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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.

Best Binoculars 2024

Now into it's fourteenth year! The BBR Annual Bino Awards is the main platform I use to highlight the very best binoculars that I have tested and reviewed in a range of different categories. 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:

Latest on BBR:

KITE APC 50 Binoculars

Kite APC 14x50 Image Stabilized BinocularsFull In-Depth Review of the New Kite APC 14x50 Image Stabilized Binoculars

Improved Image-stabilisation, improved optics and several other new and unique features on these Kite APC binoculars have in my opinion eliminated almost all the downsides of using an Image-stabilized binocular and thus make these a truly viable option as an everyday, general-use binocular.

Once you have read the review, also take a moment to read my:

Technical Review: KITE APC 50 Binoculars: Next-Level Image Stabilization Binoculars

In this article, I Introduce the Second Generation Kite Optics APC 50mm Binoculars and explain what makes the Image Stabilization on Kite Optics APC binoculars different and I think superior to all that has been available in the past.

I also cover what they have improved on the new versions, including an improved optical system, updated software and improved gimbal system that truly elevates the levels of Image Stabilization and thus the experience of using IS binoculars to new heights.

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BBR Binocular Zoom Comparisons Test

Binocular Zoom Comparisons

4x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 10x, 16x, 20x, 30x & 60x Magnification Comparisons at Close Range

If you are not sure what binocular magnification you need or to get, then this series of detailed articles and and videos that I am working on will certainly help.

Images and video of spotting scope, monoculars and binocular magnification comparisons ranging from 4x all the way up to 60x, along with some thoughts and advice which I hope will help you determine the ideal zoom for your needs.

This comprehensive test showcases various zoom magnifications, objective lens sizes, and optical qualities. Discover the impact different magnifications have on the field of view, image brightness, and image detail, and learn how different factors contribute to achieving the best viewing experience.

Best Binoculars 2022

Best Binoculars 2021

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.

Astronomy Binoculars

Best Binoculars for Astronomy - Buyers Guide
Celestron Echelon 20x70 Astronomy Binoculars

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

Birdwatching Binoculars

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.

Survival Binoculars & Binoculars for Preppers

In an survival, evacuation, get home in an emergency or indeed pretty much situation when the SHTF, the right pair of binoculars are one of the most essential pieces of kit as they enable you to:

  • Binoculars for Survival & PreppersScout ahead from a safe distance for people, dangerous situations or ambushes.
  • Scan potential routes or possible camping spots without having to go there, saving you time and energy
  • Monitor your surroundings for danger or opportunities, can be very important if you are camped or hunkered down for the night
  • Gather information: on people, game animals, and even supplies in your area

For more info, view the following BBR guides to the:

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.

Accessories & Gift Ideas

Bird Feeder & Bird Box Cameras

Gardenature Bird Feeder Camera Review
An excellent gift for the birder who already owns a pair of binoculars

Binocular Harness

Bino Harness
Another gift idea for those the binocular owner

Previous Years...

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.

Best Binoculars 2020

Still equally as relevant today as they were last year, be sure to also check out the best binoculars from 2020, 2019, 2018 and even beyond. Not only are these still excellent instruments today, but you also have a better chance of grabbing yourself a discount or deal:

Best Binoculars 2019

Best Binoculars 2018

July 2024 - 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:

Best Budget Binoculars 2024 Under $200 (£/€)
Also: Under $150 & Under $100 (£/€)

Winner Best Budget Binoculars 2021 - Opticron Savanna WP 6x30 BinocularsPart of the BBR Binocular Award Winners Series, in this section I take a close look at this years as well as relevant past years 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!

Unistellar ENVISION Smart Binoculars with Augmented Reality (AR) Integration – Hype or Reality?

Unistellar, a leading innovator in consumer astronomy, has recently announced the Envision smart binoculars. This groundbreaking device promises to transform stargazing and exploration with features like augmented reality (AR) overlays, guided navigation, and shareable target lock. However, before diving headfirst into the celestial adventure, a critical assessment of these functionalities is essential.

Swarovski 52mm NL Pure Binoculars – Details, Specs & My Thoughts

Swarovski Optik has officially introduced the highly anticipated larger NL Pure 52mm binoculars, further expanding their flagship NL Pure range. Offered in two magnifications, 10x52 and 14x52, these binoculars cater to outdoor enthusiasts and nature observers seeking improved low-light performance from an alpha-level range that already offers an almost unparalleled optical performance, all bound up […]

Latest Binocular Reviews July 2024

Below are a selection of my most recent full and in-depth evaluations:

Kite 14 x 50 APC Image Stabilized Binoculars
Improved Image-stabilisation, higher quality optics and several other unique features, these Kite APC binoculars are...
Hawke 10 x 42 Frontier APO Binoculars
Aimed at those more serious about wildlife observation, birdwatching, and outdoor adventures...
Swarovski 8 x 32 NL Pure Binoculars
Exceptional optical performance, a beautiful ergonomic design, the best materials & robust build, are these the ultimate mid-size binoculars?
Alpen 10 x 42 Teton Binoculars
A tough, lightweight Magnesium Chassis protects top-notch HD optics, including ED glass lenses and an Abbe-Koenig roof prism system...
Hawke 7 x 50 Endurance ED Marine Binoculars
7x50 binoculars that are designated for marine use, but which I found to be excellent for many other uses incl...
Viking 8 x 42 Osprey Binoculars
With features that you expect on high-end binoculars, these Vixen binoculars are priced at a level that places them in the mid-level range...
Hawke 8 x 42 Vantage Binoculars
Excellent value for money 8x42 binoculars that are both reliable and lightweight good for the outdoors & nature enthusiast shopping on a budget.
Hawke 7 x 32 Endurance ED Marine Binoculars
Mid-sized, mid-priced marine binoculars that break the mold using roof prisms, making them far more than just binoculars for boats & yachts...
Maven 12 x 50 B6 Binoculars
US assembly with Japanese-made components, these Maven B Series binoculars form part of Maven's elite line of optics & utilize many very high-end...
Levenhuk 10 x 50 Discovery Gator Binoculars
Low-cost classically designed roof prism binoculars with large(ish) 50mm lenses for a good low light performance...
Maven 10 x 42 B1.2 Binoculars
Smaller with improved optics, wider field of view & more. The B1.2 is a high-performance binocular with an incredible performance to price ratio...
Pentax 8.5 x 21 Papilio II Binoculars
Updated with a fully multi-coated optical system the Pentax Papilio II is now better & more versatile than ever...

Best Monocular Reviews

Leica 8x20 Monovid MonocularA 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:

Thermal Vision Reviews

AGM G2 Guardian Thermal vision SmartphoneThermal imagers let you see what your eyes can't: invisible heat radiation emitted or reflected by all objects, regardless of lighting conditions, meaning it can also work in complete darkness and which is why a thermal imager is always included in the gear that I take on any wildlife adventure, camping trip or safari.

There are several types of thermal imaging devices available. Some of them include thermal imaging binoculars, thermal imaging monoculars, thermal imaging sights, thermal goggles, clamping systems and even thermal vision smartphones or adapters enabling you to attach a thermal camera to your smartphone.

High-end thermal binoculars and monoculars can cost thousands, but there are now many other viable options that are far more affordable should you wish to get into the world of thermal imaging on more of a budget:

Athlon Binocular HarnessBest 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:


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