I, personally, am surprised at the slow integration of electronics and firearms. While understanding that many firearms enthusiasts are untrusting of electronics in guns, their proliferation across all daily life still seems a bit counter to the hesitations. So, whenever a company puts a product that starts putting electronics anywhere near guns, I cheer a little.
And so today I cheer on Nikon, which has fused a laser rangefinder with a set of binoculars. Highly useful for spotters, the new LaserForce binocular set integrates a full 1900 yard laser rangefinder, OLED display, and 10x glass into one nifty and highly convenient package. The OLED display has 4 levels of brightness.
The binoculars themselves feature Nikon’s ED glass and are adjustable for focus, as one would expect. From there, the various lenses, mirrors, and prisms are fully multi-coated and are set up for long eye relief. Turn and slide eyecups can adjust for custom fits.
However, the interesting part is the electronics – which include Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) technology, which helps shooters compensate for the effects of slope from the firearm to target. In short, the electronics provide the compensated range that one should dial an optic to or hold over for the accurate shot.
Pricing on this delectable pairing of technology is set at $1,195, covered by Nikon’s no-fault warranty policy.