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These mid-priced binoculars are ideal for the a bird watcher just starting out. You will find both 8x and 10x magnification binoculars amongst this selection but many birders, particularly novices, will find 8x the best choice.

The image stability of a 8x binocular is better than a 10x binocular as hand movement is not magnified as much. If you prefer to use a tripod then a 10x binocular will be fine. As 8x binoculars have a lower magnification they have a wider field of view meaning it's easier to spot that elusive bird.

If you wear glasses you may find 8x magnification binoculars more comfortable as they have more eye relief.

The binoculars below are from reputable brands including Bushnell, Olympus, Celestron and Pentax and free delivery is available on many orders.

Read our guide to choosing binoculars for more details about picking a pair with the best magnification and objective for bird watching.

You can see a much wider range of binoculars starting from as little as £16.99 here.

Our favourites:

Bushnell 220840 Nature View Backyard Birder 8x40mm Porro Prism Binoculars
Olympus Nature 8x40 DPS I Binoculars
Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binoculars
Bushnell NatureView Binoculars
Olympus Nature Binoculars
Celestron Outland Binoculars

Olympus 7x35 DPS I Binoculars Olympus 7x35 DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus 7x35 DPS I Binoculars have one of the widest fields of view in their class making them ideal for tracking fast moving subjects such as birds in flight or deer on the move. These traditionally designed binoculars are finished in a sure-grip rubber coating and feature high quality aspherical lenses with anti-reflective coating for a bright clear image with minimal distortion.
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Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binoculars Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binoculars
The Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binoculars combine the highest quality precision optics with advanced ergonomics to deliver optimum performance under the harshest outdoor conditions. The Outland series have been designed to meet the needs of every outdoor enthusiast.
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Pentax 8x21 UCF R Binoculars Pentax 8x21 UCF R Binoculars
The Pentax 8x21 UCF R Binoculars are pocket sized binoculars that can go any where with you. Offering a versitile 8x magnification and excellent BaK4 prisms you can be sure of a closer view where ever you go.
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Olympus 8x40 DPS I Binoculars Olympus Nature 8x40 DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus Nature 8x40 DPS I Binoculars have one of the widest fields of view in their class making them ideal for tracking fast moving subjects such as birds in flight or deer on the move. The built-in dioptric correction adjusts to individual eyesight and the large centre-focus knob is close to hand for fast and easy focusing. These traditionally designed binoculars are finished in a sure-grip rubber coating and feature high quality aspherical lenses for a bright clear image with minimal distortion.
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Celestron Outland X 10x42 Binoculars Celestron Outland X 10x42 Binoculars
The Celestron Outland X 10x42 Binoculars combine the highest quality precision optics with advanced ergonomics to deliver optimum performance under the harshest outdoor conditions. The Outland series have been designed to meet the needs of every outdoor enthusiast.
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Pentax 10x21 UCF R Binoculars Pentax 10x21 UCF R Binoculars
The Pentax 10x21 UCF R Binoculars are pocket sized binoculars that can go any where with you. Offering a versitile 8x magnification and excellent BaK4 prisms you can be sure of a closer view where ever you go.
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Olympus 10x50 DPS I Binoculars Olympus 10x50 DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus 10x50 DPS I Binoculars have one of the widest fields of view in their class making them ideal for tracking fast moving subjects such as birds in flight or deer on the move. The built-in dioptric correction adjusts to individual eyesight and the large centre-focus knob is close the hand for fast and easy focusing. These traditionally designed binoculars are finished in a sure-grip rubber coating and feature high quality aspherical lenses with anti-reflective coating for a bright clear image with minimal distortion.
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Olympus 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I Olympus 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus 8-16x40 DPS I Zoom binoculars offer the user a range of magnifications from 8x, ideal for spotting and tracking the subject, through to 16x, to show the finer details. The durable construction and sure-grip rubber coating make these full size binoculars a winner for nature watching. The anti-reflective lens coating reduces flare and ensures the images you see are bright and full of contrast. The large focus centre-knob is positioned close to your fingertips at all times so you can make those fast, important adjustments when tracking a moving subject.
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Olympus 8x25 WP II Binoculars - Forest Green Olympus 8x25 WP II Binoculars - Forest Green
Designed for the sports fan, the Olympus 8x25 WP II waterproof binoculars are a great addition to your kit enabling you to get closer to the action whether you are on the terraces cheering on your team or at trackside following the action. The waterproof design means that these binoculars are equally at home on land or sea and the convenient focusing means you won't miss a thing from the starting gun to the final flag. Whilst these binoculars have been designed with the sports fan in mind they perform equally well in the countryside when viewing nature's athletes.
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Opticron Taiga 8x25 Binoculars Opticron Taiga 8x25 Binoculars
Best selling compacts; very suitable for spectacle wearers due to their wide field of view. Compact binoculars are by far the most popular type of binocular; they are ideal for walking, sporting events, theatre and opera. The generally small size means they can be placed in a bag or even the pocket.
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Pentax 10x25 UCF XII Binoculars Pentax 10x25 UCF XII Binoculars
The Pentax 10x25 UCF XII Binoculars feature an ergonomic design that means you'll feel no fatigue even after long use. Their 25mm objective lenses offer first-class imaging capabilities, and their particularly short minimum focusing distances of under two meters and their multi-coated lens elements guarantee you clear and high-contrast imaging.
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Nikon 8x25 Sportstar EX - Black Nikon 8x25 Sportstar EX - Black
Nikon 8x25 Sportstar EX Black. Compact and high-performance, the Sportstar EX 8x25 binoculars come with push-down rubber eyepieces that are great for long sessions of observation. What's more they also have fitted precision lenses and glass prisms.
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Olympus Urban 8x25 PC I Binoculars Olympus Urban 8x25 PC I Binoculars
The Olympus Urban 8x25 PC I Binoculars with their multi-coated lenses ensure clear view of city-scapes and allow you to spot the stunning aspects of urban sceneries. Their small size and lightweight build make them extremely portable, while the sleek design also makes them very stylish.
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Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x28 Binoculars Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x28 Binoculars
The Bushnell Trophy XLT Binoculars feature world-class optics with heightened durability with light transmission, clarity and ruggedness as top priorities. Fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms work together to deliver ultra-bright, razor-sharp images through the most critical periods of game movement.
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Pentax 8x40 XCF Binoculars Pentax 8x40 XCF Binoculars
The Pentax 8x40 XCF Binoculars are porro-prism binoculars all featuring fast objective lens diameters of 40mm. Their multi-coated optical elements offer exceptional optical performance and a fashion-able black-finish body encased in a full-body rubber housing means excellent viewing comfort protection form dirt and bumps
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Pentax 10x50 XCF Binoculars Pentax 10x50 XCF Binoculars
The Pentax 10x50 XCF Binoculars are porro-prism binoculars all featuring fast objective lens diameters of 50mm. Their multi-coated optical elements offer exceptional optical performance and a fashion-able black-finish body encased in a full-body rubber housing means excellent viewing comfort protection form dirt and bumps.
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Pentax 8-16x21 UCF Zoom II Binoculars Pentax 8-16x21 UCF Zoom II Binoculars
The Pentax 8-16x21 UCF Zoom II is a multifunctional wizard! In one compact and lightweight binocular you have the power to observe with 8 to 16x magnification by simply turning the central wheel. Add to this the aspherical lens elements for the edge-to-edge sharpness, BaK4 prisms and fully multi-coated lenses to enhance brightness and contrast, and voila, you have the perfect travel companion who won’t let you miss a thing!
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Opticron Oregon LE WP 8x42 Opticron Oregon LE WP 8x42 Binoculars
Entry level roof prism binoculars with 8x magnification. Provides good all-round optical performance with the assurance of nitrogen waterproofing and a thick rubber armoured coating with 'sandblast' finish.
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Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x28 Binoculars - Camo Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x28 Binoculars - Camo
The Bushnell Trophy XLT Binoculars feature world-class optics with heightened durability with light transmission, clarity and ruggedness as top priorities. Fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms work together to deliver ultra-bright, razor-sharp images through the most critical periods of bird movement.
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Sunagor 25-110x30 Compact Super Zoom Binoculars Sunagor 25-110x30 Compact Super Zoom Binoculars
The extremely powerful Sunagor 25-110x30 Compact Super Zoom Binoculars measure just 9cm x 15cm. They incorporate latest optical technology with multi-coated optics and a dioptre adjustment to suit your own eyesight. There are also fold -down rubber eye-cups to suit spectacle wearers and these binoculars can even be directly attached to any tripod if desired.
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Pentax 8x25 UCF WP Binoculars Pentax 8x25 UCF WP Binoculars
The Pentax 8x25 UCF WP Binoculars features a compact, water-resistant housing that is JIS class 6 certified. Not only are they durable but they're also rubberised, so they'll prove the ideal of vacation and trip companion - even in bad weather.
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Nikon 8x25 Travelite EX Binoculars Nikon 8x25 Travelite EX Binoculars
The Travelite EX series are lightweight and compact enough to take anywhere; the perfect companion for concerts, holidays and birdwatching. Thanks to the robust design of the Travelite EX range they are also ideal for rugged outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and trekking.
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Opticron Oregon LE WP 10x42 Opticron Oregon LE WP 10x42
An entry level roof prism binocular available in 8x or 10x magnifications. Both models provide good all-round optical performance with the assurance of nitrogen waterproofing and a thick rubber armoured coating with 'sandblast' finish.
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Nikon 10x25 Sportstar EX - Black Nikon 10x25 Sportstar EX - Black
Nikon 10x25 Sportstar EX Black. Small and leightweight binoculars: as small as a cassette tape when folded! Ultra Wide Field of View offers a better look at your world and the Water resistant design goes where you go.
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Minox BV 10x25 Compact Binoculars Minox BV 10x25 Compact Binoculars
With full waterproofing to 3m, a sturdy aluminium body, twist up eyecups, large focus wheel and new-design rubber armouring. They focus down to 1.5m, weigh just 260g and measure just 109mm x 98mm x 39mm at their full extension. The right eye diopter can be adjusted to +/- 3dpt and both pairs have a 15.5mm eye relief.
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Olympus Urban 12x25 PC I Binoculars Olympus Urban 12x25 PC I Binoculars
The Olympus Urban 12x25 PC I Binoculars with their multi-coated lenses ensure clear view of city-scapes and allow you to spot the stunning aspects of urban sceneries. Their small size and lightweight build make them extremely portable, while the sleek design also makes them very stylish.
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Olympus Urban 10x25 PC I Binoculars Olympus Urban 10x25 PC I Binoculars
The lenses are multi coated for maximum image brightness and contrast and feature UV ray protection for care-free viewing. The large centre-focus knob can be used while wearing gloves and the built-in dioptric correction adjusts to individual eyesight, ensuring that the Olympus Urban 10x25 PC I Binoculars are suitable for anybody in every urban environment.
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Bushnell Trophy XLT 8x32 Binoculars Bushnell Trophy XLT 8x32 Binoculars
The Bushnell Trophy XLT Binoculars feature world-class optics with heightened durability with light transmission, clarity and ruggedness as top priorities. Fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms work together to deliver ultra-bright, razor-sharp images through the most critical periods of bird movement.
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Bushnell Spectator 8x40 Binoculars Bushnell Spectator 8x40 Binoculars
The Bushnell Spectator 8x40 Binoculars have a field of view twice as wide as standard binoculars, meaning that you get great close-up views of your subject without missing out on the rest of the action. As such, and as the name suggests, the Bushnell Spectator 8x40 Binoculars are the ideal companion to any outdoor event, including motorsports, concerts and air-shows.
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Minox BV 8x25 Compact Binoculars Minox BV 8x25 Compact Binoculars
Compact binoculars offer an excellent light-weight compromise if you just want something to pack in a ruck sack, leave in the car glove box or for casual general observation. While they cannot offer the optical quality of a 'full-size' pair, they still perform very well in all but the poorest of light conditions.
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Olympus 8-16x25 PC I Zoom Binoculars Olympus 8-16x25 PC I Zoom Binoculars
The Olympus 8-16x25 PC I Zoom Binoculars offer amazing versatility in a compact, lightweight and stylish package. Their zoom function offers magnifications from 8x to 16x, while the multi-coated 25mm objective lenses ensure the viewed image is clear and bright. The large focus centre-knob is positioned close to your fingertips at all times so you can make those fast, important adjustments when tracking a moving subject. The compact size and contemporary design makes them easy to transport and ideal to take to sports or the theatre
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Bushnell Natureview Plus 10x42 Porro Prism Binoculars Bushnell Natureview Plus 10x42 Porro Prism Binoculars
The Bushnell Natureview binocular was specially designed for the birdwatcher and naturalist. The Natureview binocular features long eye relief, near close focusing, centre focus knob, fully coated optics, sure-grip rubber covering, a deluxe soft vinyl carrying case, and a neck strap.
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Bushnell H2O 8x42 Waterproof Roof Prism Binoculars Bushnell H2O 8x42 Waterproof Roof Prism Binoculars
True waterproof construction and a rugged, non-slip rubber design makes the H2O™ series a simple choice for those whose lifestyle borders on the hyper side of active. O-ring sealed and nitrogen-purged for waterproof/fogproof protection in any season, both the fully and the multi-coated optics render bright, clear images. Take them with you - everywhere.
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Bushnell Natureview Plus 8x42 Porro Prism Binoculars Bushnell Natureview Plus 8x42 Porro Prism Binoculars
The Bushnell Natureview binocular was specially designed for the birdwatcher and naturalist. The Natureview binocular features long eye relief, near close focusing, centre focus knob, fully coated optics, sure-grip rubber covering, a deluxe soft vinyl carrying case and neck strap.
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Bushnell Spectator 10x50 Binoculars Bushnell Spectator 10x50 Binoculars
The Bushnell Spectator 10x50 Binoculars have a field of view twice as wide as standard binoculars, meaning that you get great close-up views of your subject without missing out on the rest of the action.
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