Compact Binoculars - The Good, Bad and Ugly
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There are many times that you need a set of binoculars that are compact and light. This is where compact binoculars come into play. A set of compact binoculars can be great for birding (although sometimes a pair of regular sized binoculars is better) and at sporting events, operaís and concerts, there probably no better binocular to pick up than a compact binocular.
 
Think about it. Who wants to stand for an hour or more watching a baseball game with binoculars that weigh so much that within fifteen minutes your arm feels like rubber. Not me. I would much rather watch the game using something that is compact, lightweight and wonít get in my way.

But are compact binoculars the best kind of binocular?
Well, that depends on what you plan on using them for. For example, if you are planning to use them for astronomy or hunting, the compact binocular is probably not the way to go. Because compact binoculars are by definition smaller, that means that the field of view is often smaller and the objective lenses are also smaller, making them inferior in low light conditions. This is not ideal for some applications, such as hunting and astronomy.
 
If you want high performance, a regular sized binocular is probably better as well. But like I said, it depends on what you are using the binoculars for. If you are watching a sporting event, itís likely you will have good lighting and you probably donít need the sharpest, clearest image known to man. Instead, you would be looking to have a convenient, light and adequate binocular that will do the job, and thatís where a good compact binocular comes in.
 
Compact binoculars now come with several more selling points than they used too. For instance, they now make a compact zoom binocular, which can come in handy in many circumstances. But like everything, zoom is only useful, depending on what you plan on using it for. If you are bird watching, a zoom binocular would be next to useless, because the more that you magnify an image, the smaller your view of the surrounding area. On top of this, zoom binoculars (compact or not) can be annoying to use, because every little shake of your hand is magnified along with the image.
 
You can buy compact binoculars that are waterproof, have digital cameraís attached and come with as many accessories as their big brothers. This all seems to make the compact binoculars look like the best binoculars buy, and the most convenient binoculars on the market. After all, isnít smaller better? I mean, look at cell phones and how small they have gotten. You used to need a suitcase to carry one of those bad boys around, but every time they get smaller, everyone gets excited.
 
But if youíre talking about a viewing device, smaller isnít always better...but sometimes it is. It will always depend on what you plan on using them for. If you are planning on buying a compact binocular, it is always a good idea to check out the reviews that can be found on the Internet. Also, try not to get sucked into buying the cheapest binocular you can find on the market. Like anything you can buy on the retail market, cheaper is rarely better. A cheaply made compact binocular is very likely to break on you in the near future. Spend a little money and buy quality and you might find yourself using those compact binoculars for years to come.
 
Take your time and know the product and what you want to accomplish with your binoculars, and you will be in a better position to succeed in your purchase.
 
About the Author: Scott Gray is a freelance author and web site publisher who provides useful information about what are the best binoculars, marine binoculars and night vision binoculars.


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