Nikon Aculon 8×42 Review

Nikon Action 8x40Nikon would probably count as the most recognised name among all the brands of Binoculars in Australia. We’ve decided to do a review on these binoculars seeing as they are the Top Selling binoculars in Amazon and for Nikon. Year after year, the Amazon’s Best Sellers List features the Nikon Aculon 8×42 as the #1 selling Binoculars. Considering Amazon are the top retailers for most categories, it is fairly safe to say that these are popular.

The Nikon Aculon 8×42 Binoculars sits in the smaller and cheaper end of the range. Available for $139.95 in Australia, it is one of the more affordable branded binoculars and fits right into the $100-$150 budget that most shoppers have. While it does not get the benefit of Waterproofing or Fogproofing (Available in the EX). I still feel that these binoculars are fairly solid and will be highly suitable for outdoor use.


I feel very comfortable with the 8x Magnification, it is strong enough for most uses and not “shaky” when I’m moving or out of breath. I can’t find any sources to back me up but I believe the optics in the Nikon Aculon are identical to the Action EX. I won’t be expecting Zeiss like quality from these binoculars but I have to say, they are not bad for a binoculars between $100-$150.

Field of view is not too bad and image seems sharp once you get used to the Focus Wheel.


I am a huge fan of Roof Prism binoculars. Brands like Bushnell have made them very affordable over the past 5 years and a Bushnell Trophy XLT can be purchased for $179.95 these days. Not a whole lot more than the Nikon’s and you get a compact waterproof binoculars. If you can afford a Roof Prism, why not consider it. They are lighter, smaller and more aesthetically appealing. I’ve written an in depth comparison which can be found here.

For those who want a Porro Prism. I have no complaints apart from the Stiff Nikon Focus Wheels. (These seem to be the same across all the Nikon Actions / EX I’ve tried). Do note that all the binoculars I review are brand new so they may loosen up over time.

What’s In The Box

The kit that comes in the box is fairly standard. Case, Strap, Binoculars and a multi-language instruction manual. Everything seems to be well built and the strap seems to be quite comfortable. As usual, after many years, the Nikon cases are still not dust proof.


  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 40mm
  • Exit Pupil: 5.0
  • Twilight Factor: 22.40
  • Eye Relief: 11.9mm
  • Weight: 760g
  • Prism Type: Porro Prism
  • Field of View: 143m @ 1000m
  • Close Focus Distance 5m
  • Waterproof: No
  • Fogproof: No
  • Low Dispersion Glass: No
  • Size: Mid-Full Size – Porro Prism

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