Nikon Rangefinder Comparison - Hunting Rangefinders
Nikon knows what they are doing when it comes to optics, they have a reputation in the hunting world for making quality rifle scopes, spotting scopes, binoculars and now rangefinders; all at a price most hunters can afford. In general, a Nikon rangefinder will have clear optics, a simple display screen and a few features that a hunter would be likely to use.
Tru-Target – Many Nikon range finders are equipped with a Tru-Target feature, this is essentially Nikon’s version of target priority. The units equipped with this feature can be set to either First or Distant Priority. While in First Priority mode if the rangefinder receives a split reading (i.e. two objects in one push of the button) it will report the closer of the two objects. Conversely when the unit is in Distant mode, it will report the further of two objects when encountering a split reading, this is helpful when trying to range through branches or similar cover.
Diopter Adjustment – These range finders are known for there large amount of diopter adjustment. In simple terms diopter adjustment is how much range of focus the optic has. Nikon rangefinders are equipped with +/- 4, which is twice as much as some of its competitors.
ID – Some rangefinders in the Nikon line feature the ID technology, which stands for Incline/Decline and is Nikon’s version of angel compensation. When in angle compensated mode the rangefinder will return an angle compensated distance in yards. Simplicity – Another common feature of the Nikon range finder line is their relative simplicity; even models that feature options like Tru-Target and ID technology are very straightforward and user friendly.
Dual Use – Most of the range finders in the Nikon line are of a 6x magnification, which generally make them well suited for either archery or bowhunting. Furthermore, models like the Riflehunter series can be used for either bow or rifle hunting without having to change to a “bow” or “rifle” mode like many other rangefinders on the market.
Nikon Rangefinder Comparison Charts
|Est. Price||$389 - $479||$349||$279||$169 - $189|
|Dimensions||5.7 x 1.8 x 3.2||4.6 x 1.6 x 2.9||4.4 x 1.6 x 2.8||3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9|
|Max Range||1200 yds||1000 yds||600 yds||550 yds|
|Estimated Price||$299||$229 - $249||$179 - $199||$325|
|Demensions||4.4 x 1.6 x 2.8||4.4 x 1.6 x 2.8||5.1 x 1.5 x 2.7||4.6 x 1.6 x 2.9|
|Max Range||600 yds||600 yds||550 yds||200 yds|
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