Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 binoculars sport a low price, but at the sacrifice of performance. They are decent for a variety of outdoor activities; however, more serious enthusiasts should look elsewhere.
Good but not great. The Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars are among the better models in this price range (Est. $300). However, they don't compete with top-of-the-line brands. One review on BirdWatching-Bliss.com states, "Only in a direct comparison with the top-priced binoculars could our reviewers discern the narrower, slightly duller image, which was not quite sharp at the edges." There are few comments on the specifics of their image quality, but generally the Monarch 5s are considered by most to be a good value.
Easy to use with glasses. One of the most popular features of the Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 binoculars is their ability to compensate for eyeglasses. One user on BHPhotoVideo.com writes, "We both wear glasses but found by just winding up the eye cups it [was no] trouble at all to adjust…" Many feel the Monarch 5s are very user friendly; operation is simple and predictable. Another customer adds, "The grip feels good, and the center focusing ring is within easy reach." At 20.8 ounces, these Nikon binoculars are one of the lightest on the market, which makes them much more comfortable to carry than other binoculars.
Few complaints. Overall, the Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars do not disappoint. Unfortunately, we could not find much information on long-term durability. They appear tough and claim to be waterproof, fog-proof and shockproof. While this is standard in most binoculars even in this price range, it is still a necessity. One BHPhotoVideo.com reviewer exclaims, "The manual says that you could dunk it in water for up to 10 minutes without damage to the optics. Have no desire to test that." The Monarch 5 is backed by a 25-year no-fault repair or replace warranty.
Binoculars.com is an online retailer specializing in binoculars. They allow customers to offer some feedback on a given product by rating it, listing some pros and cons and leaving a brief review. The Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars receive a 4.7-star (out of 5) rating, based on 133 reviews.
Review: Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binoculars, Contributors to Binoculars.com, As of May 2013
Amazon.com is home to about 25 reviews for the Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 binoculars. Customers are encouraged to rate the product, as well as give a brief description of their experience with it. The binoculars receive 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Review: Nikon Sport Optics 7542 Monarch 5 8x42 Binocular - Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
B&H carries a huge variety of products pertaining to audio, visual and related fields. Customers are encouraged to leave comments on products they own on B&H's website. They can also rate the product from 1 through 5 stars. The Nikon Monarch 5 receives a 4.6-star rating, based on 37 reviews.
Review: Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black), Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com, As of May 2013
BirdWatching-Bliss.com provides patrons with tips and tricks to aid in their bird-watching endeavors. They also post reviews, including one of the Nikon Monarch 5 that is positive overall, but brief.
Review: Nikon Monarch 5 ATB 8x42 Binoculars Review, Editors of BirdWatching-Bliss.com, Not Dated