Leica Noctivid 10x42 review

Aesthetically beautiful and flawless optics combined mean the Leica Noctivid 10x42 is our top pick of all Leica binoculars we've reviewed

5 Star Rating
Noctivid binoculars on a white table
(Image: © Jase Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Want a pair of binoculars that look good and are good to look through? Well, we haven't found a pair that beats the Leica Noctivid 10x42. Observers who have the budget and want the best optically, without the frills and added weight of image stabilization should check these out.


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    No colour fringing

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    Clever locking diopter

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    Green variant model is beautiful


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    Cannot mount on tripod

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    Green model is prettiest

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    Not suitable for tight budgets

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There are four variations of the Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars, all four come with 42mm objective lenses but there are green and black color versions and each color comes with 8x and 10x magnification depending on whether you want more wide-field or slightly tighter-cropped viewing.

Leica Noctivid 10x42: Specifications

Design: Roof prism
Exit pupil: 4.2mm
Eye relief: 19mm
Magnification: 10x (8x also available)
Objective lenses: 42mm
Durability: Waterproof and fogproof
Dimensions: 124 x 154 x 68 mm (4.9 x 6.1 x 2.8 in)
Weight: 862 g (1.9 lbs)

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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.