Swarovski Optik AX Visio 10x32 binoculars review: these great AI smarts don't come cheap

Optical specialist Swarovski calls this product the world’s first AI-supported binocular. But does that make it truly smart?

Swarovski Optik AX Visio binoculars held in a hand in front of a white wall
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This extremely high-quality and well-constructed precision binocular impresses when used as an old-school analog device. However, thanks to its digital core, it further excels as a means of not just identifying but also recording subjects. The latter is down to an on-board stills and video camera which requires we pair it with our smartphone via Bluetooth to tweak settings or access any shots. Such hidden and more obvious extras require a longer period of familiarisation than a pair of standard ‘bins’, while the eye-watering price tag very much means this isn’t an impulse buy. But for those who can afford it, and when everything is up and working, the Swarovski AX Visio 10x32 binoculars prove the adage that education can indeed be fun.


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    World’s first AI-supported smart binocular

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    Very high-quality optics provide razor-sharp observation

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    A lot of fun to first spot and then be able to identify subjects


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    Hefty price tag

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    Requires a period of familiarisation and trial and error to get the most from its features

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    Requires use in tandem with a smartphone to get access to all its features

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Objective lens diameter32mm
Field of view at 1000 metres112 metres
Closest focusing distance3 metres / 9.8 feet
Eye relief17.8mm
Dimensions145x137x96mm / 6.1x5.4x3.8 inches
Weight1090g without battery

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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.