Bushnell Engage Binocular Review – 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 & 12×50
When Bushnell Engage Binoculars were released about 2 years back, Outdoor lovers were wondering whether they would deliver as Bushnell claimed. True to their words, the Bushnell Engage have not disappointed in their performance. The image quality and ergonomics are really good for their price range under $300. In this Bushnell Engage Binocular Review, we will look at why.
The Bushnell Engage binoculars come in different configurations namely; 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 and 12×50 models. They are amazing binoculars for bird watchers, hunters, stargazers, hikers and any outdoorsman or woman.
Bushnell Engage Binocular Review – 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 & 12×50 Models Specs Compared
|Name||Bushnell Engage 8x42 Binocular||Bushnell Engage 10x42 Binocular||Bushnell Engage 10x50 Binocular||Bushnell Engage 12x50 Binocular|
|Price||See Current Price Here||See Current Price Here||See Current Price Here||See Current Price Here|
|Objective Lens Diameter||42 mm||42 mm||50 mm||50 mm|
|Field of View||426 feet at 1000yrds||340 feet at 1000yrds||340 feet at 1000yrds||280 feet at 1000yrds|
|Eye Relief||19 mm||18 mm||15 mm||15 mm|
|Close Focus||6.5 feet||8.0 feet||10.0 feet||10.0 feet|
|Weatherproof||Waterproof & Fog proof||Waterproof & Fog proof||Waterproof & Fog proof||Waterproof & Fog proof|
|Weight||23.5 oz||23.5 oz||29.2 oz||29.2 oz|
|Dimensions||6 x 4 x 1 in||6 x 4 x 1 in||7 x 4 x 1 in||7 x 4 x 1 in|
|Lens Coatings||ED prime glass fully multi-coated||ED prime glass fully multi-coated||ED prime glass fully multi-coated||ED prime glass fully multi-coated|
|Prism Coatings||BaK-4 Dielectric Prism coating and Ultra wide-band coatings||Same||Same||Same|
- Dielectric prism coating
- Extra-low dispersion (ED) Prime Glass
- P3C prism phase coating
- Ultra-wideband coating
- Environmentally friendly, lead-free glass
- Anti-water, fog, smudge and debris EXO Barrier
- Fully multi-coated optics
The Bushnell Engage ED Binoculars deliver top-notch performance, both optical and ergonomically, that makes them highly competitive with other binoculars in this price range.
Their field of view is relatively fine to work with. With the 8×42 binoculars having the widest field of view among them at 426′ field of view at 1000 yds and the 12×50 binoculars having the smallest field of view at 280 feet at 1000yrds. But that is to be expected because the higher the magnification, the narrow the field of view gets.
Using Bushnell’s proprietary EXO barrier lens coatings, the Engage Binoculars are able to repel water, oil, debris, and fog to ensure you have obstruction free viewing.
The lens and prism systems yield an exceptionally clear view; due to their lenses been fully multi-coated ED (extra-low dispersion), they are able to transmit a high percentage of incoming light and minimize chromatic aberration, while the PC-3 phase coated roof prisms help brighten the view and fill it with contrast.
With respect to their eye relief, having a long eye relief binoculars is always the best to ensure you have comfortable viewing through them without eye strains. The eye relief for thee binoculars are 19 mm, 18 mm, 15 mm and 15mm respectively in order of increasing magnification.
The 8×42 and 10×42 models have longer eye relief that is ideal for eyeglass wearers who often require a minimum of 16 mm eye relief for strain-free viewing. They can equally manage the 10×50, 12×50 models.
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Considering the quality of these binoculars and the price range they fall under, they are great value for the money. They fall within the price range of $200 to $300. Surprisingly on Amazon, the 8×42 model cost more compared to the other models. Check Out Their Current Prices Here.
Body Construction/ Chassis
The sub-frame of these binoculars is magnesium, making the binoculars strong and sturdy, but not ultra-heavy and are portable. They’re really the perfect size for field use.
On top of the sub-frame, there’s a rubberized coating on the whole thing. This coating helps to keep the binos safe and from sliding around. Each model is also tripod adaptable.
The rubberized coating and strong sub-frame make these binoculars ultra-durable. Drop them on the ground or in a puddle, and you won’t have to worry about anything breaking, getting scratched, or falling apart. Bushnell binoculars all come with a lifetime warranty. In case of any damage or manufacturing fault, you can return them for a repair.
The Engage ED Binoculars are durable and fully weatherproof, allowing you to be confident in their abilities in any environment.
- Resolving power is exceptional. It’s easy to see minute detail that is hard to make out with most other binoculars in this price range.
- Contrast is fantastic.
- Build quality is excellent. These look like they can take a beating over time.
- The diopter adjustment is excellent.
- Eyecups are metal, comfortable in size and shape, and click smoothly into position.
- These DO have a tripod socket with an easy to remove/replace the threaded cap.
- Fully weatherproof
- Some users said there are some internal reflections when eyes are not positioned properly.
What’s Included in the Package?
The box is heavy-duty and well-designed. Besides the binoculars themselves, you get an outer storage bag and a smaller, protective bag that also serves as a lens-cleaning cloth.
Alongside the protective bags, Bushnell provides lens covers for both front and back lenses. Both of which are easy to take on and off. There is also a branded strap which is durable and comfortable.
These Bushnell Engage binoculars are an incredible value for the money. With exceptional glass and are fully weatherproof to withstand any harsh weather conditions. You can take them on almost any outdoor adventure. Whether is the hiking, hunting, safari, bird watching or any activity that you deem fit.
All these great features roll into a sleek, rugged pair of binoculars that are ready to go to work with you, rain or shine. So enjoy your time out with them.
Josephine is Content Manager @ Binocularsinght.com, an Electrical Engineering Grad who loves optics. She is an Outdoor Enthusiast and a Writer who likes escaping into the mountains for hiking adventures and enjoys other outdoor activities as well.