The following decisions should be made when consider buying a pocket binocular:
1. Use: Why do you want a pocket binocular? When do you intend using it? Will this be the only pair of binoculars you have, or just an extra, convenient one? Will this be the one you will be taking on hiking trips or to sports games? Or are you buying it for your teenager kid? This is important not only in terms of how much you’re willing to pay, but also what model will suit you best.
2. Budget: How much are you willing to pay for a compact binocular? Will it be the only pair of binoculars you have, or just an extra one you will be using while going hiking or traveling? You have to make a decision as to how much you’re willing to pay, since there are ones available for more than $500 at the upper end of the market (e.g. the Carl Zeiss Victory Compact Binoculars (10×25), Swarovski Optiks Pocket Binocular Crystal Idomeneo 8×20: $800) and ones for less than $150 at the lower end (e.g. the Tasco Compact Binoculars 8x25mm Md: 167CR). If it will be the only binocular you’ll have, you might be willing to pay more. In the case of binoculars price and quality go hand in hand. Even if you’re not going for the expensive ones, sacrificing quality should never be an option. Fortunately, there’s a number of quality ones available at reasonable prices, like the MINOX BV 10×25 Waterproof Binocular, which sells for less than $150 at Amazon.
3. Quality: A pocket binocular doesn’t make it an inferior binocular. Requirements of quality remain the same – whether you’re looking for pocket, compact or full-size binoculars. Lenses and coatings: Make sure that the lenses are made from Bak-4 glass and are “fully multi-coated”, like in the case of the Steiner 10×26 Safari Binocular. Excellent optics will have to make up for the fact that the smaller apertures (objective lenses) will let in less light than in the case of ordinary size binoculars. The challenge will be to get the best optics within your budget limitations and so try to ensure that the images arriving at your eyes are clear, sharp and color-true. Weatherproof: A weatherproof (water- and fogproof) instrument is always a good idea, in particular if you intend using it on trips in the great outdoors, like on hiking trips. It’s not that noteworthy that all ones in the medium to higher price ranges are weatherproof, but it is exceptional that the MINOX BV 10×25 Waterproof Binocular , going for less than $150-00 at Amazon, is weatherproof. All the more expensive ones in our selection are weatherproof
4. Overall dimensions: Men normally have bigger hands than women and this will have to be considered before buying a one. The slightly bigger reverse porro models, like the Brunton Echo 10×28 Reverse Porro Prism Compact Waterproof Binoculars will suit them perfectly, but that goes for all the models in our selection, although the Weaver Classic 8X24 Binoculars (Matte) might be a bit small for men. Pocket sizes differ as well. In any case, do not hesitate to go for the slightly bigger or slightly heavier one. A real small one might be cute and unobtrusive, but you might end up having a pocket binocular too small to handle! Make sure this does not happen!