Leica Monovid 8x20 monocular review

As compact as a tube of Smarties, this pocket-sized Leica Monovid 8x20 monocular offers solid construction and performance

Leica Monovid 8x20
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Looking for an everyday, pocket-sized monocular via which to occasionally bring both the faraway and, using the provided accessory lens, even the close-up even closer? Then, with the caveat you’ll get more flexibility from a pair of binos or a spotting scope as well as a steadier viewpoint, the precision-tooled, rock solid construction Leica Monovid 8x20 should not only tick all the proverbial boxes, but also last you years of service with it.


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    Compact dimensions

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    Rock solid metal build

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    Sharp focus

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    Optional close up lens provided for occasional use

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    Weather resistant


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    Relatively low powered in comparison with a larger spotting scope or binoculars

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    Focus ring overly stiff on our review sample

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    Tricky to hold steady when viewing subjects

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Leica Monovid 8x20 is compact, roof prism type monocular a mere four inches in length is ideal for the pocket. A wrist strap is handily provided alongside a leather-look, magnet-fastening carry case to keep it safe when transporting. The monocular itself is further claimed to be weather resistant. It is commonly available in matt black – though red and silver versions are also available – with that familiar Leica red badge its most prominent feature.

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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.