Stabilized Binoculars

Stabilized Binoculars

Stabilized binoculars … how they work… which are the best…

Looking for binoculars which show a steady, shake-free image, even when riding in a vehicle?

Or perhaps you wish to enjoy the benefits of larger magnification without the set-back of hand tremor, for using powerful binoculars can definitely result in a shaky image.

If either of the above applies to you, image stabilized binoculars or IS binoculars could be your answer.

How Do Image Stabilized Binoculars Work?

Image stabilized binoculars have an inside mechanism which takes care of these problems, decreasing the effect of movement.

They can be used from, say, a boat or a plane, and, because image stabilization allows an easier use of high magnification binoculars, they’re also popular with amateur astronomers.

You’ll find a number of companies producing high-quality IS binoculars, such as Canon, Nikon and Bushnell.

There are three basic types of stabilized binoculars:

  • gyro
  • vary angle
  • cardanic suspension

Let’s take a look at them …

Gyro

Some binoculars have gyroscope built in that works at stabilizing the image even when it’s strongly shaken.

The internal motor powered by the gyroscope is responsible for this great performance, but it needs batteries or an external power source, which does make the model slightly inconvenient.

Also, actuation requires some time, they tend to be a little heavy, and therefore are not so easy to handle.

Examples include Nikon 14×40, Fujinon 14×40, and Bushnell 10×35. (Check out Stabilized Binoculars Reviews further down this page.)

Vary Angle

A more advanced model is the one using incorporated processors to regulate the image and control the prism, even when moving.

Several sensors are placed in different parts of the binoculars, and these transmit signals to the processor.

A big plus is that stabilization is almost instant, but these models also require batteries, although they’re not as heavy as the gyroscope-based type.

Examples include Canon 15×50, and Canon 10×30.

Cardanic Suspension

Your best IS binocular option is one with cardanic suspension – ideal for reducing hand-tremor and obtaining a shake-free image.

Inside this type of binocular you’ll find a suspended prism mechanism, which is extremely sensitive to each movement, steadying the image within a couple of seconds.

Another great advantage is that they do not require batteries, which makes them lighter and more manageable than the gyroscope type.

Stabilized Binoculars Reviews – Bushnell

The Bushnell 10×35 StableView image stabilized binoculars are very popular among Bushnell Binocular users.

As well as their image stabilization capability, they’re also waterproof and fogproof. Plus, their image is sharp and clear, with good contrast.

On the downside, they have only a two year limited warranty and their price is over $500.

Stabilized Binoculars Reviews – Nikon

A higher-priced product comes from Nikon.

It’s called Nikon Stabileyes 14×40 w/Image Stabilizer Binocular and is designed for boating and other outdoor activities.

Relatively easy to handle, with perfect optics, their quality of color is also widely appreciated.

The only criticism from Nikon Binoculars followers is regarding their performance is that the image tends to jump a little when focusing on detail.

Stabilized Binoculars Reviews – Canon

The Canon 15×50 image stabilization all weather model is mid priced between the two models above.

The Canon Binoculars large magnification recommends the product, the image stabilization technology making it possible to enjoy this benefit with minimal shaking and hand tremor.

However, it is rather heavy, making it hard to use for long periods of time.

Stabilized Binoculars Reviews – Summary

When choosing a pair of image stabilized binoculars, you first need to work out exactly what you need, and this will depend on what you intend to use them for.

Then, it’s a matter of shopping around until you find the best buy for you.

If you own a pair of image stabilized binoculars why don’t you Submit a Review of the process you went through to decide on which brand to buy & your thoughts about your purchase since then?, our readers would love to hear from you!.

Pentax DCF WP Waterproof Binoculars

Pentax DCF WP Waterproof Binoculars

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Before the new Pentax DCF WP came out in 2105, you had to spend a thousand dollars or more to arrange this kind of quality.

But Pentax is challenging the high-end manufacturers of binoculars. These mid-priced, waterproof, roof-prism glasses from Pentax are closing in on the territory of the top birding optics from Nikon, Swarovski, Bausch & Lomb, and Leica. Continue reading “Pentax DCF WP Waterproof Binoculars”

The Best Binoculars Review

The Best Binoculars Review

Though we found useful reviews in various review sites magazines, the binocular reviews we found in birding publications and Web sites include the most rigorous tests. By far, the best review we found is a  study conducted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For this comprehensive binocular test, a team of 40 birdwatching experts rates and ranks 78 current binoculars (in four price ranges) for image quality, depth-of-field, ergonomics, and eyeglass-friendliness (usability by people who wear eyeglasses). Each binocular was not only tested by at least ten reviewers but also examined by a core team of five experts. Continue reading “The Best Binoculars Review”

Alpen Binoculars Reviews

Alpen Binoculars Reviews

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– Rainier, Teton and Alpen Pro Series “

Alpen state that their aim is to provide top-rated binoculars at value-rated prices.

And, on the whole, they achieve their objective.This American company is a fairly new entrant into the quality optics market, having been established in 1997 by two one-time employees of Bausch and Lomb. Continue reading “Alpen Binoculars Reviews”

Plane Watcher Binoculars

Plane Watcher Binoculars

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What should you look for in plane watcher binoculars?… Which models receive the best reviews?…

Are you a plane-spotting enthusiast? … Eager to make out the airline and model of planes you see soaring through the skies?

Then a suitable pair of binoculars will help you no end. Continue reading “Plane Watcher Binoculars”

Choosing the best birdwatching binoculars …

Choosing the best birdwatching binoculars …

Do you enjoy feeding the birds? If so bird watching binoculars are a must when a wide variety of birds start gathering on the bird feeders, in your garden or back yard. Bird watching is fascinating, and you don’t need much equipment. All that’s necessary is a good book to help you identify the birds, and the best bird binoculars that you can afford. If you are planning to travel further a field, to watch birds, then a field guide is a must. Continue reading “Choosing the best birdwatching binoculars …”

Night Scope Binoculars

Night Scope Binoculars

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Leupold are a company who make night scope binoculars.

Leupold binoculars have produced quality sports optics, since its humble beginnings back in 1907. Overtime Leupold have expanded into the hunting and shooting market. These days they are a dominant force, and their innovative optics are legendary amongst outdoor enthusiasts, hunters for spotting their prey, and shooters. Continue reading “Night Scope Binoculars”