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Canon Announces Two New Entry-Level Binoculars Featuring Lens-Shift Image Stabilization

With Lens-Shift Image Stabilization, Compact, Lightweight Bodies and Affordable Pricing, the Canon 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS Binoculars are the Triple-Threat Tools Necessary for all Viewing Endeavors

MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – What do birdwatching, hiking, camping and sports watching all have in common? They all need a trusted and high-quality set of binoculars to view and bask in the full experience. Continuing to elevate viewing through impressive optics, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new, lightweight entry-level Image-Stabilized Binoculars with an 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS. Specifically, the 8×20 IS binoculars are the world’s lightest binoculars with image stabilization*. These new entry-level models also feature Lens Shift Image Stabilization (IS) technology, a technology that allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to help correct shaking from handholding.

“One of the secrets to Canon’s success is the company’s dedication to its strong legacy of optical brilliance and imaging technologies that match the various needs of our customers for today and into the future,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new binoculars embody those same principles, enhancing the viewing experiences for our customers while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”

The new binocular models both feature Shift Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. This technology incorporates a microcomputer and improved gyro performance that assists in cancelling out the effects of user-shake or movement, resulting in an enhanced detailed view of objects. Reducing shake also lessens fatigue when viewing for long periods of time, making them comfortable to use at concerts and events. Canon is offering two models with different zoom powers (8x and 10x) which can handle various situations for a wide range of users.

Additional features in both models include:

  • Compact and Lightweight Binoculars with Image Stabilization
  • High-Magnification Ratio of 8x to 10x, respectively
  • High-Efficiency Shift-System Image Stabilizer
  • Powered IS Mode
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super-Spectra Coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of up to 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Ergonomic design and comfortable grip

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s new 8×20 IS and 10×20 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available in early November 2019 for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $549.99 respectively**. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

neuroanatomist

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I quite like my 10x30 IS binoculars. Don’t use them too much, if I did I’d get the 10x42L IS.
 

AlanF

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Serious bird watchers tend to go for Swarovski, Zeiss and one or two other excellent brands. 8x20 and 10x20 have too small apertures for light gathering and too small exit pupils. And, 8x magnifications are very easily used without worrisome image shake.
 

privatebydesign

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I quite like my 10x30 IS binoculars. Don’t use them too much, if I did I’d get the 10x42L IS.
I have the 8x25's, they are nice enough, small and light and the IS is very effective especially on boats. I'd prefer a weather sealed model but I advent had a good enough excuse to trade up.


Serious bird watchers tend to go for Swarovski, Zeiss and one or two other excellent brands. 8x20 and 10x20 have too small apertures for light gathering and too small exit pupils. And, 8x magnifications are very easily used without worrisome image shake.
I was in B&H one time getting some cheap Nikon binoculars, just for fun I asked if I could look through the $1,400 Swarovski demo set they had. Oh my! The clarity and contrast was stunning, well worth the cost if you use binoculars much. Like the difference between a kit zoom and a new L prime...
 
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colorblinded

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"entry level"

Well, cheaper than the other IS binoculars. I'd love a higher powered IS binocular but haven't enough need for them, especially at their prices.
 

jeanluc

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I have 10+ year old Canon IS binocs....they are still great.

Once you use image stabilized binoculars, you won't want to use "regular" ones again. I remember reading how you can see Jupiter's Galilean moons with binoculars....well, using these, you actually CAN!
 
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criscokkat

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Canon is doomed! They don't come with YBIS - your body image stabilization. If they can't keep your body and the sensor attached to it from shaking, IS inside the binoculars only help so much. :ROFLMAO:
 

neuroanatomist

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Canon is doomed! They don't come with YBIS - your body image stabilization. If they can't keep your body and the sensor attached to it from shaking, IS inside the binoculars only help so much. :ROFLMAO:
Nature already took a page from Konica-Minota’s book (or do I have that backwards?) and gave us VOIS – vestibulo-ocular image stabilization.
 

AlanF

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I have 10+ year old Canon IS binocs....they are still great.

Once you use image stabilized binoculars, you won't want to use "regular" ones again. I remember reading how you can see Jupiter's Galilean moons with binoculars....well, using these, you actually CAN!
I gather the 15x50s are good and stargazers like them. I use either Swarovski 8x30 or 8x32 on a neckstrap while carrying my camera and telephoto lens on a Blackrapid, and heavier bins would be too much.
 

docsmith

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I own the 10x42L and 15x50. The 10x42 L is excellent, great optical quality. The 15-50, I'd call them good. You can absolutely notice the IQ difference between the "L" vs "non-L". It is too the point, even if I want the "reach" of the 15x50, I often reach for the 10x42L.

Good glass matters.
 

scyrene

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I have the Canon 18x50 IS binoculars and they are great - or they were, until they broke (haven't got round to seeing if they can be fixed). I've never taken to unstabilised binoculars or spotting scopes, maybe I'm too wobbly. Though if I was taking my long lens out, I found it easier to use that mostly and save the extra weight.
 

Graphic.Artifacts

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$300 pair of Vanguard ED 8x42's for me. Not as contrasty and a bit more yellow fringing and CA than the Zeiss and Swarovski's but good value for the price. I'm way too hard on bino's to spend big $'s. Never tried IS.

I often find that if I bring bino's with me I end up spending too much time looking and not enough time shooting. Can't say how many times I've missed a great photo because I was watching through a pair of field glasses instead of a viewfinder.

Just check a big online photo retailer that we all know and they are clearing out those vanguards for a great price. Might have to pick-up a back up pair.
 
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have the Canon 10x30 IS Binocs for about 10 years.. still work great.. only problem I've had with them.. the rubberized coating gets sticky and makes them nearly unusable... sent them to Canon who acknowledges the defect with the rubber coating .. their estimate to repair-- nearly $400 .. madness.. got them back and Googled 'how to repair them'... finally removed it... with that said-- would I get another-- not as long as Canon puts that rubberized coating on them-- never
 
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OMG that crop factor.
Well at least here canon did not crippled their binoculars and went dual lens instead of a single.
Anyway - no 24p. :(:( I gona jump ship.

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I guess everybody is tired of these jokes.
I think I keep coming back to this forum specifically FOR these comments :ROFLMAO::LOL:

Also, they don't have dual card slots, one for each eye; therefor useless. Canon is dooooomed!
 
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SteveC

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I think I keep coming back to this forum specifically FOR these comments :ROFLMAO::LOL:

Also, they don't have dual card slots, one for each eye; therefor useless. Canon is dooooomed!
Actually the R series has room for a couple of dozen cards...if you buy the drop-in filter adapter and drop your cards into that slot. :ROFLMAO:
 
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Bundu

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I had the Swarovski 10x42. Sold it and bought the Canon 12x36 is iii. The Swarovski optics WAY better but I can just see more detail with the is. And the canon is a lot easier on my eyes as I spend many hours looking through them. Can you imagine canon is with swarovski optics ? Must be the ultimate binos.

NB. Easy to see Jupiters moons with the canon handheld. With the swarovski only it it was wedged securely on something.