Considering that these binoculars are available for around $250 £220, I have to agree with Minox and say that they do indeed offer an outstanding price to performance ratio and are in my opinion incredible value for money.
Highlights include their excellent close focusing distance and their very wide field of view (for a 10x binocular). Their fully multicoated optics and the phase correction coatings on the prisms also help to produce a very bright and sharp image that has to one of the best in their class.
Weak points? With all their highlights and at their excellent price point, it is hard to find anything to be very critical of. Sure you can find 10x42 binoculars that are slightly brighter or with slightly less softening of the image on the edge of the view, but in my experience you have to pay much more for it. Because to achieve qualities like this you have to start using things like special reflective coatings on the prisms and extra low dispersion glass, which cost more to manufacture, bringing their price up. Besides if you want it all you should then look at the excellent HG-Line from Minox.
A report printed in the German hunting magazine "Rheinisch-Westfälischer Jäger" in August 2011 came up with the following conclusion:
The MINOX DTC 500 is a powerful and easy to use game camera that delivers excellent results, making it possible to monitor the preserve and to know pretty well what went on over a period of two weeks. The MINOX not only offers a rugged waterproof housing, but also a shorter shutter release delay and a long-range infrared flash.
It is of course important to install the camera at places where animals frequently appear such as salt licks, wallows or feeding places. The image contains important information such as date, precise time, temperature and moon phase, allowing for precise evaluation of the activity within that area of the preserve.
(Click on link above or on "more" to read the full article in German.)
Like its big 10x52 brother, this nimble Minox is built around the “Comfort Bridge” design-poly-carb body, durable double hinges and a grippy, no-glare rubber finish.
Many testers favored the contrast, color rendition and brightness of the MINOX image over others in the category, and it was a runner-up in both the resolution and low-light tests. The open-hinge binocular also won points for its well-designed eyecups, tack-sharp image and generous exit pupil.
We are proud to present the winner of the Annual Binocular Awards 2010 (The Best Binoculars & Binocular Reviews Website:
http://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/binocular-awards-2010.php): our MINOX BL 8x33 binoculars. The MINOX BL 8x33 attained an outstanding 82% on the Best Binocular Reviews evaluation scale and was voted “Best Safari and Travel Binoculars 2010”.
The convincing product highlights of the MINOX BL 8x33 at a glance:
- High quality and brilliant optics allowing for perfect use in low-light situations
- Low weight
- Compact and ergonomic design
- Extremly tough housing
They are a top-grade-scope, and great value. Besides the fine glass, they show practical design.
The company is definitely courting the hunter by offering durable variables with bright optics at prices that compete with the best European firms as well as American and Japanese brands. In addition, MINOX offers a lifetime no-fault-warranty, which will replace any damaged MINOX riflescope with no questions asked! Now that´s a guarantee that´s hard to beat."