Kowa SV II 8×32 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

Light-weight binoculars with superb picture high quality for the worth, however a stiff focus wheel. We charge them as a Strong Alternative.

At A Look

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Kowa SV II 8×32 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Clear, colourful, and crisp picture
  • Light-weight
  • Good discipline of view and shut focus


  • Stiff focus wheel
  • Arduous to regulate for close-set eyes


  • Value: $239 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
  • Shut focus: 6.6 toes (200 cm)
  • Area of view: 7.8° (410 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 20.6 oz (585 g)—that’s about 2.9 oz (83 g) lighter than the typical for compact binoculars in our assessment. Evaluate binocular sizes and weights
  • Eye aid: 15.5 mm

Viewing Expertise: The Kowa SV II supplies a really pleasing picture at a lovely value level. Although the picture isn’t fairly pretty much as good because the higher-priced Kowa BD II (considered one of our Prime Picks), it shocked us with its persistently vibrant colours and sharp pictures. Whereas watching a Tufted Titmouse rummaging in a leafy shrub—a mixture of vibrant greens, crisp grays, and snowy white—the SV II introduced out a second titmouse that had been hidden deeper within the foliage. On a sunny morning watching a side-lit Blue Jay posturing and scolding, we appreciated the nice and cozy glow lighting up the sunlit aspect of the face and throat. The picture was sharp throughout its complete width, and the sphere of view helped create a roomy really feel to the view. The low-light efficiency was spectacular for a reasonable binocular, as when watching an Jap Towhee scratching below bushes on an overcast morning. A number of testers famous that the stiff focus wheel made it onerous to shortly get a chicken into focus.

Really feel and Construct: For a compact binocular the SV II has a cumbersome silhouette, although they’re noticeably lighter than common. The binoculars have a swish define, with a contoured hourglass form that units them aside in these occasions of largely straight-barreled bins. The rubbery armoring (olive inexperienced in our check mannequin) has a smooth and grippy really feel; the main focus wheel has a sample of recessed ovals to supply grip—although not fairly sufficient to beat the stiffness of the main focus wheel. The eyecups click on into 4 exact, safe settings, and are comfy towards the face. The neck strap is medium width and comfortably padded.

Testers’ Feedback:

  • Nice picture and shade
  • Very stiff focus wheel
  • Arduous to regulate for close-set eyes

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

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