Vortex Diamondback HD 8×32 Binoculars: Our Overview

A really small binocular with a vibrant, crisp picture—we price these a Stable Alternative.

At A Look

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Vortex Diamondback HD 8×32 binoculars. Photograph by Hugh Powell.


  • Compact, easy-to-hold design
  • Very vibrant, crisp picture
  • Superb field-of-view
  • Excellent shut focus


  • Barely stiff focus wheel
  • Skinny, difficult-to-adjust eyecups
  • Not good for individuals with close-set eyes


  • Value: $260 at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so verify with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed at 5.0 toes (152 cm). In checks, we might focus these binoculars all the way down to about 3.8 toes (117 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 8.1° (425 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
  • Weight: 17.5 oz (495 g)—that’s about 0.25 oz (7 g) lighter than the typical for compact binoculars in our evaluation. Examine binocular sizes and weights
  • Eye aid: 16 mm

Viewing Expertise: This binocular is a superb possibility that mixes very small dimension with vibrant optics (although some customers with very close-set eyes discovered the binoculars couldn’t modify to suit them). Trying on the smallest of the small compacts in our evaluation, the Vortex Diamondback HD supplied the brightest picture, very crisp within the heart with little distortion when panning or focusing. On a spring morning in New England, Purple-eyed Vireos and Tennessee Warblers had stopped over in the identical patch of woods. These binoculars helped resolve the very sharp, pointy payments of the Tennessees. We additionally loved watching the subdued brown and yellow-orange of a female-plumaged American Redstart singing from the understory. The vast area of view and excellent shut focus would make these a sensible choice for insect viewing.

Really feel and Construct: These are sturdy binoculars with enticing styling and a very good really feel because of a slight texture on the perimeters of the barrels and shallow indents for thumbs. Although the main target wheel was barely stiff, it delivered fast, correct focus modifications. Whereas admiring the brilliant blue of a distant Japanese Bluebird, we rapidly adjusted to deal with a pale-yellow swallowtail butterfly on a close-by milkweed. The eyecups on the pair we examined had an odd difficulty the place the outer overlaying of the eyecup spun freely and made it a bit harder to regulate. Moreover, we discovered the thinness of that outer overlaying a bit uncomfortable. The neck strap was vast and well-padded.

Feedback From Testers:

  • Picture very clear
  • Vivid, vast area of view
  • Exhausting to make use of with glasses

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full evaluation of reasonably priced compact binoculars.  

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