The Best Review On The Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 [update 2020]

If you are a professional binoculars user, Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 must be a very familiar name. But if they are new to you, it is time for you to explore them!

Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x30 reviews

Overview of Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 binoculars

Apart from being famous in the camera industry, Nikon has also become familiar with most low-budget binoculars users all over the world.

When we talk about Nikon, we cannot help talking about Nikon Prostaff 7s as one of their most successful binoculars lines. Here, the most noteworthy products are Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42 and Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30, etc. 

Before Prostaff 7s, Nikon Prostaff 3S – one of the best-sellers binoculars of Nikon you should never miss

In this article, we will review the Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 and compare it with its brother Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42 as well as another heavyweight competitor in the same segment.

Firstly, we will make a quick comparison between Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 and Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42.

Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x30
Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30
Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x42  reviews
Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42
Technical DataNikon Prostaff 7s 10×30Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42
Magnification10x10x
Effective Objective Lens Diameter (mm)30 mm42 mm
Exit Pupil Diameter (mm)3 mm4.2 mm
Twilight Factors17.320.5
Field of view 315 ft/ 1000 yds324 ft/ 1000 yds
Shortest focusing distance (ft / m) (Close Focus)8.2 ft/ 2.5 m8.2 ft/ 2.5 m
Eye Relief15.4 mm15.5 mm
Prism SystemRoof PrismRoof Prism
Optical QualityPrisms & Prism Coatings: BK7-glass
The lens coating: Multi-coated (MC) Optics.
The glass type used: HT = high transmission.
Light transmission = 80 %
Prisms & Prism Coatings: BK-7 glass.
The lens coating: Fully Multi-Coated (FMC) Optics
The glass type used: HT = high transmission.
Light transmission = 70 %
Chassis MaterialFiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate plasticFibreglass-reinforced Polycarbonate plastic
FocusingCentre Focusing (CF)Centre Focusing (CF)
Diopter Adjustment“Standard” Diopter Adjustment“Standard” Diopter Adjustment
WeatherproofingWaterproof and fog-proofWaterproof and fog-proof
Gas Filled NitrogenNitrogen
UsesOutdoor, camping and hiking activitiesBirdwatching and nature watchingMarine sports and fishingSpectator sportsBirdwatchers, hunters and other nature aficionados
SizeStandard Size Binoculars Standard Size Binoculars 
BrandNikonNikon

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Now that you have got  general information and statistics about the Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 and another model is the Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42. These two tables show you the differences in specifications between them for your reference on this product line.

Here we will focus on the main part – the outstanding features and remarkable disadvantages of Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 in particular as well as most of the binoculars in its line in general.

Strong points

  • Compact and durable

Designed for outdoor activities such as trips, outings, picnics, sightseeing, these binoculars are compact, ergonomic yet durable. You can carry it easily, even by wearing it with a neck strap.

Plus, rubber-armored housing brings about shock resistance and comfortable grip.

  • High-quality image

Moreover, thanks to the complete multi-layer Eco glass lens and adjustable phase-correction roof prism, it delivers sharper images with optical brightness and clarity for every scene around you.

Especially relevant, the manufacturer applies a reflective mirror coating to the glass to improve light transmission. Even when you use the binoculars in low light conditions,  the images are still clear and vivid.

  • User-friendly and convenient

The binoculars use non-lead, arsenic-free bioglass, which is friendly and safe for both users and the environment. And the magnification of the binoculars comes up to 10 times so that you manage to see every object in the clearest way.

The 30mm effective objective lens diameter, in combination with a wide field of view, provides a comfortable broad viewing angle when you want to watch large targets. 

Furthermore, the nitrogen-filled lenses can preserve binoculars more effectively to avoid mold or steam in a  humid climate or weather. The turn-and-slide glasses are integrated with multi-click adjustment as well as long eye relief for easy eye-position. 

Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x30

Weak points and notes

  • Poor warranty

Robust as the Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 binoculars are, Nikon warranty policy is somewhat limited. Therefore, you should still be careful when using them; it is difficult to repair or replace their broken parts.

  • Not suitable for indoor use

Since they are only suitable for outdoors use, you should look for other alternative products for indoor activities. It is not convenient for you to use these binoculars indoor such as watching sports inside indoor stadiums.

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Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 vs. Canon 10×30 IS

Canon 10x30 IS
Canon 10×30 IS

This second round is the fight between Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 binoculars vs. Canon 10×30 IS. They are both 10×30 binoculars but in two different price ranges. Therefore, you can know how good Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 is at such a low cost. Here we go!

FactorsNikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 Canon 10×30 IS
CLARITY89
BRIGHTNESS89
EASE OF ADJUSTMENT98
CONSTRUCTION QUALITY86
COMFORT97
CLOSE FOCUS RANGE78
FIELD OF VIEW89
BRAND & WARRANTY78
PRICE86
Canon 10x30 IS
Canon 10×30 IS

Look at the above chart, and you can see the summary of strong and weak points of the Nikon and the Canon products. Although both of them are 10×30 binoculars, there are quite a lot of different things between them.

Because of its low price, the Nikon binoculars seem to be inferior in terms of clarity and brightness in their reproduced images. Meanwhile, the Canon features Image-Stabilization (IS) technology to prevent blurred images. 

This is very obvious especially if you switch between these two pairs of binoculars when on the move on a gloomy day. But on bright days and at a fixed position, the Prostaff 7s is acceptable.

Also, the close focus range, field of view, brand & warranty of Canon are more excellent than Nikon. Those are what you deserve to enjoy when you have to pay for a double amount of money.

Nevertheless, when it comes to the Prostaff 7s, its ease of adjustment, construction quality, and comfort are better than Canon 10×30 IS. 

We hardly understand why, at such a high price, the Canon binoculars are so fragile, hard to adjust, and uncomfortable when you use them. Perhaps the Canon company is just careless and does not concentrate on these drawbacks of their product.

Overall, it is not really a 50-50 result yet might be considered as a close draw. We know there is a big gap between their prices, but this comparison is just to help you know more about the position of Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 in the market and can assess it precisely.

Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 vs Nikon Monarch 7 ATB 10×30

These two boys are the icons of Nikon binoculars for affordable budget products (Nikon Prostaff 7s is for low price, Nikon Monarch 7 ATB is for mid price). Therefore, if you’re considering a budget-saving binoculars of Nikon brand, this battle would be very interesting and helpful.

 

Technical data

Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30

Nikon Monarch 7 10×30

Weight 

14.8 oz

15.5 oz

Size (L*W)

4.7 x 4.8 (inch)

4.6*4.8 (inch)

Field of view | close focus distance

315 | 13 (feet)

351 | 7.8 (feet)

Prism type

Roof, multi-layer coated, phase correction

Roof, fully multi-layer coated, phase correction

Exit pupil 

3 (mm)

3 (mm)

Eye relief

15.4 (mm)

15.8 (mm)

Waterproof

Yes

Yes

In general, they both reproduce sharp and bright images, the performance remains similar in low light conditions for both. The Nikon Monarch 7 10×30 is slightly heavier while the size is almost identical. Experience for eyeglasses wearers are comfortable and have mostly no difference between them. These are the key things to differentiate:

  • The prism system of Nikon Monarch 7 is fully multi-layer coated, while that of Nikon Prostaff 7s is multi-layer only. Therefore, the Monarch 7 is slightly better at light transmission, therefore the images are slightly brighter.
  • The Nikon Monarch 7×30 has clearer blurring effect at the edge, a bit sharper at the center. On the other hand, the Nikon Prostaff 7s has images sharper at the edge, a very natural feather effect. Moreover, the Nikon Prostaff 7s suffer glares at some lighting angles. 
  • In terms of hunting, Nikon Monarch 7 10×30 could be a bit more favor. Although glare is not a regular problem of Nikon Prostaff 7s, it could cause some difficulties to beginner hunters. Combining with the better field of view, Nikon Monarch 7 could be better prefered. Especially for bird hunting, when you can’t move closer to the objective on the sky, a better field of view is more comfortable.
Nikon Monarch 7 test
Nikon Monarch 7 test
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Throwback: Nikon prostaff 7s 10×30 vs other Nikon Prostaff binoculars

Since Nikon Prostaff 7s is the last product line of Nikon Prostaff binoculars, we want to have a quick throwback at this series. 10×30 binoculars are only produced within the Prostaff 7s line, therefore, we would bring the 10×42 model of Nikon Prostaff 3s, Nikon Prostaff 5 and Nikon Prostaff 7s along in this comparison.

 

Technical data

Nikon prostaff 7s 10×30

Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42

Nikon prostaff 3s 10×42

Nikon Prostaff 5 10×42

Weight 

14.8 oz

22.75 oz

20.2 oz

22.9 oz

Size (L*W)

4.7 x 4.8 (inch)

6.8 x 5.1 (inch)

7.1 x 6.15 (inch)

6.4 x 5.1 (inch)

Field of view | close focus distance

315 | 13 (feet)

390 | 13 (feet)

400 | 9 (feet)

283 | 16.4 (feet)

Prism type

Roof, multi-layer coated, phase correction

Roof, multi-layer coating, phase correction

Roof, multi-layer coated

Roof, multi-layer coated

Exit pupil 

3 (mm)

4.2 (mm)

4.2 (mm)

4.2 (mm)

Eye relief

15.4 (mm)

15.5 (mm)

15.7 (mm)

15.2

Waterproof

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

They are all Nikon waterproof binoculars, bring comfortable experience for eyeglasses people and show nearly no difference in this category. We would go briefly what you would need to notice:

  • Optics quality: Nikon prostaff 7s is the latest model, and has phase correction technique, therefore, the light transmission is better of all. Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42 and 10×30 are the winners.
  • Field of view: Nikon Prostaff 3s is the best. As you could see from the table, the order is: Nikon Prostaff 3s 10×42> Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×42> Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30> Nikon Prostaff 5s 10×42. The nearest focus distance of Nikon Prostaff 3s 10×42 is also very impressive.
  • Construction: As being binoculars of 10×30, Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 is the most compact, with lightest weight and smallest size. As for the compactness of the 10×42 model, it’s the battle of Nikon Prostaff 5 vs 7, they have nearly identical size. However, Nikon Prostaff 3s 10×42 is the lightest of them. 

If you’re considering 10×30 or 10×42, check which side you are on: the compactness or field of view. 

Final words

In general, the Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 binoculars are appropriate for almost any kind of outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, bird and nature watching, spectating sports including marine sports and fishing, and so on.

However, it is only a good choice for medium-budget customers. If you are happy with much more expensive and high-end binoculars, let’s go for them.

If you have any questions about Nikon Prostaff 7s 10×30 or other binoculars, leave them below, and we will answer all of you.

Thanks for reading!

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