Celestron Nature DX 12x56 binoculars review

With excellent flexibility, the DX 12x56 is a pair of quality binoculars for those just starting out but a clear upgrade from the standard beginner options

A full view of the binoculars on a white table and black backdrop
(Image: © Jason Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Celestron have managed to strike a happy balance between affordability, good magnification and clear, bright views. The usual excellent durability these binoculars are accessible to those on smaller budgets but have the build of those many times their price.


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    Affordable for the optical quality

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    Eyeglasses wearers benefit from generous eye relief

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    Fits all hand sized


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    Some color fringing

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    A little soft around the edges

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The Celestron Nature DX 12x56 binoculars are designed as beginner binoculars for those that want something a bit extra above the normal budget binoculars. That means users that are looking for high-quality glass, good build quality, decent lens coatings and a stylish finish. Fortunately, these binoculars have all this in abundance, making them the best binoculars for outdoor and nature photographers, as well as birding enthusiasts.

With 12x magnification, the binoculars take observers closer to subjects than the lower-powered 10x version and as a result, this produces a more intimate view of subjects like animals, mammals, and other wildlife. There’s a typical loss of light when higher magnifications are concerned but Celestron counteracts this by utilizing a 56mm aperture on the two objective lenses.

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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 Space.com their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.