Nikon's 14x40 StabilEyes is the world's first dual mode, digitally stabilized marine binocular. This 14 power binocular is optimized for use on boats, in moving vehicles, or in aircraft.
Nikon's StabilEyes 14x40 is a professional grade roof prism marine binocular that not only offers vibration reduction both for shake and roll, but that is also fully waterproof and fogproof. By simply using the LAND mode, a user can have a marine binocular that is optimized for hand held use in fairly stable conditions, such as on dry land. Switch to ONBOARD mode for a binocular that is stabilized for use from a boat, airplane, helicopter, train or automobile.
The heart of Nikon's StabilEyes is a battery powered system of gimbaled digital servos that are actuated when the mode, (ON BOARD or LAND) is selected. This system is the only one currently in existence with the capability to dampen both common types of binocular destabilization and provide a Pan & Tilt feature that enables a full range of motion while viewing.
Unlike many other stabilized products, StabilEyes is optimized as a quality binocular. It is a roof prism design that incorporates precisely cut and polished lenses and prisms. All optical glass elements are treated with multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds for true color rendition, superior detail resolution, and maximum light transmission. Additionally, prisms are phase-correction coated and high reflection mirror coated for the utmost in sharpness and clarity.
The Nikon StabilEyes is a central focus design with an adjustable diopter. It has an exit pupil of 2.9mm, a 56-degree apparent angle of view, and a field of view of 209' at 1,000 yards. Eye relief is 13mm, relatively long in consideration of its 14-power magnification.
StabilEyes measures 7.3" x 5.8" x 3.4" and weighs 45.8 ounces. It is ergonomically designed with a hand strap and integral finger grooves to reduce user fatigue and aid in operation. StabilEYES is powered by four AA batteries and has a battery power display that blinks when battery power is getting low.
The Nikon 14x40 Porro Prism is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual/ recreational among others.
Reviewed by 4 customers
We hunt in western Colorado and Wyoming, among other uses. There is one word for this product- totally cool- oh, that is two words because they are that good. Perfect, crisp optics, easy adjustment and the ability to pick out items easily missed with other units. Stabilization enables rapid observation of an area, allowing certainty of what is there to be seen. They are fairly large and heavy, so only appropriate for truck or a pack if you choose to carry them. I suspect the complaint in another review that the battery compartment corroded resulted from leaving the batteries in the compartment. The factory Toshiba batteries had leaked and corroded in the unopened package- never installed. I suggest using a good brand of battery, and removing them upon extended storage- per the instuctions provided. I love this product.
These binoculars are not "waterproof" The battery unit rests on the outside of the unit and internally corroded to the point the AA battery clips dropped out in less than 2 years. This occurred while these binoculars were turned off & sitting in a drawer of the main cabin of an air conditioned 42ft boat. Other cameras & flashlights in the same drawer had no corrosion problems at all. The battery unit is a 3"x3" plastic shell with cheap clips to hold the 4 AA batteries in place instead of springs. Two clips of these 4 battery clips were corroded and not broken, but would not even hold the batteries in place. These cheap clips also break off if you try to fix this problem. Nikon refused to even deal with these obvious problems unless I sent the entire binocular back to them and paid $219 plus shipping IN ADVANCE of the repair, even though I only just want a replacement battery compartment. In other words they don't stock parts for this camera. BEWARE! Don't waste your money.
Fantastic optical stability system. Both on land where it precisely controls hand held jitter, and at sea where it controls jitter and a separate system compensates for vessel motion.
It's a Nikon, and lives up to their reputation for ease of use, ruggedness, and clear bright images. Stability system provides rock steady images on land AND at sea! I used it, at sea, in Alaska. It compensated for boat motion and hand motion. Highly recommended.