Floyd noted that the proverbial “Walmart special” — i.e., binoculars priced at $100 and under — are likely to be frustrating in their quality. "But if you can save your pennies, you're looking at good binoculars starting around $300 that will perform well on birds fairly close and in decent light,” he explained.
The highly-rated Diamondback HD binoculars from Vortex not only come at a relatively reasonable price, they also made it on the National Audubon Society's list of top-scoring binoculars
in this price range. This particular model can be ideal for focusing on wildlife very close by, but they are also available in higher magnifications for further distances. They are optimized with select glass elements and multi-coated lenses to deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration and provide outstanding color fidelity, sharpness and light transmission. The texture-coated barrels provide an improved surface for gripping.