Nikon Monarch M7 8x42 review

I was impressed with the optical clarity and sharpness of the Nikon Monarch M7 8x42, especially for bird-watching and wide-field wildlife spotting

Nikon monarch m7 on white table
(Image: © Jase Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The 8x magnification on the Monarch M7 8x42 binoculars makes them ideal for wide-field observing of nearby birds and wildlife.


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    Impressive edge-to-edge sharpness

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    Minimal color fringing

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    Comfortable rubberized grip


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    Mid-tier price point

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    Some will prefer higher magnification versions

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The Nikon Monarch M7 binoculars have a slim roof prism design and are available in four different model variants: 8x30, 8x42, 10x30, and 10x42. I'm reviewing the 8x42 version here which is better suited to closer subjects due to the slightly lower magnification.

The Monarch line is one of Nikon's flagship series of sports optics and covers both binoculars and fieldscopes. They are the most expensive lines of optics Nikon offers but that also brings with it a premium finish and superior sharpness and fidelity in the optics.

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DesignRoof prism
Exit pupil5.3mm
Eye relief17.1mm
Dimensions142 x 129mm
Magnification10x and 8x
Objective lenses42mm and 30mm
DurabilityWaterproof and fog proof

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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 their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.