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10 Best 8X32 Binoculars Worth the Money (2022)

The 8×32 binocular “size” is the best option for on-the-go because it’s lightweight enough so you can carry it strapped around your neck for long periods of time.

The powerful 8x magnification allows you to see clearly at great distances while maintaining a wider field of view than many of the more powerful optical tools available. The 32 refers to the size of the objective lens. Other sizes are available, but 32 is a standard choice for a powerful but lightweight set of binoculars.

The best 8×32 binoculars offer crystal clear views and bright colors. Here are our favorites.

We Recommend

Best price/value ratio

Zeiss Terra ED

Best that money can get

Swarovski EL

Best budget option

Hawke Endurance ED

Best 8X32 Binoculars

1. Zeiss Terra ED 8X32 Schmidt-Pechan Binoculars

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The Zeiss Terra ED is the first set of 8X32s we’ll be going over. This set is lightweight, easy to use, and hardy. The Zeiss Terra ED comes in a few different sizes, but the standard 8X32 is the perfect beginner set. With fully multi-coated lenses, impressive water and fog proofing, and image accuracy courtesy of a Schmidt-Pechan prism system, these binoculars really deliver for their price tag.

There are certainly many cheaper pieces of equipment out there, but quality optics often come at a price which reflects that quality. For their price, the Zeiss Terra ED is one of the strongest choices for breaking into the world of optics equipment.

This set has both a central focus and diopter focus, as most 8X32s do. Impressively, the close focus of the Zeiss Terra is just 5.3 feet. This means that these are perfect for honing in on images at close range as well as long distance.

The Zeiss Terra ED does not come with any image stabilization technology or accessories. At its size and magnification level, this product should work just fine without additionally stabilization, however those with an unsteady hand may want to look into a tripod or other accessories.


What we liked

  • Maximum light transmission
  • High-resolution images
  • No fogging behind the lens
  • Wide angular FOV
  • Center and Diopter Focus
  • Waterproof design
  • Lighter and smaller

What we didn’t like

  • Eye relief on the slightly shorter side which is not ideal for people with glasses
  • No image stabilization

Prism system: Schmidt-Pechan
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, ZEISS MC Multi-Layer Coating
Field of view: 405 ft. @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 16.5 mm
Weatherproof: Water and fog proof
Weight: 18 oz
Best for: Wildlife, nature, birdwatching

2. Swarovski EL 8X32 Binoculars

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For people who like clear and consistent images, the Swarovski EL is highly recommended. It uses special fluoride-treated HD lenses that enhance colors and prevent color fringing. The optical quality and image resolution on these binoculars is downright impressive.

These 8×32 binoculars are famous for their sharp resolution and crystal clear images. For these reasons, the Swarovski EL is the most expensive product on this list. As stated above, optical equipment is usually one of those “you get what you pay for” situations. However, for a beginner some of the more affordable sets on this list might be a better choice to start out with.

The field of view on the Swarovski EL is much much smaller than most of the sets on this list. For sharp focusing, this is ideal, however in scenarios where a wider field of vision is necessary, these may fall short. At 17.5 mm of eye relief, the Swarovski EL is comfortable for glasses wearers.


What we liked

  • State of the art
  • Prevents color fringing
  • High-resolution objective lens
  • Accommodates people with glasses
  • Center Focus for manual focusing
  • Diopter Focus for adjusting parallax
  • Enhanced low-light performance

What we didn’t like

  • High price tag
  • Narrow field of vision at long distances

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of view: 141 m @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 17.5 mm
Weatherproof: Waterproof
Weight: 21 oz
Best for: Wildlife, nature, birdwatching

3. Hawke Sport Optics Endurance ED 8X32 Binoculars

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The Hawke Endurance ED 8×32 binoculars are designed with ease of use and comfort in mind. Lightweight and set in a sturdy rubber casing, some of the high points of the Hawke Endurance ED include grip, ruggedness, portability, and price. If the Swarovski EL is the expensive state of the art choice then the Hawke Endurance is the affordable “jack of all trades.”

Impressively, the Hawke Endurance ED features 18 mm of eye relief. Tied with this list’s tenth entry, this is the longest eye relief featured here. This means that the Hawke Endurance ED is perfect for glasses users to achieve clear images without vignetting.

With an all around solid build quality and a price that can’t really be beat, the Hawke Endurance ED is the way to go for the birder on a budget.


What we liked

  • ED glass for a cheap price
  • Steady and comfortable grip
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Do not let water trespass
  • Enhanced low-light performance
  • Good for people who wear glasses
  • Great close focus
  • Perfect for birdwatching and spectating

What we didn’t like

  • Not as strong for long-range use

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated.
Field of view: 388 ft. @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 18 mm
Weatherproof: Water and fog proof
Weight: 19 oz
Best for: Wildlife, spectating

4. Zeiss Conquest HD 8X32 Waterproof Binoculars

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If the Zeiss Terra ED is an ideal budget choice for beginners then the Zeiss Conquest by the same manufacturer is an excellent choice for a more experienced optics enthusiast looking to explore high-end equipment.

The Zeiss Conquest HD 8×32 has a wide angular field of view with a narrow linear field of view. This allows you to gather more information with more sharpness and higher image clarity. And when you combine this with the small exit pupil of 4 mm, you get binoculars with excellent low light views. The result is a high definition image delivered, like the previous Zeiss set, by Schmidt-Pechan prism system.

As a choice for birding binoculars, the Zeiss Conquest HD is fantastic. While the higher price tag may seem unappealing, the low-light clarity that this piece of equipment provides makes a world of difference. In the dusk and dawn hours during which some of the most exciting birds are spotted, that low-light clarity comes in very handy.


What we liked

  • Excellent light transmission
  • Generates vibrant colors
  • Fantastic 8×32 binoculars for birding 
  • Gathers more information
  • Good for low-light application
  • Protected against water
  • Resists dust buildup

What we didn’t like

  • Higher price tag
  • Lens covers are flimsy
  • Shorter eye relief makes for less suitability for glasses-wearers

Prism system: Schmidt-Pechan
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, ZEISS T* Multi-Layer Coating
Field of view: 140 m @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 16 mm
Weatherproof: Water and fog proof
Weight: 22.22 oz
Best for: Wildlife, birdwatching, sports events

5. Celestron Nature DX 8X32 Binoculars

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The Celestron Nature DX is a highly waterproof binocular that uses BaK-4 prisms. These prisms are well-known for their low-light applications and enhanced light transmission. Celestron is a trusted brand for birders and the Celestron Nature DX is an obvious choice for a low cost piece of equipment.

The BaK-4 roof prism configuration and fully multi-coated lenses promise excellent color accuracy.

Fog-proof and featuring center and diopter focusing, the Celestron Nature DX is extremely user-friendly. For someone at the start of their journey into the optics hobby, these binoculars are a great choice. Lightweight, rugged, and easy to use, the Celestron Nature DX is my favorite on the list for hiking or camping.

Of course, at a lower price the Celestron Nature DX is bound to have a few drawbacks. The build quality is simply not as high as some of the more expensive pieces of equipment on this list. The eye relief knob, for example, is a bit loose. At such a low cost, though, the Celestron Nature DX delivers a lot of bang for fewer bucks!


What we liked

  • Highly waterproof
  • Enhanced light transmission
  • Good for low-light applications
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Center and Diopter Focus
  • Fog proof
  • Excellent color rendition

What we didn’t like

  • The eye relief knob is loose
  • Hinge is stiff

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of view: 388 ft. @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 17.5 mm
Weatherproof: Water and fog proof
Weight: 18 oz
Best for: Birding, nature, general observation

6. Leica Trinovid HD 8X32 Binoculars

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The Leica Trinovid is another choice that stands out for birding in low-light conditions. Thanks to a special HDC coating on all of its optics, this set delivers clear, sharp, and high contrast images from dawn until dusk. This coating enhances light transmission and ensures brighter and clearer images even in conditions that would present a real challenge for similar pieces of equipment.

The Leica Trinovid 8×32 also boasts high durability and resistance to all sorts of damage. The Leica Trinovid is 100% waterproof, meaning it will survive submersion and will resist water damage. This is a huge plus for most outdoor settings. The exterior features rubber armoring that provides a comfortable grip as well as impact resistance in case of an accidental drop. This is a good thing too, since the Leica Trinovid is one of the heavier pieces of equipment on this list.

The smaller exit pupillary distance of the Leica Trinovid contributes to the sharpness of its images. Alongside this, 17 mm of eye relief makes this set serviceable for most glasses wearers, although some of the other sets on this list have longer relief.


What we liked

  • Enhanced light transmission
  • Brighter colors
  • Comfortable and secure rubber grip
  • Perfect for those who wear glasses
  • Small exit pupil for sharpness
  • Good for low-light applications
  • Resists water and dust damage

What we didn’t like

  • Rather average eye relief
  • Higher price tag

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, HDC Coating, Leica AquaDura
Field of view: 124 m @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 17 mm
Weatherproof: Waterproof
Weight: 22.22 oz
Best for: Wildlife, birdwatching, spectating

7. Vortex Diamondback HD 8X32 Roof Prism Binoculars

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The Vortex Diamondback 8×32 is perhaps the best choice on the list for short range activities. Hunting and birdwatching from short distances is as easy as can be with an impressive close focus of just five feet. The Vortex Diamondback uses fully multi-coated optics to ensure color output and contrast ratio for crystal clear views. 

The aforementioned close focus of 5 feet means that nearby images are brought into sharp focus easily. On top of that, the Vortex Diamondback is highly portable and is one of the lightest pieces of equipment featured in this article.

Furthermore, the Vortex Diamondback won’t break the budget. Sure, this is not the most state of the art piece of equipment on this list, however, for a reliable piece of equipment that is easy to use, portable as can be, and delivers high resolution images at close ranges, the Vortex Diamondback does not disappoint.

To sweeten the pot, so to speak, the Vortex Diamondback 8X32 comes with a rain guard and full waterproof covering to protect your purchase from the elements as you explore nature up close!


What we liked

  • Best in class VIP warranty
  • Good color output
  • High contrast ratio
  • Fully waterproof
  • It can be manually focused
  • Included Rainguard on the eyepiece

What we didn’t like

  • Short eye relief means less suitability for glasses wearers

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of view: 426 ft. @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 16 mm
Weatherproof: Waterproof
Weight: 15.9 oz
Best for: Hunting, birdwatching, spectating

8. Zeiss Victory SF 8X32 Binoculars

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The Zeiss Victory is the most versatile entry from Zeiss. Like the other Zeiss products listed here, it uses the Schmidt-Pechan prism configuration. This configuration is compact, powerful, and delivers high definition images.

With the Zeiss Victory 8×32 light transmission is as high as 90% with the Zeiss T* lens coating delivering high contrast optimal image clarity.

The Zeiss Victory 8X32 is designed with ergonomics in mind and is weighted to fit comfortably in your hands. This is ideal because, compared to some of the lightweight entries on this list, the Zeiss Victory has some heft to it.

The Zeiss Victory 8X32 is rated very highly for waterproofing and is nitrogen sealed to prevent fogging. Diopter adjustment allows you to control your image with precision giving these binoculars a very sharp focus.


What we liked

  • Zeiss T* coating for higher contrast
  • Good for low-light applications
  • Center Focus knob
  • Diopter Focus for adjusting parallax
  • Body is waterproof
  • Highly resistant to dust and debris

What we didn’t like

  • Eye cups may come loose
  • Higher price tag

Prism system: Schmidt-Pechan
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of view: 155 m @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 16 mm
Weatherproof: Water and fog proof
Weight: 21.16 oz
Best for: Travel, nature, birdwatching

9. Celestron TrailSeeker 8X32mm Binoculars

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Like the previous Celestron entry, the Celestron TrailSeeker is an economical option for the birder, hunter, or outdoorsperson who does not want to sacrifice quality optics. Designed with image quality as a key focus, these binoculars feature BaK-4 prisms. BaK-4 prisms are well-known for their image sharpness. 

These prisms have been phase and dielectric coated, which means that these mid-sized binoculars provide state of the art best light transmission. All the colors are rendered with accuracy, and there is little to no optical loss. You can easily identify small, quick-moving songbirds using these binoculars in dense brush at dusk.

With a wide field of vision, the Celestron TrailSeeker is ideal for following targets at a long distance without constant readjustments. The body of the Celestron TrailSeeker 8×32 is waterproof and extremely small and light. For portability alone, the Celestron TrailSeeker is one of the best of the lower cost entries on this list. The back of the lenses have been nitrogen-treated for fog-proofing. Additionally, the TrailSeeker comes with multi-stop eyecups for a high level of customization.


What we liked

  • Consistent sharpness throughout the image
  • Extremely small and lightweight
  • Eyecup position can be adjusted
  • Minimal optical losses
  • Brilliant color rendition
  • Waterproof body
  • Fog-proof lens

What we didn’t like

  • Flimsy eyecups
  • Short eye relief less suitable for glasses wearers

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Full Broadband Multi-Coating, Phase Coating
Field of view: 409 ft. @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 15.6 mm
Weatherproof: Water and fog proof
Weight: 16 oz
Best for: Hiking, birding

10. Bushnell 8X32 Prime Binoculars

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The final entry on our list today is one of the most affordable options for 8X32 binoculars. The Bushnell 8X32 comes with a fully multi-coated lens that produces a high-contrast and bright image. Both the objective lenses have an EXO Barrier that discourages scratches, dust, oil, and moisture from building up. In addition to that, the rubber armor maintains a comfortable grip. For the outdoorsperson who is weary of buying expensive equipment that doesn’t hold up to their rugged lifestyle, the Bushnell is a godsend.

With an IPX7 water-resistance rating, the Bushnell 8X32 model can survive up to thirty minutes under a meter of water. Your average slip and fall is no issue for this sturdy piece if equipment.

With a nice long 18 mm of eye relief, a relatively light weight, and a serviceably wide field of vision, the Bushnell 8X32 is a total “all-arounder.” Does some of the pricier equipment listed provide sharper images, higher contrast, or tighter focus? Definitely. But for under $150, the Bushnell 8X32 really delivers on all of the points that a beginner pair of binoculars ought to.


What we liked

  • Survives submersion in water
  • Prevents lens scratches and oil buildup
  • Incredibly clear image
  • Excellent low-light performance
  • Comfortable grip
  • Resistant to dust buildup
  • Adapts to Tripod

What we didn’t like

  • Not as high quality as the higher end equipment
  • Close focus of nine feet means closer images cannot be brought into focus

Prism system: Roof
Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, EXO Barrier
Field of view: 390 ft. @ 1,000 yds
Eye relief: 18 mm
Weatherproof: Waterproof
Weight: 16.9 oz
Best for: Everyday carry, birdwatching

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