Nikon Prostaff P3 8x30

Do these rugged, rubberized outdoor binoculars provide the best marriage of magnification and light gathering for your buck?

5 Star Rating
Nikon Prostaff P3 8x30 review
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Compact look and feel binocular that nevertheless features just about all we’d want from a binocular of these proportions, including non-slip ruggedized exterior, twist up eyecups for added comfort, dioptre adjustment wheel, hinged design to enable us to alter inter-pupillary distance, plus a large, ridged and obvious focus wheel. Add in a decent sized 30mm objective lens to let in plenty of light, and even with a standard 8x magnification at our disposal we’ve no complaints. It feels like Nikon is giving us plenty of bang for our buck here, and with a multi purpose, multi subject enabled product that is built to last with it.


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    Nikon quality for a modest and good value outlay

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    Premium-feel design and handling

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    Wide field of view

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    Compactness makes this a good travel option as well as an everyday one

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    Waterproof, shockproof and fog proof construction


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    Accessories such as carry bag and lens caps betray a budget feel

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    Rubber armor and weather-resistant features add bulk compared to smaller, lower-priced devices

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A specialist in optics, Nikon has quite the comprehensive line up when it comes to binoculars. The Prostaff range from Nikon, an example from which we’re rating here, sits in the middle between its sporty, lightweight and simple-to-use Aculon series and its premium-end Monarch branded flagship offerings. 

The Prostaff brand therefore is all about offering a decent performance at a good price. Suitable uses include birding, sports and events, camping and hiking, as well as obviously travel.

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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.