How To Choose Binoculars: 5 Useful Steps

Let’s say you are in the market to buy a new binocular, but sadly too many options have you confused. Don’t worry we come in as the middle ground to make help you make that decision.

Let us explain how to choose binoculars, whether you are a beginner or a veteran you may know something new and fun.

5 Steps Of How To Choose A Binoculars

Sit tight. we are gonna make you clear via 5 steps –

Step 1

First and foremost, please make sure that you determine a budget. If you are not working with a budget you will get confused a lot with the vast choices you have.

You can get binocular as cheap as 20-40$ and as much as over 2500$. If you got a budget in mind that will make your shopping a lot easier.

Step 2

Do you care about brand value? Is branded stuff important for you? Let’s say you want a Zeiss binocular but you probably know how expensive Zeiss binoculars are.

If you don’t care about brand value but want a good at a low budget you will get a ton of options to play with.

Step 3

Decide what will you do with your binoculars. If you want to do sightseeing then your priority should be binocular with a broad field of view.

If you want something to fit in your pocket then you are better off buying an inexpensive binocular that is compact and has moderate magnification.

Step 4

Now it’s the best time to look for the quality of that binocular. The first priority should be the lens. If the lens is low quality without any kind of coatings then there is a huge chance the performance of that binocular will be garbage.

No kidding, multi-coating lens is mandatory.

Cheap binocular may not have nitrogen purging, to be honest, we don’t expect nitrogen purging on a 30$ binocular. But a lot of 50$ binoculars provide a multi-coated lens. So, your priority should be looking for a multi-coating lens.

Step 5

Body quality matters. Most binocular has a body made out of plastic because aluminum for binocular isn’t worth it. But a lot of binocular uses a rubber armor coating on top of the body to make it more sturdy.

The rubber armor also makes it easier to handle and more grippy. So if you want something cheap but good make sure it has a rubber armor coating on it. It may set you back for a couple of dollars but it will be worth it.

Some Suggestion Instead Of Mandatory Steps

People think more magnification means the better. But in reality most of the time more magnification comes with a lot of cons. The most common issue is distortion.

There is another fact, the more you zoom the more your hand movements will be magnified too. And another huge issue is if you are buying higher magnification binocular for sightseeing you will be highly disappointed.


Because almost all the time the high magnification binocular has a tiny field of view. If you are going to use the binocular for sightseeing it means you will see a narrow terrain to begin with.


If you want to smuggle your binocular inside field (just kidding you don’t need to smuggle binoculars are allowed in stadiums) you should go for a compact mini size binoculars.

They are mini but packs a huge punch. A lot of them have over 300 ft @1000 yards field of view. Which is a lot, compared to 150-200ft fop of those high magnification binoculars 300ft is a lot.

Now that you understand how to choose binoculars & what to look for in a binocular we hope that you will make a good decision on your next purchase.

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