Skip to content

Nikon ProStaff P7 8×42 Binoculars: Our Overview


    Inexpensiv, light-weight binoculars with a superb picture however some distortion when panning. In our full assessment, we rated these within the Center Floor.

    At A Look

    Nikon ProStaff P7 8x42 binoculars
    Nikon ProStaff P7 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


    • Very light-weight
    • Good, crisp picture even at distance


    • Distortion at picture edges creates a “fishbowl” impact when panning
    • Minimal neck strap, lens covers, and case


    • Worth: $190 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so test with retailers
    • Shut focus: Listed at 9.8 ft (299 cm). In checks, we may focus these binoculars a bit nearer, right down to about 7.5 ft (229 cm)
    • Area of view: 7.2° (378 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about subject of view 
    • Weight: 21.8 oz (618 g)—that’s about 3.9 oz (111 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our assessment
    • Eye reduction: 20.2 mm

    Viewing Expertise: The Nikon ProStaff P7s supply a superb picture in a sub-$200 binocular. In robust mild, they’re shiny, colourful, and stay crisp even at distance. On a brilliantly sunny November morning, we examined these on a hen feeder greater than 150 yards away and located that we may make out the olive tinge to a titmouse’s grey again, and even the short white tail flashes in flying White-breasted Nuthatches. Sadly when panning, there’s a noticeable distortion that causes a “fishbowl” impact and the disorienting sensation that the view is rolling previous your eyes, an impact we additionally discovered within the very comparable ProStaff P3. However, for extra stationary makes use of similar to watching hen feeders, these binoculars supply a superb picture at a comparatively low worth.

    Really feel and Construct: Very light-weight and cozy to carry. The texture and construct are almost an identical to the cheaper ProStaff P3 mannequin. Within the P7s, the diopter adjustment locks into place, which is a pleasant element. The main target wheel is clean and straightforward to roll; testers had blended opinions about whether or not the motion was good or too free. The eyecups dial out and in firmly and securely via 3 preset positions. The barrels have comfortable scallops alongside the barrel for putting your thumbs. As with the P3s, Nikon’s give attention to a low worth level means these binoculars ship with probably the most primary of equipment: an unpadded webbing strap, goal lens covers that don’t connect to the binoculars and are destined to get misplaced, and a easy foam carrying case.   

    Feedback From Testers: 

    • Very light-weight
    • Felt actually good within the hand
    • Shut focus not nice
    • Picture high quality, not crisp across the edges
    • Easy focus, mild, grippy exterior
    • Focus wheel a bit too free  
    • “Loosey goosey” really feel to focus wheel as if it needs to maneuver
    • Decrease picture high quality than Nikon Monarch M7 however a lot lighter  
    • Picture was fuzzy at fringe of subject

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