Summary: I wanted a pair of compact binoculars to take with me on walks rather than carry my heavier Audubon 8 x 40's. After a great deal of research I settled on these Olympus 8 x 25's and they are brilliant. What really amazes me is the quality of the optics. These little bins give an astonishing amount of light from just 25 mm objective lenses - I believe just as much as the 40 mm ones on my Audubons.
Excerpt: Ever since I was a child I have loved binoculars. There is something childlike about them. I love the way you can zoom into something far away and see it as though it is close up. It's like having a toy that you love playing with. However, my childhood binoculars were never as sophisticated as they are now. When I last went camping I wanted to take a pair of binoculars with me.
Pros: Clear pictures, water proof, fog proof, mold proof, Light weight
Summary: Very good pair of binos. Worth every penny. The most clear and detailed image I have ever seen through a pair of binos. I chose these over the x10 magnification because they are steadier to use. I find the larger magnification has too much shake in my hand. Light enough to take along backpacking (unless your going ultra light). The neoprene case is just right for these waterproof binos, has a good feel too.