Nikon Rangefinder Comparison - 2019 Hunting Rangefinders
The Nikon rangefinder line recently added two new models, the Black RangeX 4K and the Monarch 3000 Stabilized, have substantial increases in ranging power over thier previous laser rangefinder models. The Nikon hunting rangefinder line now consists of six models, which gives both rifle and bowhunters numerous options to choose from.
Nikon Black RangeX 4K
- 4000 yard max range
- Red OLED
- ID & Tru-Target
- Auto or Manual Display Adj.
- Online Average $449
The Nikon Black RangeX 4K has an impressive 4000 yard max range, and is listed as being capable of reading deer out to 1500 yards under ideal circumstances. Also of note is the Black RangeX 4K comes with a red OLED display readouts as opposed to the black LED displays found on their other previous models; furthermore, users can select between automatic screen intensity adjustments or manual intensity adjustments. This new model Nikon rangefinder is also equipped with ID (angle compensation) and Tru-Target (target priority) modes. Finally, the Black RangeX 4K is rated as waterproof and comes with a 5 year warranty as opposed to the two year warranty found on most previous models.
Nikon Monarch 3000 Stabilized
- 3000 Yard Max Range
- Image Stabilization
- Red OLED Display
- ID & Tru-Target
- Online Average $419
The Nikon Monarch 3000 Stabilized also has impressive ranging capabilities with a max range of 3000 yards being listed, and a max range of 1000 yards on deer. The Monarch 3000 is equipped with an image stabilization feature helps eliminate image shake when ranging, which is often an issue when trying to range with one hand and no support. Like the Black RangeX 4K, the Monarch 3000 also comes with an ID mode for angle compensated readings, and Tru-Target settings for selecting first or distant target priorities. The Monarch 3000 also features a red OLED display that can be manually adjusted or set to automatically change intensity to match the available surrounding light. This model also is rated as waterproof and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Nikon Rangefinder Comparison Charts
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|Display||Red - OLED||Red - OLED||Black - LCD||Black - LCD||Black - LCD||Black - LCD|
|Weight||6.3 oz||6.9 oz||6.2oz||5.6oz||4.8oz||4.4oz|
|Range - Max||4000 yds||3000 yds||1300 yds||650 yds||550 yds||550 yds|
|Range - Deer||1500 yds||1000 yds||1000 yds||550 yds||550 yds||500 yds|
|Target Priority||First & Last||First & Last||First & Last||First & Last||First & Last||Last|
|Warranty||5 Year||5 Year||2 Year||2 Year||2 Year||2 Year|
Nikon Prostaff 7i
- 1300 yard max range
- ID Technology for angle compensated readings
- Waterproof for protection from the elements
- One of the most affordable 1000+ yard rangefinders
- Online Average $299
The Nikon Prostaff 7i is a long range, compact rangefinder with both target priority and angle compensation features that sells for under $300. This rangefinder will appeal to a lot of hunters who are looking for a simple rangefinder but yet one that is still full featured but easy to use. Warning the old model Prostaff 7 looks very similar to this and is priced similar and only has about half the ranging capability so make sure you get the new version Prostaff 7i. Read Full Review >>
Nikon Prostaff 3i
- Ranges out to 650 yards
- ID Technology for True Horizontal Distance
- First and Last Target Priorities
- Easy to read Black LCD Display
- Online Average $229
The Nikon Prostaff 3i is a completely different rangefinder from the previous model Prostaff 3 which shared its housing with older Nikon models like the Riflehunter 550. The new Prostaff 3i has both Nikon's Tru-Target priority settings which allows the user to select either a "first" or "distant" mode (hunters will generally want to set it to distant), and also Nikon's Incline/Decline for true horizontal range capablities. Because of these features, similar ranging capabilites, and a $50 lower price tag the Prostaff 3i is probably a better choice for the archery hunter than the new Arrow ID 5000. Furthermore, we expect to see this do well in the budget/entry level category as well do to its near $200 price and features. Read Full Review >>
Nikon Arrow ID 3000
- Angle Compensated Readings
- Target Priority Modes
- 4x Magnification
- Compact and Lightweight
- Online Average $199
The Nikon Arrow ID 3000 archery rangefinder has a lot going for it. First, it is capable of giving angle compensated readings for steep shots like from a treestand. Next, it features first and last target priority modes; last target prioroty mode being favored by bowhunters when ranging through cover. Also, a 4x magnification makes for easier targeting at close range and less image shake while using the rangefinder one handed. These are all desirable features on a bowhunting rangefinder; and while there are other rangefinders that also have these features, the Arrow ID 3000 comes in at just under $200 which is significantly cheaper that most rangefinders with this feature set. Read Full Review >>
- One of the smallest rangefinders available
- Reads in Meters or Yards
- Distant Target Priority for ranging through cover
- Simple and Easy to Operate
- Online Average $169
The Nikon Aculon model is Nikon's budget model; and while not as feature and technology rich is some other models in the Nikon rangefinder line it does have a lot going for it. First, the Aculon has a distant target priority setting, meaning that if you hit two objects on one push of the button it while display the furthest of the two, which is what most hunters want since they are generally ranging through cover trying to hit their target. Second, it is an extremely small and lightweight unit making it easy to carry in a pocket or pouch where it can be quickly accessed when needed but out of the way when not in use. Finally, at a price around $169 it is one of the more affordable options on the market; for those not needing angel compensated readings this saves about $60 over the above Prostaff 3i. Read Full Review >>
Nikon Rangefinder Features
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.
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 angle compensated distances.
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.
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