In this Canon 15×50 IS image stabilization all-weather Binoculars Review, our experts reveal all the features, the pros, and the cons, and bring you a complete and comprehensive guide. The Canon 15×50 IS AW is a unique binocular among the numerous models of high-magnification binoculars because they incorporate Canon’s extraordinary optical Image Stabilizer technology.
This revolutionary system employs a novel Vari-Angle Prism that instantly and continuously makes adjustments to maintain a steady image.
The Canon 15×50 IS image stabilization all-weather binocular is commonly used for Astronomy, Bird watching, Wildlife viewing, and avid adventurers. The Canon 15×50 IS AW binocular is popular with customers who love them for the quality lens and the sturdy construction of this fantastic binocular.
Canon 15×50 IS Image Stabilization All-Weather Binoculars Review
Technical Specification of Canon 15×50 IS AW Binoculars
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 152x193x81 mm
- Weight (without battery): 1180 g
- Field of view @1,000 m: 79 m
- The diameter of the exit pupil: 3.3 mm
- Pupillary Extraction: 15 mm
- Type of Prism: Porro Prism II
- Lens Coating: Super Spectra Coating.
- Closest focusing distance: 6 m
- Image stabilizer: Vari-Angle prisms
- Power supply: 2 AA type batteries.
- Battery duration: +25 ° C: approx. 2.5 hours, -10 ° C: approx. 10 minutes (using alkaline batteries).
Features of Canon 15×50 IS Image Stabilization All Weather Binoculars
Built to withstand the most adverse weather conditions
Customers can joy an excellent visibility even in adverse weather conditions as the binocular is effectively weather resistant as specified by JIS 4. The rugged quality design includes a rubber finish that withstands the harshest conditions, making these binoculars ideal for intensive use.
The field of view is greatly increased and very stable.
You can enjoy incredibly stable images thanks to the Canon’s Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which compensates for various types of motion and trepidation when binoculars are used without a tripod stand or from a moving vehicle or boat. These sharp binoculars include a 50 mm diameter front optical element for a bright field of view.
Easily observe objects in a wide field of view
Easily find the objects and enjoy a wide field of view of 61 degrees with very low distortions, the images formed are flat and clear from edge to edge, thanks to the Porro II prism optics and the double field flattening element.
Weather-resistant but simple and comfortable
These binoculars are designed for excellent user comfort even when used for long periods. They can be used even when sunglasses are worn. It’s all thanks to the adjustable eyepieces with a 15 mm pupillary extraction that minimizes the “tunnel effect.”
When you purchase a Canon 15×50 IS AW binocular, you also get a soft carrying bag made of high-quality nylon to enable proper storage of these binoculars. This bag is lightly padded and has a clip closure for the lid. Furthermore, another non-padded carrying strap with anti-slip lining is also included which further increases the transport comfort. Also two Panasonic AA alkaline batteries as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth and two eyepieces covers are included in the delivery package. The latter sit comfortably and firmly on the lenses.
The Canon 15×50 IS AW binocular has a gentle texture as parts of it are covered in a soft and non-slip rubber coating. They have a rounded shape which makes handling the devices very easy. The ergonomics and weight of the binoculars rests on the palms, and the index fingers are positioned naturally on the focus wheel (left index finger) and the stabilizer button (right index finger), which is comfortable even for users with short fingers.
The interpupillary distance is a little difficult to adjust, but once adjusted the binoculars lenses remains in that position even when the user turns it in several directions. The focus is very soft. However, the dioptric difference between the inter-eyepiece is hard, which is a commendable feature.
The total weight of 1.2 kg without the batteries allows the binocular to be held comfortably at arm’s length and without support for 10 to 15 minutes. There are only 2 caps for the eyepieces which play important roles too. The storage case is convenient but lacks rigidity. The strap is wide and gentle on the user despite being quite weighty.
Thanks to being resistant to shocks and water, one can observe using the binoculars in the rain.
Optically high performing
These binoculars use multi-layer Porro prisms which results in spectacular optics. The stars appear very thin and stitched. The apparent field is extra-wide and perfectly corrected at the periphery and to the extreme edge of the field which is quite amazing.
There is a small distortion which is highlighted by pointing parallel electrical wires. The notice prompts the user of UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lenses without specifying their exact nature. By using a 30 mm diaphragm on each lens to reduce brightness and aberrations, the ring becomes visible without much difficulty.
The stabilization system uses optical technology with variable angle prisms. Tremors which result in shaky images are greatly diminished and the stars seem to slip when moving. This model of binoculars completely changes the way you observe!
The image stabilizer is activated by pressing a designated button and the effect persists as long as it is held down. However, if the button remains pressed for 5 minutes, the effect is the same as pressing the button once. The image stabilizer keeps the entire system completely silent. Stabilization has its limitations and only partially compensates for excessive shaking.
On the other hand, if the user only shakes at moderate levels, then very stable images are obtained since the tremors are eliminated by the revolutionary image stabilizers that come with these binoculars.
We have done many comparative trials; both hands-free and using a tripod. The activation of the stabilizer does not in any way increase the aberrations. Rather, another phenomenon known as “oscillation of the focus” leads to slightly blur images that appear piqued.
This is all the more pronounced when the observer moves while using the binoculars. On the contrary, using a tripod eliminates this effect. We assumed that the variable angles of the prism result in a slight disruption of the optical system. The analysis of the diffraction spot of a defocused star shows a slight eccentricity reproducible in the opposite direction to the movement of the head.
- 15x High Magnification Optics accommodate wide-ranging activities.
- Built-in Image Stabilizer provides shake-free performance.
- Wide, Extra-Bright Field of View from the large-diameter 50mm.
- Doublet Field Flattener for sharp, distortion-free images from edge to edge.
- Multi-Coated Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) Objective Lens adds contrast, clarity and color fidelity.
- Long 15mm Eye Relief for easy viewing.
- Shock-and-Water-Resistant Construction with the non-slip rubberized coating.
- Quality design, comfortable and robust.
- Comparatively heavyweight and high price.
- Battery life goes from 10 minutes to 3h30 in continuous use according to the outside temperature and the nature of the batteries (saline/alkaline/lithium ). Must have spare batteries.
What’s in the box
- Soft Case
- Neck Strap
- Lens Caps
- AA-Type Batteries (2)
- Canon 3 Year Warranty.
Canon 15×50 IS Image Stabilization AW Binoculars Review- Watch The Video Below
The Canon 15×50 IS AW is impressive based on our tests. It has an excellent optical performance. It is also characterized by excellent clarity at image edges, high detail accuracy, and disturbing color fringing is rarely encountered when using these binoculars.
Thanks to the image stabilizer, the Canon 15×50 IS image stabilization AW neutralize all problems associated with shakes and movements. However, the observable disappointments with the binocular are the rather poorly designed cups and the heavy build which makes extended usage rather uncomfortable. Another positive is that the included accessories are above normal standards. They are top quality!
Generally, these binoculars are amazing, not just due to their excellent optical performance but also the efficiency of the image stabilization system. We hope this complete buyer guide will help you make the best decision before buying one of these best image stabilizer binoculars. We hope you enjoyed your read.