Below you'll find our best rangefinder binoculars buying guide and review for 2022 in four price ranges for bird watching, hunting, and golfing.
Obviously, a laser rangefinder binocular combo reduces the need for separate devices.
I used to carry both binoculars and rangefinders for bird surveys and certainly appreciated the switch to one device. But....
Don't go cheap!
Given the fact that you are buying one device that acts as two, you don't want to go too cheap in this category, otherwise the optics and/or rangefinding ability will be of low quality and you will be disappointed with its performance.
I wouldn't recommend getting a laser rangefinder binocular that is under $500.
We have divided our reviews into four price ranges:
The Zeiss Victory RF also come in 8x42 as well as 8x54 and 10x54, but we like the 10x42 magnification/objective lens combo for a good balance of magnification, field of view, and weight.
The 8x54 and 10x54 are best for low light conditions (especially around sunrise and sunset hours) because the larger objective lens size (54 vs 42) allows more light to enter, but will also be heavier.
The biggest con, aside from the price, about the Zeiss is it's weight, 32.38 ounces. But if weight is not a factor for you, and neither is price, then it's hard to beat the Victory RF.
Zeiss Victory Rangefinder Binoculars - product page at Zeiss.
The Leica Geovid 3200.COM has one of the longest ranges - up to 3,200 yards, even on non-reflective targets in low light conditions and in poor weather conditions, and has enhanced Bluetooth connectivity - so no need for an SD card - all improvements over the 2800.COM model.
Leica Geovid Rangefinder Binoculars - Leica product page.
We feel the Vortex Optics Fury HD 5000 are the best in this price range with its HD glass, 5,000 yard range, and multiple range modes and compensation for angles.
These rangefinder binoculars also have an AB model, Vortex Optics HD 5000 AB - which has the Applied Ballistics onboard solver (BALL). For about $400 more, this model inlcudes bluetooth connectivity for a ballistics app, Kestrel, or Garmin GPS and the ability to create user profiles as well as measure temperature, pressure, humidity, and direction.
Vortex Optics Fury - Vortex product page.
The Bushnell Fusion X is one exception to the rule about not going too cheap. If you budget is firmly under $1,000, then your best bet are the Bushnell's.
Rangefinder binoculars are two devices in one - a combination of binoculars to help you locate, view, and magnify objects (wildlife or other) and a rangefinder to measure the distance to the object. Having one combination device to do both eliminates the need to carry two separated devices, reduces the amount of weight you have to carry, and eliminates the need to switch between binoculars and a rangefinder in the field.
When you press the button and aim at a target, the rangefinder sends out a series of laser beams. The beams reflect off the target, sending it back to the rangefinder, and then a receiver sensor inside, along with the rangefinder's software, calculates the distance based on the time it took to reflect back.
That depends. If you are a treestand hunter, then a quality pair of rangefinders may be all you need. I use both when doing bird surveys. A rangefinder is essentially a monocular with a narrow field of view. I feel that binoculars are essential especially in low light conditions and when moving through landscapes, whether in dense forest or for spotting wildlife in open areas at a distance. That's why rangefinder binoculars are a good option if you don't want to carry both.
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