Olympus 10x42 Pro binocular review

These Olympus 10x42 Pro binoculars are water resistant, nitrogen purged and suitable for everything from rambles to safaris

Olympus 10x42 Pro binoculars
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Half the price of a Leica 8x42 Trinovid HD binocular and a quarter of the cost of a Zeiss Victory 10x42, while not by any means ‘cheap’, the Olympus 10x42 Pro is nevertheless a good deal for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts looking to bring the faraway that bit closer. Though detail and resolving power doesn't seem quite a match for those much higher priced competitors we mentioned, in our opinion it’s still plenty good enough for general purpose, everyday use.


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    Compact, lightweight, versatile

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    Waterproofed and nitrogen filled

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    Quick to focus and adjust


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    High end features push up the price

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The Olympus 10x42 Pro binoculars come from a maker renowned for its optical expertise, so it’s no surprise that we get the same high performance Zuiko optics provided that it deploys with its camera systems. Moreover, the claim here is the Olympus 10x42 Pro’s optics offer unprecedented light transmittance for their class, so we’ll be able to keep observing as dusk approaches.

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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.