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Canon 10x30 IS Ultra-Compact Binoculars (Black)

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  • Ultra-compact lightweight 10x binoculars
  • Built-in image stabilizer
  • Doublet field-flattener for sharp, distortion-free images from edge-to-edge
  • Long eye relief for easy viewing
  • Water-resistant rubber coating|
  • 10x magnification in a compact design
  • Built-in optical image stabilization uses 2 AA batteries
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Technical Details

  • Model: 10x30 IS
  • Weight: 2.35 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 5 x 5.9 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00004THDC
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  • Item model number: 10x30 IS
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 31, 2000

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Lightweight and powerful, the ultra-compact Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization Binoculars delivers the built-in benefits of Canon's refined and active Image Stabilization. It also features a doublet field-flattener for sharp, distortion-free images from edge-to-edge. Canon's super spectra multi-coating provides superior contrast, as the water-resistant rubber coating ensures secure holding. It also has a long eye relief of 14.5-millimeters for easy viewing.

Product Description

With the Canon 2897A002 10x30 IS Ultra-Compact Binoculars delivers outstanding optical performance and stabilization capability at an affordable price. Whether you're upon the water's edge or perched high in the upper deck of a stadium, you'll get a close view of action with this well-contoured Canon offering. A textured rubber coating provides a sure grip as well as a bit of protection from the elements. The center-mounted focus and stabilizer controls are easily accessible for both hands.

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The image stabilization works very well and is easy to engage.
The binoculars are nice and when you press the button to kick in the image stabilization feature you see this technology shine.
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Don't buy an expensive pair of binoculars without trying these first!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

403 of 403 people found the following review helpful By Neri Kafkafi on January 20, 2002
If you want to get a quick idea why image stabilization (IS) is the next revolution in binoculars, that's easy: take any binoculars that you can get and look through them at some object (a printed page of paper with several font sizes is ideal). Then look again at the same object from the same distance, but this time with the binoculars moudnted on a steady support (don't touch em!). You will notice that the actual resolution increases by a factor of at least 2 or 3 when mounted. That is, you can discern details that are at least two or three times smaller, because mounting eliminates the smear caused by the shaking of your hands. IS is like having this support available any time and anywhere you need it by a push of a button! In most conditions, the practical resolutions I can get with my Canon IS cannot be matched by any hand-held, unstabilized binoculars in the market, including those fancy Nikons, Swarovskis, Leicas and Zeiss that cost three or four times as much. No matter how good (and how expensive) is the optics of these top-of-the-line binoculars, their limiting factor in the field is the shaking of your hands. You may have heard that IS is important because it eliminates eyestrain and headaches, or because you can use the binoculars from a boat or a moving car. While these are good reasons to buy the Canon, the best reason is that they let you see much more detail in any given distance. And this is the reason why you buy binoculars in the first place.
If you are a birder like me, and you are looking for a top of the line binoculars, do not buy anything before you try this one.
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183 of 186 people found the following review helpful By W. G. Reed Jr. on October 20, 2000
I've been a binocular junkie for years. I've specialized in high end glasses, particularly Leitz, Swarovski and Hensoldt (when I could get them). Two years ago, in anticipation of a trip to Kenya where I would spend the days in a moving LandRover, I thought I'd try the (then new) Cannon 10x30 Image Stabilizers. I was just blown away! The optics are excellent and the weight is surprisingly light. But the image stabilizing feature is just fabulous. There is simply no wiggle when holding these binoculars (and I'm a big coffee drinker). While they won't compensate for big rolls, jumps and twists in a moving car, they eliminate all the vibration and result in much less eye fatigue. In my opinion, it's a case of technology having obsoleted a very fine product. Take my word, do not spend over $500 for fixed binoculars without first trying the image stabilized Cannons. It's a revelation.
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191 of 196 people found the following review helpful By chartel on August 17, 2004
A grad student tried a pair of these Canon image stabilized binoculars at an observatory's star party and while he thought the binocs were very fine, he didn't agree with all the other astronomers around him that they were that much better than normal binocs..........

As for myself, I read every review I could find before deciding to purchase these 10x30 IS Canon binocs. I've had them for nearly a week now and have done some careful observing and decided to share my thoughts to help others who may be "sitting on the fence" and worried about the occasional bad review seen here or elsewhere.

I will be using these binocs for many kinds of observing , but

mostly for astronomy, nature observing and for the fun of using them -- they are very enjoyable to just plain use 'em.

Astronomy use puts optics to a severe test, but these performed far better than expected, and I expected rather much. First, I didn't expect the brightness to be so good. For a 10x30, they are clearly letting through almost all of the light entering the objective lenses, even with all those elements and prisms. I own a wonderful set of french APX 10x60 military naval binocs, and these little Canons were actually brighter on daylight objects and offered truer colors, too. Color fringing is very minimal, but visible on very bright objects in the night sky and at the edges of light-colored objects in daylight, but only if you are really trying to see it. On bright stars, there is some flaring, but lesser stars are tiny and tinier dots of light, just as they should be -- not as fine as you'd see in the finest apochromatic refractors, but about as fine as you'll see in any 10x30 binocular.
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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By M. Broderick VINE VOICE on August 3, 2002
I like these binoculars a lot, and the image stabilization does the job well. You must hold down a button on top of the binoculars to keep the image stabilization engaged, and as soon as you touch the button, you see the image in the binoculars jerk once, then steady itself. Holding down the button isn't difficult or a big deal, by the way, and it does save batteries. If your batteries are dead, or you are concerned about minimizing battery use, the binoculars work fine without the image stabilization engaged.
The effect of the stabilization isn't quite what I expected beforehand--In long viewing sessions, there is less fatigue from hand movement thanks to the stable image, and I expected this. But the big benefit is that you can see much more detail in the steady image--In effect you have an increase in magnification! You can see a lot more with image-stabilized binoculars.
Now for the quirks--First, the small aperture and high power mean the image isn't very bright. This isn't a problem in many applications (for whalewatching in bright Sun, the binocs were wonderful!), but it means these binocs may not be the best choice for low-light applications--birding in deep woods, for instance.
Second, the IS mechanism is slightly fragile. Don't drop 'em!
Third, the binocs do use batteries. I recommend Lithium, particularly if you might let them set unused for quite awhile. They cost more upfront, but cost the same or less in the long run due to their greater lifespan. Also, the long storage life means you won't hike out in the boonies and find your only set of batteries is dead!
Fourth, the binocs aren't light. They aren't monstrously heavy, but they they do weigh a bit.
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