Zoomies: Does It Work?

Published On: Sep 25 2013 12:00:00 PM CDT
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Jim Mason has always admired nature."I'm a lifelong biology nerd," he said.Jim is a naturalist at the Great Plains Nature Center. He uses several tools to watch wildlife. He said no matter how far away his sight is set, "good optics are essential."That's why we wanted him to test Zoomies, "the compact, hands-free, high-powered binoculars you wear like sunglasses."Jim had never heard of Zoomies. We took advantage of a "two for one" offer and received two pairs of Zoomies for almost $26.Once you put the Zoomies on, you turn the knobs on both sides of the frame to adjust the focus.Jim was able to slip on a pair of Zoomies over his glasses. Next, he found the focus."And because you can do each one independently, that allows you to adjust to each eye," he said. "So that's kind of a nice feature."  But can he see at a distance?"It doesn't magnify very much," he said. "It's got a Buck Rogers aspect for it, but I don't know if it does much for me anyway. ... I'm not getting much magnification out of this."We took a look at what's behind the maker's claims of a "super zoomed-in view."It just said "up to 300 percent magnification."  "That would be three power," Jim said.Is that high-powered?  "No," he replied. "That's very low power. And this would not do you well for very far away." Jim tried to zoom in on some geese about 100 away."You get a little closer to them, but not as close as you would be with a decent pair of binoculars," he said.We also asked Jim to try reading with the Zoomies on, like the commercial says you can do."Not without bifoculs," he said.But ... does it work?  "Just barely," he said. "Just barely. If you really want to look at stuff outdoors, go get yourself a good pair of binoculars." Video: Zoomies: Does It Work?