When you start using high magnification binoculars, you may notice that you need to keep your hand a lot more stable compared to using a lower magnification binocular. This is mainly because with higher magnification, the binoculars become a lot more sensitive to movement, which means that if you don’t have a steady hand or if you aren’t using a tripod, then your vision will be blurry most of the time. To solve this, you can either purchase a tripod and use your binoculars in one rooted position, or purchase an image stabilization binocular and have your binoculars do the stabilizing for you.
Image stabilizing is when you click a button on the binocular and it uses batteries to stabilize everything for you. This is done by your binocular automatically sensing movement and reversing it, so that your vision stays consistent and clear, even at high magnification. Some features that you should look out for in an image stabilized binocular are the features, qualities, and price. If choosing the right product is hard for you, we recommend that you choose one of the products we review below, as they were picked out of the many available because of how great they were.
Our Top 3 Image Stabilized Binoculars for 2018
Known as one of the most budget image stabilization binoculars, if you are on a tight budget, this one should be the one you should consider. As most image stabilization binoculars are extremely expensive compared to normal ones, it may be hard to afford them, but this one is a lot more affordable. Although it does compromise on quality, features, and magnification, it is affordable, which is why we recommend it to those on a budget.
Some features that this product comes with that we liked were the multi-coated optics, flattener lens, and design. The multi-coated optics help gives you a better view as it will give you a better contrast of what you are viewing, giving you more clarity and fidelity. The flattener lens helps give your view a more even view, as a rounded view often ends up looking weird and may also cause headaches. Lastly, the design is something that we loved because the rounded design gave us more locations to hold the binoculars and made it look a lot more premium as well. Overall, this product is great if you want an affordable binocular, but with optical image stabilization, as this product can last for quite some time and comes with some great features as well.
This product isn’t as affordable as the product above, but a bit more reasonably priced or average priced. This product is intended for more experienced people and maybe a bit too expensive for amateur use. As there is more than one degree of stabilization, you will have a lot more flexibility when choosing the level of stabilization, you need. This product is also waterproof, so even if there is rain or water gets on your binoculars, the image stabilization feature won’t break or stop working. This is a great feature because of how image stabilization actively uses a battery and if water gets in this reaction, then there is a high chance that your binoculars will break.
The quality of this product is also great, as it is designed to be used for a very long time. There is a handle on the side of the binoculars which allows you to hold your binoculars while your binoculars do its magic and stabilize your view. Even if you take this binocular on a very shaky boat trip, you will be able to maintain a clear view if you bring the stabilization to the third level. Although this product is a lot more expensive than the Canon 8×25, it is more durable, has better features, and is also weather-proof, making it a better buy if you can afford it.
This product is made by the same brand as the first product, but there is a big difference in a few aspects. First, there is a small price difference, as this product is a lot better in general compared to the other one. Second, the magnification of this product is x10 while the other is x8 which will let you zoom in a lot closer to your target. As this product comes with image stabilization, having higher magnification is a lot better, since you won’t have to worry about the sensitivity levels and only enjoy the high magnification.
This product comes with a few features to make it even better than the Canon 8×25. This product comes with Porro II Prisms which aids in giving you a better resolution and to maximize the efficiency of all the light around you to give you the clearest view possible. This product also has a few more features that reside in the optics to give you the highest definition view possible, so if you are one that likes high resolution, then this product is the one for you. Overall, this product is great if you are okay with spending a bit more than the budget amount and if you want a higher resolution, as this product has one of the best resolutions out there.
Whether you are going birding, hunting, or whale watching, an image stabilization binocular is always handy, as you will be able to use a high magnification binocular without having to worry about keeping your hand steady. The investment required for this type of binocular is a lot more than regular binoculars by a huge margin, so we recommend that you think about your needs and decide if it’s worth it for you. If you do decide to get it, then we guarantee that you will love the stabilization feature and you’ll never be able to go back to a regular binocular.