When you think of Nikon, the first thing that will probably come to mind is a Camera. The company has been making different kinds of cameras for many decades. In fact, the success of Nikon in the camera manufacturing industry comes second to none. But, what you might not know is that they are also a top and highly reputable golf rangefinder manufacturer.
Nikon has been in the rangefinder manufacturing business for longer than most golfers know because the company was previously making rangefinders for Callaway before they started manufacturing them under their own brand name. Their many years of experience in making optics for cameras is what drove them to the rangefinder business and they are slowly emerging as one of the top golf rangefinder manufacturers.
Although there are many things that seem to set Nikon apart from many other brands when it comes to rangefinders, the easy to use design and a more affordable price tag of their products is what many golfers love most. Also, their rangefinders are designed to be compact and highly portable, and with some outstanding features like First Target Priority, Vibration Reduction System, ID Technology for slope compensation, 8-Second Continuous Measurement, and Long Eye Relief.
Nikon Coolshot 20 and 20i are two of the most affordable golf laser rangefinder by Nikon, and if you are shopping on a tight budget they are the best models for you. But, despite the more affordable price tag, both are still feature-rich, high-performing and accurate which is just what a golfer wants in a rangefinder.
Both laser rangefinders will feature First Target Priority, 8-Second Continuous Scanning, 6-550 yard range and Long Eye Relief. Also, both are small and compact rangefinders with a weatherproof construction to make them ideal for use in any weather.
The Slope-Adjusting ID technology on the Coolshot 20i is one of the key elements that set the two rangefinders apart because the Coolshot 20 does not adjust for the slope. Also, Coolshot 20i has a unique Glass and Multicoating Tech that is common in Nikon cameras, and it is designed to ensure a more natural and clearer view.
For golfers that do not mind spending a little more on their golf rangefinder, the Nikon Coolshot 40 or 40i will be a great pick. These are more advanced and feature-rich rangefinders than the Coolshot 20 series with a slightly longer range of 8-650 yards.
The rangefinders have the Hyper Read technology that will provide distances in just 0.5 seconds, 8-second Continuous Measurement to allow for quick measurement of multiple or tiny objects, First target Priority and 18mm Long Eye Relief.
However, Coolshot 40i has the advanced ID technology that will compensate for the uphill or downhill slope for more reliable distances. Although this slope compensating feature is very useful, it means that unlike the Coolshot 40 the 40i model it is not tournament legal.
Coolshot 80 VR and 80i VR are some of the most feature-rich and technologically advanced laser rangefinders by Nikon. Although they also cost more than most of their other models, they are worth every buck you spend on them thanks to their top-notch performance.
The key highlight of these rangefinders is the Vibration Reducing Technology that is designed to minimize the vibrations caused by hand movements for faster and more precise ranging. Also, both have the Locked-On technology, 8-Second Continuous Vibrations, wide field of view and bright optics, long eye relief and an all-weather construction.
The point of departure between the two rangefinders is that the 80i VR has a selectable slope compensating feature. And so it will not only provide distances that are compensated for downhill or uphill slope but you can also turn it off to make this a tournament legal device.
More advanced Nikon Coolshot rangefinder with exclusive Stabilization Technology designed to minimize vibration for more precise and fast ranging. Also, like most other top-notch golf rangefinders, it also has the ID technology that allows you to get slope compensated downhill and uphill distances. Also, this feature can be turned off to make the rangefinder tournament legal.
Coolshot Pro Stabilizer also features Locked-On 2 technology to give you some assurances that you are getting measurements to the flagstick, Hyper Read Display, Actual Distance Indicator, and 8-Second Continous Measurement. And with this compact and lightweight rangefinder, you will get an impressive range of 8-1,200 yards.
Nikon ACULON AL11 is a highly affordable compact and lightweight rangefinder that is designed for golfers shopping on a tight budget but still want something highly reliable. This high-quality rangefinder features multilayer coatings designed to provide a clear and more natural view.
The device also features a convenient single button operation, simple to read display, long eye relief and an ultra-compact and portable design. Also, with this rangefinder, you get a range of 6-550 yards with 1-yard intervals.
Nikon has been making optics for cameras for close to a century now and given the fact that they have also been manufacturing rangefinders for companies like Callaway for a long time, you can be confident that they know everything that there is to know about these handy golf devices.
Like most other companies, they are also always improving their rangefinder models by adding more advanced features and enhancing the design to make them even better for golfing. And given that they also have several models in different price ranges and with different capabilities, they also try to cater to all kind of golfers.
And so the bottom line is that if you are on the market for a top quality golf rangefinder that is feature-rich and from a reputable brand, Nikon will be an excellent choice.