Leica‘s Geovid HD-B and HD-R are among the best binoculars with integrated laser rangefinder that you can find on the market. Just when we all thought that much can’t be improved anymore, Leica have outdone themselves again. At the beginning of January, HD-B 3000 and HD-R 2700 were introduced to the public.
Geovid HD-B 3000:
Geovid HD-R 2700:
Geovid HD-B and HD-R series are known for having a well armored housing – the new models are no exceptions. The lenses are protected with a special nano coating that prevents dust from sticking onto the lenses. The exceptional Perger-Porro prism system helps produce sharp images, high in contrast and full of vivid colours. The main difference between the models is that HD-B is equipped with an intelligent ballistics calculator whereas HD-R is not. The intelligent ballistics calculator allows the user to insert his or her own ballistic parameters. EHR ballistics function is also present – it displays the equivalent horizontal range for angle shots up to 1100 m, while taking linear distance, angle and realistic ballistic curve into consideration. The ballistic parameters can be stored on the device with a microSD memory card.
As we are already used to when it comes to Leica Geovid HD-B and HD-R, the number in the model’s name implies the range up to which the ranging can be done. This means that with HD-B models, the user will be able to read distances up to approx. 3000 yards (2750 m), while the HD-R models will display readings up to approx. 2700 yards (2500 m). Both of the introduced series feature a brand-new LED display that offers better legibility of the information displayed. Determining distance at short range can now be done very accurately – Both HD-B 3000 and HD-R 2700 will display numbers in decimal figures when ranging up to 200 yards. Last but not least, the user will be impressed by the new, improved scanning mode – the results are now measured every 0.5 sec which allows the user to scan the surroundings fluidly and without interruptions.
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These binoculars have just been introduced so we haven’t been given an opportunity to test them yet, but based on what we have seen when testing the predecessors, we are utterly sure that Geovid HD-B 3000 and HD-R 2700 will follow the trend. The price range is 2960–3300 € for the HD-B (depending on the model) and 2550–2900 € for the HD-R (depending on the model).