If you’re looking for the best image stabilized binoculars, Canon is a clear leader in the field with their range of image-stabilized (IS) binoculars. There are currently six variations of Canon IS binoculars depending on your specific requirements. Choosing the best image stabilized binoculars for your needs will depend on the level of magnification, the field of view, the weight, portability, and of course the price tag.
At the bottom of this post is a detailed comparison table to help you quickly understand the difference between each model of Canon IS Binoculars.
How Canon IS Binoculars work?
ISB’s (Image-stabilized binoculars) work by pressing down a button to activate a combination of motion sensors, a microprocessor, and Canon’s unique variable angle prism technology. The VAP will instantly shift the optics to adjust the angle of incoming light to correct shaky hands, movement from breathing and even counteract the motion of a vehicle or boat.
The 6 best Canon image stabilized binoculars:
8×25 Canon image stabilized binoculars
The lightest in the range and the least expensive set of Canon IS binoculars available. Powered by a single CR123A battery.
With a relatively small field of view, limited battery life and not quite the same level of build quality as the other Canon image stabilized binoculars I’d recommend opting for the next model, if your budget can stretch a little further -more info.
10×30 IS II Canon image stabilized binoculars
The 10×30 IS II Canon image stabilized binoculars are arguably the most versatile in the range due to their compact size and weight.
With a much better build quality than the 8×25 Canon IS binoculars these are an excellent choice for those on a budget and certainly worth paying the extra for. -more info.
12×36 IS III Canon image stabilized binoculars
The 12×36 IS III Canon image stabilized binoculars are at the top what is considered to be compact and lightweight.
These IS binoculars are a great choice for those who find it difficult to comfortably handle the larger models in the range.-more info.
10x42L Canon image stabilized binoculars
The 10x42L Canon image stabilized binoculars are a serious step up in quality. With a much better field of view than it’s bigger brothers and also considerable lighter, these are considered by most as the ultimate set of binoculars for star gazing without a tripod.
Also ideal for bird watchers thanks to it’s close-up focus of only 8 feet compared to 20 feet on the larger models. -more info.
15×50 Canon image stabilized binoculars
The 15×50 Canon image stabilized binoculars have fantastic magnification but this is at the cost of comfort.
These Canon IS binoculars are physically large and not particular comfortable to hold, they are however considerable cheaper than the 10×42’s. -more info.
18×50 Canon image stabilized binoculars
The 18×50 Canon image stabilized binoculars are the most powerful in the range.
Very similar in size and weight to the 15X50’s, these Canon IS binoculars are all about maximising magnification and detail at the expense of comfort and field of view (only 3.7°) -more info.
Demo footage using the Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars
The above footage is a direct comparison between the Canon IS Binoculars with the Image stabilizing powered on and off.
Canon Image Stabilizing Binocular Comparison Table
Here is a responsive table with the specifications of 6 variations of Canon Image Stabilizing Binoculars to help you easily compare the differences in features.
|Exit Pupil (mm)||3.1||3.0||4.2||3.0||3.3||2.8|
|Real Field of View||6.6o||6.0o||6.5o||5.0o||4.5o||3.7o|
|Apparent Field of View||52.8 o||60.0 o||65.0 o||60.0o||67.0o||67.0o|
|Min Focusing Distance||3.5m||4.2m||2.5m||6.0m||6.0m||6.0m|
|Objective Lens (G2- G4) Movement||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Objective Lens Movement||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|UD Lens||No||No||Yes (2)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Rubber Coating||No||No||Yes||Yes||All Weather||All Weather|
|Super Spectra Multi-coating||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Weight (excl. batteries)||490g||600g||1030g||660g||1200g||1200g|
Choosing the right Canon IS binoculars
If you are on a budget – The 10×30 Canon IS binoculars are significantly better than the 8×25’s and definitely worth paying a little extra for.
If you want comfort and a good field of view – The 10×42’s are considered the best general-purpose Canon IS binoculars. They offer the best field of view and are the most comfortable to use.
If you want the best detail – The 18×50’s will give you by far the clearest view but at the cost of comfort and field of view. More suited to those who are able to take a seated position when viewing.
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