Nikon 10×25 Travelite VI Weather Resistant Porro Prism Binocular with 5.0 Degree Angle of View, Black

(8 customer reviews)


  • Multicoated, Eco-Glass optics made without lead and arsenic reduce glare and improve light transmission, color rendition and contrast
  • BaK4 high index prisms for extra-high resolution images
  • Compact 25mm diameter objective lenses help to maintain a small form factor for easier handling and packing
  • Aspherical lens design minimizes field curvature, especially at the edges, and enhances sharpness
  • Durable and protective, rubber-armored coating



The Nikon Travelite Binocular provides large binocular performance in a small package. Outstanding clarity and definition within a durable rubber armored body.

These binoculars are the perfect companion for trips where packing space is limited.

Multi-Coated EcoGlass provides excellent brightness and resolution. Fast focus with a smooth central focus knob.

SKU: 7278 Categories: ,

Based on 8 reviews

4.8 overall

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  1. Sam Vimes

    After years of suffering with dark, weak, wobbly binoculars (thank you, Magnacraft), I found myself needing two types: the best quality I could find (1) at any weight but under $250 for use within a drive of home (home binocs), and (2) under 10 oz, easy to travel with in tour groups, simple for impatient family members, and ideal for night concerts and day baseball games (travel binocs).After studying reviews and comments thoroughly, I concluded there are brilliant experts commenting regularly on Amazon – much more insightful than the professional reviewers who focus on expensive, heavy devices purchased by others of their ilk. From my fellow consumers’ insights, I purchased 11 binoculars with at least 70% five-star ratings that fit my general specifications for home or travel.GENERAL CONCLUSIONS. After exhaustive examination – reading a DVD box at 46 feet, finding individual cattle from a moving minivan, and watching stars and planets in my backyard – I concluded the essential attributes for binoculars across categories are:(A) Plenty of Light brought to your eye. Light is determined by the diameter of the light-gathering lens divided by the magnification. In other words, an 8×42 pair has a ratio of 5.25 and produces LOTS of light, while a 10×21 pair has a ratio of 2.1 and always appear dark. Conclusion: About 3.0 is adequate and the best available for compact binoculars.(B) Good Stability of View. View stability depends on (i) the degrees of field of vision (can you find what you are looking for), (ii) the depth of visibility (do you have to refocus for every few feet of depth), and (iii) wobble (which is itself determined by (i) and (ii)). Conclusion: field of vision is rarely as broad as advertised, depth of visibility depends on the lens quality and you just have to check it out, and any binoc with a magnification of 10 or higher proved to have poor stability of view without a tripod, at least for me. There is a big difference between 8x and 10x, particularly below a 42 lens diameter.SPECIFIC CONCLUSIONS. (Home Binoculars) The best Home Binoc was the Nikon Monarch ATM 8×42, and it outperformed all other 10 by a wide margin. I could read a DVD box at 46 feet, keep a broad and stable view to find the cow with three white spots while bouncing in a minivan, and find and watch Mars. At 24 oz, it’s too big for constant lugging, but oh what a treat. At $230, it was comparable in price to the Vixen 14502 Foresta 8×42 and the Bushnell Ultra HD 8×42, but it performed noticeably better, particularly on view stability. Several cheaper, heavy models under $100 had cloudy lens.(Travel Binoculars) The Pentax 8×25 UCF XII and the Olympus 8×25 PCI were best in class, although the Pentax had less wobble, more clarity while the Olympus provided more light and more accurate color tones, but a smaller field of vision. (Forget finding the cow, but if you found it, you could count its ear hairs at dusk). Both were 10 oz, and about $65; the Pentax, which gets slightly better overall reviews, is larger but felt better in my hand. Small hands, viewing at dusk, standing still = Olympus. Larger hands, viewing in daylight, on a bus = Pentax. Lastly, the itty bitty Olympus 7×21 PC III at 7 oz in metallic blue is adorable and $24 (refurbished), with fantastic clarity and ease of use, but a very narrow field of vision, despite its 7.5% claim.So what did we do? I decided to travel with the heavy Nikon Monarch, but kept the Pentax 8×25 in reserve. Different members of my family preferred the Pentax 8×25, the Olympus 8×25, and the Olympus 7×21, each predictably on the basis of the decision maker’s age, size, and goals. None showed any interest in the other six binocs.As a final note, Beware of imperfection and non-Amazon sellers. Two of the 11 binocs arrived with lens imperfections. The heavy Bushnell Falcon (7×36) at $30 had a cloudy lens, and Amazon accepted the return promptly. The lightweight but expensive Nikon Travelite 10×25, already with little light and a small field of vision, had a defective lens, making it darker. The vendor wanted me to pay shipping in both directions plus a restocking fee to return the defective item.Good luck with your decision. I hope my odyssey was helpful to you.

    Sam Vimes

  2. L. Jones

    I carry alot of heavy photography equipment, and needed something light weight for wildlife searching. I lost the first pair, and loved it so much I bought a second pair! The light is fairly good, and I don’t have any problems with the Nikon 7278 Travelite IV. It gets the job done, about the lightest you can buy, and the small carry pak that comes with it attaches neatly to my hip pack. One less thing to carry. The 10X was a pleasant feature. I didn’t want anything shorter than that. Of course if you want wide angle, you might consider a 7x wide angle, but that was too short for me.

    L. Jones

  3. Amazon Customer

    It’s all about the glass! For the price, for a lightweight, all around binocular, this is a winner. I have a pair of Travelite 3’s I’ve owned for years, they still are tack sharp and work great! Bought this is as an extra set, so I always have one in my day pack.

    Amazon Customer

  4. Anonymous

    I tried to get away with a cheaper pair that many others had given good ratings, but they were no good and I returned them immediately and ordered these. They are quite impressive for their size and weight and work even better than our very large binoculars from years ago. I needed something light and powerful as these will go in my hiking backpack. The rest of the time they sit in our sun room for bird watching! Even my husband is very happy with them and he is usually a tough critic! Good buy!


  5. Florida K.

    These binoculars are exactly what I wanted for travel. Excellent optical clarity, light weight, and good looking styling. Traits all worthy of the five stars and the Nikon brand. My only objection is the lack of protective caps for the eye area of the binoculars.

    Florida K.

  6. Jiaoanna

    I was looking for lightweight binoculars to take with me on a game-viewing safari in Tanzania and was willing to sacrifice a little bit of viewing quality in exchange for the light weight. I should not have been concerned about this because these worked perfectly for me. I was able to see distant animals with great detail and clarity and saw little difference compared to the heavier, more expensive binoculars of my travel companions, who were, incidentally, quite impressed with mine. These are high-quality binoculars at a very reasonably price.


  7. Kermit Johnson

    We use them for bird watching and the opera. They are perfect.

    Kermit Johnson

  8. David G

    very clear image, light and compact

    David G