Best Mini Binoculars - Compact, Yet Powerful

pentax dcf lv mini binoculars very good for birdingWhen using mini binoculars, you sacrifice a little on field of view (FOV). The field of view is measured as the width of area visible at 1,000 yards.

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:

Best Mid-Priced (Under $100)

olympus mini binoculars

The Olympus Tracker 12x25 Compact Binoculars are a great pair of compact binoculars for under $70.

  • High-index BaK-4 Prisms for bright, clear images
  • FOV: 79 meters at 1,000 yards
  • Dioptic correction & twisting eyecups

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.

Higher-End (Over $150)

8x32 Carson compact binoculars with ED glass

Carson 3D 8x32 High Definition Binoculars with ED Glass are an excellent choice for compact binoculars.

Features:

  • ED Glass
  • Phase Corrected & Dielectric Prisms
  • Waterproof Body
  • Extra-Long Eye Relief
  • Tripod-Mountable &
  • Ergonomic Thumb Groves
  • America's Best Binocular Warranty. In the event that your binoculars get damaged, regardless of cause, Carson will repair or replace them at NO CHARGE.

 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

Best Lower to Mid-Priced Mini Binoculars:

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!:

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