Canon 8×20 IS are world’s lightest image stabilized binoculars

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Canon has launched what it’s claiming are the world’s lightest image-stabilized binoculars. Its new 8×20 IS binos weigh simply 420g.

Canon has the market of picture stabilized binoculars virtually to itself, having invented optical stabilization system that’s used some 20 years in the past, however the shrinking impact remains to be spectacular. Canon’s earlier world smallest IS pair was the 8×25 IS mannequin which weighs 70g extra at 490g.

Canon 8x20 IS are world's lightest image stabilized binoculars

Cutaway diagram of Canon 8×20 IS binoculars

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The binoculars are designed, we’re advised, to be snug sufficient to carry for sufficient time – and the shake-busting stabilization is solely engaged by holding down a button when required, as with different Canon IS fashions. The IS is powered by a single CRA123A lithium ion battery. 

The porro-prism design has a detailed focusing distance of 2m, and area of view of 6.6°. There’s built-in dioptric adjustment of ±5.9 diopters. 

Launched on the similar time are a pair of 10×20 IS binoculars, which provide barely extra magnification, and which is able to weigh simply slight extra at 430g. These supply a area of view of 5.3°, and still have a minimal focus distance of 2m.

Value 

Canon 8x20 IS are world's lightest image stabilized binoculars

Canon 10×20 IS binoculars

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The Canon 8×20 IS binoculars will retail for $500, while the Canon 10×20 IS binos shall be $550; each are anticipated to go on sale in November.

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