9 Best Binoculars Under 100 and 150 Dollars Of 2018

This review is all about cheap binoculars AKA budget binoculars for hunting and birding if you are looking for best binoculars under 100 or best binoculars under 150 dollars then you must need to read this in-depth researched review --- >>>

Truth be told, not everyone can afford to splash thousands of dollars on a spanking new pair of binoculars. More importantly, not everyone needs an expensive pair of binoculars. For some of us, a basic or moderate pair of binoculars that costs less than $100 or $150 is all we need. That being said, there are some excellent options in the under $100 price point that are worth a look at.

And after extensive research on the subject and field testing some of the best binoculars under 100 dollars, we have come up with a list. A list of the best binoculars under $150 and under $100.

So, whether you are a newbie or a veteran in the binoculars world, tag along with me as we explore how to find the best binoculars for 100 dollars.


Top 5 Best Binoculars Under 100 Comparison Chart

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Gosky 10x42 Binoculars for Adults, Compact HD Professional Binoculars for Bird...

10x42

1.54 lbs

307

Adjustable

5 mm

Wingspan Optics Spectator 8X32 Compact Binoculars for Bird Watching. Lightweight...

8x32

0.95 lb

362

14.8 mm

4 mm

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter

15x70

3.28 lbs

230

18 mm

4.7 mm

Binoculars, Kylietech 12X42 Sports HD Professional Binoculars for Bird Watching,...

12x42

1.21 lbs

330

Adjustable

3.5 mm

Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular, 8 x 42-mm, Black

8x42

1.56 lbs

409.5

17 mm

4.2 mm


Top 4 Best Binoculars Under 150 Comparison Chart

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Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 8x28

8x28

0.875 lb

332

18 mm

3.6 mm

Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8x42 Binocular (Green)

8x42

1.75 lbs

388

18 mm

5.2 mm

Vortex Optics Crossfire Roof Prism Binoculars 8x42

8x42

1.47 lbs

393

17 mm

5.3 mm

Nikon 8250 ACULON A211 16x50 Binocular (Black)

16x50

2.1 lbs

220


12.6 mm

3.1 mm


Buying Guide Of Best Binoculars Under 100 & 150 Dollar

Frankly speaking, cheap things are never good, this is somewhat true for binoculars. Nevertheless, it is possible to get a decent binocular for less than 100 dollars.

Needless to say, the binoculars in this price range are not the best like the best rangefinder binoculars which are more than $1000. In this regard, there are somethings you should be ready to compromise on when you decide to shop in this price range.

The trick is knowing what to compromise on and what not to. Let us look at some of the important things you should look for in a budget binocular.

Magnification

The magnification of most binoculars in the under $100 price point range from 6X to 15X. Choosing the right magnification will be critical.

magnification of binoculars

In my experience, the best binoculars under 100 are those with a magnification of 8X paired with a 42 mm objective lens.

A higher magnification in this price range may result in poor image quality. Thus, I recommend sticking with a magnification of between 6X and 10X.

Porro Prism or Roof Prism

Roof prism binoculars are rare to find in the below 100 dollars price point. The reason being that roof prism binoculars are expensive to manufacture. Additionally, prism specific coatings are rare at this price point.

Traditional Porro prism binoculars dominate the under 100 price point. Therefore, it is better to invest in a Porro prism binocular in this price point than a roof prism one. However, if you do get a roof prism binocular, I recommend settling on it.

Coating Types

Anti-reflective coatings are used to minimize glare and improve brightness. A binocular can either be multi-coated or fully multicoated. Fully multicoated is always better.

However, fully multicoated binoculars tend to be more expensive. Therefore, in this price range, you might have to settle for multi-coated. Nonetheless, if you do find one that is fully multicoated go for it.

Glass Type

Binoculars that cost less than 100 feature either a Bak-7 or a Bak-4 prism glass. While Bak-7 glass is more common at this price point, there are some that feature the Bak-4 glass. Thus, the best binoculars under $100 have a Bak-4 glass.

Durability

How durable a binocular should be will depend on what you want to use it for. Most binoculars that cost less than 100 are either waterproof or fogproof.

For birdwatching purposes, you can forgo, one of the two. However, for hunting purposes, I highly recommend getting binocular that is both fog proof and waterproof. In fact, the best hunting binoculars under 100 should be waterproof and fog proof.


The Best Binoculars Under 100

Here are my picks for the best binoculars under 100 dollars.

Gosky 10x42 Binoculars for Adults

The awesome thing about the Gosky 10X42 is that it features the roof prism design. It is rare for find a roof prism binocular costing less than 100 dollars especially one with a 10x magnification.

Apart from the roof prism design, this Gosky unit also boasts of fully multi-coated optics, which are also rare at this price point. And the awesomeness does not end there; this binocular weighs 23 ounces making it one of the lighter options in this price range. The exterior is covered with a rubberized armor that protects it from harsh weather conditions.

Features

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    10X magnification and 40 mm objective lens: The 10X magnification and 40 mm objective lens are the perfect combo for delivering a wide field of view, which stands at 307 ft at 1000 yards.
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    Adjustable eyecups: this binocular is comfortable to use with or without eyeglasses thanks to its twist-up and down adjustable eyecups.
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    Smartphone mount: The quick alignment smartphone mount allows mounting of a smartphone to take photos
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    ¼ inch- 20 threads: The front threads on this binocular allow for the use of a tripod.

Pros

  1. It is compact and lightweight making it easy to carry
  2. Comes with fully multicoated optics for bright clear images
  3. It features a rubberized exterior that protects it from harsh weather
  4. Can be used with or without eyeglasses
  5. Comes with a carrying case to make it easy to transport

Cons

  1. Does not have the straps attached
  2. It is not fog proof

Verdict

This Gorsky is hands down the best compact binoculars under 100. And thanks to its unique features, it is suited for a wide range of applications. Some the applications it is suited for include birding, hunting, wildlife watching and even hiking. Thus it is a binocular I recommend to anyone looking to buy a quality binocular without having to break the bank.


Wingspan Optics Spectator 8X32 Compact Binoculars

The first thing I noticed about the Wingspan Optics Spectator 8X32 is how small it is. In fact, the binoculars could almost fit on the palm of my hand. Additionally, I was able to fit this pair of binoculars in my pocket. Despite its small size, this binocular proved to be a worthy investment.

A look through its lenses and it was clear that Wingspan used Bak-4 glasses in making the glass prism, which was surprising considering most manufacturers use Bak-7 glass. Another thing that surprised me about this binocular is that it has a roof prism design.

Features

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    Nonslip grip: The rubber exterior of the binocular has a non-slip grip making it easy to hold the binoculars
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    8X magnification and 32 mm objective lens: Though not as powerful as that of the Gorsky, the objective lens and magnification combo on this bino deliver a great field of view.
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    Center focus wheel: The center focus wheel is big enough to turn even with gloved hands
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    Twist-up eyecups: The twist up eye cups guarantees a comfortable viewing experience with or without eyeglasses.

Pros

  1. It is easy to carry thanks to its lightweight and compact design
  2. It is built to withstand the occasional drop and knock
  3. It comes fitted with a lens cover to protect the lenses
  4. Comes with a 30-day money back guarantee

Cons

  1. It is not waterproof
  2. Does not come with fully multi-coated optics

Verdict

Due to its compact design and magnification, this binocular is best suited for birdwatching. It is, therefore, the ideal choice for anyone looking for an affordable birdwatching binocular. And given that it is considered one of the best birding binoculars under 100, it is worth purchasing. Apart from bird watching, this binocular can also be used for wildlife watching.


Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars

It is said, when the deal is too good, think twice. This is true for many things, and the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 binoculars are not one of them. Costing less than 100 dollars, this titan of a binocular offers an impressive 15X of magnification. There are many things I loved about this giant binocular.

But the things that stood out for me were first how clear and bright the images appeared. In addition to this, the focus was fast, and zooming had enough fluidity to maintain my target. And while it does not deliver the same clarity as a telescope, I found that it came very close.

Features

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    70 mm objective lens: The huge 70 mm objective lens performed well in low lighting conditions and is best suited for long-range viewing
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    15X magnification: A 15X magnification is more than enough for long-range viewing
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    Tripod adapter: A tripod adapter is included which it makes easy to attach it to a tripod
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    Multi-coated optics: Though not fully multi-coated optics, the multi-coated optics deliver a clear, bright and crisp viewing experience.

Pros

  1. It offers outstanding value for your money
  2. It uses bak-4 prism glass for bright clear images
  3. Comes with a great eye relief of 15 mm
  4. It is waterproof

Cons

  1. It is quite heavy and cannot be used without a tripod
  2. The center focusing knob tends to be unstable

Verdict

Generally speaking, this pair of binoculars was built for astronomy enthusiasts, hence its impressive magnification. Nonetheless, it can be used for wildlife watching as well. Only that it must be used with a tripod. Overall, this binocular is best suited for astronomy, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching terrestrial bodies.


Kylietech 12X42 Binoculars for Adults

Though not as big as the Celestron the Kylietech 12x42 I still a sight to behold, especially when you consider its price tag. Being a roof prism binocular, it delivers a sharp and bright image quality.

But that’s not all, its offers a better optical performance compared to its more gigantic rival. Furthermore, unlike most of the other binoculars on this list, it is both waterproof and fog proof. It also comes fitted with a smartphone adapter, which is a big plus for a binocular of its price.

Features

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    Adjustable eyecups: The binoculars is easy and comfortable to use with or without eyeglasses thanks to its adjustable twist-up eyecups.
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    42 mm objective lens and 12X magnification: Compared to the magnifications of other binoculars on this list, the 12X magnification on this one is more than impressive.
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    Wide Fov: Thanks to the 42 mm objective lens you get a wide 330 ft at 1000 yards field of view.
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    Fully multicoated optics. It is hard to find binoculars with fully multi-coated optics in this price point, and the Kylietech is one of the few.
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    Smartphone and tripod adapters; this binocular can be attached to a tripod and can also accommodate a smartphone.

Pros

  1. Given its magnification, this binocular is quite compact
  2. Comes with fully multi-coated optics for clear and bright images
  3. It has a rubber amour that protects from harsh weather
  4. Comes with a wide field of view of 330 ft at 1000 yards

Cons

  1. It is a little tough to focus

Verdict

This binocular is best suited for wildlife watching. Thus, if you are planning a tour of the Serengeti or some other similar place I highly recommend this pair of binoculars. Since it also comes with a tripod socket, it can be used with a tripod. This makes it also ideal for bird watching.


Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular

In my experience, Bushnell produces some of the best hunting binoculars on the market, and the Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular is no exception. This binocular comes with several awesome features.

To start with, it feels and looks very well made, and its soft textured rubber exterior makes it feel comfortable to hold. Unlike some of the other binoculars on this list, this one features Bak-4 prism glass. And as such, you can expect excellent viewing characterized by vibrant colors and superior sharpness.

Features

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    Fully multi-coated optics: The fully multicoated optics offer crisp and clear images and excellent light transmission
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    Bak-4 prism glass. The glass on this binoculars are made from Bak-4 prism glass which is of better quality compared to the more common Bak-7 glass
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    8X magnification and 42 mm objective lens. This is the perfect magnification and objective lens combo for hunting purposes
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    Large center focus knob. The center focus knob is large enough to make adjusting the focus easy and quick.

Pros

  1. Offers sharp, vibrant and clear images thanks to the fully multicoated optics
  2. The rubber exterior guarantees a firm grip and shock resistance
  3. It features O-ring seal meaning that it is waterproof and fog proof
  4. It is sold with a soft carrying case to make it easy to carry
  5. Comes with a limited lifetime warranty

Cons

  1. Does not have lens caps included
  2. It has a short eye relief

Verdict

If you are looking for the best hunting binoculars under 100, then you have found it. This Bushnell unit is made with hunters in mind. From the tough rubber amour to its magnification, everything about this binocular is designed for hunting purposes. Thus, it is the perfect binocular for any hunter looking for an affordable binocular.


Holisouse 10x42 Binoculars for Adults

I have reviewed and quite many budget binoculars. And in my opinion, few can match the quality of the Holisouse 10x42 Binoculars for Adults. For starters, this is a roof prism binocular meaning that its optical performance does not match that of some of its rivals.

Moreover, the 10X magnification is quite impressive for a binocular in this price range. But what makes this binocular really special is its limited night vision capabilities. Compared to other binoculars on this list, this Holisouse unit proved to be more than capable of performing in low visibility. In a nutshell, the features of this binoculars do not appear below in its price point.

Features

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    Twist-up eyecups. The twist up eye cups offer the kind of comfort you would expect from a high end binocular.
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    Fully multi-coated optics. These binoculars offer a bright and crisp view thanks to its fully multi-coated optics.
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    42 mm objective lens. Thanks to this rather large objective lens, the binocular boasts of impressive light transmission.
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    Bak-4 prism glass. In keeping true to its superior quality, Holisouse used Bak-4 prism glass.

Pros

  1. Weighing 1.1 pounds, it is quite lightweight
  2. Comes with a cleaning cloth
  3. It is both waterproof and fog proof
  4. The non-slip rubber armor provides a firm grip
  5. Can be used at night as well as during the day

Cons

  1. It is not suited for short distance focusing
  2. Tends to become blurry in full zoom

Verdict

The manufacturer of the binocular markets it as a budget binocular for birdwatching and hunting. Its compact design, high magnification, and limited night vision capabilities make it a decent option for hunters. It is actually one of the best budget binoculars for hunting due to its features and rubberized exterior that makes it easy to grip in different weather conditions.


The Best Binoculars Under 150

As is evident from my list, there are some pretty fantastic binoculars in the under $ 100 price range. That being said, there are more amazing binoculars in the under 150 price point. My top picks in this price range are;


Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars

The Vortex Diamondback is among the most common binocular brands out there. There are quite a number of Diamondback configurations out there. And the cheapest is the 8X28 mm one. Needless to say, the 8X28mm Diamondback is smaller than its more powerful siblings.

However, it maintains the optical quality that the Diamondback name is known for. It has the same fully multicoated optics and hinges design as its pricier siblings. As such, apart from the price, there is nothing major separating it and the other Diamondback.

Features

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    Fully multicoated optics. With fully multicoated optics you are guaranteed a sharp, clear and bright viewing
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    Multi-position eyecups. The eyecups on this binocular are adjustable to accommodate different users
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    Argon purging. The inside is filled with argon which prevents entry of fog making it both water and fog proof.
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    8X magnification. The magnification combined with a 28mm objective lens delivers an impressive 332 ft at 1000 yards field of view.

Pros

  1. Features non-slip indent for a secure non-slip grip in all kinds of weather
  2. Has a great eye relief of 18 mm
  3. It is lightweight and compact making it easy to carry
  4. Has fully multicoated optics for bright and clear viewing
  5. Has the widest field of view in its price point

Cons

  1. The case it comes with is too big
  2. Does not perform well in low light

Verdict

Vortex has long been considered one of the best hunting binocular brands. As such, this Vortex Diamondback with its compact design is suited for hunting. It is one of the best cheap binoculars for hunting.


Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8x42 Binocular

One of the best binoculars under 150, the Celestron 71332 Nature DX is an inexpensive roof prism binocular with some surprising features. For starters, it has fully multicoated optics, and phase corrected Bak-4 prism glass.

Also, this compact binocular has one of the best fields of views in this price range, which stands at 388 ft at 1000 yards. And despite its 8X magnification, it can focus on things as close as 6.5 ft, which is really impressive.

Features

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    8X and 42 mm. With a magnification of 8X and a 42 mm objective lens, the binocular has a fantastic field of view.
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    Fully multi-coated. The fully multi-coated optics offer a sharp and bright viewing experience
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    Bak-4 prism. The Bak-4 prism glass improves light transmission for a sharper and more detailed images
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    Twist-up eyecups. The twist up eye cups makes it a comfortable choice for both eyeglass wearers and those who do not wear eyeglasses.

Pros

  1. It is a truly versatile binocular that has a wide range of applications
  2. It is an affordable binocular considering its features
  3. It is lightweight and compact
  4. Has a rubberized and tough exterior
  5. Comes with a great eye relief

Cons

  1. At full magnification images tend to appear blurry
  2. Adjusting the width of the eyepieces feels fiddly

Verdict

When it comes down to it, the Celestron DX is a great budget binocular for birdwatching. Nevertheless, thanks to its compact design and impressive field of view it can also be used by hunters. In particular, it appeals to beginners and intermediate hunters.


Vortex Optics Crossfire Roof Prism Binoculars

The sleek, compact design was the first thing I noticed about the Vortex Optics Crossfire Roof Prism Binoculars. The next thing I found interesting about it was the objective lens caps, which are fixed using rubber tethers meaning you do not have to worry about losing them. Rubber amour has become standard for almost all binoculars.

And given that this is one of the best hunting binoculars under 150, its rubber exterior felt comfortable to hold. On the other hand, the wide grip area makes them comfortable to hold. The binocular performed admirably in bright sunlight and had minimal glare.

Features

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    17 mm eye relief. It does not have the longest eye relief, but it does exceed the standard 15 mm eye relief for people who wear glasses.
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    8X and 42 mm. The 8X and 42 mm configuration is the smallest in the Crossfire series and offers a more compact and easy to use experience
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    Rubber Armor. The rubber armor on this binocular provides a non-slip and comfortable grip even in wet conditions
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    Twist-up eyecups. The twist up eye cups offers a unique viewing experience for people who wear glasses and those who do not.

Pros

  1. Has a great eye relief of 17 mm
  2. It is both waterproof and fog proof thanks to its nitrogen purged tubes
  3. Has a wide field of view of 393 ft at 1000 yards
  4. It weighs 23.5 ounces making it one of the lightest on the market
  5. Has close focus distance of 7.5 ft

Cons

  1. It tends to fog up slightly especially in damp mornings

Verdict

With its compact design and impressively wide field of view, the Vortex Optics Crossfire is designed for hunting. Thus, if you are looking for a pocket-friendly pair of hunting binoculars this vortex unit will be an ideal option. It is one of the best budget binoculars for hunting from Vortex.


Nikon 8250 ACULON A211 16x50 Binocular

One of the best things about the Nikon 8250 ACULON is that it has an eco-glass lens. This type of glass enhances the greenery in the image being viewed. And while its Porro prism design looks traditional, there is nothing traditional about it.

Instead of using the cheaper Bak-7 glass, Nikon opted for the Bak-4 prism glass, which is far much better. In addition to this, the matte black finish of the binocular looks sleek and inconspicuous. Thus, it is hard for it to get noticed while outside. It comes with a neck strap and a tripod mount.

Features

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    Multicoated Bak-4 Porro prism glass: The optical performance of this binocular is excellent, to say the least as it delivers sharp and bright images
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    Eco-glass lenses: The eco-glass coating is lead and arsenic free meaning that not only does it deliver sharp and bright viewing but is also environmentally friendly
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    Twist-up eyecups: The twist-up eyecups guarantee a comfortable viewing experience
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    Center focus knob: The center focus knob is easy to adjust.

Pros

  1. Comes with a 25-year manufacturer warranty
  2. It is waterproof and fog proof
  3. Has a decent eye relief of 0.5 inches
  4. The center focus knob is easy to adjust
  5. It comes with rubber armor for protection and durability

Cons

  1. The eyepiece covers are overly big
  2. The carrying case is somewhat small

Verdict

With a 16X magnification and a 50 mm objective lens and eco glass, this binocular is a nature lover’s best friend. The fact that it accentuates the green in vegetation is a big plus for any nature lover. Another big plus is that it has a tripod stand meaning you can attach it to a tripod for more stable viewing.


Conclusion

The best binoculars under 100 and 150 are not always easy to identify. Especially because this price range is flooded with all kinds of binoculars. However, with the right information finding a good quality binocular is not that hard. The binoculars reviewed above offer exceptional quality and optical performance while at the same time being affordable.

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