The price point of $100 seems to be the most magical number as far as getting those best binocular for $100 or less is concerned. $100 is that psychological thing for most when you want to balance the cost with the needs.
The best binoculars are definitely available at less than $100. There are some sacrifices that you will have to make when you buy the binoculars.
Let us talk about each one of these factors in detail before we discuss the best among the category.
Roof prism binoculars or the Porro prism binoculars. Most of the people will recommend that if you are trying to buy the binoculars under 100 then always buy the Porro ones. The reason being that Porro style binos are easier to manufacture and hence it ensures that the manufacturers are giving you a better quality as opposed to rood prism binos. If you need to understand the difference between these two types then read my guide here about the Porro Prism binoculars and the Roof prism binoculars.
The other factors to consider at this price range are the image contrast, brightness and quality of the image that it produces. Most of the binoculars in this range will produce some aberrations of the image and slight blurred image at the outer periphery.
As far as comparison between the brands is concerned there is the higher end models which are the Leica, Swaroski and the Zeiss.
The most popular and the best binoculars under $100 are the good brands which have years of experience behind them manufacturing the binos at all the price ranges and with various capabilities.
In my opinion Nikon comes out the tops when it comes to the producing the binoculars under $100.
The most popular Nikon product under 100 is the Nikon Action Series whether it is the Nikon Action 7×35. These are the best when it comes to the price and quality comparison with other binocular brands.
Here are some of the main features of the 7×35 Action Binoculars which have become the choice for beginner birdwatchers as well as for general field use
Nikon Action 7×35 series
Wide Field of View – The field of view is approximately 490 foot.
25 year no fault warranty – This is the best that you can get
Multi coated lenses
Adjustable eye cups
The wide field of view is very much needed for all the birding enthusiasts. This alone at this price is a good enough feature.
However there are some negative points that are there for this Nikon Action 7×35 Ultra wide.
It is heavy at a weight of 24.3 oz and secondly
It is not fogproof or water proof.
It has a Porro prism construction which can be a deterrent to many of you who are looking for that H-shaped design than the W-shaped design.
Bushnell Natureview Binos Bushnell H2O porro prism binoculars
8 x 42mm porro birding binocular with birdwatching CD and field log kit. Includes carrying case and deluxe strap.
Similar to this is Bushnell 8×42 H2O Porro and the Bushnell 8×42 Natureview Plus binoculars which again have been made just for the price conscious customers. Both of these are very in this price category and again have a very good field of view and a very good eye relief.
who makes the best hunting binoculars – This is always a tough one to answer
I would like to say that it all depends on the needs as to who makes the best hunting binoculars as there are several of manufacturers who make the best hunting binoculars.
Nikon of course is very good at the compact budget binoculars while Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski are the very best when it comes to high end binoculars.