Conclusion: Being an amateur astronomer for 5 decades I have looked through many, many binoculars of all sizes, shaped, magnifications and objective size. I currently own at least 5 binoculars of various sizes. Of all these I use the Canon 10 X 30 IS the most.
Summary: This is a truly amazing product. Although the price is a bit high, it is worth looking at. Ever wanted the image to be a just a bit less shaky when using binoculars? Well, now it is. What can I say, this is a revoultionary product.
Summary: These binoculars are amazing. I will never buy another pair without image stabilization. You can spend $2000+ on binocs and not have them be as clear and easy on the eyes as these. Pressing the magic button elimates 90% of the quivering of the image, and the result not only reduces eye strain over a...
Summary: These are fantastic binoculars! Pricey but hey, after the check clears, so what? These are light and easy to hold. Actually it is fairly easy to hold them still, rare for 10 power and then you activate IS! That is like adding 2 more power, so clear is the image.
Pros: Compact, easy to hold, remarkably clear and tehn you apply IS!
Summary: The 12 x 36 IS II model is only 1" longer and 1 oz heavier (but costs $200 more), but has a minimum focus distance of 20 vs 14 feet. I probably would have preferred them, but price was a consideration.
Pros: The IS (image stabilization) really works. We use these mostly for birding, and can see details and identify birds that was impossible with our Nikon 7x Travelite. Image is bright and clear, and I don't see any color fringing. They feel very well made and are a pleasure to hold. Not too heavy for...
Cons: The included pouch is not padded, and only has one pocket. It would be nice to have a small pocket for spare batteries (if depleted the glasses still work, just not the image stabilization).
Conclusion: these binos are absolutly awesome i also own the 15 by 50s as well they are nothing but perfection... also i cracked the top of the binos and i sent it in to be fixed and they fixed them no questions asked.... I WILL BE A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE with that kind of service!!!!!!!!!!!
Conclusion: I purhased the 10x30 IS binoculars about 2 years ago and they have accompanied me on many an adventure. They are compact enough to take just about anywhere and are powerful enough for bird and nature observation.
Conclusion: Look at everything else. Go ahead ... waste time making the inevitable decision: And forget this thing called a "gold standard". THESE are the *PLATINUM* standard of 10X binoculars - possibly ever! Gee, where to start ... rock-solid construction, amazing optics, image stabilization ...