Nikon Prostaff 7i Laser Rangefinder (with ID Technology)

nikon-prostaff-7iYard Range: 8-1300 yards
Magnification: 6X 21mm objective lens
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 4.4″ x 1.5″ x 2.8″
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight/Slope
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting

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Nikon Prostaff 7i Rangefinder Review

The Nikon Prostaff 7i has an impressive ranging distance of up to 1300 yards – combine this with the angle compensating ID (Incline/Decline) Technology and you have an unstoppable long distance measuring rangefinder for your bow or rifle. Plus, the 7i is fully weatherproof and has fully multi-coated optics for extra crisp and clear images.

If you liked Nikon’s Prostaff 3i that we previously reviewed here, then you’re going to love the Prostaff 7i. Although they both offer the same features and functions, you’re getting a further maximum range and waterproof capabilities with this device.

But like the 3i, it’s still new to the market and consumers are yet to say more about it. What you can find about it in reviews so far is that it’s pulling a fantastic rating. Many have been happy with similar older models such as the Nikon Prostaff 5 that still rakes in 4+ ratings.

However, the Prostaff 7i is holding its own so far and is definitely kicking off with a strong start and solid reviews that are obviously proving that it’s a product worth buying and keeping.

PROs:
  • Price
  • 1300 ranging distance
  • Ultra-compact
  • ID technology
  • Tru Target technology
CONs:
  • Inaccuracy past 800 yards

 

PROSTAFF 7i Q&A:

What type of shooting/hunting can the 7i be used for?

This laser rangefinder is suitable for rifle hunting, bow hunting and target shooting.

 

Is the Prostaff 7i easy to use and handle while rifle hunting?

The small and compact design of this new optic measures in at 4.4 inches (L) x 1.5 inches (H) x 2.8 inches (Width) which makes it especially convenient to tote around with you while out in the woods. Literally fitting in the palm of your hand, it can strap to your belt or be carried in your pocket no matter what hunting environment you’re in.

What also seems to be a trademark for Nikon is their easy-to-use, single button operation. Typically you’ll see a hunting rangefinder get more “techy” and even more difficult to use the more expensive it gets, but the Prostaff 7i not only gives you an excellent price for its features and quality, it also keeps things simple so that you’re not losing any precious concentration while targeting in on that deer.

 

Will the battery die if the device accidentally gets left on?

These new rangefinders that Nikon has come out with offers a very convenient feature of automatically powering down after eight seconds. You don’t even have to worry about fussing with buttons to turn it off so you can take your shot. The rangefinder will do that for you.

 

Can the Prostaff 7i withstand extreme temperatures?

If by extreme you mean temperature ranges between 15-120 degrees Fahrenheit, then yes! Although it seems like you wouldn’t want to be out rifle shooting in over 100 degree weather, it’ll still be your pal if you’re willing to brave the heat.

 

Can it be used for long distance rifle shooting?

If you’re looking for long distance readings, than this device is for you. Its maximum range is 1300 yards which is plenty far enough to give you accurate readings in any situation. Most other rangefinders of the same quality as the 7i can get readings on non-reflective targets around 850 to 950 yards.

This one can still give you accurate readings beyond 1000 yards. Nikon optics are high quality and their BDC Reticles and Spot On Ballistic Match Technology works with the Tru-Target Priority system to identify that elk that’s hiding in the bush with speedy readings.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Maximum range of 8-1300 yards
  • Waterproof and fog-proof for use in any weather condition
  • ID (Incline/Decline) Technology
  • Spot On Ballistic Match Technology
  • Tru-Target Priority Modes

 

Our Verdict

The aim of it is, the Nikon Prostaff 7i is exclusively designed for hunting. It’s been outfitted with Nikon’s top rangefinder technology, and it’s waterproof to boot! However, some users haven’t been able to range past 800 yard accurately while others have. But, as a high performing optic with clear images and horizontal distances, you’ve got yourself a winner.

However, if those distances up to 1300 yards are vital for your hunting needs, the Nikon RealTree 1200 (featured here) can do it and do it well. It’s not just about ranging out to 1200 yards that’s important, it’s also about being able to read your display in all sorts of lighting conditions. With a backlight under its belt, you’ll be in ranging heaven with ultimate readability!

But, Leupold also knows how to rival Nikon. The Leupold RX-1200i TBR with DNA is renown for its accurate, long-ranging distances! It does cost a little more, but it’s worth it when you’re paying for a Leupold.

Nikon knows what they’re doing when it comes to outfitting the deer hunter with a quality optic. Will you be that hunter? You mightn’t be fully equipped without it.

 

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