Nikon Monarch 5 vs Vortex Diamondback Binoculars-8×42 and 10×42

The Nikon Monarch 5 vs Vortex Diamondback Binoculars, which is better?. I guess this is properly the question that landed you here. Well, the majority of people are also seeking to know what is the difference and similarities between these two binoculars brands. This why  I did intensive research and gathered users experiences and feedbacks to help you compare the two.

In my recent article, the Vortex Diamondback and Vortex Viper HD Binoculars were compared. you can check it out to see how the Vortex Diamondback is doing against other binoculars as well.

Nikon is a brand that has proven itself over the years when it comes to lenses and optics. There’s no doubt that they also make some kickass binoculars. The company was incorporated in 1917 in Japan when three leading optical manufacturers merged to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon.

Vortex, on the other hand, was established not long ago in America to produce binoculars and other optical instruments for the middle class of America and the rest of the world. For the past years, they have done well in carving a name for themselves. So, it is not surprising that you seek to know how the Nikon Monarch 5 series differs or compares with the Vortex Diamondback HD binoculars.

Before I get to their performances, let’s look at their specifications in a tabular form below.

Nikon Monarch 5 vs Vortex Diamondback – Comparison Table

 

Preview
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Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 8x42 Binocular (Black)
Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 8x42
Nikon 7577 MONARCH 5 10x42 Binocular (Black)
Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 10x42
Name
Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular 8x42
Vortex Diamondback HD Binocular 8x42
Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular 10x42
Vortex Diamondback HD Binocular 10x42
Magnification
8x
8x
10x
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
42 mm
42 mm
42 mm
Field of View
109.6 m @ 1000 m
131.2 m @ 1000 m
96 m @ 1000 m
/ 110.2 m @ 1000 m
Eye Relief
19.5 mm
17 mm
18.4
15 mm
Focus Type
Center
Center
Center
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25 mm
5.25 mm
4.2 mm
4.2 mm
Weatherproof( Water/Fog Proof)
Fully Weatherproof
Fully Weatherproof
Fully Weatherproof
Fully Weatherproof
Min Focus Distance
2.5 m
1.5 m
2.5 m
2 m
Tripod Mount
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Weight
590 g
618 g
600 g
606.7 g
Dimensions
14.5 x 13.0 cm
14.7 x 12.9 cm
14.5 x 12.9 cm
14.7 x 12.9 cm
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-coated Eco-Glass Lenses
Dielectric, fully multi-coated lenses
Fully Multi-coated Eco-Glass Lenses
Dielectric, fully multi-coated lenses
Prism Coatings
Dielectric high-reflective multilayer and phase correction roof prism coatings
phase corrected Roof prisms
Dielectric high-reflective multilayer and phase correction roof prism coatings
phase corrected Roof prisms
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Preview
Nikon 7576 MONARCH 5 8x42 Binocular (Black)
Name
Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular 8x42
Magnification
8x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
109.6 m @ 1000 m
Eye Relief
19.5 mm
Focus Type
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25 mm
Weatherproof( Water/Fog Proof)
Fully Weatherproof
Min Focus Distance
2.5 m
Tripod Mount
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Weight
590 g
Dimensions
14.5 x 13.0 cm
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-coated Eco-Glass Lenses
Prism Coatings
Dielectric high-reflective multilayer and phase correction roof prism coatings
Preview
Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 8x42
Name
Vortex Diamondback HD Binocular 8x42
Magnification
8x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
131.2 m @ 1000 m
Eye Relief
17 mm
Focus Type
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25 mm
Weatherproof( Water/Fog Proof)
Fully Weatherproof
Min Focus Distance
1.5 m
Tripod Mount
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Weight
618 g
Dimensions
14.7 x 12.9 cm
Lens Coatings
Dielectric, fully multi-coated lenses
Prism Coatings
phase corrected Roof prisms
Preview
Nikon 7577 MONARCH 5 10x42 Binocular (Black)
Name
Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular 10x42
Magnification
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
96 m @ 1000 m
Eye Relief
18.4
Focus Type
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
4.2 mm
Weatherproof( Water/Fog Proof)
Fully Weatherproof
Min Focus Distance
2.5 m
Tripod Mount
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Weight
600 g
Dimensions
14.5 x 12.9 cm
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-coated Eco-Glass Lenses
Prism Coatings
Dielectric high-reflective multilayer and phase correction roof prism coatings
Preview
Vortex Optics Diamondback Roof Prism Binoculars 10x42
Name
Vortex Diamondback HD Binocular 10x42
Magnification
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
/ 110.2 m @ 1000 m
Eye Relief
15 mm
Focus Type
Center
Exit Pupil Diameter
4.2 mm
Weatherproof( Water/Fog Proof)
Fully Weatherproof
Min Focus Distance
2 m
Tripod Mount
Yes (Adapter Optional)
Weight
606.7 g
Dimensions
14.7 x 12.9 cm
Lens Coatings
Dielectric, fully multi-coated lenses
Prism Coatings
phase corrected Roof prisms

Optical Performance

These two binoculars don’t really have big major differences unlike if you were to compare the Nikon Monarch 7 with the Vortex Diamondback  HD,  I  would say for superior optics, you should go for the Nikon Monarch 7.

If you are big on the field of view, between the Diamondback HD and the Nikon Monarch 5, the Diamondback is having a wider field of view compared to the Monarch 5. The FOV for the Diamondback 8×42 model is 131.2 m @ 1000 m while the Monarch 5 8×42 model is at 109.6 m @ 1000 m. You can see the Diamondback is  22.6m wider than the Monarch 5. The same goes for the 10×42 models. the Diamondback is having a wider FOV than the Monarch 5.

If you compare the  8×42  and  10×42 models, in terms of using both under the same low light conditions, the  8×42 models are better for low light conditions like dusk and dawns because of their larger exit pupils. But if you will be using them more in the daytime, then the  10×42 models are perfect.

For those who enjoy using their binoculars to view butterflies, dragonflies and other small creatures at a close distance, the Diamondback has a better close distance focus than the Nikon Monarch 5. It means that you can see clearly at very close creatures with your Diamondback.

In terms of the image clarity they give, they both are able to give decent images clarity. With the image been brighter in the middle and blurs toward the edges. If you are eyeglass wearer who might be concern about the eye relief, they are all having very good eye relief. Suitable for both glass wearers and non-glass wearers.

Their optical performances are similar except the Nikon use  Extra-Low Dispersion glasses. They give a slightly brighter and sharper image than the Diamondbacks as seen in the image below where the Nikon Monarch 5 image is compared with the Vortex Diamondback image.

Nikon Monarch 5 vs Vortex Diamondback HD binoculars
Image courtesy of Outdoorgearlab.com

Similar Reads:

Comparison of Zeiss Terra ED 10×42 and Nikon Monarch 7

Comparison of Nikon Prostaff 3s and the Nikon Prostaff 7s

 Nikon Monarch 5 8×42 vs 10×42 & 12×42 binoculars 

Price

With regards to their prices, although they are all within $200 fallen right under $300, the Nikon Monarch is slightly expensive than the Diamondback. The Diamondbacks were around $260 and the Monarch 5s  around $220 at the time of doing this comparison.

These are decent binoculars for the price. They are both budget-friendly, affordable and good value for the money.

Weight

Even though weight isn’t a major factor of consideration when it comes to choosing binoculars, some people might still want to consider it.  You will notice that the weight of the Nikon Monarch 5 8×42  model is 590.0 g while the Vortex Diamondback HD 8×42 model is weighing 618 g. Making the Diamondback 28g heavier than the Monarch 5.

However, the  10×42 models are not having that much difference in terms of weight. the Diamondback just weighs 6.7g heavier compared to the Monarch 5. Although both binoculars are lightweight, the Monarch 5s models are lighter in weights compared to the Diamondbacks.

Body Construction

No matter how quality the optics of the binoculars are, but if they don’t have a solid exterior to protect them from damages, they won’t last. It is worth mentioning that all vortex binoculars come with lifetime warranties. So the Diamondbacks are having a lifetime warranty, unlike the Nikon which have limited warranty. I  think the Nikon’s are 25 years.

The Vortex  Diamondback HD binoculars are lightweight, sleek, have short hinge design and have a durable aluminum body with rubber armor and thumb indents which leave more room for your hands creating an easier, secure and non-slip grip.

As with the other binoculars in the  Monarch series, the chassis for the Monarch 5 is polycarbonate reinforced with fiberglass. It’s a construction technique that provides sturdiness with lightweight. Polycarbonate is quite strong and reinforcing it with fiberglass enhances that durability and making it comfortable to carry around. It also has a good balance which allows you to carry them around for long periods without getting tired.

Final Verdict

These binoculars are actually pretty closely matched with the performance edge. The Vortex Binoculars are the better price, they have a wider field of view, better close focus distance and have a lifetime warranty, but it’s hard to go wrong with either!.

The Nikon Monarch 5 offers brighter and sharper images compared to the Diamondbacks. This because they used Extra-Low Dispersion glasses which is absent in the Diamondbacks. Making them just a little bit better than the competition.

If I am to choose from the Nikon Monarch series binoculars with a little higher budget, I would rather go for the Monarch 7s binoculars. Which offers superior optical performance compared to the Monarch 5s.

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