Nikon Monarch 5 vs. Monarch 7 Binoculars 2

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 5 vs. Monarch 7 Binoculars

“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 5 8×42 Binoculars
Nikon Monarch 5 10×42 Binoculars

Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars:

Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 Binoculars
Nikon Monarch 7 10×42 Binoculars


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  1. I also tried both Monarch 5 and Monarch 7. Monarch 7’s have a wider FOV, a bit better image quality but much more expensive. I think Monarch 5 is better choice for price / quality.

    1. Agree but i actually found the 5s were marginally sharper than the 7 and exactly as bright – sent the 7’s back at nearly double the price. If the wider field of view was a deal breaker it might be different but it ins’t for me the 5 field of view is perfectly fine. Incidentally i find the 5s a joy to use and having test against several bins at 2x the price of these, to my eyes these were as good if not slightly better in some cases. I love using them, as you say great value.

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