
Closest focus: 16.4 ft
Eye Relief: 15mm
Weight 39.5 oz



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 Image Stabilized 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.


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