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Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD Review

A good pair of binoculars, but is easily outdone by other models in the same price range
athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd binocular review
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Price:  $375 List
Manufacturer:   Athlon Optics
By Max Mutter ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 6, 2022
69
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RANKED
#9 of 16
  • Clarity - 45% 5.5
  • Brightness - 25% 8.1
  • Comfort - 10% 7.0
  • Field of View - 10% 9.0
  • Ease of Adjustment - 5% 8.0
  • Close Focus Range - 5% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD hits a slightly precarious balance point between price and performance. It costs more than a budget pair of binoculars and manages to perform significantly better than said budget pairs but falls substantially short of some of the other models in its price range. While we have no significant complaints about this model, it's possible to get better performance while spending the same amount. If you manage to find these binoculars on sale, by all means, go for it, you'll be getting a good deal. However, if you're shopping at retail prices, we'd suggest looking at our comparison review of the best binoculars.
REASONS TO BUY
Good clarity
Easy to focus
REASONS TO AVOID
Dimmer than competing models

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Pros Good clarity, easy to focusGood clarity and brightness, smooth focus knobExcellent brightness, great clarity, comfortableRelatively good clarity, easy to focusInexpensive, good clarity and brightness
Cons Dimmer than competing modelsMediocre close focus range, mediocre field of viewSlightly heavy for backpackingfairly dim, rubber feels a bit stickyAverage construction quality, mediocre low-light performance
Bottom Line A good pair of binoculars, but is easily outdone by other models in the same price rangeThese perform well for the price, offering a smooth focus knob and decent brightness and clarityAn excellent balance of price and all-around performance with particularly impressive brightnessWhile these binoculars are good, many competitors in the same price range are betterThe most budget-friendly option we've found that offers a good introduction to birdwatching
Rating Categories Athlon Midas G2 8x4... Nikon Monarch M5 8x42 Vortex Diamondback... Celestron TrailSeek... Celestron Nature DX...
Clarity (45%)
5.5
7.1
6.3
5.8
5.8
Brightness (25%)
8.1
8.6
8.1
8.1
7.7
Comfort (10%)
7.0
8.1
9.3
7.0
5.6
Field of View (10%)
9.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Ease of Adjustment (5%)
8.0
8.0
6.4
8.0
7.0
Close Focus Range (5%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Athlon Midas G2 8x4... Nikon Monarch M5 8x42 Vortex Diamondback... Celestron TrailSeek... Celestron Nature DX...
Glass Type UHD ED HD Bak-4 Bak-4
Multi - Coating XPL FMC FMC FMC FMC
Magnification 8 8 8 8 8
Field of View (at 1000 yards) 426 ft 335 ft 393 ft 426 ft 388 ft
Close Focus 6.5 ft 8.2 ft 5.0 ft 6.5 ft 6.5 ft
Eye Relief 17.2 mm 19.5 mm 17 mm 17.2 mm 17.5 mm
Prism Roof Roof Roof Roof Roof
Waterproof/Fog Resistant? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Size (Length x Width) 5.7 x 5.2 in 5.7 x 5.1 in 5.7 x 5.1 in 5.5 x 4.9 in 5.3 x 4.9 in
Measured Weight 23 oz 22 oz 22 oz 24 oz 22 oz
Tripod Adapter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD is a good pair of binoculars that gets a bit lost in a price range that has a number of slightly better options.

Performance Comparison


athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd binocular review - the athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd is a decent pair of binoculars with...
The Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD is a decent pair of binoculars with good optics, but it has trouble keeping up with its competitors.
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Clarity


The Midas G2 8x42 UHD provides a level of clarity that feels fair given the price, but other models that cost the same manage to outshine that price point.

The clarity of these binoculars is good — we had no trouble picking up small details in birds 30 feet away. However, the clarity fades a bit toward the edges of what is visible. While this didn't prevent us from identifying any species, it did make the image feel a bit flatter. Because of this, looking at a bird through these bins feels a bit like looking at a nature coffee table book. In contrast, some other products in this price range offered a slightly more immersive image that was more akin to watching a nature documentary.

athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd binocular review - the athlon midas g2 provides good clarity and brightness, but some...
The Athlon Midas G2 provides good clarity and brightness, but some models in the same price range manage to outdo it in both regards.
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Brightness


This is where the Midas G2 8x42 UHD falls a bit further behind other competitors in the price range. The brightness is good but falls well short of top-notch.

In normal lighting conditions, the Midas G2 8x42 UHD provides a bright image that allowed us to appreciate all the subtle colors of a bird's plumage. However, in low light conditions, those details quickly faded. At dawn and dusk and on particularly cloudy days, we were disappointed by dark bird silhouettes where other bins in this price range could still display an ample color palette.

athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd binocular review - the glass of the athlon midas g2 is good, but doesn't let in as much...
The glass of the Athlon Midas G2 is good, but doesn't let in as much light as that of some other models.
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Comfort


The Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD feels relatively good in the hand but lacks a few touches that make other models more comfortable to hold.

The rubber coating of these binoculars feels grippy but avoids feeling overly sticky, a problem we've run into with some other models. The barrels are relatively comfortable to hold, depending on your hand size. We really wish they had thumb indents on the underside, however. This would have made them more ergonomic and friendlier to a wider range of hand sizes.

athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd binocular review - the lack of thumb indents on these bins is slightly disappointing...
The lack of thumb indents on these bins is slightly disappointing, but we didn't find them uncomfortable to use.
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Field of View


Offering a manufacturing-specified field of view of 426 feet at 1000 yards, the Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD has one of the widest fields of view on the market. After testing and measurement, the Athlon maintained an above-average field of view. However, even the models that it bests in this manner aren't that far behind, and you might be pressed to notice the difference outside of a direct, side-by-side comparison.

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The Athlon Midas G2 and its carrying case.
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Ease of Adjustment


The Midas G2 8x42 UHD provides a fairly standard experience when it comes to ease of adjustment. We had no specific complaints in terms of adjusting the focus knob and adjusting the diopter. Some models offer slightly more supple adjustment knobs, but we don't think anyone will be disappointed with the Midas, nor will they have trouble adjusting them.

Close Focus Range


With a manufacturer-specified close focus range of 6.5 feet, these binoculars are likely to allow you to get everything you'd like in focus. If you're lucky enough to get a butterfly to land on your shoe, that will likely be too close to get into focus, but otherwise, you should be good. If beautiful creatures have a tendency to land on your feet, other models in this price range can handle such a situation.

Should You Buy the Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD?


In a price range where many manufacturers are aggressively competing to provide the best value per dollar, the Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD falls towards the middle of the pack. These binoculars aren't a particularly bad value, but we feel there are significantly better options available at similar price points.

What Other Binoculars Should You Consider?


The Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD is a good overall pair of binoculars, but they fail to offer a good enough performance-to-price ratio to rise above their many competitors. In a similar price range, we'd recommend the Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42, which bests the Midas in almost every test metric. For those on a budget looking for an intro pair for birding or viewing far-off scenery, the Celestron Nature DX 8x42 is sure to please. And if you have a bit more money to throw at a pair of binoculars, the Vortex Viper HD 8x42 offers top-of-the-line brightness and clarity.

athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd binocular review - the athlon midas g2 8x42 uhd, in all its glory!
The Athlon Midas G2 8x42 UHD, in all its glory!
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