The Nikon Premier LX-L 10×25 and the Nikon Premier LX-L 8×20 are the best Nikon can offer in the pocket binoculars category and nobody will be disappointed. They are indeed excellent binoculars, coming at a considerable lower price as the Swarovskis and Leicas.
At 9.5 ounces (the 8×20) and at 10.5 ounces (the 12×25) they are not as lightweight as some of the other roof prism pocket binoculars, but that does not disqualify them as pocket binoculars. They are both compact enough to fit into a pocket: The 8×20 is 3.7 inches long and 4.3 inches wide when folded up and the 12×25 4.4 inches long and 4.3 inches wide. The height is not given, but that should be the same as all other roof prism pocket binoculars in the 20 mm and 25 mm objective lenses class.
These pocket binoculars are backed by the same technology which has been used by the very popular and excellent 8×42, 10×42 and 12×42 binoculars. The Nikon Monarch 8×42 ATB (model 7430) has been the most popular binocular in the USA for many years and has now been replaced by a new 8×42 (model 7294), which has already moved into the top-10 at Amazon. As far as optical quality is concerned, Nikon usually competes with other brands binoculars from much higher price ranges.
Lenses: Made from Nikon’s exclusive Eco Glass, made without the use of lead or arsenic.
Lens coating: Coated with multiple layers of proprietary anti-reflective compounds for incredibly bright images, even in twilight or other poor light conditions. High-grade prisms used in the LX-L get two types of coating–a silver coating to boost light transmission, and a special phase correction coating for sharpness and clarity. Together, the mini LX-L optical system provides extremely bright, tremendously sharp images.
Field of view (FOV): 356 feet @ 1,000 yards for the 8×20), lengthy eye relief (15mm) and 282 at 1,000 yards for the 10×25
Close focus distances: 10.4 feet for the 8×20 and 7.8 for the 10×25.
Eyecups: Lock eyecups that retract for use with eyeglasses.
Eye relief: 15 mm. in both cases.
Ruggedness: Nikon built the 8×20 and 10×25 LX-L compact on a tough, lightweight magnesium alloy chassis–rubber armored for shockproof integrity.
Weatherproofing: Purged of all moisture with bone-dry nitrogen for 100% guaranteed waterproof and fogproof performance.
Warranty: As with all other Nikon binoculars, these Premier compacts are backed by Nikon’s 25 Year Limited Warranty and No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy.