Canon 10x32 IS binoculars review

The Canon 10x32 IS is a step above the rest thanks to the in-built image stabilisation – but this comes at a cost

Author using the pair of binoculars
(Image: © Jason Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Canon's image-stabilized binoculars will change the way you observe the world. They have excellent optics, give sharp views and are packed in a relatively compact offering. We’re disappointed they fog up though, so if users envisage this as a regular problem it might be worth looking elsewhere.


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    Sharp views, good brightness

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    Stable observation with stabilization

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    Durable and robust


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    No Nitrogen-purging leads to fogging

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    Color fringing around contrasted edges

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    Not for the budget-conscious

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Those looking to buy the Canon 10x32 IS binoculars may be wondering if they’re worth the cost. For around $900/£1100 that’s a reasonable question, and on the face of it, these binoculars don’t look particularly special. A 10x magnification and 32mm objective lens size means they’re sat competing with a multitude of other brands and models in our best binoculars guide. Why is it then, that we’ve given them four and a half stars out of five? The magic is all in Canon's Powered Image Stabilizer system.

If you’ve ever used a pair of binoculars you’ll know just how hard it is to track subjects like birds and other wildlife, planes at an airshow, or athletes speeding around a track. Combine that with the issue of holding the binoculars steady and it becomes more difficult with higher magnifications. 

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.