Canon 10x30 IS Image Stabilized, Weather Resistant Porro Prism Binocular with 6.0 deg. Angle of View, U.S.A.

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About Canon 10x30 IS

Canon's 10x30 IS Binoculars deliver outstanding optical performance and unparalleled image stabilization capabilities at a very affordable price. Whether you're sitting in the last stadium row or at the water's edge, you'll get a close-up view of the action with these contoured, lightweight binoculars. The 10x30 IS Binoculars are designed to fit perfectly in your hands. A textured rubber coating provides non-slip grip and protection from the elements, and the center-mounted focus and Image Stabilizer controls are easily accessible from either hand.

You'll know these state-of-the-art binoculars are different from the moment you look through the lens. Canon has combined thepower of 10x magnification with its innovative Optical Image Stabilization technology, proven highly successful in Canon camcorders andprofessional lenses, and a unique Doublet Field Flattener. The result is a high performance system that makes high magnification truly practical, eliminating shake and reducing curvature of field. The lenses are even coated with Canon's unique Super Spectra multicoating, another feature that improves overall image quality by maximizing contrast and minimizing color smear. With the Canon 10x30 IS Binoculars, you'll get images of extraordinary quality that are sharp and distortion-free from edge to edge. Its advanced design also provides a long 14.5mm eye relief, making the 10x30 IS a great choice for full-time eyeglass wearers. The Canon 10x30 IS Binoculars let you be a part of the action even from a distance.

The Canon 10x30 IS is commonly used for Astronomy, Bird watching, Sporting events/concerts, Wildlife viewing, Yachting and more.The Canon 10x30 IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Avid adventurer, Casual/ recreational among others.The Canon 10x30 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 10x30 IS: Close focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality lenses, Strong construction and Works well with glasses

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Quality lenses (20),Compact (13),Strong construction (12),Close focus (11),Works well with glasses (6),Lightweight (5)
Heavy / bulky (3)
Best Uses:
Bird watching (13),Wildlife viewing (9),Astronomy (4),Sporting events/concerts (4),Yachting (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (12),Avid adventurer (6),Birder (3)

Canon 10x30 IS Features

  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Doublet field flattener lens
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Closest focusing distance of 4.2 meters/13.8 ft.
  • Rounded design for holding comfort

Canon 10x30 IS Specifications

Type of Prism
Porro II prism
Super Spectra coating
Real Angular Field of View
Field of View at 1000 Yards
344.5 '
Exit Pupil
3 mm
Eye Relief
14.5 mm
Relative Brightness
Twilight Factor
Eye Width Adjustment Range
55mm - 75mm
Close Focus Distance (ft)
13.8 feet
Rubber Coated (Armored)
Waterproof / Fogproof
5.9 x 5.0 x 2.8 in.
22 oz. (excluding batteries)
Power source
2 x AA
optional BP-B1 Battery Pack
Special Features
Image Stabilizer Vari-Angle Prism
Correction angle ±1.0°

Canon 10x30 IS Reviews

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(based on 32 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


I bought for my dad

I wanted to get the stabilizer image for my father, who is 87 years old. I thought this would help him focus on whatever images he would look at. He enjoys them, and uses them frequently. I borrowed them for a sailing trip, and also for a week at the beach. These are simply one of the finest, clearest specs I have ever used. My first impression in the ocean was the brightness and clarity. Precise images could be identified, and the added stabilizer eased the movement of the boats unforgiving ...

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I wanted to get the stabilizer image for my father, who is 87 years old. I thought this would help him focus on whatever images he would look at. He enjoys them, and uses them frequently. I borrowed them for a sailing trip, and also for a week at the beach. These are simply one of the finest, clearest specs I have ever used. My first impression in the ocean was the brightness and clarity. Precise images could be identified, and the added stabilizer eased the movement of the boats unforgiving bounce. Using the stabilizer provides clean, crisp vision, spotting ship registration numbers over a mile away, and, more importantly, solid comfirmation of bouy numbers on the first look. This low priced binocular far outperforms many expensive alternatives.


Most Liked Negative Review


Melting exterior!

We bought this model for our home in Puerto Vallarta in 2006. The outside rubber coating is now melting and impossible to hold without getting black goo on your hands. Because of the price and quality of this unit we have always kept them in a secure and protected location. We saw a little of deterioration last year-2010, but this has morphed into total disaster this year. We were very happy for the first 4 years--not now--would not recommend.

Reviewed by 32 customers


Excellent All Around Binocular


from New Jersey

Being an amateur astronomer for 5 decades I have looked through many, many binoculars of all sizes, shaped, magnifications and objective size. I currently own at least 5 binoculars of various sizes. Of all these I use the Canon 10 X 30 IS the most. They are easy to hold, rubber coated for stability, lightweight and compact. The battery compartment door is easy to open to access and change the batteries should you need to. Battery life is very good. The optics (the most important feature) are sharp as a tack from edge, to edge, no distortion and no barrel effect. Ten power binoculars are just about the maximum magnification for a hand held binocular. Here is where the stabilization really shines. Push the button on top with your forefinger and detail emerges that you can not see with non-stabilized units. Therefore, the amount of detail seen is increased by no shaking by at least 50% . No tripod needed here. Although not having the light gathering power of 50mm or larger objectives, the fact that you can stabilize the image makes all the difference when looking at night sky and terrestrial objects alike. Eye relief is very good except for those who wear glasses. But, when using binoculars glasses can be removed and images focused to compensate for eye glass wearers. The optics appear to be fully multi-coated to prevent any internal reflections and there is no ghosting under any conditions. The right ocular is also adjustable so you can focus using the knurled wheel for your left eye and then adjust the ocular for your right eye. If there was anything in the way of additional features I would like to see incorporated in these units it would be a dew / light shield in front of the objectives to prevent stray light from entering the glass. These "glasses" are great for just about every purpose. I have been using them for over 5 years now and they are like new. A best buy in binoculars.


Just what we were looking for


from Tubac, AZ  -  Casual/ Recreational

Several years ago I purchased the Canon 15x50 IS All Weather and became sold on IS binoculars. I needed a set at a 2nd location but did not want to spend over $500. I am super happy with the IS Porro Prism.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


These do not last


from Honolulu, Hawaii

My first pair of these binoculars were great when new. After about 4 years the image stabilizing mechanism froze. Although I live about one mile from the coast, the Canon Factory Service said that they were corroded. Repairs would be almost the cost of a new pair...which I bought. Now, after about 5 years the second pair has stopped working and the exterior plastic case has turned soft and sticky. I would love to have a new pair but I expected Canon binoculars to last like other binoculars, i.e. Indefinitely.


Not recommended


from Kihei HI

Optics and stabilization are excellent, but the case makes it unusable. It has become very sticky and your fingerprints are embedded in the case if you touch it.


Canon quality, just as you would expect.


from Va. Beach  -  Casual/ Recreational

The quality is excellent as you would expect from Canon. I have several cameras by Canon so didn't hesitate to buy these. The comments about the image stabilization intrigued me being incorporated into binoculars instead of lens that I have by Canon. It's pretty amazing. With the IS off there is noticable shake particular with greater distance. Turn on the IS and it smooths right out. My only complaint is I wish you could press the IS button and it click to lock in IS. I realize you don't want to keep it on all the time because it eats up the batteries but knowing that I would be careful how much I use it. To be honest, not sure why binoculars with IS ever should have it off. But again, I guess it must drain the battery. Haven't had the camera long enough to get a sense of how long the batteries last.


I love it.


from MN  -  Casual/ Recreational

I think it is as good as it could be, for what I bought.


Excellent optics, light weight, easy use


from Novato, CA  -  Casual/ Recreational

I use binoculars many ways, from astronomy to zoology (birding and land and marine animals). I asked an astronomer friend who has many pairs of binoculars, what he recommended as the best regardless of cost, and he recommended the Canon 10x30 IS as far above all others. I have to agree with his assessment for ease of use, superb optics, and advantage of the IS technology, especially for 10 power binoculars.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Bought by accident but...


from California Bay area  -  Avid Adventurer

I bought these several years accident. Meant to order a very nice Canon 10x30 non-stabilized binocular but entered the wrong product number...oops, and Duh! Got ready to return them when the arrived, then made the fatal mistake...said to myself, "Well, I'll just look..." (I made the exact same mistake with my dog, "I'll just look...") The experience was bordering on magical. The last time I'd seen stabilized optics, they were a little out of my price range (but the price including a fully equipped US Navy destroyer.) I own absolutely superb Leitz 8x30 and Nikon 8x30E binoculars and while those two are marginally better optically and more compact, the stabilization more than out-weighs that small advantage. Simply put, Buy Them. (By the way, the dog's working out okay, too.)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Buy a non-slip strap!


from Austin, TX  -  Avid Adventurer

The straps are made of a slippery synthetic coupled with thin plastic connectors. This type of strap will fail during periods of energetic activity such as long hikes while birding. Light weight is important to people with shaking or weak hands. However, if these binoculars fall due to a strap failure and strike a hard surface then they are likely to be badly damaged. Some form of external cushioning would be highly beneficial and I intend to add small pads on protruding surfaces. These will be inexpesive but important additions and this binocular will be my primary tool for observing and enjoying birds and other wildlife. The IS feature allows me to positively verify small features of small birds and is truly amazing.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent value but with some reservation


from Ventura, Ca.

Overall I'd rate these binos as a VERY good value from a price/performance perspective. Given the low price, the very strong flare/ghosting and annoying 'button hold' hassle take some shine off this product. i.e. the "modest" optical quality of these binos is the weakest part of the whole package. That's the tradeoff given the fairly low price! That said, these binos are light weight and the stabilization works great which make them a joy to use in the field as long as the sun angle is high or facing the subject. I would recommend these as a good inexpensive bino even with the (IMO) somewhat compromised optics.


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  I bought a pair of these used. Vertical shakes are gone but horizontally there are still a lot of small shakes. I read there are two sensors for image stab., one for vertical and one for horizontal. Is it likely they need to be repaired? Or is horizontal shaking normal?
MICHAEL C  I do not have any shake, either direction.
Ed T  What is the closest focus?
MICHAEL C  It will focus to approx. 15ft.

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