Kowa SV II 8×32 Binoculars: Our Overview

Light-weight binoculars with excellent picture high quality for the worth, however a stiff focus wheel. We fee them as a Strong Selection.

At A Look

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


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


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


  • Worth: $239 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: 6.6 ft (200 cm)
  • Area of view: 7.8° (410 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about area 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 overview. Examine binocular sizes and weights
  • Eye aid: 15.5 mm

Viewing Expertise: The Kowa SV II supplies a really pleasing picture at a gorgeous value level. Although the picture isn’t fairly pretty much as good because the higher-priced Kowa BD II (one in every of our High Picks), it stunned us with its persistently vivid colours and sharp photos. Whereas watching a Tufted Titmouse rummaging in a leafy shrub—a mixture of vivid 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 Japanese Towhee scratching underneath bushes on an overcast morning. A number of testers famous that the stiff focus wheel made it laborious 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 take a look at mannequin) has a comfortable 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 in opposition to the face. The neck strap is medium width and comfortably padded.

Testers’ Feedback:

  • Nice picture and coloration
  • Very stiff focus wheel
  • Exhausting to regulate for close-set eyes

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

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