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I don't have anything to compare it to but they seem to have a bright, sharp picture with no purple fringing on the edges or any other obvious distortion. They feel nice in the hands - not too heavy, easy to grip and covered in a rubberized material which feels like it will take a few knocks. The focus is quite fast, but the operation of the focus wheel is very smooth so fine adjustments are no problem.
The downside is that they are very picky about eye placement if you wear glasses. You need to be fairly careful about finding the sweet spot - if you are slightly off left or right you find that you very quickly get a limited field of view. With practice this can be overcome but it does take a bit of getting used to. Without glasses they're fine.
Also, while the flip-down objective lens caps work well the eyepiece caps are rubbish. They seem made for bigger eyepieces and don't really fit at all. No problem if you carry the binoculars in a bag but annoying if they are loose.
Binoculars can be relatively cheap or extraordinarily expensive ... and to some degree you get what you pay for. The Nikon Monarch 8x30s feel and perform like they would be quite a bit higher up the financial scale. For me they do what I want. The 8 times magnification isn’t anything special but for bird watching at a distance of 5-100 metres they are more than ok for my purposes. And they are not bad at greater distances as well. Plus I gain on the very wide field of view which to spot small birds at distance is much more important to me. Then there’s the multi coated lenses and adjustable eye cups which mean these are the first pair of binoculars I’ve had which I can use without removing my glasses ... even when wearing polaroid sunglasses which with other binoculars don’t work at all. For me these are huge advantages. All in all the Monarchs offer outstanding performance for the price.
Decent enough build with very good optical quality and excellent "pop" and clarity. A bit of chromatic aberration on the usual harsh edges but other than that, these bins give a very appealing, immersive image. They are rather more sensitive to placement than I'd like and I tend to have to place them on my eyebrows to avoid truncation of the image so bear this in mind. I don't like the eyepiece cover though.
Amazing binoculars for the price, tested these in a store against more expensive models. I bought them several years ago and have used an awful lot and they are still going strong. Best for close range detail, e.g. identifying song birds rather than for longer range spotting.