The Ultimate List of Wide Field of View Binoculars

August 20, 2019 0 Comments

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This topic is very interesting in certain groups and I want to talk a little about wide field of view binoculars and show the best of them so anyone can choose the best optical instrument for their activity.

I will show both standard size and compact wide angle binoculars. It’s no a secret that we buy binoculars because of their magnification power.

But field of view or angle of view is important too. Before manufacturers couldn’t achieve both criteria.

Over time technology has improved and now manufacturers of optics can produce binoculars that can fit requirements of almost all groups of people.

If you need a powerful binocular there are manufacturers that are specialized in power optics. If you need wide angle binocular you can get it at an affordable price.

But you must keep in mind that wide angle binoculars are a little more expansive than standard binoculars.

Because in order to manufacture a binocular with a wide angle of view and that has a powerful magnification manufacturers use advanced technologies.

 

 

Why wide angle binoculars?

I have an article about field of view here. If you want to understand better how it works you can read it.

In general, angle of view depends on magnification power of a binocular. The higher the magnification the narrower the field of view.

That’s why depending on where you plan to use binoculars you must keep in mind one simple thing.

If magnification power is your main priority you know what to do. If you need a powerful binocular and still have a wide angle of view then magnification 12x is your limit.

Anything more powerful than 12x has a narrow field of view. Again, magnification power 12x is not recommended if you look for a wide angle binocular.

I just want to explain that IF magnification power and angle of view is super important aspect for you then magnification 12x is the limit.

 

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But binoculars with magnification 12x have angle of view 4.7 degrees (246 feet/1000yds).

 

I would recommend choosing magnification 8x or 10x. Such binoculars can have angle of view up to 18 degrees:

 

  • 6.3 degrees – 330 feet / 1000 yds
  • 6.8 degrees – 357 feet / 1000 yds
  • 7 degrees – 367 feet / 1000 yds
  • 7.5 degrees – 393 feet / 1000 yds
  • 8 degrees – 420 Ft/1000 Yds
  • 8.1 degrees – 425 Ft/1000 Yds
  • 8.2 degrees – 430 Ft/1000 Yds

 

Some binoculars with magnification 4x have super wide field of view. These binoculars are not super powerful but angle of view is fantastic.

Angle of view can be up to:

 

  • 17 degrees- 900 feet @ 1000yds
  • 18 degrees- 945 feet @ 1000yds

 

Useful TIP: Wide angle binoculars show you wider image which makes finding objects much easier, especially for hunters and bird watchers because they mainly observe moving objects. For human eyes looking through a wide field of binocular is way more interesting and fund than through a narrow angle binocular.

 

 

     Bushnell Extra-Wide Compact Binoculars

  • – Prism type: BAK-4
  • – Wide field of view: 17.1° (900 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – Magnification power 4x
  • – Amazingly extra wide field of view
  • – May be not suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • – Price: $47.95

bushnell-extra-wide

 

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Orion 4×21 Super-Wide Angle Binoculars

  • – Extra-wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 4x
  • – Field of view: 18° (950 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism
  • – May be not suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • – 100% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $79.99

orion-extra-wide-field-of-view

 

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Bushnell 4×30 Spectator Sport Black, Perafocus

  • – Wide field of view 17.1° (900 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – Magnification power 4x
  • – BaK-4 prism
  • – 67% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $85

Bushnell-4x30-Spectator-Sport-Black-Perafocus

 

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

Below you can see the conversion table for binoculars. BTW, some manufacturers indicate binocular specifications in degrees while others in feets/yds.

Here is an online calculator for you. Or to make it easier for you I add the conversion table here.

If a manufacturer indicates field of view in degrees you don’t need to calculate anything. Wide field of view binocular starts from 6.3 degrees and up to 18 degrees.

If manufacturer indicates in Ft/1000 Yds then you need to make some calculations to know the field of view.

For example, if we have 110 ft/1000yds you need to divide 110 by 52.5 and get the actual field of view. 110 divided by 52.5 = 2.1 degrees.

The rest can be calculated according to the table. In fact, you don’t even need to make calculations.

Just find the respective number in ft and see how much is the field of view next to it in degrees.

 

ft/1000yds

  • 110 = 2.1° TFOV (ft divided by 52.5)
  • 120 = 2.3°
  • 130 = 2.5°
  • 140 = 2.7°
  • 150 = 2.9°
  • 160 = 3.0°
  • 170 = 3.2°
  • 180 = 3.4°
  • 190 = 3.6°
  • 200 = 3.8°
  • 210 = 4.0°
  • 220 = 4.2°
  • 230 = 4.4°
  • 240 = 4.6°
  • 250 = 4.8°
  • 260 = 5.0°
  • 270 = 5.2°
  • 280 = 5.4°
  • 290 = 5.5°
  • 300 = 5.7°
  • 310 = 5.9°
  • 320 = 6.1°
  • 330 = 6.3°
  • 340 = 6.5°
  • 350 = 6.7°
  • 360 = 6.9°
  • 370 = 7.0°
  • 380 = 7.2°
  • 390 = 7.4°
  • 400 = 7.6°
  • 410 = 7.8°
  • 420 = 8.0°
  • 430 = 8.2°
  • 440 = 8.4°
  • 450 = 8.6°
  • 460 = 8.8°
  • 470 = 9.0°
  • 480 = 9.1°
  • 490 = 9.3°
  • 500 = 9.5°
  • 510 = 9.7°
  • 520 = 9.9°
  • 530 = 10.1°
  • 540 = 10.3°
  • 550 = 10.5°
  • 560 = 10.7°
  • 570 = 10.9°
  • 580 = 11.0°
  • 590 = 11.2°
  • 600 = 11.4°
  • 650 = 12.3°
  • 700 = 13.3°
  • 750 = 14.2°
  • 800 = 15.2°
  • 850 = 16.1°
  • 900 = 17.1°
  • 950 = 18°
  • 1000 = 19°

 

If Ft is represented in meters then you do it as follows:

 

m/1000m

  • 35 = 2.0° TFOV (m divided by 17.5)
  • 38 = 2.2°
  • 41 = 2.4°
  • 44 = 2.5°
  • 47 = 2.7°
  • 50 = 2.9°
  • 53 = 3.0°

 

 

Wide field of view binoculars

As I said, binoculars that have a reasonable magnification power and wide angle of view are those with magnification up to 8x.

This is an ideal choice suitable almost for everyone.

If you feel 8x is not enough for you then choose magnification 10x. I wouldn’t recommend going beyond 10x. To see the difference between 10x and 12x see the screenshot below.

 

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Though binoculars with magnification power 8x and 10x have a wide field of view some binoculars have even wider filed of view thanks to using some advanced technologies by brands, such as Steiner, Wingspan, Vortex, Swarovski, Leica and some others.

Such binoculars are more expensive than standard binoculars.

I believe standard binoculars with magnification up to 10x have a good angle of view suitable for most users.

If you need such binoculars you can find them here according to magnification power.

In this article I will show only binoculars with extra wide field of view that are different from standard binoculars.

Almost all of them have BAK-4 prism, full multi-layer coating with 99% light transmission to ensure the highest image quality.

But you must keeping mind that extra wide field of view affects the price of a binocular.

If you can’t afford it then your ideal choice would be choosing a standard binocular with magnification up to 10x.

 

Useful TIP: Binocular’s field of view primarily depends on eyepiece design (exit pupil), not on the size of the binocular. Smaller binocular can have wider field of view than a big binocular. It also depends on the magnification power. Lower powered binocular always has wider field of view.

 

 

 

     Athlon Optics Midas 8×42 ED Binocular

  • – Extra-wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.1° (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses (ED Glass)
  • – Customer satisfaction: Yes – Price: $296

 

Athlon Optics Midas 8x42 ED Binocular

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics NatureHawk Ultra HD 8X42

  • – Extra-wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.1° (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multi-Coated Lenses (ED Glass)
  • – 96% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $189

Wingspan Optics NatureHawk Ultra HD 8X42

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Celestron Trailseeker 8×32

  • · Prism type: BAK-4, ED Glass
  • · Field of view: 8.1º (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Price: $184

Celestron Trailseeker 8×32

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4, ED Glass
  • · Field of view: 8.1º (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Price: $189

Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon 7548 Monarch 7,  8×42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8º (425 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics (ED Glass)
  • · Price: $459

Nikon 7548 Monarch 7 8×42

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Nikon 7237 Action 7×35 EX Extreme All-Terrain Binocular

  • – Extra-wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 7x
  • – Field of view: 9.3° (490 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Multi-Coated Lenses
  • – 93% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $120

Nikon 7237 Action 7x35 EX Extreme All-Terrain Binocular

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon 4×10 DCF Compact Binoculars

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 4x
  • – Field of view: 10° (525 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism – Multi-Coated Lenses
  • – 85% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $132

Nikon 4x10DCF Compact Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Vixen Optics 19173 SG 6.5 x 32 WP ED Binocular

  • – Extra-wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 6.5x
  • – Field of view: 9° (470 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism – Waterproof
  • – Multi-Coated Lenses (ED Glass)
  • – 100% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $449

Vixen Optics 19173 SG 6.5 x 32 WP ED Binocular

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics Skyview Ultra HD – 8X42 Binoculars

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 7.4° (393 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BaK-4 prism – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multi-Coated Lenses (ED Glass)
  • – 93% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $157

Wingspan Optics Skyview Ultra HD - 8X42 Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Olympus Trooper 7×35 DPS 1 Binoculars

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 7x
  • – Field of view: 9.2° (486 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BK-7 prism – Anti-reflective lens coating
  • – 94% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $61

Olympus Trooper 7x35 DPS 1 Binoculars

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon 8244 ACULON A211 7×35 Binocular

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 7x
  • – Field of view: 9.2° (488 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses
  • – 90% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $69

Nikon 8244 ACULON A211 7x35 Binocular

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon Binoculars Telescope E II Series 8X30

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.8° (460 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses
  • – 100% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $436

Nikon Binoculars Telescope E II Series 8X30

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon 7568 8×32 EDG Binocular

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 7.8° (409 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Multicoated ED Glass
  • – 100% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $2,142

Nikon 7568 8x32 EDG Binocular

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Leica 7×42 Ultravid HD

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 7x
  • – Field of view: 8° (420 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated ED Glass
  • – 100% customer satisfaction
  • – Price: $2,193

Leica 7x42 Ultravid HD

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     MINOX BL 8×33 Binocular

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8° (421 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated
  • – Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • – Price: $387

MINOX BL 8x33 Binocular

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Steiner Nighthunter 8×56 Binoculars

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8° (421 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated
  • – Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • – Price: $387

 

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 Binoculars

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Celestron 8×42 Granite

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.1° (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated
  • – Customer satisfaction: 82%
  • – Price: $295

Celestron 8x42 Granite

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Hawke Sport Optics Frontier ED X 8×42

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.1° (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated ED Glass
  • – Customer satisfaction: 100%
  • – Price: $409

Hawke Sport Optics Frontier ED X 8x42

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Levenhuk Sherman Pro 8×32 Binoculars

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.1° (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated
  • – Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • – Price: $129

Levenhuk Sherman Pro 8x32 Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Oberwerk 8×42 Sport ED Binocular

  • – Wide field of view binocular
  • – Magnification power 8x
  • – Field of view: 8.1° (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – BAK-4 prism
  • – Waterproof/Fog proof
  • – Fully Multicoated ED Glass
  • – Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • – Price: $319

Oberwerk 8x42 Sport ED Binocular

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon 8×40 Action Extreme

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.2º (430 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 92%
  • · Price: $129

Nikon 8x40 Action Extreme

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Swarovski EL 8×32

  • · Prism type: BAK-4 fluoride-containing HD lenses
  • · Field of view: 8º (421 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · SWAROBRIGHT coatings
  • · Customer satisfaction: 95%
  • · Price: $2,199

Swarovski EL 8x32

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binoculars 8×42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4 Viper HD
  • · Field of view: 7.8º (409 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 94%
  • · Price: $450

Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binoculars 8x42

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Zeiss Victory 7×42 T FL

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.5º (445 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 7x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 94%
  • · Price: $1,899

Zeiss Victory 7x42 T FL

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics WideViews HD 8X42 Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.2º (430 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 92%
  • · Price: $129

Wingspan Optics WideViews HD 8X42 Binoculars

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon Monarch Hg Wide Field of View Binocular 8×42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4 ED Glass
  • · Field of view: 8.3º (435 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 90%
  • · Price: $966

 

Nikon Monarch Hg Wide Field of View Binocular 8x42

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics WingCatcher HD 8X42 Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.2º (430 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 95%
  • · Price: $117

Wingspan Optics WingCatcher HD 8X42 Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics NaturePro HD 8X42 Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.2º (430 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: 95%
  • · Price: $117

Wingspan Optics NaturePro HD 8X42 Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics Destiny UltraHD 8×42 – ED Glass

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.1º (425 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics ED Glass
  • · Customer satisfaction: 95%
  • · Price: $189

Wingspan Optics Destiny UltraHD 8x42 - ED Glass

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics CrystalView UltraHD 8X42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 8.1º (425 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 8x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics ED Glass
  • · Customer satisfaction: 95%
  • · Price: $189

Wingspan Optics CrystalView UltraHD 8X42

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Celestron LandScout 10×50 Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 6.6º (346 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated
  • · Customer satisfaction: 80%

Celestron LandScout 10x50 Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Swarovski EL 10×50 Swarovision Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 6.6º (346 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · SWAROBRIGHT coatings
  • · Customer satisfaction: 95%
  • · Price: $2,839

Swarovski EL 10x50 Swarovision Binoculars

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Vanguard 10×42 Endeavor ED Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 6.5º (340 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated
  • · Customer satisfaction: 80%
  • · Price: $299

Vanguard 10x42 Endeavor ED Binoculars

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     GPO Passion ED 10×42 Binoculars

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 6.5º (340 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated ED Glass
  • · Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • · Price: $449

GPO Passion ED 10x42 Binoculars

 

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Roof Prism Binocular 10×42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4 ED Prime Glass
  • · Field of view: 6.5º (340 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated
  • · Customer satisfaction: 90%
  • · Price: $229

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Roof Prism Binocular 10×42

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Swarovski SLC 10×42 Waterproof Binoculars

  • – Wide angle of view: 6.3º (330 ft at 1000 yards)
  • – HD Glass Prism
  • – Magnification power 10
  • – Customer satisfaction: 100%
  • – Price: $1,799
  • – 10-year warranty

Swarovski SLC 10×42 Waterproof Binoculars

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Zeiss 10×42 Conquest HD

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 6.6º (346 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • · Price: $1,049

 

Zeiss 10×42 Conquest HD

 

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Carson VP Series Compact High Definition 10×42

  • · Prism type: BAK-4
  • · Field of view: 6.3º (330 ft at 1000 yards)
  • · Magnification power 10x
  • · Waterproof/fogproof
  • · Fully multi-coated optics
  • · Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • · Price: $155

 

Carson VP Series Compact High Definition 10×42

 

 

 

4,6 score

 

 

 

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