Updated November 21, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Binoculars For Bird Watching

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you're serious about bird watching, then any old pair of binoculars just won't do. The models we've included on our list boast some of the highest quality optics on the planet, along with features that prevent fogging, maximize color reproduction and light transmission, and ensure comfortable use for hours on end. We've ranked them here by their imaging performance, durability, and value. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best binoculars for bird watching on Amazon.

10. Olympus Trooper 8 x 40 DPS I

9. Bushnell H2O 10 x 42

8. Opticron Savanna WP 6 x 30

7. Wingspan Optics SkyEagle Ultra HD 8 X 42

6. Leica Ultravid BCL 10 x 25 Compact

5. Nikon 7577 Monarch 5 10 x 42

4. Leica Trinovid 10 X 42 HD

3. Zeiss 10 x 54 Victory HT

2. Canon 12 x 36 Image Stabilization III

1. Zeiss 15 x 56 Conquest HD

Editor's Notes

November 18, 2018:

There's a pretty significant jump in price when you get into the finer options in this category, with brands like Leica, Zeiss, and Canon offering the most expensive models. Zeiss turns out to be the company to beat here, however, as their Conquest and Victory models boast about as clear an image as you can imagine.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 21, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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