Whilst still a very small binocular this 10x26 Safari Ultrasharp is not quite as compact as the tiny 8x22 Safari Ultrasharp. So whilst you trade a little in terms of size and weight, in return, you get more power and improved light gathering ability.
The larger 26 mm lenses are able to capture more light than those on the 22 mm alternative which is great for improved image quality and brightness during the day in good light. However, keep in mind that when combined with the 10x magnification these produce a slightly smaller 2.6mm exit pupil (The 8x22 has a 2.75mm exit pupil). This means that in poor light when the pupils in your eyes have enlarged, these like most compact binoculars will not seem to produce as bright an image as a binocular with a larger exit pupil.
The reasonably powerful 10x magnification is great for achieving a good level of image detail at medium to long ranges, yet at the same time, it is not too powerful which reduces the field of view and makes it difficult to maintain a shake-free image.
If we take all these core features into account and combine them, it makes this instrument an ideal option for just about any camping, hiking or holiday adventure, but especially where the light is good and where viewing wildlife is involved like a safari in Africa.
Measuring 3.5 meters, the closest focus distance on this binocular is good, but not excellent. This means these are fine for the occasional study of things like nearby butterflies but are certainly not the ideal solution if this is one of your primary interests.
(Posted on 27/08/2015)