Canon 8x20 IS are world's lightest image stabilized binoculars

Canon 8x20 IS binoculars
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon has introduced what it is claiming are the world's lightest image-stabilized binoculars. Its new 8x20 IS binos weigh just 420g.

Canon has the market of image stabilized binoculars practically to itself, having invented optical stabilization system that is used some 20 years ago, but the shrinking effect is still impressive. Canon's previous world smallest IS pair was the 8x25 IS model which weighs 70g more at 490g.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.