Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binoculars

BH #CA10X42L • MFR #0155B002
Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binoculars
Key Features
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Ultralow-Dispersion Lead-Free Glass
  • Porro Prism Optical Path
  • Fully Super Spectra Coatings
Outfitted with their proprietary Vari-Angle prism electronic image stabilization system, the Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binoculars are an ideal optic for bird and nature watching, marine use, or astronomical use. Their quick-response time and ±0.8° correction angle easily compensates for the common hand-shake that can make viewing through binoculars of this magnification difficult or disorienting. A single-activation button located precisely where the right forefinger naturally rests makes using them easy, and an optional 5-minute activation mode allows you to concentrate on viewing without distractions.
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Canon Image Stabilized 10x42 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Image Stabilization
  • 4Use and Handling
  • 5Construction Details

Outfitted with their proprietary Vari-Angle prism electronic image stabilization system, the Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized Binoculars are an ideal optic for bird and nature watching, marine use, or astronomical use. Their quick-response time and ±0.8° correction angle easily compensates for the common hand-shake that can make viewing through binoculars of this magnification difficult or disorienting. A single-activation button located precisely where the right forefinger naturally rests makes using them easy, and an optional 5-minute activation mode allows you to concentrate on viewing without distractions.

For increased usage, the L IS WP will work as full-featured binoculars when the image stabilization is not being used, even if the batteries are dead or removed. Optically, they are built with ultralow-dispersion (UD) glass elements and matching doublet field-flatteners, with their Super Spectra antireflection coatings to produce bright and clear high-contrast images without distortion across the entire wide field of view. Protecting the optics and electronics is an armored chassis that benefits from ergonomically designed grips, and a standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount socket for an even steadier view. Tethered front and rear lens caps, right-eye dioptric correction, twist-up eyecups, front filter threads, and a wide interpupillary adjustment range rounds out the features of these binoculars that will become your go-to optic for any outdoor activity.

Optical Performance

  • Works as a conventional binoculars even with batteries uninstalled
  • 10x magnification
  • 42mm objective lenses
  • Porro prism optical path
  • Ultralow dispersion (UD) glass elements virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberration for high-contrast distortion-free images with true color rendition
  • Objective lens Construction: 4-elements/3-groups
  • Eyepiece lens construction: 7-elements/5-groups
  • Fully multi-coated optics using Canon's proprietary Super Spectra Coating
  • Doublet field-flatteners produce sharp, edge-to-edge distortion-free images
  • Wide 65° apparent viewing angle
  • 343' field of view at 1000 yards
  • Long 16mm eye relief
  • Comfortable 4.2mm exit pupil

Image Stabilization

  • Proprietary Vari-Angle prism electronic image stabilization
  • ±0.8° correction angle
  • Single activation button in natural position for right-forefinger use
  • Convenient 5-minute continuous activation mode
  • Battery-check indicator on start-up
  • Runs on two included AA batteries

  • Runtime:
  • Lithium batteries: 8 h, max at 77°F; 3.5 h, max 14°F
  • Ni-MH batteries: 6 h, max at 77°F; 2.5 h, max 14°F
  • Alkaline batteries: 2.5 h, max at 77°F; 10 minutes, max 14°F


Use and Handling

  • Large center focusing knob
  • ±3 right-eye dioptric correction
  • 57 to 75mm interpupillary distance adjustment range
  • Twist-up eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • 52mm front objective filter threads
  • 1/4"-20 tripod mounting socket

Construction Details

  • Water and fogproof
  • Operating temperature range: 14 to 113°F (-10 to 45°C), Humidity: 90%, relative
  • Environmentally-friendly lead-free optical glass
  • Tethered ocular and objective lens caps
  • Weight: 39.2 ounces, without batteries
UPC: 013803048186

Canon Image Stabilized 10x42 Specs

Prism TypePorro
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Angle of View6.5° (Actual)
Field of View341.2' @ 1000 yd / 113.7 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance8.2' / 2.5 m
Exit Pupil Diameter4.2 mm
Eye Relief16 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment57 to 75 mm / 2.2 to 3"
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Focus TypeCenter
Stabilization Freedom+/- 0.8°
Water ResistanceWaterproof
Battery2 x AA
Dimensions6.9 x 5.4 x 3.4" / 17.6 x 13.7 x 8.5 cm
Weight2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.82 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 6.95 x 5.15"

Canon Image Stabilized 10x42 Reviews


By Kris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-15

Very clear viewing and the IS works great. However, compared to the Canon 10x30 IS I also own they are much larger and considerably more heavy. I wouldn't want to lug them around very long. Optically they are comparable. However, the 10x42 have a larger aperture thus better with less light, and, they are waterproof which isn't huge for my viewing conditions.

The rest of the story...

By Joseph
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-26

I submitted a review of the binoculars about a month ago, giving it 2 stars. The image quality seemed to have deteriorated considerably, so I sent them to Canon to diagnose and repair as needed. I got them back and was very surprised to see that Canon was unable to find a problem. They apparently did nothing at all. But - here's something I'm not likely to ever understand - the image quality when I got them back is just fine. No clue! Anyway, Canon had me do a customer satisfaction survey and I told them that I thought $300 was a little expensive for them to fix nothing. Of course, they did go through what may have been an extensive assessment using fancy equipment and skilled technicians. I just received an email that they were refunding my $300! I was shocked. But based on that, and more importantly the image quality that I currently enjoy, I can revise my evaluation to 4 stars. I would have given them 5 stars on image quality alone. But the image stabilization is just a little weak - not bad, but I think it could be better. Happy customer!

Didn't live up to my expectations

By Joseph
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-16

I've had the 10x42 L IS binoculars for about 5 years. When I first received them the image quality was spectacular. Wonderfully sharp. But the image stabilization left quite a lot to be desired. It worked. But it didn't remove much of the shake. My Canon IS lenses do a much better job. Over the last year or so I've noticed that the image quality has degraded to the point where they are barely usable. I realized that I was no longer using them because it just wasn't enjoyable. They magnify. But nothing is sharp. It's not my eyes. I just had them checked - 20/15. Other binoculars that cost less than 1/10 what I paid for the Canons are sharp as a tack. So I bundled them up and shipped them off to Canon's repair facility in Virginia. We'll see how that works out. In summary, there are lots of unstabilized binoculars out there that have great image quality, weigh much less than the Canons and are VERY much less expensive. My whole reason for buying them was to get a steady, shake-free image. They were a big disappointment from day 1 in that respect. Now that the image sharpness has vanished they're pretty useless. I hope the repair guys can at least get the sharpness back. I'll update this review when I get them back and let you know if they fixed the problem.

IS is very helpful. Good bye to tremor.

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-05

Have two friends with severe tremors, one with head the other with hands. Both are keen naturalists. IS in their Canon Cameras work swell, but they had lost or were losing the ability to use binoculars. I referred both to the binocular. It gave both good steady viewing. Yes this binocular is bigger, heavier, and not as close focusing as the top of the line premium binocs but it is STEADY. The IS mechanism is the magic feature. You can have very light or very steady. You can't have both.

Expensive but worth it!

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-20

Before I bought these I knew they would have great optics with no real faults and that the image stabilization would be first rate. Because Canon. And I wasn't wrong. My one concern based on other reviews were that they were too heavy to use comfortably. My other binoculars are Pentax 8x50's and I was afraid the image stabilization functionality would make them harder to use for extended periods than my 8x50's. But the opposite is true, these are a joy to use for extended periods and even when the fatigue does start to set in the IS function helps mitigate the loss of steadiness that can happen as the muscles become fatigued. They also seem plenty bright in low light and at night compared to the Pentax 8x50's which surprised me since they have 25% more magnification and 42mm objectives vs. 50 mm of the Pentax. The locking diopter adjustment is secure and very easy to use. They easily correct for my -3.5 diopters of near-sightedness with plenty to spare. The eyecups extend as you rotate them and have two reference click-stops between fully extended and fully retracted. I use these binoculars with and without binoculars and they are the best eyecups I've ever used. With glasses I turn the eyecups all the way in and can rest them on the surface of my lenses for extra stability and can easily see the field edges without issue. Without glasses I turn them two clicks out and get a great full-field view while resting the eyecups in my eye sockets. The focus is very smooth and turns very easily but it requires a few more turns than I would like to go from far to near and back again. It doesn't creep as long as you don't accidently turn the focus adjuster. The 8 foot close focus capability is a nice touch for those who can use it and the image quality is stunning, even at the minimum focus distance. My one disappointment is that their boxy shape makes my hand grip feel less secure, particularly when holding them with only one hand. But I'm happy to live with that in return for their excellent image quality and stability. Everything else about these binoculars more than makes up for this one minor short-coming.

The best Stabilized binoculars in the market today

By Themelis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-07

I have owned 3 different Canon IS pairs and 3 Fujinon IS pairs and several other Alpha binoculars. I can say without any hesitation that this is the best IS pair in the market today. Optically it is excellent (I use it for Astronomy and bird watching) and the stabilization works well. The bottom line is that I have now sold all other pairs and this is the only one I have kept. Yes, it is heavy, but it delivers.

Good image stabilized bins

By Dean Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-14

I've used the binoculars several times already and I'm very impressed with them. They are very well-built and have an adequate field of view which I did not get in my previous image stabilized binoculars made by a different company. The IS feature works pretty well but it does seem as though it takes a second or two for it to stabilize once it is activated. The better field of view that I have with these binoculars is far superior to previous ones so that is not a big deal. One minor issue that I have is that the objective lens covers don't fit very tightly. I'm going to be looking for an alternate set of covers.

Heavy but fantastic

By Mina
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-25

Amazing pair of Bins, so happy with the clear view and stabalizer works very good.

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Is this Canon 10 x 42 L Is WP image stabilized ...

Is this Canon 10 x 42 L Is WP image stabilized binoculars grey market?
Asked by: Bo
We only sell US warranty versions of binoculars.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-09-10

Is there any such thing as lens caps for these ...

Is there any such thing as lens caps for these bad boys or would the best bet be lens hoods?
Asked by: Ali
Possibly yes but need to know what model Canon binocular you are referring to.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2022-03-29

Does this come with the Canon USA warranty?

Does this come with the Canon USA warranty?
Asked by: christopher
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2022-06-16

There are many reviews that complain of ...

There are many reviews that complain of decomposing rubber housings. Did Canon fix this issue?
Asked by: Mark
As a 70-year-old binocular geek who has a 25-year-old Canon 15x45mm image-stabilized binocular among several other brands and who is currently shopping for another Canon, Nikon, or Pentax binocular for a relative who knows that I'm the binocular expert in the family, I too have seen some binocular reviewers complain of the rubber coating turning into messy goo. My educated guess based on experience is that someone used mosquito repellent with DEET, which is the most effective insect repellent, but then failed to wash their hands before handling their binoculars. DEET dissolves certain plastics and types of rubber, including the rubber coating on binoculars and cameras. By the way, my Canon binocular looks and works like new despite being my most frequently used binocular. I have no complaints. Thank you Canon!
Answered by: John
Date published: 2021-11-05


What is the eyepiece diameter? I am considering buying eye shields. Thank you.
Asked by: Myles T.
OD of the eyepieces are 45mm. The provided eye cups is @47mm
Answered by: Robert O.
Date published: 2022-04-23


I added lens hoods to protect the objectives but now the binoculars no longer fit in the case. Any recommendations for an alternative one?
Asked by: Stefan


I lost my manual. Where can i download one?
Asked by: Julian S.
You don't really need a manual you just need to focus and press image stabilization button to get the image stabilized. In any case I believe you can download it at Canon website.
Answered by: THIBAULT C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I have the canon 10 x 42 stabilizer binoculars. ...

I have the canon 10 x 42 stabilizer binoculars. What kind of battery fits into the slot that stabilizes the binoculars.
Asked by: Paul
2 AA. I prefer to use Lithium batteries and get good life out of them.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2021-09-10
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