It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid birder or only just starting to watch birds – if you want to capture all the subtleties of the surroundings, nothing beats a good pair of binoculars.
When choosing a pair of binoculars, it’s important to understand the specifications: 8×42, 10×50, 8×25, 12×56 etc. This helps determine which one best suits your needs. The first number indicates the magnification and the second number the diameter of the front element of the binoculars. The magnification determines how large objects will appear when looking through the binoculars which, while it’s a personal choice, 10x is generally best for birding. A larger diameter collects more light for a brighter view, yet makes them heavier. For birding, the 40 mm, 42 mm, or 44 mm diameters serve as a good medium compromise between low-light capability and portability.
Outdoorphoto sells top binocular brands such as Canon, Nikon, Swarovski and Zeiss at various price ranges to suit your pocket and needs. Our top picks for budget-friendly birding binoculars.