Best compact binoculars in 2024

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The best compact binoculars help you bring the faraway closer, yet avoid having to bring an extra bag or rucksack to cart around a heavier pair of bins. And we've brought the best of the best together in our guide below.

Sebastian Oakley with Swarovski binocualrs
Sebastian Oakley

As well as being a pro sports photographer, he is also a big country sportsman who can be often found in or around the shooting field, sailing on the open sea, or taking part in other country pursuits, and often has either a pair of binoculars, a monocular or a scope in his hand.

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Swarovski CL Companion 10x30
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OpticsWith crystal clear optics, stunning clarity these are the best in the business5 / 5
Build & handlingBuilt like a tank, these binos can withstand the test of time, and ultimate weather conditions5 / 5
ValueThese are luxury binos, so come with a hefty price take, but you get what you pay for!4 / 5
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Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42
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OpticsPerfect for bird watching, the optics give a clear and defined image perfect for making important observations 5 / 5
Build & handlingCompact, lightweight, and waterproof5 / 5
ValueFor the price they are highly regarded 4 / 5
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Vanguard Vesta 8x21
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OpticsWell this is the budget option its optics are good for the price range, but don't expect amazing clarity3.5 / 5
Build & handlingExtremely lightweight with a compact design these are a great pair of binos for the price4 / 5
ValueWhile these are the best budget offering, teir performance exceeds their value5 / 5
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Nikon Prostaff P3 8x42
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OpticsBright image with great quality4 / 5
Build & handlingWith a rubberized finish and light constriction these binos are perfect for travel4 / 5
ValueFor the price, these are the perfect travel companion4 / 5
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Nikon Aculon T02 10x21
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OpticsOptics are of good quality, and perfect to be used for short observation while hiking4 / 5
Build & handlingWhile great for hikinh the lack of waperproofing means they need to be protected when the rain comes3.5 / 5
ValueWith the lack of waterproofing, its price more than makes up for it5 / 5
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Celestron UpClose G2 16x32
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OpticsWhile these are high magnification lenses, they lack that '3D' pop4 / 5
Build & handlingWhile they are rugged and compact, the lenses do suffer from limited light gathering3.5 / 5
ValueFor high magnification binos in a compact form, these are very neatly priced4 / 5
Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.