Nikon Monarch HG 10x30 binocular review

The Nikon Monarch HG 10x30 is a set of small yet high-powered and fully featured binoculars with super-sharp detail

Nikon Monarch HG 10x30
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Very compact yet powerful premium binoculars with an impressively sturdy magnesium alloy build. If space in your kit bag is an issue but you want binos that will deliver razor sharp clarity and bright viewing at a distance, the Nikon Monarch HG 10x30 comes highly recommended. The only thing we are less keen on is the equally premium price; so do shop around before purchasing.


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    Good magnification and clarity

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    Solid build quality

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    Compact construction

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    Waterproofed and fog proofed


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    Compact binos but a big pricetag

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Nikon doesn't just make cameras. It also makes these premium Nikon Monarch HG 10x30 binoculars. Although more associated with cameras in the mind of the paying public, Nikon is unsurprisingly world class when it comes to lens technology. For those seeking a small yet powerful and sturdily constructed pair of premium grade binoculars to stash in a jacket pocket or bag when not in use, its Monarch HG series, from which we’ve selected the 10x30 model here could be said to ‘royally’ suit. A slightly higher priced 10x42 option is also available, alongside 8x30 and 8x42 alternatives.

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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.