The 7 Best Camera Binoculars

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you are trekking into the wilderness for some bird watching or attending a concert or sporting event, carrying around a lot of heavy photographic equipment can be a hassle. But with a pair of these combination camera binoculars, you can get an up close look at just about anything, and then capture either photos or videos of your subjects to enjoy in perpetuity. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Creative XP Digital Night Vision

2. Nightfox 110R Widescreen

3. ATN BinoX-HD

Editor's Notes

August 05, 2020:

While a lot of models that took traditional binoculars and outfitted them with imaging sensors and small screens have become unavailable in recent months, the market for models that utilize small screens and single, shaded cyclops eyepieces has grown, with offerings like the Creative XP Digital Night Vision providing high resolutions in both live viewing and recording capabilities. There's something of a tradeoff here, however.

Anyone who plans on spending a long while out in the wilderness might do better to reach for the ATN BinoX-HD or the Eoncore Recorder, as these can still function without their batteries. That means you'll have less to carry with you, and if you do run out of juice, you can still employ their traditional eyepieces for distant viewing. Shorter trips, or journeys that require night vision capabilities, are going to necessitate the newer style.

Keep an eye out for things like maximum resolution, included memory cards, and stabilization. That Eoncore model has a good resolution, but its images can sometimes be blurry because it doesn't boast the stabilization you see in the ATN BinoX-HD. When you're zoomed in, even the slightest movement can cause big motion blur in an image, so that feature comes in really handy.

April 08, 2019:

While there are a handful of camera binoculars available on the market from brands like Vivtar among others that didn't make our list, it's important to note that many of these suffered from some serious drawbacks. Even among those we included, there were models with flaws that were hard to overlook, like the low light performance of the Bushnell model at number five.

For the most part, users are going to find a capable pair of binoculars with an underwhelming camera system built into them. The Bestguarder NV-800 is a big exception, as it draws on military-grade technology to create a capable night vision system, and its use of a screen in lieu of eyepieces is a genuine innovation.

Keep an eye out for the specific kind of zoom offered by a given set, as well. Our number three option boasts a 4x optical zoom, which means its glass lens elements are actually designed to move, resulting in a much higher-quality picture than a digital zoom would, which essentially just crops in on whatever your image is. That's something you can likely do on your computer to a greater effect.

Special Honors

Pulsar Accolade 2 LRF While many of the offerings in this sector can also provide users with night vision performance, this model boasts thermal imaging capabilities that are adaptive to your environment. Their housing is IPX7 water-resistant, and they have an integrated laser rangefinder to help you determine distance to your subjects.

4. Bestguarder NV-900 Night Vision

5. Solomark Hunting

6. Eoncore Recorder

7. Vivitar Digi-Cam 2-In-1

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on August 08, 2020 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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