Celestron UpClose G2 16x32 binoculars review

An affordable and portable pair of binoculars for when you want maximum magnification without the bulk

Celestron UpClose G2 16x32
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Incredibly affordable and with a rugged build quality, the images created by the Celestron UpClose G2 16x32 binoculars lack ultimate brightness, clarity and contrast yet prove useful for getting impressive close-ups.


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    High magnification

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    Rugged build quality

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    Compact and lightweight


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    Images lack immersive feel

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    Average contrast and some false color

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    Limited light gathering

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Once you start to build up a collection of binoculars it’s hard to know where to stop. With so many different powers available, even a good all-rounder like 10x50 (these numbers refer respectively to the magnification factor and the size of the lenses) or a space-saving 8x42 can feel a little under-powered for ultimate close-ups. 

Cue the Celestron UpClose G2 16x32, which marries a compact and low-cost design with a high-powered 16x magnification that could be ideal for bird-watching and wildlife, alongside the best binoculars. Here’s how the Celestron UpClose G2 16x32 perform in the field.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.