Because of the smaller objective lens size in compact binoculars, the FOV will be narrower. Therefore, you don't want to get a pair that is too high in magnification, because the stronger magnification lenses will cut down your FOV too much.
You want a compromising balance between magnification and FOV.
Here are some well reviewed Mini Compact Binoculars that have exceptional viewing quality:
The Olympus Tracker 12x25 Compact Binoculars are a great pair of compact binoculars for under $70.
Review of the Olympus Tracker 12x25 Mini Binoculars:
"The Olympus Tracker 12x25 was a perfect choice for me. I use it for travel, bird watching, during hiking and just 'normal' things. The picture is very clear and...is light and small and so it fits everywhere in the car or backbag. I would recommend this binocular. " -Smi
Mini binoculars are nice to have because of their compact size. I usually have a pair wherever I go just so I don't miss out on a great bird or wildlife viewing opportunity.
I especially like using compact binoculars when going on long hikes or backpacking trips when I am carrying a lot of items and want to cut down on excess weight. I've also used them at sporting events and concerts.
Carson 3D 8x32 High Definition Binoculars with ED Glass are an excellent choice for compact binoculars.
Review of the Carson 3D 8x32 Compact Binoculars:
"Did a lot of research before purchasing these binoculars. Also made a hands-on comparison with other binoculars of name brand and costing more. I am very pleased with the purchase of these binoculars. They have many features of bins costing more. A lot of engineering went into these. The light gathering ability impressed me most as I use these at dusk and dawn." -Anthony
If you are looking for something more in the budget-class, here are four compact binoculars under $50 that are well-rated and won't hurt your eyes - don't ever go too cheap, i.e., $12 binoculars from the Superstore!:
Bird Watching Binoculars, Squirrel-Proof Feeder & Bird Bath Heater
Read Our Reviews:
Nikon Monarch 5
Best mid-priced bird watching binoculars. Waterproof, shockproof, multi-coated ED-Glass.
No batteries, adjustable, easy to clean...and no squirrels!
"Best New Product" Award.
Bird Bath Heater
Keeps your bird baths ice-free down to -20 F. Low-operating costs ~$1/mo
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