Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

Light-weight, snug, with a reasonably good picture contemplating the low worth level. We fee these as a Center Floor selection.

At A Look

Nikon ProStaff P3 8x42 binoculars.
Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Very light-weight
  • Good picture contemplating the low worth


  • A bit dimmer than different binoculars we examined
  • Distortion at picture edges creates a “fishbowl” impact when panning
  • Minimal neck strap, lens covers, and case


  • Value: $140 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed at 9.8 toes (299 cm). In exams, we might focus these binoculars a bit nearer, right down to about 7.3 toes (221 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 7.2° (378 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about subject of view 
  • Weight: 21.3 oz (605 g)—that’s about 4.4 oz (124 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
  • Eye aid: 20.2 mm

Viewing Expertise: These attractively priced binoculars characteristic Nikon lenses that supply good coloration and element in full mild and with stationary topics. They’re properly suited to watching chook feeders. In tougher conditions there are some concessions: the picture is just not as brilliant as in higher-priced fashions such because the Monarch M5 and Monarch M7. Nonetheless, they carried out properly with a Barred Owl perched in a tangled brown understory, bringing out the liquid darkish eyes, the white spots down the again and complex streaking on the breast, and even the tawny highlights on the folded wing. With a gaggle of Home Finches perched in a treetop and closely backlit, we needed to alter our place and get the daylight behind us earlier than we might see the pink tones of the one male. When panning, a slight distortion on the picture edge creates a disorienting fishbowl impact because the picture rolls previous your eyes.

Really feel and Construct: Testers famous the consolation and really mild weight of those binoculars. The eyecups are fundamental however click on satisfyingly into their three preset positions. Presumably in service to the low worth level, the P3’s equipment are additionally fairly fundamental: a slender, unpadded webbing strap, lens covers that don’t connect and which can be just about assured to get misplaced, and a fundamental foam carrying case.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Very mild, snug really feel
  • Ease of focus was superb
  • Non-tethered eyecups simple to lose
  • Uncomfortable strap

This text is one in a collection of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full evaluate of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.  

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