Binoculars are a tool with which nearly everyone has had some experience. If you carry a pair with you on hunting trips, you know how convenient it is to get a closer look at those objects in a distance, determining if that hidden brown lump is a bison, a boulder, a large turkey, or a small tree. While generic binoculars are usually useful at seeing distant targets a little clearer, they don’t usually include methods to determine distance to said targets like a pair of rangefinder binoculars.
Sometimes, estimating the range to targets using binoculars is performed using known information like target size, though this method has its drawbacks (low accuracy, for instance, and needing to know information you might not be certain about). And while common monocular laser rangefinders are useful in ranging targets, some folks just prefer a binocular approach with their optics, whether it be for comfort, focus, utility, or otherwise. So, why not look for the best of both worlds and try out some rangefinding binoculars?
The important thing to consider here is whether or not you want to carry a rangefinder, a binocular, a rangefinder binocular, or some assortment of them. Binoculars are better for clarity and long distance. But they don’t have rangefinding capabilities with them. Hence the need for a built in rangefinder.
We’ve looked for your best binocular options for a wide budget range. After taking into account binocular purchasing tips from another article, as well as how rangefinders work in yet another article, we’re glad to provide you our rangefinder binoculars reviews for 2018.
Internal Rangefinder Binoculars Reviews
At the more budget-conscious end of the spectrum, these binoculars are equipped with scales to determine the distance of your target using its known size. Their instructions explain how to range objects in better detail, and while this is the least accurate approach to rangefinding binoculars mentioned here, you might want to check these options first – especially if you’re strapped for cash.
BARSKA Deep Sea
Built with ocean-lovers in mind, these binoculars feature a completely waterproof design. They actually float! While you may be looking for hunting binoculars, its important to note that these come with an internal compass and rangefinding scale. They boast large objective lenses (50mm) for a wide field of view (395ft @ 1000yds, which is really quite impressive). They aren’t too heavy to carry around on land either, weighing only 2.5 lbs. The only caveat we can find (besides the lack of lasers in this product) is that the compass only functions correctly in the northern hemisphere, which is completely normal!
- Magnification: 7x
- Objective Lens: 50mm
- Field of View: 395 feet at 1,000 yards
- Eye Relief: 23mm
- Focus System: Individual
- Weight: 2.5lbs
- Floats, and is waterproof
- Dry nitrogen-purged and sealed to prevent fogging and moisture damage
- Includes carrying case and neck strap
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
USCAMEL® 10×50 Military
Binoculars meeting military standards with a 10x magnification caught our attention as well. The USCAMEL model we’re reviewing packs a higher magnification than the BARSKA model above, and they are also waterproof in design. With the same objective size, its field of view is insignificantly larger than the BARSKA (adding a single extra foot), and it also shares an internal rangefinder scale. Truly built to endure a beating, it also sports a sturdy rubber armor in an objectively more attractive color (army green; not camo, but it’ll do). It weighs a little over 3 lbs, marginally heavier than the BARSKA model. The eye relief may be a little small for some folks’ preference, so be warned.
- Magnification: 10x
- Caliber: 50mm
- Field Of View: 396 ft /1000 yds
- Eye Relief : 7.1mm
- Prism System: Porro
- Prism Glass: BAK4
- Focus System: Left + Right Eyepiece
- View Angle: 5.6
- Exit Pupil: 5mm
- Color: Army Green
Laser Rangefinder Binoculars Reviews
With great technology comes great variety, and laser rangefinder binoculars are no exception. These binoculars are equipped with laser rangefinders to do the distancing work for you, displaying the distance to your target in a matrix or led display inside the optics. Their price tags can easily reach a couple grand and higher, so we’ll order what we’ve reviewed from typical lowest prices, up.
Built within a solid fiberglass frame, the Pulsar Expert packs a laser rangefinder and 8x magnification binoculars in a very shock-resistant package. It operates in a wide range of temperatures and has an easy-to-read red dispaly reticle for measurements. It has a very narrow field of view to help focus on your ranging targets, which may be undesirable to some users. However, it can distance objects more than 1000 yards away, which for a pair of binoculars is still quite impressive. They may not be a comfortable-fitting pair for all users.
- Magnification: 8x
- Caliber: 40mm
- Field Of View: 5m
- Eye Relief : 18mm
- Exit Pupil: 5mm
- Color: black
- Operating temperature: -22ºF to 113ºF
Snypex LRF-1800 8×42
The only laser rangefinder equipped binoculars among these that sport a color other than black, these Snypex LRF-1800 models also have ridiculous ranging abilities. It has a wide field of view (approximately 420ft @ 1000yds) and several ranging settings for distances between 15yds to around 1.1 miles. It has that sleek closed-bridge construction we like to see in axle-based designs, so these are a pair of our favorites. However, we feel that the next candidate is one you’ll want to consider before this if you’re going hunting.
- Magnification: 8x
- Caliber: 42mm
- Field of View: ~420ft @ 1000yds
- Rubber-armored body
- Three Ranging Mode settings: 5-1200m, 5-1500m and 5-1800m
- Fully O-ring sealed
Bushnell Fusion 1-Mile with Matrix Display
They’re able to distance objects up to 1760yds away. They sport Bow and Rifle modes for hunters looking for true horizontal distance or bullet-drop/holdover. They have the Bushnell quality we’ve grown to love at ScopesHQ. Users of the Bushnell Fusion Binoculars are provided three different targeting modes for their rangefinder, with SCAN, BullsEye and Brush used for their respective purposes. These binoculars impress us not only with their top-of-the-line optics, but also with the several different options in which they come. You can find them in 8X, 10X, and 12X magnifications with varying fields of view. For our review, we looked only at the 8X magnification model, which we still found incredible. And of course, they are 100% water and fog proof.
- Magnification: 8x (or 10x, or 12x)
- Caliber: 32mm (for 8x)
- Field of View: 393ft @ 1000yds (for 8x)
- Tripod Usable
- Ranging up to 1,760 yards
- ARC (Angle Range Compensation)
- Bow Mode
- Rifle Mode
- VSI (Variable Sight-In)
- Selective Targeting System- Multi Modes
- Tree Range: 1000 yds
- Deer Range: 500 yds
That wraps up our Rangefinder Binoculars Reviews for 2018. We hope this helps you decide whether rangefinding binoculars are right for you!