Monarch 7’s ones have 2 sizes of objective lens: 42mm and 30mm. In this article, I’m going to review for the size 42mm.
The Monarch 7 Binocular from Nikon is well known for their low light definition, an exceptional wide view quality design with a nitrogen filled housing making them waterproof and fog proof.
The high price is only reason makes Monarch 7 8×42 Binoculars are not one of 4 best Nikon Binoculars, everything else is perfect!
Field of View (FOV)
The Monarch 7 provides exceptional wide field of view, the benefit being that makes it easy to find your subject.
Indeed, this’s one of 2 primary reasons to buy these. Monarch 7 Binoculars have extremely wide FOV. After 3 years using Monarch 5, one month ago I tried a Monarch 7 8×42 binoculars again and was startled at the FOV … too amazing!
Extremely wide FOV allow you to follow very fast and small objects (a small bird, a golf ball,…) and not lose them.
The second primary reason is the sharpness and brightness of view. I used the Monarch 7 to view rice terraces in Sapa – Vietnam and could make out details in the rice fields, summits, streams,… even the outlines of closer, H’mong ones on the terraces, houses, trees,… Everything was very clear, sharp and bright, their colors were also perfect, well saturated and so true to life, looks like I could touch them at the distance over 300 ft (100m).
Nikon says these thanks to the roof prism design coupled with super-high quality multi-coated lenses and the use of Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion glass lenses. I don’t really understand that but it really worked well.
Very great Low Light Performance is due to Dielectric, High-Reflective Multilayer prism coating (as Nikon calls it), makes color sharp and resolution is excellent. This’s very important for those who usually use binoculars in low light conditions: birdwatching at dusk and dawn, hunting wild boar at late afternoon or stargazing,…
And very short Close Focus Distance, just 8 feet (2.4 m), which I would like at all Nikon Monarch binoculars. This allows you to watch not only objects at hundreds feet, but also objects at under 10 feet: butterflies, dragonflies and insects,…
Optically, Monarch 7’s are perfect! But how about construction?
Durable Rubber Armored Coating and Non-slip Coating makes Monarch 7’s very comfortable to hold and rugged enough to stand up to any conditions. Nitrogen-filled housing for 100% fogproof and waterproof body.
I have been using a pair of Monarch 5 from 3 years ago for many tramping through woods, mountain under rain and fog, even I dropped them many times on rocks, 2 times in puddles but now, they’re still very good. And I believe Monarch 7, more advanced model than Monarch 5, will work better.
Long Eye Relief, 17.6 mm. I wear glasses so this is very important. And after trying Monarch 7 8×42, I was fully satisfied for this size of Eye Relief, it’s long enough for all users, including glasses wearers.
The light weight, just 1.3 pound (0.6 kg) equivalent to a water bottle, and compact size are also pros. Compared to Monarch 3 and 5, you will feel they’re slightly heavier and larger, but compared to others (Nikon Action, Prostaff 7 or Trailblazer), you will see Monarch 7 much lighter.
All in All, with rugged and non-slip body, long Eye Relief, light weight and compact size, Monarch 7’s are very easy and quick to focus and comfortable to carry all day.
The summary for pros and cons of Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars:
Extremely wide FOV (Field Of View)
Very sharp and bright images
Great Low Light Performance
Short Close Focus Distance (just 8 ft)
Rugged and non-slip body
100% waterproof and fogproof
Long Eye Relief (17.6mm)
Light weight (1.3 lb) and compact size
25 Years No Fault Warranty
At the time I learned (3 years ago), the price of Monarch 7 8×42’s were near $700 so I thought it’s slightly expensive and didn’t bought them. But now, they’re just over $470 (on Amazon), too excellent price for perfect quality.
Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars have 2 sizes: 8×42 and 10×42:
- 8x ones (as I reviewed above) are more suitable for birdwatching, hunting, sports games and events,… They’re not shaky too much and easy to hold steady.
- If your passions are bird watching, nature watching, astronomy,… you can also consider the Nikon Monarch 7 10×42 with same features, higher magnification at slightly lower price point.
- Of course higher magnification (with same objective lens) will make quality of image a bit lower. 10x binoculars are amazing but they require a bit more technique and steadiness so more suitable for experienced ones. If you’re beginner but still want to use 10x, you may need to lean against something solid to stop the shake.