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Canon 10x32 IS Binoculars Review

I recently had the privilege to test the Canon 10x32 IS binoculars featuring two image stabilisation modes. I received the binoculars a day before my family and I embarked on an eight day holiday to the Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape. With no time to test them in the field before I left, I was feeling excited at the prospect of using them in the park.

Canon 10x32 IS Binoculars
Canon 10x32 IS Binoculars
A beautiful landscape in the Mountain zebra National Park
A beautiful landscape in the Mountain zebra National Park

Firstly let’s briefly explain the main technical aspects of these binoculars. They feature a ten times magnification, a 32mm objective lens diameter, porro II prism, 2m minimum focusing distance, a lens shift image stabilisation system, and a powered image stabilisation system which runs on two AA batteries.

Canon 10x32 IS Binoculars
Canon 10x32 IS Binoculars

After a lengthy drive we arrived at MZNP, and you guessed it the first thing we encountered besides the stunning vistas, was a group of Cape Mountain Zebra. I had my first opportunity to try out the binoculars. I wasn’t disappointed. The binoculars gave me a crystal clear and crisp view of the zebras, and the focusing was simple to use, while the binoculars were also very comfortable in my hands.

Cape Mountain Zebra
Cape Mountain Zebra

Canon employs a host of state of the art technologies to ensure such good image quality. These include a field flattening lens to eradicate blurriness around the edges of the image, and super spectra lens coating which suppresses reflected light across a wide range of wavelengths, resulting in high contrast, high definition and a clear viewing experience. At this stage I had not even tried out the image stabilisation yet, but was very pleased to see such good quality views without them.

Desert Cisticola - Mountain Zebra National Park
Desert Cisticola - Mountain Zebra National Park