Best compact binoculars – My recommended binoculars

January 19, 2021

Best compact binoculars available. Featuring Leica & Zeiss binoculars.


Lets take a look at some of the best compact binoculars that there is out there! When looking for a pair of binoculars serious things to take into consideration are:

Light transmission: A very good set of binoculars will have at least 90% light transmission. The light transmission is measured by the analyzing how much of the light that enters the binoculars reaches the pupil of the person looking through them. This is exceptionally important for hunters who rely on that last hour of darkness to see their quarry.

Quality: Who they are built by, how they are built are all the key things you should be looking at. The names of brands that I will be mentioning in this review are at the top of their game and have been around for several decades.

Other features Include:

  • Magnification
  • Field of View
  • Waterproofing

So without further a due lets take a look at my top suggested brands and models of binoculars:

1. Leica best compact binoculars

Leica binoculars have had a mainstay in our household for many years now and I can tell you they really are a phenomenal pieces of equipment. The clarity of these binoculars are nothing short of spectacular. I just cant explain the difference to you without you looking through them!

Leica Ultravid 42 HD-Plus

The models of the 42 HD-Plus series are among the best compact binoculars available on the market in their class but their light-gathering power competes with larger models.

The 8x magnification binoculars are real all-rounders. Despite the lower magnification factor they offer sharp and detailed images and thanks to their good exit pupil they keep performing for a relatively long time in fading light. The excellent field of view of the 8x magnification also offers a good overview, especially in wooded regions.

Leica Sport Optics Trinovid HD

The binoculars of the Leica Trinovid-HD family stand for durability, state-of-the-art image performance and ruggedness. Constant development has resulted in a new generation of Leica Trinovid-HD models, and like their predecessors they offer outstanding colour fidelity, image sharpness, compact form and low weight.

RUGGED & COMPACT – A full rubber-armour makes the new Leica Trinovid-HD 42 models very impact-resistant. Representing a compact design with uncompromising resolution power and almost indestructible construction.

MAXIMUM GRIP – The new Leica Trinovid-HD 42 comes with an ergonomic design that keeps the binoculars safely in the hand. It guarantees a steady grip and allows intuitive handling for absolutely precise focusing.

2. Zeiss best compact binoculars

Zeiss are great at producing binoculars that are ergonomically sound for the hunter. They are specialists at producing compact, lightweight and high light transmission binoculars. Zeiss work very closely with hunters to ensure that the products that they produce are nothing short of phenomenal.

Zeiss 8 x 42 Conquest HD binoculars

The well-balanced Conquest® HD binoculars provide outstanding performance for ambitious nature observation. Uncompromising design, ergonomics and optics at an unbelievably attractive price.

The Conquest HD 8×42 has been designed as a robust companion for use during twilight. Its 8x magnification ensures that the image remains steady. The HD lens system guarantees the best color reproduction for impressive observation. Whether you are watching birds or whales on the ocean or hunting in woodland or rough terrain, the 8x magnification is the perfect solution. The special design also ensures that the 8×42 is extremely comfortable to use. The large focusing wheel is always close at hand, so that even at close range, for example, the smallest details can appear sharp and color neutral.

Key features features:

  • Extremely robust
  • 90% Light transmission

Zeiss Victory SF 8×32 Binoculars

You can experience every spectacle nature has to offer with these brilliant optics and an unparalleled wide-angle field of view. Thanks to its light weight, unique ergonomic design and dynamic fast-focus feature, the Victory SF allows for hours of scanning without getting fatigued. The Victory SF is the new benchmark for birding and wildlife observation in the 125-year development of ZEISS binoculars.

These binoculars allow the hunter to find and observe even the most-hidden animals for periods long enough to allow clear identification. The new ZEISS Victory SF 32 binoculars were created for these moments.

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