Best 8x42 binoculars in 2024

Nikon Prostaff P3 8x42 binoculars being held by a young woman wearing straw hat outdoors
(Image credit: Nikon)

The broad rule of thumb when choosing a binocular is the greater the magnification power, the closer the view we’ll be able to enjoy of our subject from afar, while the bigger the objective lens in use, the brighter and the clearer said view will be. 

There is a catch, though: the greater the magnification and the larger the lens, the physically bulkier, weightier and typically pricier the binocular typically is. It’s also difficult to use a larger device handheld and avoid a shaky view, which means karting a travel tripod around with us too. Unless, that is, our binocular of choice has image stabilization built-in. Some do, but again these are the pricier examples.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.