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: 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 ...
Conclusion: I borrowed these from my father and now I know what I have been missing all of my life. The image is crystal clear with a wide area of view. You are able to track objects quickly and then with a press of the image stabilization button the image "locks in" and you see it as if you were looking at the...
Pros: clarity, easy to use, no eye strain, simply amazing
Conclusion: I wanted to get the stabilizer image for my father, who is 87 years old. I thought this would help him focus on whatever images he would look at. He enjoys them, and uses them frequently. I borrowed them for a sailing trip, and also for a week at the beach.