Canon 12x36 IS III Image Stabilized Binocular

Canon 12x36 IS III Image Stabilized Binocular

Canon 12x36 IS III Image Stabilized Binocular

B&H # CA12X363 MFR # 9526B002
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Product Highlights

  • Vari-Angle Prism Image Stabilization
  • Eco-Friendly Lead-Free Glass
  • Super Spectra Multicoated Optics
  • Doublet Field-Flattener Lenses
  • Apparent Angle of View: 60°
  • Center Focus Wheel
  • Runs on Two AA Alkaline / NiMH Batteries
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Canon's third generation 12x36 IS III Image Stabilized Binocular features the proprietary IS system adapted from the lens systems to create this compact optic that compensates for hand-shake to make it ideal for a long day of bird or nature-watching and sporting events. Utilizing Vari-Angle prisms placed between the front lens and the main prism, when the internal gyro sensors vertical or horizontal detect movement they direct the prisms to compensate and correct for external the shaking to produce smoother views and panning. A microcomputer, outfitted with proprietary algorithms, enhances IS operation, aids shorter startup times, and enable more efficient energy consumption.

Beyond the image stabilization performance are optical features that improve image overall image quality. This begins with Canon's anti-reflection Super Spectra multicoatings to reduce light loss and improve image contrast. Next, they employ a Porro prism optical path that provides a rich depth of field to enable users to better judge distance between objects and a comfortable long 14.5mm eye relief. A doublet field-flattener corrects spherical aberration for distortion-free views, especially at the edges, and wide angle 60° apparent angle of view deliver a truly immersive observational experience. The binocular runs on two included, and readily available, AA batteries that will power the optic for up to nine hours at 77°F. Designed for portability and ease-of-use, it measures in with a compact length of 6.9" and weighs just over 23 oz.

Optical Performance
  • 12x magnification
  • 36mm objective lenses
  • Porro prism optical path
  • Doublet field-flattener corrects spherical aberration for distortion-free views, especially at the edges
  • Eco-friendly lead-free glass
  • 262' field of view at 1000 yd
  • 60 apparent angle of view
  • 2-element/1-group objective lenses
  • 5-element/4-group eyepiece lenses
Image Stabilization
  • 0.8 stabilization freedom
  • Vari-angle prism image stabilization system uses a combination of gyro sensors and microprocessor to adjust the angle for stabilization
Use and Handling
  • Center focus wheel
  • 3 dioptric correction
  • Long 14.5mm eye relief, 3mm exit pupil
  • Runs on two AA alkaline or NiMH batteries
  • Continuous runtime of approximately 9 hours at 77F (25C), or one hour at 14F (10C)
UPC: 013803240627
Prism Type Porro
Magnification 12x
Objective Lens Diameter 36 mm
Angle of View 5.0° (actual)
Field of View 262.5' @ 1000 yd / 87.5 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7' / 6 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 3.0 mm
Eye Relief 14.5 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 55.0 - 75.0 mm / 2.2 - 3.0"
Dioptric Correction ±3
Stabilization Freedom ±.8°
Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
Scan Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount None
Dimensions 6.8 x 5.0 x 2.8" / 17.4 x 12.7 x 7.0 cm
Weight 23.3 oz / 660.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 6.3 x 4.1"
12x36 IS III Image Stabilized Binocular is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value & performance I use these binocs for Astronomy and had been using a good pair of $$value non-IS binocs but I had to lay on a lounge chair and my arms would fatigue. Last night I observed the moon and the Orion Nebula and I got my best view yet. I highly recommend these, as they are light and I don't have to lay in a lounge chair to steady my image. I am looking forward to my next trip to my dark sky location, away from the city.Even with the light polluted skies of Lafayette, LA the images were steady and crisp with no muscle cramps. All I could say was WOW!!!! My wife will also use this for her bird and FLOWER garden views. She acts like it was a gift to me alone, but she will use them more than I will.
Date published: 2015-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Service? gummy mess I own a pair of the 12X36 IS II for several years now. They are a fantastic at their function. These are used to bird watch off the front deck. Never really been out doors or exposed to ant harsh environments. Last year the rubber coating began to turn to a stick messy GOOO. You could scrape off with you fingernail. It makes a mess of everything it comes in contact with. Reading the reviews I saw where others have reported the same problem. I made a call to them to find out my options. They said send them in.Well I didn't want to waist time and shipping if they were not going to stand behind them. I could not get a straight answer from the rep on the phone. So.... I sent them in. Today I got an email saying they want $373.50 to repair them! NFW! I told them if these were Nikon. They would take care of them under ANY circumstances! Absolutely wrong. I paid nearly $850 for these, only to haver the coating make them nasty to handle. Shame on Canon.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are fantastic! I'm an amateur astronomer - getting a little up in age and I can no longer hold a long pair of binocs stable when I'm trying to see a deep sky object. Thought I would give these a try even though I thought they were a little spendy!! Truth is these are fantastic - I went out the other morning and looked up at the Orion Nebula - shaking, but could make it out - then pushed the IS button and the Nebula locked into a perfectly still position AND hundreds of background stars popped into clear view as well. AMAZING! Last night the ISS came right over my home town, so I took the Canons out and locked onto the station - with the IS button down it was clear enough to see solar panels and other station elements - so it will allow you to slowly pan and keep the IS function working! No longer think they are high priced!!!! For what they do, I'm incredibly pleased!
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice binoculars I have had them for a couple weeks and really like them. Complaints: 1. The eye covers should be one piece instead of 2 and they should be captive. 2. The image stabilization push button should be push and hold for stabilization until it is released AND 2 quick pushes to turn them on for a couple minutes then turn off automatically. This is a very easy software modification.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great binoculars so far We use these mostly for bird and other wildlife observation. The eye relief range seems to have a quite narrow range compared to my old bins, however it is not a real issue, I'm just not used to it. The image is tack sharp. Image stabilization works like a champ. My only complaints, which I have submitted to Canon are: 1. The eye covers should be one piece and captive, like my old bins. 2. The stabilization function should be press and hold to activate OR 2 quick presses to activate for a couple minutes without holding the button then turn off automatically.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleased and impressed I bought these to replace my wife's old 10x30 Cannon bins. The IS iii is a huge improvement. These are only 2 oz. heavier and way brighter and more powerful. Very pleased and impressed with Canon IS technology.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Product These Image Stabilized Binoculars are outstanding. Takes all of the vibration out of your view. Makes the difference of seeing extra detail that you would miss without the stabilization. Use them in bird watching and on ships when cruising. Optics are clear and bright. These are also not to heavy.
Date published: 2015-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Use for Astronomy. Can't imagine using without image stabilization. Excellent product.
Date published: 2016-03-27
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