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Olympus 12 x 25 PC I Silver Binocular

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  • Compact binoculars
  • 12x magnification
  • Small size lightweight design for hassle-free portability
  • Multi-coated lens for maximum image brightness and contrast
  • Twist up/down eye pieces for comfortable viewing

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 7.6 x 12.7 cm ; 281 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
  • Item model number: 118702
  • ASIN: B00006G33L
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 July 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,046 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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The Olympus 12x25 PC I Binoculars: Compact and Lightweight Binos for Sightseeing and Spectator Sports

For when portability is as important as optical quality there is the Olympus PC I series of binoculars; aimed at the urban dwelling sports and sightseeing enthusiast, the 12x25 model features a sleek, stylish design yet compact dimensions.

These standard porro prism type binos feature a multi-coated lens for maximum image brightness and contrast, high quality optics, plus the added worry-free feature of UV (ultraviolet) protection. They’re ideal for bird watching, taking out with you camping or hiking, when going travelling, or even accompanying you to a sporting event. Added to the mix are precisely ground prisms and lenses made of brightness-enhancing barium crown glass (Bak-4) to ensure clarity and brightness to the very edge of the field of view.

Peace of mind and years of pleasure are further guaranteed thanks to a 25-year European warranty.

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Small Wonder, Big Scope

This particular model offers 12x magnification and a 25mm objective lens diameter. As it sounds, 12x magnification produces an image that appears as if the user were ten times closer to their subject, while the objective lens diameter refers to how much light can be gathered to form that image. For daytime use a lens diameter of 21 to 25mm (as here) is ideal.

Also worth taking note of is the exit pupil. Here that is 3.1mm, which for 12x25 binoculars is arrived at via 25 divided by 12 = 2.1 exit pupil in mm, so in line with the 2-3mm which is generally thought of as being suitable for daylight use. Another thing to take into account is the field of view, which here is 79 metres, and is defined as the width of the viewable field at a distance of 1000m from the point of observation. Closest focusing distance is 3.5 metres.

Versatile and Bright, and Adaptable to Suit your Individual Viewing Needs

Offering a 12x magnification to bring faraway points of interest that much closer plus a 25mm objective lens diameter, the Olympus 12x25 PC I Binoculars incorporate multi coated lenses to deliver maximum image brightness, visual impact and image defining contrast.

Fast and easy focusing is provided courtesy of a large, centrally placed knob. The 12x25 PC I model further sports a long 16mm eye relief for extra comfort, plus diopter adjustment to allow them to be attuned to an individual’s eyesight for comfortable viewing without glasses.

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Engineered for Excellence, Built for Convenience

Boasting a tactile and ergonomic design and weighing 280g, the Olympus 12x25 PC I measurements are a manageable 114x98x48mm, while the package includes a neck strap, case and protective lens covers.

In summary, with a lens configuration of 8 elements in 6 groups, and a 16 mm eye relief, the field of view at 1000m is 79m. The actual field of view is 4.5° while the apparent angle of view is 54°.

These are also binoculars that will repay your original investment with years of good service. A case in point: a 25-year warranty is included with any purchase.

Olympus PC I Series 12x25 PC I 10x25 PC I 8x25 PC I
Model 12x25 PC I 10x25 PC I 8x25 PC I
Magnification 12x 10x 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 25mm 25mm 25mm
Exit Pupil 2.1 2.5 3.1
Relative Brightness 4.3 6.3 9.8
Actual Field of View 4.5° 5.5°
Field of View at 1000m 79m 91m 105m
Apparent Angle of View 54.0° 52.0° 48.0°
Near Focus Distance 3.5m 2.5m 2.5m
Eye relief 16mm 15mm 16.5mm
Adjustable Eyepiece
Dioptric Correction >± 2m¹ >± 2m¹ >± 2m¹
Eye interval adjustment range 58-70mm 58-70mm 58-70mm
Weight 280g 280g 280g
Dimensions WxHxD 114x98x48mm 114x98x48mm 114x98x48mm
Prism Type Porro Porro Porro
       
General Use
Boating      
Travelling
Camping / Hiking      
Bird Watching      
Sports / Events
Astronomy      
Theatre / Indoor Events      

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

206 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Digance on 21 Jun. 2008
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These binoculars are great for general use. As there were no previous reviews on Amazon, I researched it on other websites and ordered it through Amazon, being the cheapest of course! Even though there was no mention of a protective case on the product description, I can confirm that it is supplied with one. The binoculars are very light and comfy to hold and the eyepieces are adjustable in depth for either spectacle wearers or non specky people.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By David Linnane on 13 Feb. 2010
This is the second pair of Olympus 12x25 PC I binoculars I have bought. It is a present for a friend.
I got my first pair about 10 years ago and have nothing but great praise for them. The magnification and quality of image is fantastic and as good as, if not better than much more expensive binoculars. They fit easily in the pocket, so I can bring them with me whenever I'm going to be outdoors. They have brought wildlife so close; on Safari in Zambia, all over Europe and everyday in the back garden. Buy them and enjoy a new view of the world. Definitely 5 star.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Pilmar on 11 Aug. 2010
After reading the reviews for this item, I was concerned about the eye interval, that one reviewer found insufficient to the point that he had to return the binoculars. Nevertheless I decided to go ahead with my purchase. When the binoculars arrived I tried them immediately, having opened them to the maximum extent; and my first thought was: He was right, they are too small! But then I read the instructions carefully, and I realised that the problem was that I had opened them TOO MUCH, and the eye interval was more then sufficient. I can see why the reviewer was misled. Because these binoculars are compact it is not that obvious when one is overdoing the interval.
So in the end I found them very satisfactory, and I can voucher that the problem mentioned in that previous review is spurious: they are all right both for women as well as for men with widely spaced eyes!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Del on 24 Jun. 2011
I required a pair of compact binoculars that would easily fit in travel luggage or backpack and priced at a reasonable level. I wanted good magnification and clear, sharp vision. I also required them to be robust. I purchased a 10 x 25 PC model and found it to be superior in performance to my existing but tired compact binoculars that were originally twice the price. So good was the Olympus product that I bought a second pair, the 12 x 25 PC which were even better than the 10 x 25 but have the same external dimensions. Buy either.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Purce on 5 April 2011
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These binoculars are a replacement for a Nikon pair that I had had for almost 20 years. In comparison the Olympus pair are almost the same except the build quality and materials used are cheaper-looking than the Nikon pair which is disappointing given the time since I bought the first pair. Additionally I have found the rubber eye-sockets to be quite annoying because they tend to close when not in use which means they have to be opened each time I used them.

As a positive the light intake of the new binoculars is infinitely better than my previous pair which was particularly good in the low-light conditions at the racecourse where I was using them.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By chrisor on 11 Sept. 2010
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These are an excellent pair of compact bimoculars. Very good build quality, excellent optics - bright and clear image. Good field of view for a 12X compact. No problem with eye width as alluded to in another review - and I've got a big head!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Alan C on 19 April 2010
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Bought these binoculars for my wife who has developed an interest in bird watching since we back on to farmland/woodland and have a hawthorn hedge between our garden and the adjoining field. We are delighted with the binoculars which are small, lightweight, well made and nicely designed. The quality of the image exceeded my expectations for binoculars in this price range. Ideal for bird watching because of their magnification, (12x)size and weight.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. FINDING on 10 July 2009
Great pocket binoculars with crystal clear vision and good close up viewing of wildlife around you.
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