Bushnell NatureView 10x42 Binoculars Review

Bushnell 10 x 42 NatureView Binoculars
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Birdwatching Rating as Birdwatching Binoculars
Outdoor Sports Rating asOutdoor Sports Binoculars
Safari & Travel Rating as Safari Binoculars
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The 10x42 Natureview binoculars were primarily designed for birding and wildlife viewing, but because of their very competitive prices, they make fantastic general all purpose binoculars. I think one of the features that really stand out on these are the fact that they are fully fog and waterproof and are encased in a rugged, non-slip rubber armor, that will not only absorb small shocks that are bound to occur in day to day use, but are really comfortable and well balanced, making them great for observing a subject for long periods of time. An added feature that shows Bushnell's attention to detail is the fact that they can be adapted to fit onto a tripod, using the standard �-inch threading.

The multi-coated optics and the BaK-4 roof prism design both aid light transmission and you get a bright, clear and crisp view through these Bushnell 10x42's. The textured center-focus knob makes focusing fast and accurate, and the 15 mm of eye relief is ample for most eyeglass wearers. The Bushnell Natureview 10x42 Binoculars weigh just 23 ounces which is pretty good for full size binoculars.

Main Highlights:

  • 10x magnification
  • BaK-4 roof prism design for bright, clear, & crisp viewing
  • Multi-coated optics for superior light transmission & brightness
  • Waterproof for all-weather use.
  • Rugged non-slip rubber armor that absorbs shock
  • Textured center-focus knob allows easy, precise adjustments
  • Tripod adaptability for extra viewing stability

Binocular Comparison

Zeiss 10x42 Victory FL Binoculars vs Bushnell 10x42 birder Natureview Binoculars

I guess this comparison may be a little unfair considering the Zeiss 10x42's are probably the best 10x42 birding binoculars that you can get and cost about 10x more, but makes for an interesting reading:

  • Price
    Bushnell: Between $213.95 and $118.14
    Zeiss: Between $2,159.00 and $1,999.94
  • Field of View
    Bushnell: 315ft at 1000 yards
    Zeiss: 330ft at 1000 yards
  • Weight
    Bushnell: 23 ozs (652g)
    Zeiss: 26.8ozs (760g)
  • Eye Relief
    Bushnell: 17mm
    Zeiss: 16mm
  • Close Focus Distance
    Bushnell: 15ft
    Zeiss: 6.56ft

So as you can see as far as the main stats go, apart from the fact that the Zeiss Victory binoculars have a close focus distance that is over twice a close as the Bushnell Nature views and they have a wider field of view (important for birding), the Bushnell's are lighter, and have a slightly better eye relief which may be important to eye glass wearers. What the stats don't tell you is the quality of the image you see through the binoculars and whilst the Zeiss 10x42 Victory FL binoculars are superior especially in low light conditions, the Bushnell's do have excellent optics and the difference is hardly noticable. Overall, considering the massive price difference, I think the Bushnell 10x42 Natureview binoculars offer incredible value for money.

Bushnell Natureview Birder Binoculars.
Whilst it is true that these 10x42 binoculars are probably aimed at the birding market, in my opinion they also make great all-round binoculars and will excel in any outdoor use, great binoculars for safaris and general wildlife observation. If you wish to use you binoculars only as birdwatching binoculars, you may also consider the Bushnell 8x42 Natureview binoculars which have all the same features as this pair, but the reduced magnification means that you get a wider field of view (330 vs 315ft at 1000 yards), great for easily spotting fast moving birds. However if you are going to be viewing birds from longer distances or wish to use you binoculars on safari, wildlife observation or for general use, I would go for the 10x42's.

Bushnell Nature View Binoculars
Other than the 10x42's, Bushnell also have an 8x42 in both roof prism and porro prism design, a 8x40 and a compact 8x30 in the Natureview series. All feature fully multi-coated optics for superior light transmission and have excellent close-focus capabilities for short-range viewing, BaK-4 prisms for bright, clear, crisp viewing, extended eye relief makes long glassing sessions comfortable that make excellent safari, wildlife and birdwatching binoculars.

Bushnell Binoculars
With over 50 years in the binocular industry, you can be sure that with any pair of Bushnell binoculars, you have excellent quality as well as some of the latest optical technology in your hands. Right from the value Powerview series to the uncompromising Legend series, Bushnell make some of the finest binoculars available.

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Main Specifications & Features:

  • Size: Full Size Binoculars
  • [explain prism types]Prism Type: Roof Prism Binoculars
  • Magnification: 10x
  • [explain objective lens]Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
  • [explain waterproofing]Waterproof: Yes

  • [explain exit pupil]Exit Pupil: 4.2
  • [explain twilight factor]Twilight Factor: 20.49
  • [explain eye relief]Eye Relief: 17mm
  • Close Focus Distance: 15.0ft

  • Weight: 23ozs (652g)

  • [explain field of view]Field of View: 315ft at 1,000 yards

  • Image Stabilization: No
  • [about ED Glass]Extra Low Dispersion Glass: No
  • Auto Focus: No

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