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Nikon Coolshot Golf Rangefinder Reviews - 2018

The 2018 Nikon Coolshot golf rangefinder lineup consists of five models. Options range from the high end Coolshot VR80i which is equipped with vibration reduction technology and angle compensation down to the more basic but budget friendly Coolshot 20.

 

Nikon Golf Rangefinder Comparison Chart

Model Nikon
Coolshot 80i VR
Nikon
Coolshot 80 VR
Nikon
Coolshot 40i

Nikon
Coolshot 40

Nikon
Coolshot 20
Picture Nikon Coolshot 80i VR Golf Rangefinder
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Nikon Coolshot 80 VR Golf Rangefinder
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Nikon Coolshot 40i Golf Rangefinder
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Nikon Coolshot 40 Golf Rangefinder
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Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf Rangefinder
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Est. Price $449 $399 $299 $249 $199
Power 6x 6x 6x 6x 6x
Display Black (LCD) Black (LCD) Black (LCD) Black (LCD) Black (LCD)
Weight 7.1oz 7.1oz 5.6oz 5.6oz 4.4oz
LxWxH 3.9 x 1.9 x 3 3.9 x 1.9 x 3 4.4 x 1.4 x 2.8 4.4 x 1.4 x 2.8 3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9
Max. Distance 1000 yards 1000 yards 650 yards 650 yards 550 yards
Max. Flag n/a n/a 450 yards 450 yards 250 yards
Angle Comp. Yes No Yes No No
Waterproof Yes Yes No No No
Model # 16205 16206 16202 16201 16200

 

Nikon Coolshot 80i VR

Nikon Coolshot 80i VR- Vibration Reduction

 

- Incline/Decline

 

- Locked On Targeting

 

- Waterproof

 

- Online Average $449


 

The VR 80i is Nikon's highest end golf rangefinder and along with the Coolshot VR 80 below have a feature not found on any other model which is vibration reduction. Vibration reduction, designated by the VR in the model numbers, helps reduce the image shake that some users experience when trying to hold these relatively small and lightweight units steady. The "i" in this premium models designation designates that this unit is equipped with Nikon's ID (incline/decline) feature which allows for the unit to compensate for the angle of the shot and give a corrected distance reading to the flag. Also of note is the VR 80 series units are listed as waterproof, and feature Locked On technology that alerts the user when two objects are ranged at the same time by putting a circle around the center of the aiming reticle.


 

Nikon Coolshot 80 VR

Nikon Coolshot 80 VR- Vibration Reduction

 

- 6x Magnification

 

- Locked On Targeting

 

- Waterproof

 

- Online Average $399


 

The VR 80 is essentially the same as the VR 80i model mentioned above, however this unit does not have the ID technology for factoring in the angle of the shot and is therefore capable of only giving line of sight distances to the flag and not true horizontal distance measurements. The most noteworthy feature of this model is the vibration reduction mode shared with the above mentioned model. While the 6x magnification these units have is generally a good compromise between stability and precision, there are some users who struggle to keep the image still with this magnification while trying get an offhand reading. Until now these people where generally forced to opt for a golf rangefinder with lower magnification and thus sacrifice some of the precision targeting capability that comes with higher magnification.  


Nikon Coolshot 40i

Nikon Coolshot 40i Golf Rangefinder- First Target Priority

 

- Incline/Decline

 

- Scan Mode

 

- Rainproof

 

- Online Average $299


 

The Coolshot 40i and 40 models fall in the middle of the Nikon golf rangefinder lineup. The Coolshot 40i includes the ID feature that allows the unit to factor in the angle of the shot and display the corrected range to the flag. The VR 40 series units do not indicate a split reading has occurred with a circle around the crosshairs like the higher end models do as they do not feature the Locked On technology of the VR 80 series. However, the VR 40i and VR 40 are equipped with a First Target Priority mode which tells the unit to display the closer of two objects in the case of a split reading where two objects are ranged on a single press of the button.


Nikon Coolshot 40

Nikon Coolshot 40 Golf Rangefinder- First Target Priority

 

- Scan Mode

 

- 6x Magnification

 

- Rainproof

 

-Online Average $249



 

The Cooshot 40 is essentially the same as the Coolshot 40i; once again the key difference being that this unit does not have the ID angle compensation feature as indicated by the lack of an "i" in the model name. Another simple way to avoid confusion on Nikon golf rangefinders is to note that models equipped with ID technology have a black housing with blue stripe; while models not equipped with ID have a white housing and blue stripe. Also of note is that the VR 40 series models are listed as rainproof versus the waterproof designation of the VR 80 line.

 


Nikon Coolshot 20

Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf Rangefinder- Ultra Compact

 

- Lightweight 4.4oz

 

- Ideal for Pocket Carry

 

- Affordable

 

- Online Average $199


 

Widely available online for under $200, the Coolshot 20 is Nikon's most affordable golf rangefinder; and while it doesn't include all the bells and whistles of the higher end models it does include the two main features of a golf rangefinder: a scan mode, and first target priority. Like the other rangefinder in the Nikon series, the Coolshot 20 comes with a scan mode, which always the user to press and hold the range button for up to 8 seconds and receive updated ranges as you move the rangefinder from object to object. Using the scan mode range the range the flagstick against a crowded background is a good way to confirm you are hitting the flagstick and not something behind it. Next, the first target priority mode of this rangefinder causes the unit to display the closest distance when two objects are ranged at the same time; a very useful feature when trying to hit a small object like a flagstick against a crowded background. The Coolshot 20, like all the other Coolshot rangefinders, is powered by a one CR2 battery and features 6x magnification.  


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