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Bushnell AW 12x42 Binoculars

When I initially found the Bushnell 12x42 AW Binoculars, I believed that Bushnell had actually potentially brought out a brand-new series as I had actually never ever heard of them before.

Many individuals advise that for basic use, a 10x magnifying is about as huge as you should go and anything larger compared to that just makes it also difficult to keep photo still due to higher zoom and can be nearly unusable in shakey hands.

Bushnell AW 12x42 Binoculars Review

Key Features

  • 12x Zoom
  • Waterproof & Fogproof
  • Rubber Armoured
  • Spin up Eyecups
  • Fully Coated Optics

Exterior Physical body & Design

After taking the binoculars out the box, initial perceptions were excellent. The binoculars are the roofing system prism layout and they have a great solid sense to them and at 28.7 ozs (813.6 g) they are on the larger side of average for complete size binoculars. The rubber shield is 'grippy' in addition to comfy to hold in the hands and overall these Bushnell 12x42 AW Binoculars are well balanced, which need to aid with any picture shake concerns.

Adjusting the binoculars to my eyes was straightforward adequate using the diopter adjuster, which is wonderful and tight so should not mistakenly relocate when you have it set, which is actually annoying on some binoculars. These optics make use of twist up eyecups that give you an excellent 12mm of eye relief, which is not just what I would call Long, but should be enough for many people. Focusing the binoculars is by means of the big center focussing wheel and functions well.

Interior & Optics

The AW in the name represents 'All Climate' and these Bushnell 12x42 AW Binoculars use the current waterproof and fogproof innovation: They are O-ring sealed for total security against rain and the fogproof defense is achieved making use of completely dry nitrogen purging that removes all inner dampness. As high as I could possibly find out as there is no info on the Bushnell site, however Jessops state that the lenses are totally covered, suggesting that all air to glass surface areas are layered which is good. Much better would certainly have been 'Completely Multi-Coated' means that all air to glass areas have actually received multiple layers of antireflection finishes. Still at this rate, these are exceptional top quality for the cash. There is no mention anywhere which prisms these binoculars use and so am unable to state on this.


It would be unjust to contrast a pair of binoculars that costses much less then £ 100 versus High-End optics setting you back over £1000 therefore for this evaluation, I compared these to a fairly common set of 10x42 Sanju binoculars in addition to and old favorite of mine, the compact Steiner 10x26 Wildlife binoculars that also costsed much less than £100. A few points I was trying to find is if the stronger 12x magnifying would certainly make the photo a lot less steady, just how intense the image produced was, the depth of vision and just what it's field of view was.


Whilst the extra magnifying is recognizable, I need to be straightforward in claiming that for me the image shake was no problem whatsoever and was no various to either of the 10x binoculars I was contrasting these versus.


The stated field of perspective of the Bushnell 12 x 42 AW Binoculars is 252ft at 1000 lawns (84m @ 1000m), which is naturally far better than the compact Steiner 12x30 Wild animals Pro binoculars and just a little much less than the widely a lot more costly Canon 12x36 IS II Image Stabilized binoculars that I have formerly reviewed. It is also naturally much less than most 10x full size binoculars assessed and contrasted to the 10x models I was testing versus, you can see the somewhat narrower photo and for me this would certainly be a bigger disadvantage than photo shake especially if you prepare to make use of the binoculars for mostly birdwatching in lumbers and industries.

Brightness & Top quality of Picture

As stated earlier, I could not discover any info on the quality of the prisms utilized or other than that they are completely coated, any type of additional information on the lenses. Emphasis on any kind of item (I currently looking at a Magpie jumping around in my yard) and the image created is clear and crisp with no discernible colorful aberration.

Just what is Consisted of

In the box you obtain a Bushnell soft bring situation, a cleansing fabric, a Bushnell neck strap for the binoculars and there are pay for the eyepiece and the unbiased lenses. The objective lens covers are attached to the binoculars, which will assist you from falling them in the area when eliminating them from the lenses. These could be Un-attached from the binoculars if you want.
Bushnell AW 12x42 Binoculars


At the deal cost that I acquired them (£45) these Bushnell 12x42 AW Binoculars are excellent value for money and would certainly still go to any type of cost under £100. Total I in fact like the 12x zoom and for me there is not a problem with a unstable and unsteady image. I wouldn't recommend them if your major desired usage is rapid relocating birds in dark woodlands, however take them out in the open and the 12x zoom comes into it's own.

Key Spec & Qualities:.

  • Size: Full Size Binoculars.
  • Prism Type: Roofing Prism Binoculars.
  • Magnification: 12x.
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm.
  • Waterproof: Yes.
  • Exit Student: 3.5.
  • Golden Element: 22.45.
  • Eye Relief: 12mm.
  • Weight: 28.7 ozs (814g).
  • Field of View: 252ft at 1,000 yards.
  • Picture Stabilization: No.
  • Addition Low Dispersion Glass: No.
  • Auto Emphasis: No.