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Nikon / Callaway Golf Rangefinders

Well known sport optics maker Nikon currently manufactures the Callaway rangefinder line. These rangefinders are relatively simple compared to other models of rangefinders; however, they are equipped with all the necessary features good golf rangefinders need. Below are some of the common features found on a Callaway range finder.


Common Features
First Target Priority: When using a Nikon golf range finder if two objects are reported on a single reading (push of the ranging button) the yardage of the closest object will be displayed. This feature is useful for golfers trying to range the pin when it is against a background full of trees. For example if the rangefinder detects the pin at 115 yards and a tree at 165 yards it will report the closer of the two, in this case the pin at 115 yards.


Vertical Design: All current Nikon golf rangefinders are of the vertical style design. All of these rangefinders feature a 6x magnification, except the LR1200 which has a 7x magnification. Because of the compactness of the vertical design all these rangefinders are operated by a compact CR2 Lithium battery.


Adjustable Diopter: All Nikon golf rangefinders have an adjustable diopter with +/-4 degrees of adjustment, which is used to focus the eyepiece for the individual user’s eyes. This is twice as much adjustment as models on some other manufactures golf rangefinders. Also most models in the Nikon golf range finder line have folding eye cups for users who wear glasses, the Nikon IQ being the exception.


Other Common Features: All Nikon rangefinders can measure distance in yards or meters, and have a scan mode that last for 20 seconds. All models are rated as waterproof expect for the battery compartment, and use LCD display screens to display yardage, except the IQ model which uses a combination of LCD and LED technology.


Callaway Golf Range Finder Comparison Chart

Model Coolshot AS Coolshot IQ RAZR X-Hot

Nikon Cool Shot AS

Nikon Coolshot

Nikon Callaway IQ Rangefinder

Nikon Callaway RAZR

Nikon Callaway X-Hot

Estimated Price $349 $279 $269 $349 $245
Magnification 6x 6x 6x 6x 6x
Weight 5.8oz 5.8oz 6.9 oz* 5.8 oz 6.3oz
Dimensions 4.4 x 1.6 x 2.8 4.4 x 1.6 x 2.8 4.6 x 1.6 x 2.9* 4.4 x 1.6 x 2.8 5.1 x 1.5 x 2.7
Max Range 600 yds 600 yds 915 yds 600 yds 550 yds
Slope Y N Y N N


Nikon Coolshot Series - Unlike the other gold models made by Nikon the new Coolshot models do not appear to made for Callaway as only have the Nikon logo. The Coolshot AS has a slope calculating feature while the standard Coolshot does not.


Callaway IQ - The newest rangefinder in the lineup also boast a new display screen that can adjust the color of the reticle depending on the current light conditions. The new IQ also has a slope feature for more precise shot ranging and also features a first target priority mode. Also new to Nikon golf rangefinder is its ability to give reading in .1 yard increments, yep that's not a misprint .1 yard.


Callaway Razr - This rangefinder has the first target priority mode like the IQ; however, it measure in .5 yard increments and does not have a slope feature. It has 6x magnification and a maximum range of 600 yards on highly reflective targets.


Callaway X-Hot - This is the entry level Nikon-Callaway rangefinder, with a maximum range of 550 yards and readings in .5 yd intervals, it is a basic unit that still has the important features like the target priority mode.


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