Tipping the scales at only 290 grams, the 8x25 compact is not only the smallest binocular in the Bushnell H2O series, but is also extremely lightweight. The double hinge roof prism design also enables them to fold up into an incredibly small shape and thus are true pocket binoculars, This makes them perfect for taking on any adventure or outing, but especially suited to hikers, campers or backpackers where the size and weight of your equipment is critical and where you may encounter wet weather.
The 8x magnification produces a wider view than higher powers, making it easier to locate your subject and follow it. which when viewing things like small, fast moving birds at closer ranges is important. The lower power also makes it easier to keep the image still, an important consideration if you plan on using these onto a boat or canoe for example.
The H2O series from Bushnell is a diverse collection of binoculars that includes a wide choice of both Roof and Porro prism models. As the name suggests, this is designed with water in mind and by that I mean they are tailored to either accompany you on the water in a boat, yacht or ship or be the instrument you can trust when out in the field and the weather turns nasty.
In terms of their standing, this largely a value-priced range and will appeal to those shopping on a relatively tight budget, but require a good level of performance.
As you would expect on a series designed to be used around water, all Bushnell H2O binoculars are naturally fully O-ring sealed and thus waterproof. These seals are also important in dry conditions, preventing dust from getting into the system. What is more, the air inside has been replaced with nitrogen to protect the internal glass surfaces from fogging.
A defining feature on all H2O binoculars is the distinctive armour on the exterior of the housing. Not only for the protection of the optics that it covers, this highly textured soft rubber presents you with a very high grip surface to securely hold onto even wet, with or without gloves on.
All models within the H2O series come with a centrally positioned, easy to reach, focus wheel, diopter adjustment, and twist-up eyecups to ensure they can be perfectly calibrated to your particular needs.
The H2O binoculars are Multi-Coated which means that most, but not all the glass surfaces have a special anti-reflection material applied to them. This is usually the outer objective and eyepiece lenses that are coated and helps them transmit more light than untreated glass for a brighter and better quality view. However, it is important to note that whilst they cost more, higher-end binoculars like those in the Bushnell Marine series are Fully Multi-Coated meaning that every surface throughout the whole pathway is treated for an even brighter and higher quality image.
With either Roof or Porro prism models to choose from, all are made from good quality BaK-4 optical glass.
Depending on the exact model, but most Bushnell H2O binoculars come supplied with a soft carry case, padded neck strap, cleaning cloth and protective objective lens and eyepiece covers.
All H2O binoculars are covered by the Bushnell standard 30-year warranty.
|Binoculars series||Bushnell H2O|
|Prism type||Roof - Schmidt/Pechan|
|Lens diameter||25 mm|
|Exit pupil||3.2 mm|
|Eye relief||13.5 mm|
|Field of view||114 m / 1000 m|
|Field of view (deg.)|
|Apparent field of view (deg.)|
|Close focus||4.6 m|
|Lens coating||Fully Multicoated|
|In production since|