Updated March 07, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Roof Prism Binoculars

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

Since the initial publication of this wiki in February of 2019, there have been 3 edits to this page. Debates rage when it comes to which are truly the best, but for many, roof prism binoculars beat out their Porro cousins every time. Generally more compact and sleeker looking, these handy devices can be used for just about any application, from birdwatching to sports, and they travel with ease. Best of all, they're less expensive nowadays, so there's a model out there for everyone. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best roof prism binocular on Amazon.

10. Gosky 10x42

9. Nikon Monarch 5

8. Carson 3D Series HD

7. Bushnell H2O

6. Pentax AD

5. Carson VP Series 8x42

4. Swarovski Optik SLC Series

3. Celestron TrailSeeker

2. Leica Trinovid BCA

1. Athlon Optics Midas ED

Editor's Notes

March 04, 2019:

When it comes to binoculars, there are a few names that always come up as high-quality, including Leica, Nikon, Swarovski, and more. We added models from these brands, but also looked for less expensive options, so everyone can enjoy great gear for the activities they love. On this less expensive side are the Celestron TrailSeeker and Carson VP Series 8x42; they're both rugged enough to withstand moderate to heavy use and have the touches that make a difference, like waterproofing and a relatively low weight. We added a couple that are even just a bit less expensive, including the Gosky 10x42 and the Bushnell H2O, but it should be noted that these are not extremely powerful and rugged, so choose them only for sporadic use. At the other end of the spectrum are the pricier models, such as the Leica Trinovid BCA and the Swarovski Optik SLC Series. Not everyone will want (or need) to shell out for these models, but if you take your hobbies seriously or rely on your binocs to make a living, they're worthy of consideration.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on March 07, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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