The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one pair of Compact Zoom Binoculars that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Compact Zoom Binoculars that are currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a pair of Compact Zoom Binoculars. They responded that Quality of Sight is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use, Features, and Durability. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a pair of Compact Zoom Binoculars. Based on their answers, The Best model must be compact with zoom capabilities.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Compact Zoom Binoculars that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Each pair of Compact Zoom Binoculars was rated for its Quality of Sight, Ease of Use, Durability, and Features.
To determine the quality of the image the binoculars produced, analysts put the models to three tests:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Quality of Sight score.
For each Compact Zoom Binoculars, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each pair of Compact Zoom Binoculars.
Analysts evaluated the binoculars' durability by testing how well they withstood cold temperatures and being dropped. For the cold test, the models are left in cold temperatures for three hours and checked afterward for any loss of performance, such as fogged lenses. For the drop test, analysts dropped the models three times onto concrete from a height of five feet and then inspected each pair for signs of major physical damage. Top scores are given to the binoculars that suffer the least amount of damage. After testing, analysts calculate an average durability score for each model.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a pair of Compact Zoom Binoculars easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for Compact Zoom Binoculars to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
Whether you're an avid birder or casual nature enthusiast, a good set of binoculars is crucial for enjoying the outdoors. "Zoom" binoculars enhance your viewing ability by letting you increase the magnification and zoom in on objects in the distance. Adjust the central focusing knob to find a clear, crisp image, and use the diopter to set a different focus in each lens-essential for preventing strain if your vision is slightly different in each eye. Additional features such as a tripod mount and neck strap can help you hold your position comfortably for long periods. Most important, look for binoculars that provide a sharp, glare-free image from long distances in all conditions, including dusk, high noon, and cold temperatures, when fogging sometimes occurs. With a sturdy design, your binoculars will survive the occasional drop, and with their compact size, you can easily tote them to the next bird sanctuary or scenic lookout.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.