Best zoom binoculars in 2024

Nikon Sportstar Zoom 8-24x25
(Image credit: Nikon)

Granted, binoculars are something we buy in order to view close up detail from afar. But sometimes once we’ve pinpointed our subject, it’s frustrating not to be able to zoom in that little bit further to really pick up on a particular detail, such as identifying marks or a particular plumage. 

Fortunately help is at hand. While some may sniff that the quality of zoom binoculars isn’t as sharp as a fixed lens pair, the zoom conveniently means that we have high magnification at our fingertips as and when we need it, after we have first located our subject.

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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.