Rangefinding binoculars have become the norm for precision rifle shooting, long range shooting and hunting, as they do the job of both binoculars and rangefinders in one, meaning you only have to use and carry one piece of equipment instead of two. They do however vary greatly in price range, functionality and quality. We have been using the new Fusion X model from Bushnell for the past few months, so read on through our Bushnell Fusion X 10×42 rangefinding binoculars review, to see what our thoughts on it are, and how it stacks up to the other options on the market.
Bushnell is a company that is known for making high-quality optics, and the Fusion X rangefinder binoculars are no exception. These binoculars combine the features of a traditional binocular with those of a laser rangefinder, making them ideal for hunting, shooting, and other outdoor activities.
- SEE THE WORLD IN HIGH DEFINITION – Bushnell’s Fusion X 10x42mm Rangefinder Binoculars give you stunning HD clarity and brightness, letting you see the world in all its glory.
- GET CLOSER WITH EASE – With a mile ranging capability, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with whatever catches your eye.
- KEEP YOUR BINOCULARS SAFE – The EXO Barrier exterior lens protection will keep your binoculars safe from the elements, while the IPX7 waterproofing means you don’t have to worry about them getting wet.
The Bushnell Fusion X rangefinder binoculars have a magnification of 10x and an objective lens diameter of 42mm. They also have a built-in laser rangefinder with a maximum range of 1,000 yards. The binoculars are made with fully multi-coated optics and feature BaK-4 prisms. They are also nitrogen purged and 100% waterproof.
In terms of design, the Bushnell Fusion X rangefinder binoculars are very similar to traditional binoculars. They have a bridge configuration with two eyepieces and an objective lens in the center. The eyepieces are set at a fixed distance from each other, so you will need to adjust them to match your interpupillary distance. The laser rangefinder is located on the right side of the binoculars and has a separate eyepiece.
The Bushnell Fusion X rangefinder binoculars are easy to use. To turn on the laser rangefinder, simply press the power button located on the top of the binoculars. Then, aim the laser at your target and press the trigger button. The laser rangefinder will automatically calculate the distance to your target and display it in the eyepiece.
The Bushnell Fusion X rangefinder binoculars are a great choice for anyone who wants the benefits of both a binocular and a laser rangefinder. They are well-made, easy to use, and offer clear optics.
The ActivSync display technology fluidly morphs from black readouts against bright backgrounds to red ones, with infinitely variable tones that ensure you know exactly what the distance is no matter how dark or lit up it gets. Although it may sound like a gimmick, it really did function as promised, and during a hunting weekend which we started hunting before dawn until after dusk every day, there was not once when I could not read the distance display given by the Bushnell, no matter the subject, background or natural light.
We found the Bushnell Fusion X very quick to range out to around 1000 yards, once you figure out precisely where on the dot is the laser alignment.
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Although less than half the cost of more expensive rangefinding binoculars, we found the Bushnell Fusion X to have better brightness and clarity in dimly lit natural environments and times, even better than both our Sig Sauer Kilo 3000BDX and our Leica Geovid 3200.com, and not only the clarity, but also the hue being a warmer, more natural hue than the slight blue tinge given by those two. So the HDOS or High Definition Optical System touted by Bushnell is more than just marketing hype, and we were thoroughly impressed by the image quality at any price point, but even more so with this range finder bino being less than a grand.
To me, because of the low cost compared to the high performance and quality of this rangefinder binocular, means it is the perfect rangefinder binoculars to take hunting, as you will not feel to sorry for it out in the rough when bashing over rocks and through bush after your animals. Combine that with the very rugged rubber exterior protection it has, makes for a durable rangefinder binocular that you can and should take everywhere.
- SEE CLEARLY, EVEN IN LOW LIGHT – Bushnell’s ActivSync display technology ensures black readouts on bright backgrounds and red on dark backgrounds. You’ll have no trouble seeing your target, even in low light conditions.
- RANGE FINDER OUT TO A MILE – The Fusion X 10x42mm Rangefinder Binoculars can range targets up to a mile away, making it easy to get an accurate measurement without having to move from your spot.
- EXO BARRIER LENS PROTECTION – Bushnell’s EXO Barrier lens protection helps keep your optics safe from the elements, ensuring that you’ll be able to use them for years to come.
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There are only a few small cons with this Bushnell Fusion X which are by no means a deal breaker, but would have been nice to have.
- No ballistic calculator built in, so you will have to look at your hard dope to know how to holdover or dial for those long distance shots that were ranged.
- Would have been nice to be able to range to at least 2000 yards as that is the norm for long range shooting nowadays, although not at all needed for long range hunting.