BNISE – Compact Waterproof 10×42 Roof Prism Binoculars for Hunting Birding Hiking and Outdoor Viewing
BNISE – Compact Waterproof 10×42 Roof Prism Binoculars Review,
IT’S CONTENTS & PACKAGING.
The BNISE – Compact Waterproof 10×42 Roof Prism Binoculars are supplied within a retail styled cardboard packaging bearing some pretty pictures and some product bumpf, but no actual images of the contents within nor actually any real information relating to the actual product.
Opening the box up we find an instruction leaflet (a double sided A4 sheet) containing very limited instructions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and another language I am unfamiliar with and a black soft shell carry case bearing the following items…
– The binoculars wrapped in clear plastic.
– A small glasses cleaning cloth stored within a resealable plastic bag.
– A neck strap for the binoculars stored within a separate resealable plastic bag.
THE CARRY CASE.
The carry case is designed specifically for the size of the binoculars and the binoculars alone with no room to spare (if the neck strap is attached it will have to dangle out of the case) and there are no other pockets or compartments to be found.
It is made from black canvas on the outside has a dark grey microfibre lining on the inside. The front and back of the case are fitted with a wafer thin layer of foam padding, although there is no to be found on the sides or the base.
The case has a 6.5cm high, 3cm wide belt loop on the rear (too small to use as a handle) and an adjustable length shoulder strap that measures 89cm long when fully extended and just 1.9cm wide with no padding. Standing 6′ 1″ tall, this shoulder strap is simply too short to be of any use for me as it barely sits under my armpit meaning I have to hold my arm raised, although this is irrelevant as more often that not it simply just slides off my shoulder and is far too short to consider mounting over the body.
The opening flap is secured via single small centralised Velcro tab and perhaps the main benefit is that the body of the case is waterproof (no ingress after being held under a running tap for 15 seconds), beyond this its a fairly basic product of little standalone worth.
THE GLASSES CLEANING CLOTH.
This is a 14.5cm x 14.5cm square microfibre glasses cleaning cloth with a serrated edge that is beige in colour, without branding and is for cleaning the lenses on the binoculars.
First off it should be noted that these binoculars are not made by BNISE, they are in fact branded Askia. The Amazon product listing claims the binoculars to be “compact” yet if you read the reviews you will find that some people have noted they were not as “compact” as they were expecting.
In truth, to the eye, they are about 1/3 the size of what I would call a full sized pair of binoculars and about twice the size of what I would call a pair of compact binoculars that fit in a pocket. Some personal measurements taken by eye with a caliper and engineers rule are as follows…
Barrels expanded as far as possible (it should be noted that this is how the binoculars fit in their supplied carry case)…
– 14.7cm long including both sets of lens caps or 14.1cm long excluding.
– 13cm wide at their greatest point and 11.8cm wide at their narrowest including the caps or 12.7cm wide at their greatest point and 11.4 wide at their narrowest excluding the caps.
– 5.6cm high at their greatest point.
With the barrels moved as close together as possible (the binoculars do not fit in the carry case in this position) …
– The length is obviously the same (14.7cm long including both sets of lens caps or 14.1cm long excluding).
– 11cm wide at their widest point and 9.6cm wide at their narrowest point excusing the caps (I can see no need to know the measurements with them when set at this position).
– 6.45cm high at their greatest point.
As for the weight of the binoculars, on their own they weigh 590g, with both sets of lens caps they weigh 634g, adding the neck strap brings the total to 660g and lastly adding the carry case makes a total of 732g.
The body of the binoculars is almost completely encased in black rubberized silicone, how thick this is, is an unknown and as to what’s underneath is also an unknown but it is claimed to be metal.
Firstly, we will start with the ocular lens end of the binoculars. The cover for these lenses are made from a black rubberised malleable silicone with each cover being adjoined by a flexible tether. The fit on the left eyepiece is secure and remains in place at all times by on the right eyepiece when the binoculars are turned upside down it simply falls off and the drag caused by it hanging makes short work of pulling the other loose.
On the outside edge of the left cap a small loop has been formed that allows the ocular lens caps to be secured to the neck strap when it is in use. This allows the caps to be removed and held by the neck strap when they are in use keeping them handy, hands free and also preventing them from getting lost, especially given how limp the fit is on the right eyepiece.
Sadly, given how limp the fit is on the right eyepiece (at least with my particular sample) use without securing the caps to a neck strap will very likely sooner or later lead to their loss.
Underneath the caps are found 16mm diameter ocular lenses that have a slight blue tint with a 4.5mm wide black plastic frame. Surrounding the lenses are black twist and extend eyepieces made from plastic and coated with black rubberized silicone with a plastic ratcheted extend and retract mechanism.
These eyepieces extend by approximately 4.5mm and sadly, even fully extended I find I have to hold the eyepiece some 1.5cm away from my eye otherwise my eyelashes cause an obstruction (which is far worse when the eyepieces are not extended). This makes it tricky to get a clean image without either my eye lash causing obstruction or the eyepiece causing a shadow in the centre.
Behind the right extending eyepiece we find the diopter ring. This is made from black ABS plastic and has a recessed tread pattern implied, to offer ease of use. Sadly the resistance as it is rotated is inconsistent and the recessed tread grip is too far spaced apart, it’s not difficult to adjust with the binoculars held to the eye but it could have been easier to use and smoother in its operation.
The next feature are the neck strap mounting points that are found 35mm down the barrel from the eyepieces (when they are not extended). These are fixed in place 45 degrees from the underside of the barrels and 45 degrees from the outside edge. These mounts unlike the majority of the binoculars are made from black ABS plastic and protrude through the rubberised silicone sleeve covering the barrels.
During my testing thus far these mounting points most defiantly appear to be strong and secure and if there was a weak point in the whole neck strap system it would have to be the neck strap itself.
Between the two barrels the hinge again covered with black rubberized silicone has a suitably stiff yet fluid motion, although it is slightly easier to separate the barrels compared to closing them. At the ocular lens end of the binoculars the focus dial/knob is found at the end of the hinge measuring 33.5mm in diameter at its greatest point.
The focus dial is covered in black rubberized silicone and again has an inconsistent fluidity of its movement, the tread/grip, however allows ease of use with the binoculars held to the eye but precision is not exactly a word I would use to describe its motion. It should also be noted that turning the dial anticlockwise is far more resistive and slightly more difficult to do compared to its clockwise motion.
At the opposite end of the binoculars we find that the objective lenses, both have separate, independent covers that are not adjoined and nor are they a permanent or even a semi permanent fixture.
These caps are again made from black rubberized silicone with a raised lip on the cover to gain purchase for removal and at the end of a short tether is a rubberized silicone ring. This is designed so that the cap can be removed yet be retained at the same time to the barrel.
Sadly the cops have a couple of issues. The most notable is when the caps are attached to the tether (or hinge) located on the underside of the barrel the weight of the cap does not cause it to hang freely. Instead the cap hangs at about a 45 degree angle pointing slightly forwards, this is fine on a still day viewing a static object, but with a breeze or viewing a swiftly moving object they can obstruct the view.
Secondly the ring section offers quite a limp fit and often when removing just the cap from the barrel this also pulls the securing ring (and thus the whole cover) away from the barrel.
Lastly, we come to the objective lenses which measure 4cm in diameter recessed by 5mm within the barrel and have a far more notable blue tint than the ocular lenses.
1. As a person of above average height, build and strength yet with a weak right wrist they are comfortable and offer a good grip in use with two hands even for prolonged periods. Held just in my right hand again the grip is good, even with a slightly sweaty hand, comfort is good as long as not held to the eye for prolonged periods with just one hand.
2. These binoculars aren’t great for low light situations, Mr Baz has articulated this well within his review and I make no effort to rip his work of but the fact is this. When the sun dips below the horizon, no matter how light outdoors it may seem to be looking through the binoculars you will see very little. When the sun is high in the sky, however it is clear to note that it is not just due to the positioning or size of the lenses but also due to the coating on them as well.
3. Shortly after unboxing the first time the binoculars were used was indoors and at a distance of 8m in a well lit room a thin layer of dust was evident on a light fitting that clearly was not visible to the naked eye up close. Even when used in these rather unsuitable conditions (no natural light, indoors and short distance) the binoculars were able to easily and clearly focus and provided a highly detailed image.
Use outdoors in the early onset of Autumn with the height of the sun starting to wane the binoculars as Mr Baz said certainly do not disappoint. As noted earlier, I did struggle somewhat with my eyelashes causing an obstruction, but holding my eyes slightly further open than natural the image produced by the binoculars is very impressive. In fact, during the time I have been testing them to watch birds gathering food from our feeders the only point of detraction I can make this that bright vivid reds have a slight pink hue*.
* We have a wild plum headed parakeet that showed up in March and visits our feeder almost every other day and yes we did make efforts to see if it was a lost pet and after calling the RSPB we found out there are apparently 40-50,000 wild parakeets in the UK (which we defiantly weren’t aware of before).
My final note is that the anti fog claims most defiantly check out. It’s currently 4c outside according to the met office and I can clearly see my breath in the air. After 5 minutes of failing to lock on to any of the many planes landing and taking off at a nearby airport the moon, which was clear as day provided a few moments of glorious beauty. Upon bringing the binoculars indoors despite the humidity the lenses were all entirely free of any condensation.
THE NECK STRAP.
This is perhaps my biggest disappointment regarding the BNISE binoculars and its quality even compared to the carry case is very poor.
The main bulk of the strap is made from neoprene covered with a bonded lycra on the back and front with a lycra bias stitched onto both edges. On either end two layers of black PU leather have been stitched in place that form as anchor points for the remaining canvas strap.
The padded neoprene section measures 52cm long and 5cm wide and the canvas strap sections can extend at most by approximately 33cm each. This strap comes supplied folded up and has significant memory being very lumpy, malformed and creased out of the packaging.
It is also rather uncomfortable to wear around the neck unless being worn over a jumper or coat, quite honestly, if I were not for the fact I was giving these binoculars to my brother in law I would swiftly replace this strap with a generic DSLR camera neck strap as it simply does not befit the binoculars.
This has been the cause of notable deliberation and is largely based on a price vs quality comparison against a pair of Bushnell Powerview 10×42.
Firstly the Bushnell binoculars do not include a case or a neck strap so despite their quality this is still a plus for the BNISE binoculars. Secondly the BNISE binoculars are waterproof and fog proof and the Bushnell’s are not.
This includes the fact the Bushnells are marginally more expensive I have given a 4* rating, although in reality I wish I could have given a 3.5* rating as in reality, I would have preferred a slightly cheaper product that did not include the lacklustre accessories.