We had quite a few customers asking about the differences between the various models Nikon Monarch 3, Nikon Monarch 5 and the latest one Monarch 7 binoculars. Below are our two cents on comparing the Nikon Monarchs. Nikon Monarch are one of the best selling binoculars at the moment. They are mid-priced binoculars but with a high-end quality. A perfect choice for bird watchers, hunters, outdoorsmen, sports watching and frankly nearly every application.
“Nikon Monarch” refers to Monarch 3 which are no longer available (old version). Now there are Monarch 5 and Monarch 7. There is a-lot to be said about the Nikon Monarch 5 vs. 7 series so we’ll try to keep it short and to the point. Nikon Monarch 5 came to replace the older version Monarch 3.
Monarch 5 is a high-end binocular and our best selling one for bird watching and other nature and wildlife viewing. Perhaps because of its high quality optics and design vs. mid-price. With the 5 version Nikon has made some nice improvements which are noticeable. These include better lens coating, lighter weight, wider field of view and better eye-releif.
Monarch 7 is their newer version (and pricier). What changed? Monarch 7 has a wider field of view (351 ft vs. 288 ft of the Monarch 5 8×42). Monarch 7 is slightly heavier (669g vs 621g), has less eye-releif (16.4 vs. 18.4) which means less adequete for use with glasses. Close focusing range is the same for both models and optics coating is the same. Performance in low-light – the Monarch 7 prefers slightly better. Resolution of details – Monarch 7 performs slightly better than Monarch 5. Overall image quality and viewing experience – very similar between the two models. So the only main advantage Nikon added is the wider field of view.
Both Monarch 5 and 7 have an 8×42 and 10×42 versions. 10×42 offer more power (magnification) while the 8×42 offers a wider field of view. Details of all these models are available here:
Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars:
Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars: