Carson 4x10 Operaview OV-410 binocular review

Sufficiently diminutive to fit in the palm of our hand palm or a top pocket, can these ultra-compact binoculars deliver a performance that ‘sings’ at the opera, or other spectator event?

5 Star Rating
Carson 4x10 Operaview opera glasses
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Compact, lightweight and plastic-y, using the Carson Operaview OV-410 4x10 binocular is one way to achieve a slightly better view of the on-stage action, even when we’re sitting in the cheap seats. And on a practical note, the saving to be had over slightly more expensive seats could see the investment in this binocular repaid in just one or two theatre, gig, or opera going visits. We liked the fact that we could adjust the width of the device to best suit our own eyes and that a reasonably clear image can be achieved in low light at an event. While 4x magnification and a 10mm objective lens isn’t huge in terms of spec compared to a standard binocular, here it’s up to the task in hand, helps achieve the small and lightweight build, and, once critical focus has been achieved, a relatively steady and judder free view is maintained.


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    Small and compact

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    Relatively affordable

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    Does the job it’s intended for

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    Central folding mechanism allows for inter-pupillary distance to be adjusted


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    Focus knob is stiff

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    Plastic-y build

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    Field of vision is limited

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If we’re going to take a pair of binoculars to a live event we want something lightweight, portable and unobtrusive that is nevertheless going to do the job, as well as something that’s noticeably a step up in terms of visual performance from the fixed focus opera glasses sometimes provided by the venue for a minimal coin-in-a-slot fee. 

Enter the Carson Operaview 4x10, the model name highlighting its 4x zoom and 10mm objective lens. While the plastic-y build quality doesn’t initially impress and unfortunately reminds us of something we might fish out of a Christmas cracker – an impression accentuated by their silver finish – we nevertheless remained intrigued as to how they would function in actuality. 

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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.