At BirdOculars, we know you need the best and most up to date birding binocular info. Even though we try hard to provide this, sometimes we have to go outside our site to get it. One of the best of these resources is the Amazon Marketplace. Whether your looking for birding binoculars from Pentax, Nikon or Bushnell, you’ll find great prices and millions of customers eager to review products they’ve purchased. This is truly a win-win for you.
How We Rated Them
No complex mathematical formulas here, sorry. What we’ve done is to look at the top rated birding binoculars in the Amazon marketplace that are priced below $200.00 and have more than 3 stars with at least ten reviews. Then, we’ve consulted our own experience with various birding binoculars to come up with a list of top rated birding binoculars.
What we were looking for is birding binoculars with a combination of value and reputation. We hope you enjoy reading our picks and would like to know what you think.
Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter
If you’re looking for a low-priced pair of giant binoculars, the Celestron SkyMaster Giant fits the bill. They’ve got multicoated optics and BaK-4 internal prisms which are two key features you should look for when considering a pair of giant binoculars as they promise brighter and better images. Furthermore, this pair comes with an adapter for attaching them to a tripod and a soft carrying case to keep them protected. Our verdict? They’re a great value pair of giant binoculars but if you’re planning on using them for long periods of time you’ll need to get a tripod as they’re just too heavy to hold for a long while.
Bushnell Powerview 8×21 Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular
This pair of Bushnell PowerView binoculars marries contemporary styling with the quality and durability we’ve come to expect from Bushnell. The optics are fully coated so you’re guaranteed superior light transmission and brightness. They also have an easy-to-use center focusing system. Our verdict? Incredibly low-priced binoculars that are great for taking anywhere and everywhere as they won’t load you down, however the neck string they come with is thin and could be better quality.
Bushnell Falcon 10×50 Wide Angle Binoculars
Another great price pair of binoculars from Bushnell, and it’s clear to see why the Falcon model continues to be so popular. With its rubberized abrasion-resistant finish they’re super-comfy to hold, while the InstaFocus lever ensures smooth feedback and the right tension to get magnification to just the level you want it. Our verdict? We love the cool fold-down eyecups which make scratching the lenses virtually impossible, but for those with poor eyesight these might not be the binoculars for you as they could do with a broader range of diopters.
Bushnell PowerView 10×50 Wide Angle Binoculars
With an incredibly easy setup, it’s no surprise these Bushnell PowerView binoculars are popular with bird watchers as they are simply great for tracking and focusing on moving objects. And because they’ve got the non-slip coating they’re easy to hold, too. Our verdict? Great for bird enthusiasts as all it takes is a quick toggle of the finger on the center focus knob and you’ve got your bird in sight. We’re not so keen on the fact there’s no way of attaching them to a tripod however.
Bushnell H20 10×42 Porro Prism Waterproof/Fogproof Binocular
If you spend lots of time bird watching by lakes and rivers, or even while out on the water, the Bushnell H20 Porro Prism binoculars are a great choice. With a 10x magnification they’re powerful, but weighing in at just 27 ounces means they’re nice and light, too, plus you can attach them to a tripod if need’s be. Our verdict? At first use, the focusing mechanism is a little stiff but this should ease up with use, however we can’t fault the BaK-4 prism glass which maximizes light transmission and helps give super-clear images.
At BirdOculars, we realize we aren’t the holy grail of reviewers. So, check out these other resources to find more top rated birding binoculars and more.
- Binocular Reviews has reviews on nearly every make and model of birding binoculars and even breaks them down by star ratings.
- All Best Binoculars gives detailed reviews of the top binoculars and allows you to browse them by brand or type.
- The Binoculars Advisor from the Birdwatching.com site shows you where to start in your quest for new binoculars and answers questions you may have along the way.
Just keep in mind if you click those links you will be leaving the BirdOculars site and we cannot be held responsible for the opinions or ratings of those sites.
Tell Us About Your Favorite Birding Binoculars
Is there is a pair of birding binoculars that are your favorite that’s not on the list? Do you have any experience with those on the list? If so, please leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear what you think of our list of top rated birding binoculars.
Olivia Lennox is a bird watcher and word botcher from London, England. She blogs on a diverse range of topics from last minute ski breaks to cookery, but her free time is spent watching the sandpiper and the smew in the cold winter sky.