Bushnell Prime 8×32 Binoculars: Our Evaluate

A vibrant, colourful picture at a really low value, however with some puzzling design selections. We rated this binocular within the Center Floor.

At A Look

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Bushnell Prime 8×32 binoculars. Photograph by Hugh Powell.


  • Clear, vibrant picture
  • Enticing value level


  • Inconsistent really feel to focus wheel throughout adjustment
  • Not nice shut focus or discipline of view
  • Eyecups don’t click on into place


  • Worth: $120 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: 11.2 toes (340 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 6.5° (341 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 18.2 oz (517 g)—that’s about 0.5 oz (15 g) heavier than the typical for compact binoculars in our assessment. Examine binocular sizes and weights

Viewing Expertise: Together with the Nikon Prostaff P7 and the Celestron Nature DX×32-binoculars-our-review/, the Bushnell Prime 8×32 presents a strong viewing expertise at a remarkably low value. We have been impressed by the Prime’s sharpness, brightness, and colour (though the construct high quality left some room for enchancment). The main focus wheel is giant and comfy, however the really feel and rolling resistance are inconsistent, even getting briefly caught when the main target was adjusted all the best way in. There was minimal distortion when panning. The binoculars appeared to wrestle with partial glare—a Frequent Yellowthroat seen with gentle coming by means of leaves had a greenish wash from the leaves bleeding into the colours of the chook. Nonetheless the binoculars carried out nicely in harsh backlighting, crisply defining two Nice Crested Flycatchers perched towards the sunshine. At 11.2 toes, the shut focus is notably farther than most binoculars in our take a look at.

Really feel and Construct: These bins had a considerably weighty really feel for his or her measurement, with fundamental black rubber housing and shallow depressions for the thumbs to grip onto. Construct high quality didn’t match these binoculars’ picture high quality: the main target wheel had an inconsistent really feel, and the eyecups spun freely with out clicking into any set positions. Goal lens covers had rubber fasteners as a substitute of the same old ring tethers that had an inclination to return unfastened, and we misplaced one all through the course of testing. The neck strap is medium width with some skinny padding.

Feedback from testers:

  • Good picture
  • Focus wheel sticks
  • Just a little hazy across the edge

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full assessment of inexpensive compact binoculars.  

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