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Model: Kids Binoculars
Objective Lens Diameter: 21 mm
Exit Pupil: 2.6 mm
Field of View: 366 ft/1000 yards
Price Range: $40-50, Under $100
Anzazo 8X21 Binoculars for Kids Field Test
The Anzazo binoculars is not your average kids toy, and it’s not something you’ll find in the cheap bin of your local department store. Unlike toys and video games that are geared to keep your children indoors, these binoculars encourage them to get out and rediscover nature, role-playing, and a kid’s right to being curious.
As a new binocular to 2017/18, let’s explore the adult-like quality of the kid-friendly bino to see how it stacks up in the field!
The binoculars arrived in a larger box with a small air bag to keep everything secure during shipping. The actual bino box is pleasantly charming from an adult’s perspective, but I can tell you it definitely caught the attention of very curious children. Inside the box, the bino case contains the plastic-wrapped binoculars. During the unboxing inspection, all expected equipment arrived without a scratch as everything is well-fitted to size and protected in the case and boxes.
What’s In The Box?
The binocular case is adorable. It’s small and simple, and it has a velcro flap with a belt loop on the back. The binoculars fit inside the bag perfectly. The two items together really does it for the kids as it makes them feel like they have a professional and adult-like instrument that they can have all to themselves. Also included in the box is an easy-to-read User Manual. With a couple diagrams and simple language, kids should be able to read the manual and figure out focusing the binoculars on their own. A lanyard and lens cloth are included and packaged in separate, mini zip-lock baggies.
While the binoculars sport a colored exterior that’s very attractive to kids, it has better durability and construction integrity than one would expect for a kids toy. It does have a plastic frame, but the rubber armor does give some good grip while providing shock-proof protection for those inevitable bumps and bangs that are expected with small persons with sometimes clumsy hands.
Anzazo says these kids binoculars have their 100% Safe For Kids Design Technology. It’s suitable for use for children aged 3 years and older. Expected warnings are provided in the User Manual that adults should always read before supplying their children with binoculars. As these binos are actually made with Clear Optics Technology, they’re a real set of binoculars that provide the same features and functionality as adult units and general warnings should be taken seriously.
The typical expectation of buying a kids binocular may have you skeptical about actual functionality – there has to be short cuts or missing features to cater to children, right? Wrong. These binos have everything a real, adult binocular has. You have the single hinge system with the popular roof prism design so it somewhat folds down for a more compact fit.
The center focus wheel is knurled and it does its job to focus. The kids bino even has a textured and large dioptric adjustment with a reference dot on the underside. Eyelets on the sides of the barrels provide connection to the lanyard. The entire bino is small, compact, and perfectly engineered to be kid-proof and kid-usable. On the box, it’s marked that the binoculars are made in China.
Focusing the Anzazo Kids Binoculars
The eyepieces have fold-down rubber eyecups. It’s more than a little difficult to get them to fold down, and then they actually don’t stay down – they flip back up. Focusing to an acceptable level of image quality was actually very smooth and easy – a kid could do it. To prove this point, I had some kids aged between 5 to 11 play, focus, and run around with them. With a few instructions and hands-on demonstrations, the kids picked up on the process rather quickly. The fluid motion of the focus wheel was the feature that really made it a fun tool for the kids. If it was too difficult to use, I can guarantee that kids would lose interest rather quickly. With these binos, it wasn’t the case.
Kids Binocular Gets Adult Field Test
As mentioned, these may look like a kids toy for kids to use, but it’s a real set of binoculars. Even though I already knew this while waiting for the binoculars to arrive, I was still impressed with the optical quality for a child’s binocular. The exit pupil is small, and the 21mm apertures are scaled-down resulting in color loss across the field of view. However, it’s not apparent to children as it is to an optics snob.
The picture quality isn’t perfect, but there’s more than enough light transmittance providing brightness and clarity. It was difficult to get things super sharp across the entire field of view, but I was impressed with the resolution it did have with an acceptable amount of focusing. However, you’ve got to remember that kids enjoy using tools and gear in all activities and even to see far away objects – they’re not focused on the minute details of glassing.
Because they’re so lightweight and compact, they can be used for any activity. As a multi-purpose binocular with a huge field of view, kids will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I think the biggest factor to justify the cost for the kids binocular is the well-built construction. It’s going to hold up for all those camping, scouting, and hunting trips with the family.
Unfortunately, the rubber eye cups presented a major issue for my digiscoping capabilities. Because they would not stay down, the adapter and my phone couldn’t get flush with the lens. On top of that, the exit pupil is very small, but in the end, it was easier to take pics without the adapter.
From the kids’ point of view, they were impressed. Every single one of them put the binoculars up to their eyes backwards commenting, “Wow, everything is so far away!” “You’re looking through the wrong end. Turn them around.” “Oh wow! Everything is so close!” This is going to change the way they play hide ‘n seek, cops and robbers, and how they spend their time on our hikes. It’s exactly what a kid would want.
The Anzazo binoculars are expensive for a child’s binocular if you’re accustomed to spending about $10-30 on a toy, but they’re worth it and they’re far more than just a toy. The value comes down to the fact that it has real optical quality and it’s going to last for a long time. You’d be saving money in the end since you won’t have to replace and repurchase binoculars for each and every camping trip or family event because the $5 store-bought ones broke with one use.
The kids love them since they’re easy to use, and the quality is “just like Daddy’s ones!” Get the kids outdoors and exploring the backyard with the Anzazo binoculars for kids!
Many thanks to Anzazo for sending us these binoculars to field test. Please note, even though this product was provided by the manufacturer all of the opinions expressed here are our own and are not in any way influenced by any manufacturers.