In a Nutshell:

The Carson 3D Series features binoculars with or without ED glass for optimal viewing and a wide range of moderate to expensive prices, depending on your preferred features. This is ideal for any type of outdoor activity and all weather conditions.

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  • Comfortable for eyeglass wearers
  • Waterproof and fogproof
  • Accessories included
  • ED glass for superior image clarity
  • Sleek and compact design
  • Fully multi-coated lenses


  • Expensive
  • Learning curve with focus and diopter mechanisms
Carson 3D Series HD Waterproof Binoculars

Recommended For: Any type of outdoor activity and all weather conditions.

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In order to enjoy the intricate details of nature, sporting events, concerts, and other objects of desirable view, a high-grade pair of binoculars is a must.

The challenge is wading through a multitude of models that tease and tantalize, with an array of advanced features boasting unparalleled image quality.

In our Carson 3D binoculars review, we examine a series of excellent all-around models that are built to last. Let’s take a look!

Carson 3D Series Binoculars Design Overview

Rising up amidst big name brands is Carson and their robust line of carefully crafted binoculars that can seemingly do it all. 

Carson 3D ED 10x42 binoculars with black rubber armor and large center focus knob

There are two categories of binoculars within the series: the first being the Carson 3D Series high definition waterproof binoculars with ED glass and the second category of binoculars that retains most of the same features and design, except no ED glass is used.

The inclusion of ED glass is the highlight feature as these binoculars are more expensive than others, but the image quality is top grade. 

The thing with ED glass—which stands for extra-low dispersion—is that as light passes through the binoculars, the amount of chromatic aberration (or color fringes around the object) is reduced.

Furthermore, dielectric prism coatings enhance the light transmission, making images appear bright and clear with close to accurate color reproduction.

If this is important to you, then you’ll probably like what you see with the TD-832ED, TD-842ED, TD-042ED, TD-050ED, and TD-042EDMO. These are the binoculars that are manufactured with ED glass, but, as we mentioned, they are on the pricier side.

The more standard models in the series include the TD-832, TD-842, TD-042, and TD-050. Even though these don’t have the coveted ED glass lenses, they are still exceptional models that are fully weatherproof, come in multiple magnification/objective combos, and can be used for a variety of outdoor activities.

And, rest assured that the image quality is still up there, considering Carson outfitted them with fully multi-coated lenses. 

Another noticeable design feature of the Carson 3D series is that the body is compact and lightweight, with ergonomic grips and eyecups that eyeglass wearers can also enjoy.

We also give two thumbs up regarding the number of useful accessories that come with all models, which includes a carrying case, neck strap, and shoulder harness. In other words, right out of the box, you’re ready to head out on a long excursion with everything you need.

One issue to beware of—and this is standard with many models on the market—is to not lose the eyecup covers. Some reviews mention that they can fall off and get lost easily if you’re not paying attention. 

Pricewise, each model varies slightly based on whether it has ED glass and the magnification/objective size. The higher the magnification/objective, the higher the price

To make it easier to compare, we’ve included a table below listing the main specifications of each model in the Carson 3D series.

Prism TypeBak-4BaK-4BaK-4BaK-4BaK-4BaK-4BaK-4BaK-4BaK-4
Lens CoatingFully Multi-Coated with ED GlassFully Multi-Coated with ED GlassFully Multi-Coated with ED GlassFully Multi-Coated with ED GlassFully Multi-Coated with ED GlassFully Multi-CoatedFully Multi-CoatedFully Multi-CoatedFully Multi-Coated
Eye Relief19.5mm19.5mm16mm20mm16mm19.5 mm19.5mm16mm20mm
Weight1.13 lbs1.38 lbs1.38 lbs1.64 lbs1.38 lbs1.34 lbs1.35 lbs1.35 lbs1.59 lbs
Dimensions5.1 in x 2.1 in x 5.1 in5.5 in x 2.0 in x 5.0 in4.9 in x 2.1 in x 5.7 in5.0 in x 2.3 in x 7.1 in5.0 in x 2.0 in x 5.6 in5.0 in x 2.0 in x 5.0 in5.3 in x 2.1 in x 5.7 in5.0 in x 2.3 in x 5.9 in5.3 in x 2.4 in x 7.2 in
AccessoriesDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens clothDeluxe carry case, neck strap, shoulder harness, and lens cloth

Next up, we present you with a brief review of each model in the following sections so you can see what activities they’re best suited for. 


Front View of Carson 3D ED 8x32 with black rubber armor, ergonomic grips, and large center focus knob

The first model in the Carson 3D Series is the Carson 3D ED 8×32 named for the magnification/objective it possesses of 8X32. 

It features the same sleek, compact design as the other models, and weighs only 1.13 lbs. This makes it perfect for carrying along to sporting events or concerts. 

The lower magnification is ideal for hunting or birding, although you won’t be able to see as much detail as you would with 10X. 

However, a lower magnification means you get a larger field of view, which is essential for birdwatching when you want to spot a small feathered friend hidden amongst the greenery.

Now, some might argue that a smaller objective lens of 32mm gives you less brightness than is considered ideal compared to 42mm. 

However, this is not the case with the TD-832ED since it has ED glass, which gives users the best light transmittance on the market. This makes the 8X32 set up a great deal for the price, allowing you to still enjoy a quality viewing experience.


Carson 3D ED 8x42 binoculars with black rubber armor, ergonomic grips on the sides, and large center focus knob

The Carson 3D ED 8×42 is next in line, and it’s only $20 more expensive than the TD-832ED. This model shares the same features and design, so what makes it different?

Simply put, the objective is higher at 8X42. That means a brighter image, especially in low light settings

Honestly, we’d recommend saving your $20 big ones because, as we mentioned, the light transmittance of ED glass is already high, giving you excellent viewing capabilities even with a 32mm objective.


Carson 3D ED 10x42 upright with black rubber armor, ergonomic grips, and brand name under the large center focus knob

With the Carson 3D ED 10×42, you’re paying a little bit extra for the higher magnification. This is important for activities such as birding and hunting as it allows you to see your objects in greater detail. You can also view objects that are farther away.

The field of view is smaller, but this is preferential for users. As well, if you like to hike or hunt in low light conditions, the 8X42 is going to give you the edge you need to see objects clearly due to the brighter objective lens.


Carson 3D ED 10x50 binoculars with black rubber armor coating, large center focus knob, and twist-down eyecups

If you are into stargazing, hunting, or viewing objects in a low-light environment, then the Carson 10x50mm 3D series binocular might be the optical sidekick you’re looking for. 

As these feature superstar ED glass, you can expect a crystal clear image with a heightened light transmission that makes it easier to see details and objects that are farther away.

Typically, 10X50 binoculars are heavier/bulkier than 8X42, but thanks to the lightweight roof prism design, you get compact benefits without hindering performance or quality.

The only eyebrow-raiser with this particular model is the hefty price tag. Unless you favor viewing objects in the dark, you might be better off with the cheaper 10X42 or even the 8X42 since ED glass enhances image quality more compared to models without.


Carson 3D ED MO 10x42 binoculars with Mossy Oak camo rubber coating and large center focus knob

These are the same as the Carson 3D series 10X42 binoculars, except the housing sports a funky camo color called Mossy Oak. It’s the hunter’s dream binocular—designed for rugged conditions, spotting far away game, and is compact for easy portability.

Note that it is the most expensive model in the ED 3D series, so if you don’t care about the color, then go with the original Carson 3D 10×42 binoculars, and you won’t be disappointed.


Carson 3D 8x32 binoculars with light gray rubber armor coating, black eyecups, and large center focus knob

This model is the first in Carson’s 3D series that isn’t manufactured with ED glass, therefore it’s more affordable for those on a budget.

The key here is quality, and despite the lack of ED glass image quality, you can still expect a top-tier performance when out in the field.

The Carson 3D 8X32 is equipped with dielectric prism coatings, which improve light transmission and brightness. It’s also waterproof, fog proof, and lightweight for convenience.

You won’t see as much detail since it has an 8X magnification, and it’s not the best for low-light viewing, making this an ideal choice for sporting events, concerts, theater, and general use.


Carson 3D 8x42 binoculars with light gray rubber armor, large center focus knob, and brand name under it

You won’t find anything different with the Carson 3D 8X42 binoculars compared to the 8X32, except for the objective lens size. It’s slightly bigger, meaning you get a higher light transmission for easier viewing in low light conditions.

A small magnification means a larger field of view, so these are perfect for birdwatching, camping, and viewing smaller objects.


Carson 10x42mm 3D Series Binoculars with light gray rubber armor coating, ergonomic grips, and large center focus knob

Once again, the magnification and objective size is the only thing that sets the Carson 3D 10X42 binoculars apart from the others. Oh yeah, and it’s slightly more expensive. 

Since you’re well-versed in the differences between lower and higher magnification numbers by now, as you can guess these binoculars are ideal for hunting, wildlife viewing, and sporting events. 

The 42mm objective lens isn’t the best for low-light viewing if you’re into stargazing, but the quality of Carson’s products means you’ll probably be satisfied with the images if you find yourself out in the field when the sun starts to go down.


Carson 10x50mm 3D Series Binoculars with light gray rubber armor, large center focus knob, and brand name in black & white

The final model in the Carson 3D binoculars series is the 10X50, which boasts the highest magnification, objective lens, and price tag. 

If you spend ample time outdoors, whether camping, birdwatching, or hunting, this is an excellent choice for detailed images and enhanced brightness in low-light settings.

You get the same weatherproof package and compact size for travel purposes and quality lenses that Carson 3D binoculars reviews rave about.

Therefore, if you’re on a budget, you might want to choose this model over the Carson 3D ED 10×50 binoculars, as it’s still an excellent deal for the features and performance it offers.

Carson 3D Series Binoculars Main Features

Now that you’re well-acquainted with each model in the Carson 3D binoculars series, it’s time to touch on the main features to consider and how they affect the overall performance. Let’s jump right in!


Thanks to a rubberized armor coating, each model in the Carson 3D series is well-protected and ready to handle whatever mother nature throws its way.

Carson 3D 8x42 binoculars with light gray rubber armor coating, diopter ring under the right eyecup, & large center focus knob

This type of coating makes them shockproof—in case of an unexpected bump or fall—ensuring years of pristine viewing. 

The entire body is nitrogen purged, with O-ring seals that render each model fog proof and waterproof. This not only gives you peace of mind when the weather turns dicey, but it opens the doors to a variety of outdoor activities, including boating or fishing.

The cool thing about an O-ring seal is that dust and dirt can’t get inside either, further enhancing your experience. The nitrogen-filled interior is what keeps the fog away if you experience rapid temperature changes or heightened humidity. This also protects the vital components from corrosion. 

All in all, Carson binoculars are solid, so if you like to push the limits outdoors or go on long excursions, you can count on the durability to be well worth the money.


Just like durability, the ease of use that comes with these binoculars is high grade. Carson thought of everything the avid glasser could need for success in the field, so it’s impressive that every model in the 3D series weighs slightly over 1 lb. 

That’s thanks to the quality materials, ED glass, and roof prism design that tends to be lighter and less bulky than Porro prism binoculars.

You can go anywhere without any of these models taking up space, whether you want to carry them in a bag or a vest pocket. 

Magnification and Clarity

Five models in the Carson 3D series feature industry-standard ED glass, which is undisputed in the market when it comes to image quality.

ED glass is becoming more common with binoculars, but you’ll only really see them with high-end models—hence the expensive price. 

With ED glass, the user has more control over aberrations, particularly chromatic aberration. Minimizing the aberrations results in a cleaner, brighter image all around.

And even though four of the models in this series don’t come with the luxe benefits of ED glass, they are equipped with air-to-glass surfaces coated in multiple layers of anti-reflective coatings. This improves image sharpness and brightness in low light settings since light transmission is higher.

Carson 3D 8x42 binoculars with gray rubber armor coating, large center focus knob, and black eyecups

This type of setup is truly advanced, and you can expect a better performance than binoculars with larger objective lenses and fewer coatings. Therefore, we think that you get what you pay for with Carson 3D binoculars. It’s a meticulous design that promises a quality image—no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

Ease of Adjustment

While the Carson 3D series is an impressive collection of optics to work with, the focusing mechanisms are not as well thought out as we’ve seen with other models, although this is only a slight drawback and not a dealbreaker compared to the stellar performance you get.

These models feature helicoid twist-up eyepieces that make these binoculars suitable for people who wear eyeglasses

It’s a smooth mechanism to finagle when you need to move fast, but there are no fixed intermediate stops, which means it might require a bit more strength to adjust the eye relief.

The central focus wheel is coated in soft rubber with generous grooves that improve grip. The focus wheel takes around 1 ¼ turns to go from infinity to minimum focus, which is average compared to many other binoculars. 

Therefore, if you’re out in the field and a rare bird darts into range, you won’t be able to focus (adjust from near to far) as quickly as other models that require as little as half a turn of the wheel.

Carson 3D 8x42 binoculars with light gray rubber armor, large center focus knob, black eyecups and diopter ring

Finally, we have the diopter adjustment ring, which, on the Carson 3D binoculars, is not notched. This can be annoying in case you have the diopter set at your preferred setting and then you accidentally bump it off track. 

Some Carson 3D ED binoculars reviews also mention that the diopter isn’t as tight as other models, so this is something to be aware of when you have to move quickly when out in the field.

We’re being critical, however, adjustment is a small piece of the binocular pie. As you get accustomed to your binoculars, the learning curve softens and you master the features over time

Carson 3D Series HD Waterproof Binoculars Pros vs. Cons


  • Comfortable for people with eyeglasses
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof
  • Accessories included
  • Industry-standard ED glass
  • Fully multi-coated lenses for enhanced brightness and sharpness


  • Expensive
  • Slight learning curve with the focus and diopter mechanisms

The Carson 3D series high definition binoculars with ED glass (and the four models without ED glass) are a high-end collection with technologically advanced optics that ensure a phenomenal experience out in the field.

Rubber-coated housing, a nitrogen-filled body, and O-ring seals keep the image clear no matter the weather conditions or if the binoculars get bumped around.

Furthermore, the image clarity is as good as it gets on the market, thanks to the higher light transmission and high definition 3D clarity of ED glass and fully multi-coated lenses.

Carson 3D 8x42 binoculars with light gray rubber armor, black eyecups & diopter ring, and large center focus knob

Carson puts the cherry on top by ensuring the overall design of their binoculars is compact and sleek. You won’t have to deal with carrying bulky gear, since these featherlight (almost) one-pound devices can slide neatly into a bag or vest without eating up too much space.

So what does this all mean? Overall, the Carson 3D binoculars are perfect for all-around outdoor use, no matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned glasser. 

Each model is durable and portable, and there are numerous magnifications and objective sizes to choose from. Whether you’re hunting, camping, attending sports events, or even heading out in the boat, you can trust that these binoculars will give you immense viewing pleasure while lasting for years.

This is why we believe that even though the price is expensive, you have plenty of options to choose from, with included accessories that don’t cost extra. Plus, if you don’t care about ED glass, you can opt for a cheaper model without it and still get a top-quality performance.

Carson 3D ED Binoculars Warranty

Carson offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty from Manufacturer Defects on its accessories and a No-Fault Warranty on binoculars

It’s recommended to contact the warranty department for warranty information regarding specific models. You can read the fine print here.

Comparable Products to Consider

If you’ve made it this far in our Carson 3D series waterproof binoculars review, you’re either hovering your mouse over the ‘Add to Cart’ button on your favorite model, or you’re still questioning whether the expensive price is worth the splurge.

To help, we’ve compiled a list of similar binoculars for comparison.

ScoopX 10×42 Ultra HD Binoculars

Recommended For: Users looking for lightweight binoculars at a good price.

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This is a lightweight set of binoculars that are cheaper than Carson models but still delivers an excellent viewing experience. With 10X42 lenses, you can enjoy greater detail and long-distance viewing, which is ideal for hunters and birdwatchers. It’s fully weatherproof and comes with a phone adapter to view images on your smartphone.

Steiner Predator Series Hunting Binoculars

Recommended For: Users who can afford binoculars from a well-trusted brand.

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If money ain’t a thang, then these high-definition optics promise optimal quality and performance. They come in different magnifications, making them suitable for different outdoor activities, rain or shine. The fast-close-focus design has an edge over Carson when it comes to adjustment, with a minimum spin of the focus wheel for quick finetuning.

Maven C1 10X42mm ED Binoculars

Recommended For: Professional users who want to upgrade their binoculars.

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This expensive model comes in three different magnification/objective combos, all featuring high-end ED glass with multi-coated lenses. This is another great choice that’s similar to Carson’s models in terms of durability, portability, price, and performance.

Carson 3D Binoculars Review Conclusion

The Carson 3D series features some of the more expensive models on the market, but you get what you pay for. While some models have ED glass and some don’t, all are designed with impeccable craftsmanship, from the sleek lightweight body to the sharp, bright image clarity that holds true in any type of weather.

To conclude our Carson 3D binoculars review, we think you get your bang for the buck with any of the models simply because the quality is as good as it gets. Best of all, these binoculars are built for practicality, making them ideal for hunters, birdwatchers, sports fans, boaters, and more.

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