A BINOCULAR FOR THE OCCASION
Look for compact, lightweight models with mid-range magnification and field of view.
BIRD & NATURE
Needs wide field of view and magnification of between 7x and 12x.
Look for rugged models with waterproofing, portability and durability. Ideal magnification is between 8x and 10x. Also look for large objective diameter and good lens coating so that it works well in rising and setting sun conditions.
Look for waterproofing with a wide field of view and vibration reduction if possible.
Aberration corrected binoculars with large objective diameter and exit pupil are best.
Compact models with magnification of 4x to 10x can be effective while watching stage performances. In museums, lightweight models with low magnification and focusing distance of less than two metres are recommended.
Look for wide field of view and 7x to 10x magnification. Zoom functionality can be an added advantage.