The very high 16x power on this PowerView binocular makes it a great choice for taking in distant objects like yachts or ships on the ocean or in a harbour. But they can also be effective for some types of hunting, wildlife observation, and even astronomy.
Important to note that with the very high magnification, achieving a shake free view can be difficult. However, these have a built-in tripod adapter socket and thus can easily be fixed to a tripod for a rock steady view.
Whilst the large 50mm lenses are able to capture a good level of light, the high magnification leads to a small exit pupil being produced and as such unless you are observing bright stars at night, for terrestrial uses, these are best suited to use during the day in good light conditions.
With a choice of 7x, 10x, 12x, 16x or 20x powers the 50mm Bushnell PowerView porro prism series has you covered in just about any situation where you require an affordable binocular that will deliver a bright image in relation to your chosen magnification.
A distinctive feature is Bushnell's InstaFocus lever. Rather than the traditional focus wheel, you can very quickly adjust the focus by rocking the lever. Apart from improving focusing speed, this design also helps to make focusing easier when wearing thick winter gloves.
All models also have fold-down rubber eyecups and a rubber armour exterior that adds a layer of protection increases grip and improves camouflage.
Multi-coated, these full-sized PowerView binoculars have multiple anti-reflection coatings applied to the outermost lenses that increase light capture and transmission. Whilst this is good and to be expected at this price level, it is important to note that more expensive instruments like the Bushnell Legacy WP Binoculars are Fully Multi-coated meaning that all lens elements throughout the optical pathway are treated for an even brighter view.
Bushnell uses BK-7 glass for the Porro Prisms. These have an advantage over roof prisms because the design naturally reflects 100% of the light and thus they do not require expensive mirror coatings to perform at the same level. Thus at this low price point, Porro prisms binoculars like these will usually outperform equivalent roof prism models as they will use cheaper mirror coatings to keep production costs down.
Bushnell PowerView binoculars are boxed with a soft carry case that includes its own carry strap, objective and ocular lens covers, neck strap and cleaning cloth.
Made in China, Bushnell present these binoculars with an impressive 10 year warranty.
|Binoculars series||Bushnell Powerview|
|Lens diameter||50 mm|
|Exit pupil||3.2 mm|
|Eye relief||10.0 mm|
|Field of view||61 m / 1000 m|
|Field of view (deg.)|
|Apparent field of view (deg.)|
|Close focus||10.7 m|
|Lens coating||Fully Multicoated|
|In production since|