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Canon 10x30 IS Image Stabilized Binoculars

Canon are one of the biggest brands in the world and even though Cannon's range of binoculars is a small part of their business, Canon Optical Binoculars and in particular their Image Stabilized binoculars not only innovative, but are one of the most respected brands in the world of optics.

Image Stabilization Binoculars

(Image Stabilisation Binoculars)
Depending on which side of the pond you live on you either spell it "Stabilization" or the UK spelling of "Stabilisation", but what ever the case there are currently there are only three makers, including Canon who make binoculars with image stabilization technology. Canon stabilized binoculars were not only pioneers in this exciting area of binoculars, but today are pretty much the market leaders in image stabilization binoculars.

How Do Canon Image Stabilization Binoculars (IS) Work?
One of the first questions many people ask is how do canon IS binoculars work and more importantly do IS Binoculars actually work? The answer to whether image stabilization in binoculars works, is most certainly "Yes." I was a little sceptical at first, but canon IS binoculars are not just a gimmick and sign of just how serious Canon are about their image stabilization binoculars is that all of their current binoculars, apart from one compact version have their image stabilisation technology incorporated into them. Check out this video that demonstrates just how well >> Image stabilization works

Canon image stabilization binoculars

>Vari-Angle Prism Image Stabilization

As for how Canon stabilized binoculars work, the technology was initially developed for their camcorder products and then later incorporated into their binoculars. Canon IS Binoculars use Vari-Angle Prism type of image stabilization. Inside the binoculars, there are two sensors detect horizontal and vertical shaking respectively. The two Vari-Angle Prisms in both the left and right telescopes are controlled by a microprocessor to instantly adjust refraction angle of the incoming light. This system is used in all Canons IS Binoculars. On top of the binoculars there is a button and if you are looking through the Canon stabilised binoculars and want to stop image shake, you just press and hold the button. Because of the micro computer, Canon IS binoculars do need batteries and this does add to the weight of the product, although having said that the excellent Canons 10x30 IS weighs only 600 grams. The advantages of this system compared to other stabilized binoculars are that they are compact, light and you get an immediate response after the image stabilizer is activated (the system is activated as soon as the button is pressed) and the image is stable even when panning.

Other types of image stabilization in binoculars include the Gyro type and the Mechanical type.

Canon IS Binoculars

The range of Canon stabilized binoculars includes the Canon 8x25 IS, Canon 10x30 IS, Canon 12x36 IS II, Canon 15x50 IS All Weather, 18x50 IS All Weather and the 10 x 42L IS WP

So other than image stabilization, what other technologies do Canon incorporate into their binoculars?

Doublet field-flattener lens
All of Canon's IS series binoculars use the worlds first doublet field-flattener lens. This is Canons exclusive optical design with two field-flattener lenses. By using the two lenses, Canon has managed to achieve a wide field of view of 67° (12x36 IS, 15x50 IS ALL WEATHER, 18x50 IS ALL WEATHER), with unrivalled sharpness. These lenses are normally reserved only for high grade binoculars but Cannon have used them in their entire IS range.

Canon All Weather Binoculars
Whilst Canon's binoculars are not completely waterproof, their 15x50 IS ALL WEATHER and the 18x50 IS ALL WEATHER are designed with a sealed construction that suits them for outdoor use, even in the heaviest rain conditions. As they say, they are built for ALL WEATHER action, but brobably best if you don't go swimming with them! The 12x36 IS is water resistant and not part of the ALL WEATHER series, but you can still use it in a light drizzle. Even if it gets wet, it is still easy to hold, because it is covered by a rubber material.

 

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Canon 12x36 IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars

The Canon 12x36 II IS Image stabilization binoculars allow shake free viewing with minimal eye fatigue. The low weight and compact size is impressive considering the impressive magnification of these binoculars. With water-resistant rubber coating, long eye relief and a wide field of view these are a good choice for a wide range of uses including birdwatching and safaris.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
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Canon 10x30 IS Image Stabilized Binoculars

Compact and light binoculars with Image Stabilizer. Thanks to their ultra-compact and lightweight design, these are the most portable binoculars to benefit from Image Stabalization technology. This makes them the perfect companion for every type of travelling, including Safari's. Superb for air shows, nature trips and an excellent choice when visiting the race track or watching other spectator sports.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 70%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 6/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

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Canon Binocular Specification Chart

 

8x25 IS

10x30 IS

10x42L  IS WP

12x36 IS II

15x50 IS All Weather

18x50 IS All Weather

Magnification

8

10

10

12

15

18

Objective Diameter

25

30

42

36

50

50

Exit Pupil (mm)

3.1

3.0

4.2

3.0

3.3

2.8

Real Field of View

6.6o

6.0o

6.5o

5.0o

4.5o

3.7o

Apparent Field of View

52.8 o

60.0 o

65.0 o

60.0 o

67.0 o

67.0 o

Field of View at 1000m

115.0

105.0

114.0

87.5

79.0

65.0

Closest Focusing Distance

3.5m

4.2m

2.5m

6.0m

6.0m

6.0mm

Eye Relief (mm)

13.5

14.5

16.0

14.5

15.0

15.0

Prism

Porro Prism II

Porro Prism

Porro Prism II

Porro Prism II

Porro Prism II

Porro Prism II

Objective Lens (G2- G4) Movement

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Objective Lens Movement

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Image Stabilizer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Field Flattener Lens

Double Field Flattener

Double Field Flattener

Double Field Flattener

Double Field Flattener

Double Field Flattener

Double Field Flattener

UD Lens

No

No

Yes (2)

No

Yes

Yes

Rubber Coating

No

No

Yes

Yes

All Weather

All Weather

Weatherproof

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Super Spectra Multicoating

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Weight (excl. batteries)

490g

600g

1030g

660g

1200g

1200g

Width (mm)

119.7

127.0

175.8

127.0

152.0

152.0

Height (mm)

137.7

70.0

137.0

70.0

193.0

193.0

Depth (mm)

61.2

150.0

85.4

174.0

81.0

81.0

 

 

 
 
 

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