Olympus Roamer 8x21 Review

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The Olympus Roamer 8x21 DPC I is a good choice for travelers, backpackers, or anyone who wants a small, lightweight binocular that delivers above-average image clarity. The dioptric correction compensates for different vision in each eye. This model features a BK-7 Porro Prism.

When you're travelling around and curious about your surroundings, you never know when you might need to see something up close. Cue the Olympus Roamer 8x21 DPC I. Reviews of this model say the light weight and small size make it carry-around-friendly; at Binoculars.com, for example, users report the Olympus Roamer 8x21 DPC I fits in a purse or hangs comfortably around your neck and doesn't add to the load you might already be hauling, be it birding equipment or camping gear. Reviews also note you can hold this pair up to your eyes for extended periods without straining your arms. Users report taking these binoculars to performances, concerts, and sporting events, and birders say distant images are clear and sharp, although having good light is a necessary condition. One student who posted a binoculars review at Amazon crows about having spotted more wildlife than his peers while using the binoculars during a class trip and an artist says this model enables her to see detail in the scenes or objects that she's translating onto a painted canvas, although she comments that the dimensions seem flat. Reviews further indicate that users appreciate the independent focus for each side of the binocular as well as the moderate price point.

The Olympus Roamer 8x21 DPC I (starting at $30, Amazon) weighs a mere 5.9 ounces and provides 8x magnification with an objective lens width of 21mm. In addition to the center focus, the Olympus Roamer 8x21 features built-in dioptric eye adjustment, which lets you adjust the right lens so you can see clearly even if the vision in your eyes is different. And, unlike budget models designed solely for distance viewing, you can focus on objects as near as 7.2 feet with the Roamer 8x21. The 336-foot field of view is about average for this price range, as is the 11mm eye relief. These binoculars sport a BK-7 Porro prism system that's encased in a single housing, which gives them a relatively sleek look.

In sum, the Olympus Roamer 8x21 DPC I provides a good viewing experience at a very competitive price. The dioptric adjustment is a welcome extra.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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