Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile Rangefinder Binoculars
The new Fusion 1 Mile is Bushnell’s updated version of their popular Fusion 1600 binocular rangefinder line. The new 1M series not only received additional ranging capability but also added an additional 8x32 configuration was added to the line up.
Regular – When in the regular mode the Fusion 1 Mile rangefinders will return a line of sight distance in yards or meters only and does not account for the angle to the target.
Bow - While in this mode the Fusion 1M will report a line of sight distance reading and then, if the unit’s power button continues to be held down while still on target for an additional 2 seconds, the unit will also display angle corrected information. In this case the degree of the angle and the angle compensated yardage will be displayed beneath the line of sight distance reading. However, when in Bow mode the unit will only display the angle compensated yardage out to 99 yards.
Rifle – To use this mode you first select one of ten pre-programmed ballistic groups that best matches your cartridge’s ballistics. Next, you select a Sight In distance from one of the following choices: 100, 150, 200, or 300 these can be in either yards or meters. Finally, you select how you wish to receive the angle compensated holdover information; choices include Inches, Centimeters, MOA, or Mil. Then when an object is ranged in Rifle mode the line of sight will display and underneath that, the angle to the target in degrees and the amount of holdover need in the units you selected such as inches. This holdover information is only available from 100 yards to 800 yards.
Target Priority Modes
Bullseye – This mode allows the unit to report the closer of two objects when more than one object is targeted when ranging. For example, if the unit reads both a prairie dog and a mound in the distant background, when in Bullseye mode it will only report the closer of the two objects, in this case the prairie dog. Furthermore, when it receives a split reading like this it will place a circle around the Bullseye icon in the display to let you know it received two targets and is reporting the closer of the two.
Brush – This mode works just like the Bullseye mode but in reverse. Here if the unit receives a split reading it will report the distance to the farthest target. For example, if the unit detects both a tree branch in front of you and an elk a hundred yards away it will ignore the closer object and report the more distant target, in this example the elk. Again a circle will display around the Brush icon letting you know it received two readings and is reporting the furthest target.
The Bushnell Fusion 1M comes with a red display whose intensity is manually adjustable to one of four possible brightness settings. Red displays can be too dim to read during bright daylight hours or too bright in low light conditions causing them to obscure the target. While automatic adjusting displays are good in theory if you and the rangefinder have different ideas on what brightness level is need you lose out. Therefore, many hunters prefer to have control over the display intensity manually so they can set it to their preference.
What’s to Like?
This is Bushnell’s first 8x binocular rangefinder and will appeal to those who favor the extra field of view provided by this lower magnification. Keep in mind that the main reason for buying a binocular rangefinder is to have one unit that takes care of both the glassing and ranging duties, and there are plenty of hunting scenarios where 15x might be too much magnification for ranging close targets. All the Bushnell Fusion models appear to be built on the same body with different objective sizes attached; therefore the weight savings is only a few ounces on the 8x32 when compared to the higher magnification models.
While the average cost of most binocular rangefinders is well over $2000, with most models closer to $3000, the new Bushnell Fusions models are all currently selling for less than $1300 and the 8x32 models are selling for just under a $1000. While a thousand dollars isn’t cheap by any means it does make a set of binocular rangefinders available to a whole lot more people who are priced out of models costing two or three times that much.
This is something that a lot of laser rangefinder makers of all type over look. While the Brush mode will likely be the more utilized of the two modes it is nice that Bushnell included the BullsEye mode for those wishing to range smaller targets. Furthermore, these modes actually let you now when they are returning a split reading a feature not available on most rangefinders.
What’s Not to Like
No true horizontal range is given in yards or meters while in Rifle mode. Many hunters prefer to use the horizontal range as opposed to holdover information. While, the Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile pretty much covers all the bases for those who want the holdover information displayed, it leaves those who simply want angle compensated distances left out.
These rangefinders have a lot going on and are displaying a lot of information and as a result the screen can get cluttered. For example, in Rifle mode you could have all the following display on screen at once: the reticle, battery level indicator, rifle mode icon, line of sight distance, angle in degrees, and holdover information. However, this is the price you pay for all these options and available information, and in Bushnell’s defense they did confine all this information to the bottom half of the display leaving the top view unobstructed.
While building on the success of the previous version Fusion 1600, the new Fusion 1 Mile models do offer some improvements over the previous versions like increased range. However, the big news to us is the introduction of the new compact 8x32 model which brings another option to the rangefinder binocular marketplace. Overall, the Bushnell Fusion 1M models are best suited for those looking for a full feature hunting binocular rangefinder, and who are willing to take the time to properly learn the numerous features and functions this unit can provide.
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