Nikon Monarch M5 Binoculars Review

Written By John VanDerLaan 


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In this review of the Nikon Monarch M5 binoculars I will share with you my findings as I put these optics through a multitude of tests in different hunting situations to see how they stand up to their competitors.

I tested both, the 8X42 and 10X42 models.

The Nikon name is synonymous with high quality cameras and they have taken that optical innovation and expertise and applied it to their binoculars, much to the benefit of hunters everywhere.

My favorite hunting binoculars for the past few years have been the Nikon Monarch M7 Binoculars, so I was concerned that my perception would be clouded by the much more expensive M7.

Let me just say that I am very impressed with the quality of the M5 given the price point of under $300.

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Nikon Monarch M5 Binocular

Here is a great video review of the Nikon Monarch M5 Binoculars by our friends at Ochocos Outdoors, showing the features of these optics.

My Experience Using The M5s

I tested these binos over a full season of bowhunting whitetails. My hunting journal shows over 60 hunts in either a tree stand or ground blind.

I used them in all sorts of conditions, from bright sunlight to pouring rain. I used them in the heat of the early season and the frigid cold of the late season.

For every hunt, I took 2 sets of binos with me and compared one with the other. The M5s performed very well in the testing.

I tested them against the much more expensive M7s, the Zeiss Terra Ed, the Stealth Vision binos, the Vortex Vipers, the Leupold Bx-4s, the Vortex Diamondbacks and the Burris Droptines.

During these comparisons over the course of the season, I made notes in my journal regarding the performance of each of these binoculars compared to each other.

As you can probably guess, the more expensive binoculars performed better, but the M5s were very impressive, given their price point.

Some of the things that I really like about the M5 are their compact size, which fits great in my hand and makes it very easy to access the center focus wheel.

I also like the locking diopter. I can't tell you how many times a good pair of binos get out of focus because you accidently change the diopter adjustment.

The optical performance is very good, with good light gathering capability for low light conditions and good image quality, although not as good when compared to the higher priced models.

Overall, I enjoyed using the M5s and they are a great choice if your budget maxes out at $300, but they are definitely a step down from my M7s, my Stealth Visions, my Terra Eds and my Vortex Vipers.

Key Features

Let's take a look at the features of the Nikon M5 Binoculars and see why we chose them as one of our top picks for Hunting Binoculars.

  • The Nikon Monarch M5 features the same legendary extra-low dispersion (ED) glass as its more expensive big brother, but at a much lower price. The ED glass is responsible for Nikon's superior contrast and brighter, vivid images.
  • They also feature Fully Multi Coated Eco Glass lenses. This minimizes the amount of light lost to reflection, resulting in clearer, brighter images and superior low light performance.
  • The Monarch 5 also features Dielectric High-Reflective Multilayer Prism Coating, which allows the binoculars to achieve virtually the same brightness as can be seen with the naked eye, providing vividly clear images.
  • They are nitrogen filled and o-ring sealed for complete waterproof and fog proof performance.
  • They are some of the lightest weight binoculars in their class with the 8x42 weighing in at just 20.8 ounces and the 10x42 at 21.6 ounces.
  • The Field of View is not quite as good as their counterparts, but still acceptable at 330 feet in the 8x42 and 290 feet in the 10x42.
  • They feature a durable rubber armor coated body built to withstand extreme use in any environment.
  • The Nikon Monarch M5 features a smooth center focus wheel for quick, easy focus adjustments.
  • They also feature fully adjustable eye relief with the turn and slide rubber eye cups.

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One of the best features of these optics is the No Fault Lifetime Repair/Replacement Warranty.

Nikon will repair or replace your binoculars at no charge, regardless of the cause of the damage.

Pros and Cons of the M5 Binos

As you can see, the Nikon M5 are a feature rich set of binoculars, now let's take a look at the pros and cons.

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  1. Nikon has really set the bar high with the premium HD glass and Fully Multi Coated lenses. The Monarch 5 has superior brightness and the vivid colors are stunning.
  2. 100% waterproof and fog proof thanks to being o-ring sealed and nitrogen filled.
  3. Extremely lightweight making them perfect for all day hunts.
  4. Rubber armor coated body for the extreme durability that hunters require.
  5.  Fully adjustable eye relief, making them perfect for hunters that wear eyeglasses or sunglasses.
  6. One of the highest quality binoculars we tested under $300.
  7. Nikon's No Fault Lifetime Repair/Replacement Policy.


  1. At this price point, you do sacrifice some of the quality that you get in the more expensive hunting binoculars, but these are extremely high quality binoculars for the money.
  2. No harness included.

Final Thoughts

As I have stated before, you should buy the best hunting binoculars that you can afford.

If your budget is $300 or less, you will not find better binoculars than the Nikon M5, in my opinion.

I suggest you order a pair from Amazon and do your own Nikon M5 review.

If you decide that they are not what you are looking for, Amazon has a very simple return policy.

Please leave your comments Below.

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John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan is the managing editor here at He oversees a team of editors, writers and pro staff that are subject matter experts in hunting and hunting gear. John's expertise includes thoroughly testing all types of hunting gear, as well as hunting all over the U.S. and Canada. While his hunting expertise includes game birds, small game and large game, his favorite game animal is the whitetail deer and he loves to share the knowledge that he has gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail with both archery gear and firearms. John is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

2 thoughts on “Nikon Monarch M5 Binoculars Review”

    • Hi Pete,

      When choosing binoculars, the first number is the magnification. So 10×42 is 10x magnification. Nikon also makes a 12×42. Instead of magnifying the image 10 times, they magnify the image 12 times. 12×42 may be better for you at long distances.

      Hope this helps!


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