In-depth Reviews of the Best Binoculars
My interest in binoculars and indeed in optics in general began whilst I was working as a safari guide (field guide) in South Africa, where as part of my job, I used bins almost every single day. The idea for The Best Binocular Reviews website came about from the frustration I felt whilst looking for a new pair for myself - It was really difficult to find any good information as well as unbiased and objective evaluations on the web about any of the models I was interested in.
Thus the aim of this site (BBR) is to help in some small way by providing useful information on binoculars and related optical products, as well as completely unbiased reviews on selected products and brands and offer tips and guides to those looking into buying a pair.
Now into it's ninth year, the BBR Annual Awards is the main platform for me to highlight the very best binoculars that I have reviewed on this site in a range of different categories over the last 365 days. Once again, I have been very fortunate to have tested some truly outstanding instruments and many of the top binoculars currently on the market which has meant that the competition to win an award this year has been tougher than ever.
An excellent gift for the birder who already owns a pair of binoculars
Another gift idea for those the binocular owner
Also well worth keeping in mind and thus taking a look at are the best binoculars that I have tested in recent years past.
Remember optics are quite different to electronics in that the rate of development and technological advances occur much more slowly and thus what was a great binocular 5 or even 10 years ago (sometimes even more) is still going to be perfectly valid and compete with what is on the market today. The added bonus is that they are now usually listed in stores at substantially reduced prices.
BBR: 100% Real & Honest Reviews!
I often get asked why haven't you reviewed "x" binocular from "x" brand. The answer is that unlike many binocular review sites you find on the web that simply make their evaluations up having never used, touched or even seen the instrument in question.
I only review binoculars that I have actually used and tested. Therefore not only is it physically impossible for me to "review" as many as these other sites, but I am also at the mercy as to which brands are willing to send me their products to put under the spotlight.
This is the place to start if you are either undecided as to if binoculars are what you need for astronomy, if you are not sure what features you need to look for of if you want to browse and compare some of the top astronomy binoculars on the market.
Once you have read this guide, you can take a look at all my reviews and then explore in more detail all the other articles within the astro section.
Binoculars for Astronomy
The largest section on BBR, which I guess is understandable as birds & binoculars kind of go together like cheese and pickled onions!
I'd also say that whilst it is possible to enjoy birdwatching without them, binoculars along with your bird book are the most essential tools to any birder.
So no mater if you are a newbie birder, seasoned professional, if you like like backyard birding or going on birdwatching holidays. This section has all the advice, tips as well as many suggestions and reviews of the best quality binoculars for your particular needs and at your budget.
January 2020 - Optics News & New Releases
Below are details of some of the latest news in the world of optics as well as new releases of binoculars best brands:
Part of the BBR Binocular Award Winners Series, this article takes a close look at the winners of the award for the best budget binoculars over the past few years.
This is the ideal place to start if you are in the market for lower cost/ budget binoculars as I am 100% certain that each of them performs well above what their price tag suggests.
Whilst the title lists the binoculars as being under $200, in reality most of them are much lower in price than this with many being under $150 and some even under $100!
In this article, I go over as well as review the main features and specifications of the new FUJINON TECHNO-STABI TS-X 1440 binoculars and discuss how they relate to a standard pair of optics, who and what uses they are ideal for and if indeed you should be looking to get a pair. Hot on […]
BBR Video Version of this Article on 10x42 vs 10x50 Binoculars Canon recently added two new compact models to their ever-growing and an ever-improving (for the most part) lineup of image stabilization binoculars. Incorporating very small 20mm lenses, these two new models come with either a moderate 8x or a more powerful 10x magnification. With […]
Best Binocular Reviews: Quality Not Quantity
I get quite a lot of people asking me why I have not reviewed a specific binocular. Not only is it impossible for me to review every set of binoculars on the market, but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing - for example I find that when I visit many websites that sell binoculars, I am often baffled by the sheer amount of binoculars all being described as the greatest on earth, or I am sometimes disappointed by the quality of binoculars being described as the ultimate binocular.
My aim is to provide you with the best reviews of some of the best binoculars from the best brands... not the most!
When deciding which binoculars to test, I try and select higher specification good quality binoculars as these are what I am mostly interested in and I feel it is pointless for me to spend days using, photographing, filming and then writing about a device that I know I would not recommend to anyone.
If I test a pair of optics that I think they are rubbish, I will say so. It is more likely that rather than being completely bad, they will have certain features that fall short of the mark in my opinion and I will highlight them in my write-up. I would also like to point out that I am in now way compensated or influenced by any manufacturer, distributor of supplier to provide a positive review and they are all my own and truthful opinions.
Latest Binocular Reviews January 2020
Below are a selection of my most recent full and in-depth evaluations:
Designed with professional marine and fishing industries in mind, these 7x50 Fujinon binoculars also make excellent wide-field astronomy binoculars...
From the fully multi-coated optics and the waterproof, nitrogen-purged chassis, to the included all-metal tripod adapter...
Mid-range 8x32 binoculars have an excellent performance to price ratio making these mid-sized Bresser Pirsch binoculars are ideal for...
Top-end, mid-sized 8x32 binoculars offering an incredible performance to price ratio, these Hawke Frontier ED X binoculars are...
APO Lens System, Phase Corrected Abbe-Koenig Roof Prisms help deliver an extremely high quality image with a wide field of view...
High-End 10x50 binoculars with s superior quality view with an image brightness and low light performance that matches many 8x42 binoculars...
At the mid-level price range, these Celestron TrailSeeker ED binoculars are just about as good as it gets...
Very high level 8x42 binoculars at a mid-level price range, these Hawke Frontier HD X binoculars are...
These compact Vortex compact binoculars perform at a level that really surprised me and far exceeds their price tag...
One of the best value long range hunting/wildlife binoculars currently on the market, the 12x50 Midas binoculars...
These Steiner hunting binoculars are able to make wildlife standout from their environment and also have an always in focus optical system for...
These 56mm Pirsch ED Binoculars from the German Optics company Bresser offer a bright image with a superior low light performance...
Best Monocular Reviews
A monocular is basically half a binocular and because of this there are a number of advantages to them, but on the flip side, also some drawbacks.
Looking at the positives, they are both smaller and cheaper. However as you are only using one eye with a monocular, you do get a less immersive experience when using one.
However for the right person and in the right situations, they can be a good choice, be that as an alternative, or an instrument that you use to compliment your binos.
In the guides below I take a look at some of the very best in a range of price points and ideal uses:
Best Binocular Harnesses
From the simple suspender type design, to sling styles, to the fully covered bino harness bags that come with extra carrying space for things like rangefinders and even ammunition, binocular harnesses have become one of the most popular bino accessories and for many users, an almost indispensable addition that improves comfort and thus adds to the overall enjoyment of using their optics when out in the field.
With many brands now producing their own versions, inevitably you get some that are good and others that are not. As well as this you also get those designed specifically for uses like birding and hunting, whilst others will suit most general types of uses. For more information and full reviews, check out the following links: