Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 Binoculars: Our Review

Light-weight, at ease, with a rather excellent symbol taking into account the low value level. We charge those as a Heart Flooring selection.

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Nikon ProStaff P3 8x42 binoculars.
Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 binoculars. Symbol through Hugh Powell.


  • Very light-weight
  • Excellent symbol taking into account the low value


  • Slightly dimmer than different binoculars we examined
  • Distortion at symbol edges creates a “fishbowl” impact when panning
  • Minimum neck strap, lens covers, and case


  • Value: $140 MSRP at press time. Costs ceaselessly vary, so take a look at with outlets
  • Shut center of attention: Indexed at 9.8 toes (299 cm). In checks, lets center of attention those binoculars just a little nearer, all the way down to about 7.3 toes (221 cm)
  • Box of view: 7.2° (378 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about box of view 
  • Weight: 21.3 oz. (605 g)—that’s about 4.4 oz. (124 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
  • Eye reduction: 20.2 mm

Viewing Enjoy: Those attractively priced binoculars characteristic Nikon lenses that provide excellent colour and element in complete mild and with desk bound topics. They’re smartly fitted to observing chicken feeders. In more difficult eventualities there are some concessions: the picture isn’t as vivid as in higher-priced fashions such because the Monarch M5 and Monarch M7. Nonetheless, they carried out smartly with a Barred Owl perched in a tangled brown understory, bringing out the liquid darkish eyes, the white spots down the again and complex streaking at the breast, or even the tawny highlights at the folded wing. With a bunch of Area Finches perched in a treetop and closely backlit, we needed to regulate our place and get the daylight at the back of us sooner than lets see the pink tones of the only male. When panning, a slight distortion on the symbol edge creates a disorienting fishbowl impact as the picture rolls previous your eyes.

Really feel and Construct: Testers famous the relief and really mild weight of those binoculars. The eyecups are elementary however click on satisfyingly into their 3 preset positions. Probably in provider to the low value level, the P3’s equipment also are lovely elementary: a slim, unpadded webbing strap, lens covers that don’t connect and which might be nearly assured to get misplaced, and a elementary foam wearing case.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Very mild, at ease really feel
  • Ease of center of attention used to be superb
  • Non-tethered eyecups simple to lose
  • Uncomfortable strap

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To look how those binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our complete evaluate of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.  

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Eric Adjei

I love animals and am glad to share fun facts and stories about our four-legged and feathery friends, etc. I also try to teach people how to take good care of their pets, to create the best environment for them in the family.

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