Should You Consider Zoom Binoculars?

Thanks to modern coatings, zoom, or variable power, binoculars are of much higher quality than in the past. Even so, while you do gain in the ability to zoom toward an object and scene, you almost always lose crispness.

It’s generally agreed upon that, at every magnification level, zoom binoculars provide a lesser-quality view than traditional binoculars of the same power.

Zoom binoculars are also heavier, especially if they include an image stabilizer.

If you anticipate a need or desire to frequently move in closer to an object, you might consider zoom binoculars. They are especially popular among hikers and people on safari.

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