Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 binocular review

The Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 binoculars are a well-built yet affordable pair of daylight binoculars that feel ‘just right’

Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Rubber armored, well featured and a fairly priced general-purpose option, the Nikon Prostaff 3S is ideally suited to the daytime viewing in the great outdoors thanks to o-ring seals and nitrogen purged construction to avoid fogging. Feeling robust in the palm but not too weighty with it, if you’re looking for a mid range option that won’t break the bank you may just have found it.


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    Fairly priced, trusted brand

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    Rugged rubber armour construction

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    O-ring sealed for waterproofing

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    Crisp and clear viewing


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    Not the cheapest or lightest

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    Some chromatic aberration on occasion

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These Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 binoculars are ideal for general-purpose outdoor daytime use and robust enough to withstand the vagaries of the weather system while offering high quality viewing and affordability with it.

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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.