10×42 Vs. 12×50 Binoculars | Optics Trade Debates

Hello and welcome to another Optics Trade debate. Today, we are going to be comparing two configurations of binoculars, namely 10×42 and 12×50. Before we move on to the differences, let us begin with some general features of the 10×42.

10×42 is a standard configuration of binoculars, which is extremely popular – all manufacturers produce such binoculars. These can be used for all types of observations, such as birdwatching, hunting, even travelling and hiking, observing wildlife, etc.

12×50 is a much rarer configuration to come across. It can also be used for all the previously-mentioned types of observations, but it is not as popular. For this reason, only a few manufacturers produce them. In Europe, they are also not as popular as in the US.

Before we move on to the differences, we would like to point out the only noticeable similarity we found: these two configurations provide similar low-light performance. 8×42 binos provide a 4.2 mm exit pupil, and the 12×50 almost do as well.

The first difference between the two is the magnification: 10x and 12x. The 10x magnification provides the user with a wider field of view compared to the 12x magnification. This also means that you get a more detailed image with the 12x and less handshaking when observing for longer periods of time with the 10x.

When it comes to the lens diameter, the 10×42 binoculars have a smaller objective lens. This means that these binoculars weigh less, are usually smaller, and the comfort is better. With 12×50 binoculars, it is more difficult to observe for longer periods of time if you are not leaning against something or mounting them on a tripod, which helps you to stabilize the image.

When do we choose either? The 10×42 is an extremely popular configuration – second in line to 8×42. It is more universal, thus suitable for beginners, as well as more experienced users, whereas the 12×50 is a configuration not as suitable for beginners.

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