As the best value in this price range, reviewers recommend the Nikon Action 7x35, even though they're not waterproof or fogproof. The wide 489-foot field of view and 7x35 size make them an excellent choice for beginning bird-watchers, because they're easy to aim and less shaky than binoculars with higher magnification. Reviewers say optics are not bad for this price range, with a bit of blurring at the edges. Comfort gets mixed reviews from eyeglass wearers. Even at this price, however, the binoculars are covered by a 25-year warranty that covers repairs for $10. Drawbacks include weight (24.3 ounces) and a minimum focusing distance of more than 16 feet. If you can afford to spend a bit more, the Nikon Travelite VI 10x25 (*Est. $100) are incredibly compact and weigh less than 10 ounces.
We found the best comparison review of the Nikon Action 7x35 at Birder's World, where experienced birder Pete Dunne tests them along with seven other inexpensive binoculars. Staff at OpticsPlanet.com give the Nikon Action 7x35 binoculars a "Best" rating, and owner-written reviews there agree. We also found useful comments from owners at Binoculars.com and Epinions.com, reviewing the Nikon Action 7x35 binoculars for a wide range of uses.
1. Birder's World
Comparing them with seven other relatively inexpensive binoculars, experienced birder Pete Dunne recommends the Nikon Action 7x35 binoculars for beginners, since the wide field of view makes it easier for new bird-watchers to get birds into view. He finds the optics quite acceptable, but notes some distortion at the edges.
Review: Out with the Old, In with the New, Pete Dunne, February 2005
Nearly a dozen owners give the Nikon Action 7x35 binoculars rave reviews here. One collector of over 100 pairs of binoculars recommends these as an excellent value; less-experienced owners also love the image quality.
Review: Nikon 7x35 Action Ultra-Wide-View Binocular, Contributors to Binoculars.com
Staff at this retail site give their "Best" rating to the Nikon Action 7x35 binoculars, and a handful of satisfied owners also review them here. One uses them for astronomy (with a telescope), another calls them his "grab and go" binoculars and one even compares them favorably with binoculars costing 20 times as much.
Review: Nikon 7x35 Action Ultra Wide View Binoculars, Contributors to OpticsPlanet.com
The Nikon Action 7x35 binoculars earn high praise as a great budget choice from a handful of owners reviewing them here, including a wildlife biologist, a high school teacher and one owner who's owned expensive binoculars made by Zeiss.
Review: Nikon Action (7x35) Binocular, Contributors to Epinions.com