Bushnell Powerview Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular Review

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The PowerView series from Bushnell has been their largest, and arguably the most popular, line of affordable, multipurpose binoculars. The PowerView series is squarely targeted at general enthusiasts who desire a lightweight, powerful and durable pair of binoculars. The Bushnell Powerview Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular offer a host of features to delight such users.

Featuring a contemporary ergonomic design, the Bushnell PowerView Compact binoculars come with an impressive range of magnification, advanced optics, and decent build quality. The affordability of Bushnell PowerView Compact binoculars further sweeten an already tempting product. Let us, then, take a detailed look at what you can expect from this product.

Features of the Bushnell Powerview Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular

The following are some of the common features that you must know:

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Lens

The overall performance of Binoculars is greatly affected by the quality of their lenses as they directly affect the clarity of view. The science behind this is rather simple. With lenses of a larger aperture, that is, bigger diameter, the Binoculars manage to capture more light and render clearer images.

The Bushnell PowerView Compact binoculars come equipped with a competent 32 mm lens allowing users a fairly respectable field of view and an ability to clearly see tiny objects.

Magnification

Magnification simply refers to the capability of binoculars to enlarge the objects in your field of view. The rule of thumb with respect of magnification is rather straightforward: the greater the magnification, the further and better you see. In this regard, Bushnell Powerview Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular offer excellent performance with their 10x magnification.

The objective lens with these binoculars is a standard 32 mm, and comes equipped with a center focus system. In simpler words, you can use use the center focus system to enlarge objects up to 10 times their original sizes.

Fully Coated Optics

Coatings are yet another means to ensure that the binoculars capture a greater amount of light and render Sharper Images. They are essentially chemicals that are applied onto the lenses to augment their light trapping capability. Typically, lenses with multiple layer of coatings outperform those with a single or no coatings.

Rather delightfully, Bushnell PowerView Compact Binoculars come with fully coated optics to ensure greater light capture. Since these binoculars are strictly in the budget range, where fully coated optics aren’t offered as standard by the competitors, this feature does make Bushnell PowerView a rather attractive proposition.

Foldable Design

Perhaps not the most glamorous, but nevertheless useful, feature of Bushnell PowerView Compact Binoculars is their fold able design. This feature should be especially attractive to general enthusiasts who want to enjoy a closer view of the action, whether it’s concerts or a sporting event, without the inconvenience of lugging a bulky instrument. Bushnell's clever fold down feature allows these binoculars to be folded into a small enough size to fit your pocket.

Roof Prism Design

Prisms are used in binoculars to upend the image coming through the lens which would otherwise be rendered upside down. Typically, budget priced binoculars make use of Porro prisms that are not very good at rendering upright and stable images.

Once again, Bushnell PowerView Compact Binoculars stand themselves apart from their competitors as they employ roof prisms to render visibly superior images. Roof prism binoculars are a more precise and complex optical system that make sure light does not bend much, and, thus, deliver crystal clear views.

Other Features

Among other features, the ergonomic and contemporary design of these binoculars are sure to please everyone who holds them. Once again, even with its budget price, the Product has a premium feel to it with its non-slip rubber pads and armoring. Pair it with its Lightweight Design, and you can be sure that using these binoculars would be an all round pleasurable experience.

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PROS

  • Lightweight and extremely portable.
  • Premium features at budget prices.
  • Superior build quality for its price.

CONS

  • Not tripod mountable.

Features at a Glance

  • Fully-coated optics for a brighter view.
  • Non-slip rubber armor absorbs shock while providing a firm grip.
  • Contemporary styling.
  • Fold-down eye cups and center focus system.
  • Lens Coating: Fully.
  • Prism System: Roof.
  • Prism Glass: BK-7.
  • Not water/fog proof.
  • Do not adapt to tripod.

Product Specifications

  • Prism Type – Roof
  • Magnification – 10x
  • Objective Lens Diameter – 25mm
  • Angle of View – 5.7°
  • Field-of-View – 300′ @ 1000yd / 99.60m @ 1000m
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 21.00′ / 6.4m
  • Shipping Weight – 2 pounds
  • Exit Pupil Diameter – 2.5mm
  • Eye Relief – 9mm
  • Focus Type – Center
  • Tripod Mount – None
  • Dimensions – 4.4×2.0x4.5″ / 11.18×5.08×11.43cm
  • Weight – 8.54oz / 242g

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any accessories that come along with the product?

Q: What’s the eye relief for these binoculars?

Final Verdict

While far from a top of the line model, these budget binoculars deliver immense value for their price. Indeed, their roof prism and fully coated optics deliver a level of performance that outclasses its rivals and competes with some of the mid priced models.

While there are minor quibbles like the visibly narrow eye hole, the overall conclusion is that Bushnell PowerView Compact binoculars deliver immense value for money.

Jim Shockey
 

Jim Shockey is a Canadian outdoor writer, a professional big game outfitter, and television producer and host for many hunting shows.

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