Cambridge Optics Co Pro 8×42 Binoculars Review

Cambridge Optics 8x42 binocular

Review Date – December 2023
Price as reviewed –
Our price £159 (RRP £169)


  • Value for money
  • Lightweight
  • Open hinge design makes it a very comfortable binocular to hold


  • Close focus not class leading


Cambridge Optics are one of Europe’s biggest magnifier companies. They have taken this expertise and branched out into binoculars and their first effort is the Co Pro series. Cambridge Optics are a UK based, family run company and every item they produce is of the highest quality. 


The Co Pro 8×42 is a very light binocular in its class. In part this is owed to the open bridge design which minimises the use of heavier materials in the bridge and also aids comfort. Its open bridge design is perfect for holding the binocular comfortably with one hand, ideal for dog walkers and hikers.

Like the Co Pro 8×34 the rubber armouring is grippy and the rubber eyecups are comfortable to use with a long eye relief meaning that most people will find these binoculars very easy to use. We have found that users that have struggled in the past with using binoculars were able to easily use this binocular when invited to test it. 

Focusing is also like the Co Pro 8×34 with it being smooth and consistent and an accurate focus is easily obtained. You won’t find the highly dampened focus mechanism of a Zeiss or Leica but this is not a £1000 binocular.

The design is minimalist with a matt green design and just the Co Pro logo standing out on an otherwise neutral binocular, as is typical at this price point. 


Like the smaller Co Pro 8×34 this binocular excels in its optical quality at this price point.The image is always punchy and sharpness is very good in the centre of the field of view, with the edges having some softness which is expected at this price point. Colours are well represented with a slight yellowish tone to them, but nothing that would prove distracting. Like a lot of non ED glass binoculars there is some colour fringing present in very high contrast situations. 

Overall though the optical quality of the Co Pro 8×42 is very good and definitely in keeping with the binoculars price point. 


So with a number of rivals out there like the Hawke Nature-Trek 8×42 is it worth considering the Cambridge Optics Co Pro 8×42?

The short answer is yes it is definitely worth considering. For certian users the open bridge design and long eye relief of this binocular will prove invaluable and mean this is the perfect binocular for them. The close focusing distance is the biggest drawback but if you can overlook that then this is a highly recommended binocular.

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