Features November 2007 Issue

Nikon and Fujinon go head-to-head in Practical Sailors’ test of image-stabilized binoculars

Nikon matches Fujinon in optics, but lags in accessories and pricing.

We pitted the Nikon 14x40 Stabil-Eyes against the Fujinon TS 1040 Techno-Stabi binocular, which beat out four competitors—priced from $500 to $1,300 and with magnification factors ranging from 10x to 16x—for the top pick in December. This time, the two nearly identical binoculars carry the same 14x magnification rating but do vary a couple hundred dollars in price. Performance-wise, testers consider these two units to be equals. We found no advantage to the Nikon for its extra operating mode as it proved to be of little use on the water. We did find significant advantages for Fujinon in two areas: its superior carrying case and its lower price. However, for normal day-to-day use onboard, IS binoculars are no substitute for a quality 7x50 binocular with compass.

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