Leica Trinovid HD 8x42 binocular review

These Leica Trinovid HD 8x42 impact and water resistant binoculars are a good choice in the premium binocular market

Leica Trinovid HD 8x42
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a relatively compact yet solid option in every definition of the word ‘solid’, while for those with the cash to spend who are serious about their hobby, the Leica Trinovid 8x42 HD offers an entry point into the premium binocular market. ‘Trinovid’ apparently stands for ergonomic construction, true internal focusing and superior optical performance – and here we believe Leica has truly ticked those particular boxes, albeit at a price.


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    Razor sharp viewing and color

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    Solid, grippy rubber exterior

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    Good brightness in dim light

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    Large field of view

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    Water resistant


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    Pricey compared to budget binos

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    10x version better for long range

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The Leica Trinovid HD 8x42 binoculars come from a German brand globally renowned for its world-class optics, and it would be surprising if we didn’t place at least one pair of Leica binoculars on our test slab. 

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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.