Best Lightweight Binoculars of 2018


Whether you are into hunting, bird watching, or trekking, the lightest binoculars are an essential part of any outdoor gadget inventory. They should not only be lightweight, but they should also be compact, durable, functional and affordable. Smaller binoculars sacrifice field of vision (FOV) in exchange for small size and weight. FOV is defined as the width of the visible area at 1000 yards. Increased magnification will diminish FOV in lightweight binoculars. The best lightweight binoculars are designed with a compromising balance between FOV and magnification.

The following is a comparison non-ordered list of a few of the best lightweight binoculars that are available on the market.


Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Compact Roof Prism Binocular


Bushnell has a reputation for quality compact binoculars, and the Bushnell H2O is no exception. It achieves its waterproof and fog proof qualities through O-band seals and Nitrogen purging. Its high-quality optics help deliver high definition lucidity and 12X magnification. Its multiple levels of optics protection and Bak-4 prisms deliver sharp images.


Bushnell Powerview Folding Roof Prism Binocular


This binocular lives up to Bushnell’s reputation for producing quality binoculars. It is a simple no-frills lightweight binocular that is an excellent value. Its durable design allows it to function in almost any conditions without impacting visual quality. The Bushnell Powerview is a good quality, affordable lightweight binocular.


Carson 3D Binocular


The Carson is a high-quality simple to use lightweight binocular. Its design is enhanced with a durable rubberized armor coating, comfortable thumb grooves, and oversized deep eyecups. These eye cups allow for the use of the binoculars while wearing eyeglasses enhancing visual acuity. Water and Fog proofing are provided by sealed O rings and purged Nitrogen. Extra-Low Dispersion Glass (ED Glass) is a feature of the Carson 3D binocular that is usually reserved for much more expensive types of binoculars. ED Glass combined with enhanced prism technology lessens chromatic aberration leading to more distinct images with excellent resolution and color.


Celestron Nature DX


This lightweight binocular was designed with the outdoorsman in mind. The Celestron an excellent choice for the beginning trekker or birding watcher. The binoculars versatility allows it to provide close range acuity, while also delivering a wide field of view at distance. It has a 6.5-foot close range focus making it an excellent choice for viewing birds, flowers, or insects. The wide field of view also allows the viewing of larger objects and animals at distance. The Celestron can be mounted on a tripod, it is water and fog proof, and works well in low light conditions. It is an excellent cost value for anyone considering a rugged affordable lightweight binocular.


Wingspan Optics Skyview Binoculars


This binocular is an excellent choice for birders and stargazers that are willing to spend a little more money on a high quality rugged lightweight binocular that delivers high-quality images. Its close focus gives distinct images at within two meters. Other features include ED Glass, Water/Fog proof, and ergonomic focus wheels.