Bushnell Powerview 8x21 Review


A super cheap entry-level binocular, the Bushnell Powerview 8x21 is sharp during the day, compact enough for hiking, and very lightweight. It comes with a BK-7 roof prism and offers average clarity.

It's clear from Bushnell Powerview 8x21 reviews that some users regard this as an entry-level model, one that makes a practical and fun gift for kids or grandkids. With a starting price of $14, these binoculars are certainly cheap enough to replace if lost or broken and, they're easy to focus. And yet, as one review at Binoculars.com points out, this is not a toy and it meets the needs of adult users, as well. Binoculars reviews generally report it provides a good enough view of wildlife in its many forms, comes in handy at the theater or opera, and serves as a trusty aid during travels. As one review at Viewpoints notes, the binoculars do not disappoint despite the very low price. At Amazon, a user reports being pleasantly surprised at the quality and says the Powerview 8x21 has replaced a pricier and larger pair as the binoculars of choice for concerts; another writes that he uses the binoculars at the shooting range to check the accuracy of his shots instead of retracting the target holder. We did come across a few gripe about not getting a clear or sharp image, especially around the edges of the viewing field.

With a folding design and a weight of less than 7 ounces, the Bushnell Powerview 8x21 Binoculars (starting at $14, Amazon) is sufficiently light and compact to carry anywhere, and its many admirers do. The field of view is a respectable 378 feet, so you'll see a large area around a central object and the 8x magnification is powerful enough for casual users; the minimum focus distance is 21 feet. Eyeglass wearers might struggle a bit given the 10mm eye relief; the fold-down eyecups should help, but one user asserts they're too small to stay down. The Powerview 8x21 contains a roof prism made of BK-7 glass.

The main selling point for the Bushnell Powerview 8x21 is the price, which many reviewers consider a steal. These binoculars are suitable for users of all ages in situations where getting a better view enhances the overall experience.

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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