You may come across some binoculars with that are built with novel features to help improve or guide your image viewing. Here, we'll touch on some of the terms that you may encounter in the binoculars field.
Image Stabilizer, or commonly referred to as stabi, is a mechanical design in binoculars that helps to counter off natural vibrations from hand or wind movements. This image stabilizer features gyroscopes and liquid-filled prisms to automatically correct shaking images resulted from unsteady handling. This feature is especially useful when you have a high magnification binoculars. In most cases, viewing in high magnification will result in unsteady handling and uncomfortable viewing due to involuntary hand movements. Apart from that, you will find that the image stabilizer comes in pretty handy in boating situations, especially when the condition gets a little bit rough.
Image Stabilizer Binoculars Applications:
Examples of Image Stabilization Features:-
Focus: Individual vs Center
Individual focus binoculars offer separate focusing for individual eyepieces. This feature is particularly convenient for those who have individual, differing eyesight, allowing them to adjust accordingly in order to obtain the best possible image clarity. On the other hand, a center focus binoculars allow for both eyepieces to be adjusted simultaneously. This feature can be very handy at times especially in situations that require fast and swift focus adjustments.
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Examples of Center Focus Binoculars:-
- Barska 10x42 Naturescape Binoculars
- Carl Zeiss Victory FL 8x32 Binoculars
- Carl Zeiss Conquest 8x20 T Binoculars
Examples of Individual Focus Binoculars:-
- Barska Deep Sea 7x50 WP Floating w/Compass Binoculars
- Steiner Commander XP 7x30 Binoculars with Compass
- Steiner Commander XP 7x50 Binoculars with Compass
Binoculars that are water resistant have tight seals and sturdy exterior coatings that are built to withstand precipitation, dew and incidental splashes and spills. These water-resistant binoculars should suffice for most usage applications. As for waterproof binoculars, these binos allow you to use them while full submerged in water (usually up to 5m deep). These binoculars are good for boating/marine use, especially when you decide to go in the water to have a full view underwater. Another thing to take note is that waterproof and water resistant binoculars are not created the same way. Do consider the main applications of your binocular and decide beforehand whether if a water-resistant binoculars would serve the usage purpose in the particular situation.
Water-Resistant/Waterproof Binoculars Applications:
Examples of Marine Binoculars:-
- National Geographic 8x42 Waterproof Binocular
- ITec Marine Zone-Coast Guard 7x35 Fixed Focus Binoculars
- ITec Surf LifeSaving Yellow 10x50 Fixed Focus Binoculars
A zoom binoculars (aka. Variable Zoom Binoculars) allows you to make adjustments to the magnification range in your viewing. Do bear in mind that the objective lens keeps its size and does not change. This means that as the magnification increases, you decrease the diameter of the exit pupil which results in a dimmer (darker) image.
Note: if most of your viewing requires low magnification, but you want the option for occasional upclose viewing, zoom binoculars are a practical choice. However if you find yourself requiring high levels of magnification, consider a high powered binoculars for comfortable viewing.Zoom Binoculars Applications:
Examples of Zoom Binoculars:-
- Yukon Futurus 8-24x50 Zoom Binoculars
- Barska Escape Zoom 7-20x35 Binoculars
- Celestron SkyMaster 25-125x80 Zoom Binocular
- Saxon 10-30x60 Zoom Binoculars