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Best Compact Binoculars of 2018? Complete Reviews with Comparisons

Whether you love to go to the woods for some hiking or hunting action or simply go to the theater and enjoy an opera, there is a pair of binoculars out there for you. But in order to get the best performance in every situation, you must have the best.

Given a large number of products in the market, all of which claim to offer the best performance and experience, searching for the ideal one becomes more difficult than searching what to watch on Netflix.

But don’t worry, we got you covered! This 2018 complete buying guide below will walk you through the hottest products, compare and review them so that your next pair of binos are worth every penny.


Best Compact Binoculars (Comparsion Chart)

  • Nikon 8245 ACULON 8×42 Binocular
    (Our Score 4.5)

    These Nikon binoculars come at a very cheap cost and they truly make the run for your money. In fact, they are one of the lowest priced ones from the Nikon line-up. The Aculon is a beauty in performance and is perfect for taking them out into the wilderness and exploring the natural surroundings.
  • Nikon 8245 ACULON 8×42 Binocular
    (Our Score 4.5)

    These Nikon binoculars come at a very cheap cost and they truly make the run for your money. In fact, they are one of the lowest priced ones from the Nikon line-up. The Aculon is a beauty in performance and is perfect for taking them out into the wilderness and exploring the natural surroundings.
  • Nikon 8245 ACULON 8×42 Binocular
    (Our Score 4.5)

    These Nikon binoculars come at a very cheap cost and they truly make the run for your money. In fact, they are one of the lowest priced ones from the Nikon line-up. The Aculon is a beauty in performance and is perfect for taking them out into the wilderness and exploring the natural surroundings.


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  • 1. Nikon 8245 ACULON 8×42 Binocula These Nikon binoculars come at a very cheap cost and they truly make the run for your money. In fact, they are one of the lowest priced ones from the Nikon line-up. The Aculon is a beauty in performance and is perfect for taking them out into the wilderness and exploring the natural surroundings.

The Bad/What I don't like

These binos are not the best when it comes to close focus distance. Many all-purpose binoculars have a close focus distance between 20-25 feet. These ones have it around 16.4 ft. However, this is not really an issue if you are looking at 50 to 150 yards.

The porro prism design makes these binoculars not water-proof as many of us would like. The unlike construction of these binos (or any porro-prism design, for that matter), makes them very unlikely to be waterproof or fog-proof. But don’t be discouraged altogether just yet. Most people who come from the lake at over 90 degrees Fahrenheit to air-conditioned rooms or from a warm 60 degrees to a chillier 30 degrees outside have not reported any issues with fogging or condensation inside the lens.



Pros
  • Very Light-Weight
  • Easy To Carry
  • Fully Multi-Coated
Cons
  • Short Eye Relief
  • Field Of View Hard To
    Keep At Max Amplification

The Good/What I like

Probably a favorite feature of the Aculon is the fully multi-coated lenses. We prefer the porro prism design to get a clearer image and a 3D depth. Obviously, the glass quality is important when considering your binos. The Nokia Aculon (and all of Nikon’s Aculon A211 line) uses EcoGlass lenses. This means that they are lead- and arsenic-free.

You must consider the body which is coated with a resistant coating that makes them shockproof. But one thing that we find impressive about these binos is their spherical lenses. In other words, they provide a flatter field of view and minimize spherical aberrations. This is actually pretty good for a rather cheap pair of binoculars.



Product Hightlights

Some of the features that make the Nikon 8245 ACULON the top of our list are its great field of view, its aspherical fully multi-coated lenses with BaK-4 prism glass, and its Ecoglass. The Aculon has the porro prism design which provides a lot of optical advantages.

Yes, it does have a rather large weight, but only if you compare it with more expensive models. Most users give it a double thumbs up as these versatile binoculars will be up to the task just fine. These binoculars are great for you if you are looking for great performance and are on a budget.

Editors Rating 4 out 5
  • 10 x 42 mm

  • Turn-And-Slide Rubber Eyecup.

  • Fully-Coated Lenses.