Fujifilm Fujinon Techno-Stabi TS16x28WP binocular review: practical improvements for outdoor adventures

Does adding waterproofing to Fuji’s image-stabilized binoculars make for a practical as well as powerful observation tool?

Fujifilm Fujinon Techno-Stabi TS16x28WP binocular on grass
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Good-looking, well-built, and most importantly portable image-stabilized binoculars that don’t come with the bulk usually associated with devices with built-in ‘IS’. While this waterproofed tool isn’t as sharp or as bright as higher priced competitors, and the view through them is not as wide as we’d personally find beneficial, the compromise between compact size, lightweight build, and performance works. Plus, the solid-feel form factor here does mean that we can handhold these steadily enough at 16x magnification even without the anti-shake feature activated. That said, once it has been deployed we do get a noticeable difference when observing subjects, which aids comfort. That smoother view is especially welcome if undertaking observation over an extended period of time – waterproofing comes in handy in that we can now enjoy said views in all weathers.


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    Compact size and lightweight yet solid feel construction Built-in dial-activated image stabilization for smooth and steady viewing

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    Waterproofed to a one-meter depth for 30 minutes


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    We’re paying more for built-in ‘IS’ when compared to standard binos

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    Relatively modest objective lens at 28mm

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    The higher magnification here means a narrower field of view

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    Requires CR2 battery for use

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Nature lovers and sports fans have to be prepared to endure all weather in pursuit of their passion. And, if they’re considering a binocular to be able to provide better observation from afar, then seeking out a waterproofed, or at least weather-resistant, device is a must.

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Objective lens diameter28mm
Field of view at 1000 metres70 metres
Closest focusing distance3.5 metres / 11.5 feet
Eye relief16mm
Weight550g without battery

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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.