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.
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.
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.
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.