Sometimes a company is so good, it deserves a top 10 list of its own. That happens to be the case with Bushnell, long considered the industry standard in binoculars.
These reviews will go over the company’s best offerings, including premium options for people looking for a serious pair of binoculars, as well as those that give you the most value for your money.
We are confident that if you are actively shopping for a pair of Bushnells, this list will serve you right. So, let’s dial in that diopter and get to the reviews!
|Bushnell Falcon 133410C||7x35 mm||4.2/5|
Since we are doing a whole top 10 list based around Bushnell, we figured we might as well start with a legend. We love these binoculars and so do many other lifelong fans of Bushnell. These are meant to be all-weather, all-conditions binoculars. Perfect for just about any occasion, these are made with rain-proof and fog-proof housing while still being lightweight and easy to carry. This is made possible by the magnesium chassis and soft-touch grips that Bushnell so expertly designed.
The range of view is expansive, and once you get dialed in, you can lock the diopter so you won’t be thrown out of focus. The glass is made out of a component called ED (Extra-low Dispersion) prime, which Bushnell calls RainGuard HD. Able to magnify up to 10x, the 42mm objective lens gives you a sharp picture with wonderful clarity and contrast. These binoculars come with a carrying case, neck strap, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.
This is a pair of binoculars light enough to carry, but if the mood strikes, you can easily mount them onto a custom-fit tripod. Some people have argued about their durability, but they may be expecting the quality of a much higher priced items, as certain binoculars can be quite expensive.
This might be the most recognizable pair of binoculars to ever be manufactured, and that’s for a good reason. While these offer incredible value, let’s not forget what we are getting with this classic pair of Bushnells. Starting with the fully coated lens, you will be treated to images that are bright and clear, with magnification up to 16x. Made with a BK-4 prism, these binoculars are regularly seen on safaris, at the ball game, in the park for stargazing, and so many other activities. Made with non-slip rubber, you’ll be able to keep a firm grip on your portable pair of Bushnells. Even if you do drop them, they are durable enough to withstand a couple of falls. Your order will come with a neck strap and a carrying case. These binoculars are not compatible with a tripod.
If you want a decent pair of binoculars at an awesome price, these are the way to go. There is no doubt in our minds that these are the best Bushnell binoculars for the money.
If you are looking for heavy-duty Bushnells that hold up to extreme conditions, then this is the pair you want. With a waterproof rating of IPX7, these are made to keep water out and make sure it stays out. The metal chassis and rubber armor protect against more than just water. They also offer protection from dirt, dust, and extreme temperatures. As per usual with Bushnell, the lenses are fully coated, offering a wonderful image. Made with a dielectric prism, you will get unparalleled brightness, as the prism maximizes the light reflectivity of the binoculars, making sure that once it is in, it doesn’t get out. Made with Bushnell’s highest quality glass (ED Prime glass), these binoculars will have you set for years. Included in the package are a neck strap, lens covers, and a carrying case. Six-month financing is available with this product.
These binoculars are uncomfortably spaced and hard to adjust for some. If you are the type who is used to high-end binoculars, you might be displeased with the color correction. Some items are shipped slightly defective. While you will be able to have this issue fixed, the Bushnell customer service team is not known for being the easiest to deal with.
Maybe the second most recognizable binocular in the Bushnell lineup, the Powerview Wide Angle is another value buy. This pair of binoculars attempts to do what more expensive pairs are made for. While they look heavy duty, don’t be confused — they’re meant for casual outings. Made with a BK-7 prism, you will get wonderful image resolution, color, and contrast with this pair of binoculars. The thick casing has its purpose, as these are a durable item to own. It’s also made with Instafocus technology, so you will be able to see the image clearly.
Sadly, the focus knob is a little difficult to use, making the Instafocus not so instant. It seems that the reputation of Bushnell leads many to believe that these will perform like binoculars that are hundreds of dollars more, but that just isn’t the case. If you simply want a great pair of binoculars for watching the ballgame, then look no further.
The Bushnell Falcon is to the Bushnell Powerview what the Bushnell Powerview is to high-end binoculars. Basically, this pair of binoculars is half the price of the Powerview, and if you buy these expecting them to perform like the Powerview, you will be disappointed. With that said, these are for casual outings, perfect for taking to the ball game. The non-slip grip will make sure you avoid unfortunate drops, as will the included neck strap. These come with the same Instafocus technology as the Powerview and suffer the same fate. Much of the problem is the way Instafocus works, as you are using a lever instead of a knob. This is clunky and hard to be accurate with. Diopters for both eyes get stuck easily.
The magnification is actually decent, especially considering the price point. The neck strap is a bit uncomfortable, and considering the weight of this product, that’s certainly an issue. Aesthetically, they look rugged and ready for anything that comes your way. If you have the right expectations, you’ll probably come to fall in love with these.
These are more rugged binoculars from Bushnell and a departure aesthetically. Made to be 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof with a nitrogen purging system, these can hold up to environments that other Bushnell binoculars can’t. Coming with Bushnell’s standard rubber armor, you won’t have to worry about dropping these, and if you do, they can withstand one or two unfortunate falls. Able to magnify up to 8x, the 42mm lens is made with a BaK-4 prism, which produces quality crisp images. Instead of a lever like our last two entrants, this pair is focused with a knob right in the center.
Value certainly has a part to play in why these binoculars are number six, as they are a more expensive offering. While this model has ditched the lever, focusing has become more difficult with a large bulky knob that doesn’t really allow you to use it. If you are adventurous, you might find out that these binoculars are more water resistant than waterproof …
Made with a green film lens, the image you get from the Bushnell Legend L is quite nice. Made with RainGuard HD technology, these binoculars can be a useful aide in your hunting trip.
The problem with the Legend L series is that they are great in low-light situations, but only average otherwise. They get dirty easily, and you’ll have trouble adjusting the diopters in any noticeable way at all. They are also slightly uncomfortable to look through. For the price point and considering the value you can get with other Bushnells, that’s why we have them here at number seven.
This is another classic design by Bushnell, and Bushnell knows it. Named the Legacy WP (waterproof), this classic-looking pair of binoculars is another set where if you have the right expectations, you might find yourself pleased with them. Aesthetically, they look great. They have the classic double-reverse taper, the type you might remember from “Jurassic Park.”
So, why are they number eight? Price point plays a big part in this. As these are middle-of-the-road Bushnells, you would expect them to perform better than its other products. Sadly, they don’t quite cut it. Focusing can be downright dizzying and the construction seems suspect. They are advertised as waterproof, which might be true if the person who uses them never goes in water. They are decent for casual activities such as bird watching.
Designed after the ski goggles everyone wore at raves in the late 90s, these binoculars are befuddling but heartwarming in appearance, made specifically for sport or stage. We can only guess that the design is to make sure that light doesn’t get in while you are using them. With a magnification of 4x, you can hardly call these powerful. On the other hand, they supply a good image! With the Bushnell Spectator, they mitigated the focusing problem with an auto-focus feature! Sadly, it does not work that well.
These are actually decent, all things considered, but Bushnell’s experimentation comes at a price: the durability for these binoculars is near zero.
These binoculars work independently but really shine when added with a camera. Sadly, the camera is not included. For the same price, you can get a viewfinder that has a camera built in. These also have double vision for any viewing past 30 yards. The upside is that they can make your golf game much more interesting.
It feels like we’ve said some negative things about Bushnell, but that’s only because we have been nitpicking. In reality, for the value, you can’t go wrong with a pair of any of these. A high-end pair of Bushnell’s is pretty sweet, and we would argue that they outperform their price point. So, as a buying guide, we offer this: Just pick your favorite!
When it comes to warranties, Bushnell is a little hard to read. They are offered on some products but not others or are only offered through certain manufacturers. Either way, it is worth looking into, even if their customer service team isn’t the best.
There’s a reason that Bushnell is the most recognizable name in binoculars. Over the years, they have regularly provided products that perform better than they should for what you pay for. We think that it’s a fantastic brand that’s a wonderful gateway for people who want to get into binoculars. You can’t go wrong with any of our top picks in these reviews. Between the classic Powerview Compact or the awesome Legend, you’ll be seeing things in a whole new perspective.
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