Excellent value but with some reservation
Overall I'd rate these binos as a VERY good value from a price/performance perspective. Given the low price, the very strong flare/ghosting and annoying 'button hold' hassle take some shine off this product. i.e. the "modest" optical quality of these binos is the weakest part of the whole package. That's the tradeoff given the fairly low price! That said, these binos are light weight and the stabilization works great which make them a joy to use in the field as long as the sun angle is high or facing the subject. I would recommend these as a good inexpensive bino even with the (IMO) somewhat compromised optics.
December 7, 2012
I have a new pair of Canon 10x30IS binoculars. I am amazed by the clarity of the optics, no fussy edges and bright field out to the edges. These are very compact, nearly as portable as a dept. store 7 x 35.
The binoculars work very well in normal viewing. When you activate the IS the image stops! It is remarkable. The IS feature is as good as more magnification.
I'm sure these are delicate and I do not plan to drop test them. These are excellent binoculars.
December 26, 2011
We bought this model for our home in Puerto Vallarta in 2006. The outside rubber coating is now melting and impossible to hold without getting black goo on your hands. Because of the price and quality of this unit we have always kept them in a secure and protected location. We saw a little of deterioration last year-2010, but this has morphed into total disaster this year. We were very happy for the first 4 years--not now--would not recommend.
October 17, 2011
I like everthing about these. Quality feel, great optics, good price, amazing performance.
The image stabilizer gives detail that just can't be beat by $1000 plus binoculars.
December 30, 2010