Nikon Prostaff P3 8x42 binocular review

The entry-level Nikon Prostaff P3 8x42 binoculars are full of Nikon quality but at a reasonable price

A wide view of the whole binocular
(Image: © Jason Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikon Prostaff P3 binoculars are designed to be an entry-level roof prism pair of binoculars that contain great optical clarity but at a fraction of the cost of their professional line-up. True to form their optics are brilliant for the price, but the accessories that ship with them are a little flimsy, as we would expect to keep the cost as low as possible for the consumer.


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    Premium feel to some areas

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    Optical quality is fantastic for price

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    Slim, sleek design transports easily


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    Shipped accessories feel cheap

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    Rubber armour is a little spongy in places

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Nikon has put the money in where it counts on the Prostaff P3 binoculars. There are four different model versions: 8x30, 8x42, 10x30, and 10x42. We’ve reviewed the 8x42 versions here which sit roughly in the middle of the price ranges for all four models. Their bigger companions the P7s are, on average, about $50/£50 more expensive and come with a few more premium parts like colored badge markings and a lock-in dioptre which the P3s don’t have. 

Compared to its professional Monarch range the Prostaff P3 line-up is considerably more affordable. But don’t be fooled. While Nikon has priced these as entry-level binoculars for the outdoor enthusiast and casual hobbyist birdwatcher or air show observer, they’ve put the money in where it counts. Namely, the optics.

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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.