Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars are one of my favorites. We really belive that they are one of the best binoculars under the $500 mark.
Really, this very impressive lineup. No matter if you are beginner or experienced it is wise to consider these affordable binoculars that compare favorably to binoculars costing much more. If you are considering cheaper our recommendation is don’t do it.
If you’re looking for great binoculars with moderate price for birdwatching, sightseeing, astronomy or even hunting,… you’ve found it.
Since 2010 (when I started birdwatching), I’ve used many binoculars, including products that cost thousands of dollars, and have tried many different brands, so I can assure you that Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars are many times as good as what you can get for their money and nearly 90% as good as products cost $2000.
They’re better than all of similarly priced binoculars (that I’ve ever known), and better than many much more expensive products. That’s why I took them into the list of 4 best Nikon binoculars.
I’m not advertising, I’m telling the truth. You can read over 150 reviews for Nikon Monarch 5 on Amazon to see that, hundreds of customers confirmed the same thing.
So why the Monarch 5 Binoculars are perfect?
- – Fully Multicoated lenses and Phase-Correction Coated Prisms feature brighter, sharper colors, crisp and drastically improved low-light performance.
- The low-light performance is more than adequate for birding needs in early morning or late evening. You can easily see markings on a sparrow at 50 feet or more in low light. Yeah, I used a Monarch 5 8×42 binoculars to peek at a neighbor girl at tens of houses from me and do not miss any of the action under low light of streetlamps. Lucky for her because she did not do what should not do!
- The brightness is astonishing and nearly equivalent compared to much more expensive products. You can also clearly feel the difference compared to similarly priced and cheaper binoculars, including Nikon Action and Action Ex Binoculars which I reviewed in previous post.
- Amazing Close Focus Distance, just 8.2 ft (2.5), an especially cool feature of all the Nikon Monarchs 5. This allows you to watch not only small birds but even butterflies, dragonflies, insects and other close objects.
– Very long eye relief, 15.4mm – 18.4mm – 19.6mm correspond to the sizes 12×42 – 10×42 – 8×42, and having retractable eyecups. This’s very great and even works well with eyeglasses.
– Rugged rubber armor for added durability and a firm grip and comfortable carry all day even in the worst conditions.
– Guaranteeing to be 100% waterproof and fogproof, make it easy to preserve after using under rain, fog and wet weather conditions. I even dropped my Monarch binoculars in a puddle but for now, they’re still good, sharp and clear after the dropping and 3 years of tramping through woods and waters.
– 25 Year Limited Warranty. Have you ever heard this. With the most of Nikon binoculars, including Nikon Monarch 5, warranty period is up to 25 years. Even your products was not covered by 25 Year Limited Warranty, Nikon will repair or replace them (even it was your fault) for just $10, plus return shipping and handling.
About cons, I haven’t found out after long time of use and I even haven’t read one bad review for any significant con of Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars in over 150 reviews on Amazon.
In other words, they’re perfect binoculars. If you know a con, please let me know by writing them in the comment section!
So, the following is an overview about Pros and Cons of Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars :
Great quality for moderate price ($300 to $350)
100% waterproof and fogproof construction
Rugged rubber armor
Very long eye relief (15mm to 20mm)
Amazingly close focus distance, 8 .2ft (2.4 m)
Fully Multicoated lenses and Phase-Correction Coated Prisms
Quite light weight, about 1.5 lb (0.7 kg)
25 year limited warranty
Really, Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars are only perfect products you can find under $500, no product can compare with them in this price range. I have never used “perfect” for any binoculars, except Monarch 5 and there’s no reason keep me from giving them a 5-Star Rating!
One more thing, have you known which size of binoculars is suited for you?
Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars have 3 sizes that I mentioned above: 8×42, 10×42, 12×42, the first number is magnification and the second is size of objective lens (the big piece of glass farther from your eye). The size of binoculars should be picked based on your passions.
– 8×42 binoculars are suitable for birdwatching, sightseeing, nature watching, hunting,… If you’re a beginner, you should pick this because they’re easy to hold steady and focus.
– 10×42 binoculars are suitable for watching slow birds, sightseeing in good light, insects and maybe also astronomy. Monarch 5 10×42 is also good choice but just suitable for experienced ones because it requires a bit more technique and steadiness.
– 12×42 binoculars is a specialized tool. People usually don’t use them for normal works above, but for astronomy or large static objects. To use this kind, you should place them on a cradle to hold them completely stable.
If you want to use them to peek your neighbor girls (or boys), you should pick 10×42 binoculars. Placing them on a cradle and enjoying. Happy peeking!