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Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 Binoculars: Our Assessment


    Light-weight, comfy, with a reasonably good picture contemplating the low value level. We fee these as a Center Floor alternative.

    At A Look

    Nikon ProStaff P3 8x42 binoculars.
    Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


    • Very light-weight
    • Good picture contemplating the low value


    • A bit dimmer than different binoculars we examined
    • Distortion at picture edges creates a “fishbowl” impact when panning
    • Minimal neck strap, lens covers, and case


    • Worth: $140 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so examine with retailers
    • Shut focus: Listed at 9.8 toes (299 cm). In exams, we might focus these binoculars a bit nearer, all the way down to about 7.3 toes (221 cm)
    • Subject of view: 7.2° (378 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about subject of view 
    • Weight: 21.3 oz (605 g)—that’s about 4.4 oz (124 g) lighter than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our overview
    • Eye reduction: 20.2 mm

    Viewing Expertise: These attractively priced binoculars characteristic Nikon lenses that provide good coloration and element in full mild and with stationary topics. They’re nicely fitted to watching fowl feeders. In more difficult conditions there are some concessions: the picture will not be as vivid as in higher-priced fashions such because the Monarch M5 and Monarch M7. Nonetheless, they carried out nicely with a Barred Owl perched in a tangled brown understory, bringing out the liquid darkish eyes, the white spots down the again and complicated streaking on the breast, and even the tawny highlights on the folded wing. With a bunch of Home Finches perched in a treetop and closely backlit, we needed to alter our place and get the daylight behind us earlier than we might see the crimson tones of the one male. When panning, a slight distortion on the picture edge creates a disorienting fishbowl impact because the picture rolls previous your eyes.

    Really feel and Construct: Testers famous the consolation and really mild weight of those binoculars. The eyecups are fundamental however click on satisfyingly into their three preset positions. Presumably in service to the low value level, the P3’s equipment are additionally fairly fundamental: a slim, unpadded webbing strap, lens covers that don’t connect and which can be nearly assured to get misplaced, and a fundamental foam carrying case.

    Feedback From Testers: 

    • Very mild, comfy really feel
    • Ease of focus was superb
    • Non-tethered eyecups simple to lose
    • Uncomfortable strap

    This text is one in a collection of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars evaluate to others we’ve examined, see our full overview of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.