Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:26 PM
Well, this is the second range finder we have seen so let’s do a little comparison.
Nikon 5 vs. Leupold 800i
Magnification on both unites is 6x which, like Gordy said, is standard. Objective aperture is 22mm on the 800i and 21mm on the Nikon 5. Nikon 5 reads from 11-600yd, 800i reads 6-800yd. Power down for the Nikon is after 8 seconds 800i is 5. Both are waterproof and are about the same size and weight.
Aside from these, I like that the range and function buttons on the Nikon are both on top of the unit, making it really “one hand operation”. The 800i function button is on the left side near the front and really requires you to use your other hand.
Last is the case. I agree that a camo case would make a lot of sense but I think the belt loop on the Nikon case is better than the swivel clip on the 800i case. I have an 800i and the swivel squeaks sometimes when you are walking. On the other hand a belt loop requires you to slide it off your belt rather than unclip it so I guess it’s up to preference.
Last is the price point and they fall within a couple bucks of each other so it’s anyone’s game.
I would assume that both are nice as Nikon is a respectable brand and makes good quality and that is the most important feature of any piece of gear.