Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 monocular review

Bright results from a monocular that still manages to be reasonably compact and priced

Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 Monocular
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 is a decent and affordable monocular for nature lovers wanting a compact observational tool for daily use, without necessarily needing to trade up to binoculars or a spotting scope. The build quality feels solid and the combination of BaK-4 prism optics, multi-coated glass, waterproofing and fog proofing ensures sharp results whatever the weather.


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    Features standard 1/4-inch thread for tripod mounting

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    Water and fog proofed

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    Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass enhances light transmission


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    Bulkier than 8x25 alternative

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    Requires both hands for the best results

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Larger than some of the best monoculars due to the top-mounted location of its focus knob and its bright and large-ish 42mm objective lens, the Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 will nevertheless slip readily into a jacket pocket while still being more compact overall than the competing format of the best binoculars.

In addition, this monocular’s overall length is still comparable to the average mobile phone handset, while being narrower than a can of energy drink and, at 320g, weighing less than a pocket digital camera too. So, for those wanting a compact monocular that can still let in a useful amount of light, the Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 is certainly an option. But how does it perform in the field for nature lovers and wildlife watchers wanting to get up close and personal with the natural world? 

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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.