The best 10x42 binoculars in 2024

Canon 10x42L IS WP binoculars being held against the body in the rain
(Image credit: Canon)

If we want the maximum magnification possible while still being able to enjoy a compact and portable binocular that will provide us with judder-free views when used handheld, then choosing the option of a 10x42 specification makes perfect sense. Denoting a 10x magnification and a large-ish 42mm diameter lens, they’re a pretty standard choice for an every day or entry-level binocular and offer the chance to get just that little bit closer to our observed subject than the less high-powered, but equally popular 8x42 binoculars

Typically designed to be used handheld, some 10x42 binoculars include a tripod thread for additional support should we get weary holding them for extended periods, or simply want added support to achieve the clearest, steadiest view possible. Although fairly rare, some 10x42 binos additionally feature a built-in battery-operated image stabilizer that can be activated or left switched off as desired. Typically switching this on transforms a slightly shaky handheld view into one that’s as smooth and steady. The caveat is that this brilliant feature often adds to the bulk, weight and price of the binoculars, and might not be needed by most users. 

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