Nikon Aculon T02 10x21 review

Small enough to fit in the palm of an adult hand, does a lightweight yet robust build make these binos perfect for everyday use?

Nikon Aculon T02 10x21
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The slender Nikon Aculon T02 10x21 binocular is one of the smallest binoculars we’ve seen, never mind used, suggesting it as an ideal device to stash in the dashboard or pocket for everyday observation – or, of course, to travel with. While its 10x magnification is powerful for its size, its 21mm objective lens is less impressive when light levels begin to fall around dusk. Its small and lightweight nature also means hand wobble contributes to slight image judder, though not to an off-putting extent. Stick to daytime use however and this conveniently compact binocular performs at its best and impresses for both its size and its reasonable asking price.


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    Slim and stylish design

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    Lightweight yet robust build

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    Hinged design allows for inter-pupillary distance to be adjusted for comfort


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    Small-ish objective lens makes unsuitable for lowlight

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    Slightly fiddly for the sausage-fingered

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    Not waterproof

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    Small size makes it difficult to hand-hold steadily

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Looking for an ideal everyday binocular, or one that will fit unobtrusively in a backpack or even pocket, while traveling? Enter the Nikon Aculon T02 10x21, a compact palm-sized device available in a variety of colours, including sensible black, futuristic-looking white, blue and red, but curiously not a Nikon shade of yellow. There’s also a 8x21 model available.

Without testing it out for yourself it’s hard to convey just how diminutive the design of this 10x21 example is – imagine it being roughly the size of a beermat, while being the depth of a British tube of Smarties, if that.

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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.