RSPB HDX binoculars

£ 699.0 - £ 759.0
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Product information

Following on from the best selling HD range the HD-X moves the brand to a new level.

Brighter, lighter and with a wider field of view the HD-X has been designed with ease of use in mind.
The compact optical design housed in an ultra lightweight body helps to make them one of the lightest 42 mm roof prism binoculars on the market.
The smaller bridge allows them to be held in one hand when in use giving the user perfect balance with the binocular.
Class-leading optical performance with the benefit of both phase and SHR (super high reflective) coatings on the prism's leading to high levels of clarity and contrast in a variety of conditions.

Key features:

  • Fully water/fog proof construction dry filled with nitrogen gas
  • Tested to a depth of 1 m for 5 mins
  • Internal focusing with a close focus of 2-2.5m
  • Wide field of view 7.8 deg
  • Lightweight compact design, finished weight of under 640g
  • Integral tripod adaptor socket;
  • High quality 3 position retractable eyecups for spectacle wearers
  • Fully multicoated optics with ED glass objective lens
  • Phase coated roof prisms with SHR coating
  • Ergonomically design body with shock resistant rubber armor
  • Water and dirt repellent coating
  • 10 year guarantee
  • Supplied with an exclusive pin badge, a fabric case and a micro-fibre cloth cleaning bag.


RSPB HDX binoculars
Objective lens diameter (mm)
ED lens
Close focus distance
Field of view (degrees)
Field of view (m/1000m)
Eye relief (mm)
Exit pupil (mm)
Nitrogen filled
Weight (g)
Dimensions (mm)
L140 x W125
L140 x W125
10 years
10 years

Ultra lightweight |Close focus under 2 m | Ten year warranty


Delivery & returns

  • Free UK delivery for orders of £30 or more (or £3.95)*

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RSPB Shop offers a no-quibble free returns policy. We hope you will be delighted with every purchase, but if not, we will offer you a replacement or a full refund - whatever the reason. Just let us know within 90 days of delivery by contacting our customer service team on 0345 034 7733. Full details of our returns policy >

*Free delivery when you spend £30 offer ends 14th September 2021

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Excellent bins
I've had a pair of 10x 50 unbranded, Japanese porroprisms since 1969 (wedding present from my wife) which, although inexpensive, are very sharp & robust. I've also got a small pair of 8x 23 Nikons in the car for convenience. I'd been happy with my 10x 50s until I tried the HDX 10x 42s at Rainham and found them so much brighter that I bought a pair. They are robust, sharp & bright and are much better value than the hugely expensive top brands.
Having said that, the case is dire & really makes no sense in its design, so that is just left in the boot of the car as it's so fiddly to get them out.

RSPB response: Thank you for your lovely review. Sorry to hear you are not happy with the case, all cases should be perfect for the binoculars so we will feed this back to the manufacturer. In the meantime if you'd like to get in touch with us we can look into how we can help with the case.
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I again would like to thank the lady at RSPB Loch Leven who patiently walked and talked me through just about every pair they had from £2k down (I wish I had taken her name). I tried them all and settled with these. Very user friendly, light and well balanced, the clarity was such that I really could not tell the difference between these and the far more pricy brands. I understand the comments about the case and sense covers as I too was disappointed considering the price. That said I personally leave the case in the car so it wasn't too much of an issue, the strap however I found very good and the cushioning around the neck is better than most. length is a personal thing and although I didn't think I would I later liked the length too as it kept things well in check and easy to slip inside your jacket if required. All round a good offering.
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Excelant binoculars but see below
I sought guidance from Viking as requested by RSPB Otics on how to fit the carrying strap as my fitting looked so untidy. Viking confirmed my fitting was correct. Why RSPB Optics could not help when it is RSPB binoculars from whom they were purchased and who have total responsibilty for what they sell felt the need to pass the enquiry to a third party is not understood. I have 10 x 42 HD binoculars and the carrying strap is much easier to fit and a much better design. Why change it.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you are happy with the binoculars, they are excellent and well priced. We are very sorry that you did not receive the customer service you expected. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we will look into it however Viking are responsible for our repairs and if the shop assistant couldn't help it may be why you were given their contact.
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poor value
came in a rather small carrying case , strap too short , no lens caps, after two uses eye rubbers came loose and one is lost. easy to use lightweight.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review. If you are dissatisfied please contact customer services who will be able to help. We will feedback your comments to our supplier.
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Outstanding Value
I'm used to Zeiss 10x50 which I bought 50 years ago with a lifetime guarantee. They are still good.
These HDX only have a 10 year guarantee, but as I'm now 50 years older, that's not so important!
The difference is like looking at a screen compared to looking through a tube. Really high definition and easy on the eye. I compared them with the Swarovski equivalent and there certainly was not £1100 worth of difference. Not that I could see, anyway.
Some small imperfections in the strap stitching and a very weak rainguard ""slip clip"", so not perfect. But outstanding VFM.
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Good quality and easy to use
The Product Information is misleading - there is no tripod fixing point. I didn't notice this until I was back at home! The binoculars are light enough to use without a tripod but there is no way to leave them in a fixed position (e.g to view a nest) from a hide).

The carrying case is quite a cheap construction and there is a slot to thread the binocular straps through so that the latter act as the case carry straps. The binocular straps have clips to enable the neckstrap to be detached - advisable to avoid tangle between binoculars and carrying case. Next purchase will be a dedicated case to avoid this faff.

Lens quality is very good and the extra light entry (compared against an 8 year old pair of non-HD binoculars) is a revelation. Clarity of view is really very good indeed, even in dull conditions. Focusing is very easy and the binoculars feel really solid but not heavy to hold - a good balance.

I think I would have preferred to pay, say £675, and had a tripod mount and a better quality case with its own carrying straps. Theses omissions make the packing/unpacking a bit of a faff and risk missing the bird whilst untangling the carrying case and binoculars - probably looked good on the drawing board but a disappointing outcome in the real world.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review. There is a tripod adaptor socket in these binoculars, it is located on the front of the bridge as is common with binoculars. The cap on the bridge unscrews revealing the socket. Thanks for the feedback on the case, we will bear this in mind for future product development. These binoculars are a real customer favourite and we are pleased that you appreciate their quality.
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Excellent qualty, easy to use, highly recommended
First thing's first - many thanks to the gentleman who was on hand at the Pullborough Brooks ""optics weekend"" and talked us through the options and let us try out various different options. This was an immense help, and gave us the confidence to buy. If you're unsure, I'd definitely recommend an optics weekend visit.

I've never got on with bincoulars until I tried these. But these are light, easy to look through, very sharp focus and incredible quality. Somehow the images seem better than real life, even taking into account the magnification. Perhaps it's the blur effect that brings out the foreground.

We were so impressed with these that we bought 2. Have been using them for a couple of weeks now and remain truly impressed.
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had these about 10 years now
absoluetly class binoculars
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Premium quality ergonomics and image at a price that cannot be overlooked
The RSPB have created an optic that is on a par with anything the 'big 3' have to offer. The whole package exudes attention to detail. The lightweight composites used make these one of the lightest in their class and a 10x42 binocular is usually quite heavy and bulky - these on the other hand are very easy on the neck and I carry them about all day without noticing them too much.

The quality of the rubber armour is very good and feels comfortable in the hand and with a top bridge they allow for easy handling in the field.

The image itself is as one would expect from other manufacturers producing HD or ED optics and the image is crisp right up to the edge. There was no noticeable chromatic aberration that I could detect and this surpasses many mid range binoculars on the market.

I simply cannot put these down as the RSPB have become a force to be reckoned with these at top of their range. Why spend over £1,000 on a premium pair when these are around. 10/10 to the RSPB
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