As a matter of fact, compact binoculars normally have an objective lens that is smaller than your typical large sized models; this straight away means that there will be issues of compromise. The smaller the objective lens, the less the amount of light that binocular will collect. This is the reason there may be a small variation in the quality of the images as seen through a compact lens. There is a popular truism that says in this world you only get what you pay for; it is therefore important for you to carefully check the quality of the smallest details such as the type of glass that was used in the prism and the lenses, anti-reflection coatings as well as other important features like the exterior finishing and waterproofing.
Compact binoculars are very practical in cases such as when you enjoy a hobby that doesn’t really require long distance viewing. They can be very essential if you are doing bird watching during the day when the light conditions are good and the birds you are watching are not too far off; in such a case you will not necessarily need a large pair of binoculars. Compact optics is also perfect for people attending theater events or sporting events where the venue is not too big. They will also be very apt in cases such as when you want to teach your young children how to use binoculars for any outdoor activities. After your children have acquired the necessary experience using compact binoculars, you can graduate them to any other choice that will serve them better.
Even regular users of binoculars who have a proper full sized binoculars, there may be times when you go for a smaller event and you don’t want to get bogged down by heavy stuff. Think about that afternoon weekend walk with your special someone when all you need is something you can slip into your coat pocket just in case you come across something interesting. There are also other times such as when you send your regular one to the repair shop and you need something handy.