A great pair of compact binoculars will never leave your side. Compact binoculars are easy to tag along on your adventures and you will not be concerned with the extra bulk of a full-size optic. Compact binoculars are available in Porro Prism and Roof Prism designs. Many offering features like waterproof bodies, twist-up eyecups and some with zoom magnification. Binoculars.com has deemed a binocular as “compact” based on the binoculars objective lens size. Objectives lenses less than 30mm fall into the Compact Binoculars selection. When choosing a compact binocular be sure to take into consideration that the only advantage of a compact is its size. You are sacrificing a binoculars most important job, light gathering, by selecting a smaller body design that trades-off for its compact and portability. For example, if you compared a 8x20 binocular with an 8x40 binocular you would immediately notice the physical size of the 40mm objective binocular being much larger. While the magnification power would be the same 8x, its light gathering ability is greatly increased by its larger objective lens size. A common phrase of binocular enthusiasts is “the only good thing about a compact is its size!” holds true. For observing in good lighting situations while traveling, on safari or at sporting events, a compact binocular is a welcome tag-along. For viewing in dim or low light situation and still want a reduced body size, you may want to consider a mid-size binocular in the 30mm to 36mm objective lens size.
When selecting a compact binoculars magnification selection, you may find that the same binocular is offered in a 8x and 10x with the same 25mm objective lens. To compare the difference of an 8x25 with a 10x25 binocular where both are the same physical size, the binocular with the lower 8x magnification will have a brighter, more steady image than the more magnified 10x model. Keep this in mind when selecting your choice. And always remember, our team of specialized optics professionals are here to help by calling 800-246-6285. We would be happy to assist you in finding the perfect compact binocular for you.
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