Vortex Razor HD 12×50 Review

Finding the binoculars that suit you and matches your need is a tedious task.

You might be considering a vortex’s high-end or upgraded binoculars for your outdoor cravings.

Here, we review the Vortex Razor HD 12×50 to understand why you must make it a part of your excursions. 

Sometimes you just want a little sharper image, better glass, brighter images, lighter weight, a little more aperture, a little more magnification, slightly nicer feel, steady images, less shake.

To satisfy this growing craving for worldwide outdoor enthusiasts, Vortex has created this flagship binocular that is extremely close to the super-premium pairs costing many thousands of dollars for a fraction of the price

Vortex Razor HD offers you amazing specifications such as its incredibly superior 12x magnification and unparalleled resolution.

These binoculars are ideal for bird watching, hunting, and for someone who loves wildlife observation.

Light in weight, they are very easy to carry and weigh only 28.7 ounces. Since they are waterproof and fog proof, you can use them in all weather conditions without any hassle. 

Vortex Razor HD 12×50 Binoculars – Specifications

Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
Magnification
12X
Objective Lens Size
50mm
Fov @1000Yds
28f ft
Eye Relief
15.5mm
Exit Pupil
4.2mm
Waterproof/Fogproof
Yes
Focus System
Center
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Prism Type
Roof
Dimensions
6.8" x 5.1"
Weight
28.7 ounces
Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
Magnification
12X
Objective Lens Size
50mm
Fov @1000Yds
28f ft
Eye Relief
15.5mm
Exit Pupil
4.2mm
Waterproof/Fogproof
Yes
Focus System
Center
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Prism Type
Roof
Dimensions
6.8" x 5.1"
Weight
28.7 ounces

Vortex Razor HD 12×50 Review – Detailed Analysis

Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
  • 12x magnification and 50mm objectives lenses, the Razor HD features hand selected prisms and premium high density glass,...
  • State of the art anti-reflective coatings with cutting edge plasma tech application guarantee the highest level of...
  • The true open hinge magnesium chasis forms a strong, lightweight, and ergonomic design resulting in more durability in...

Build Quality & Construction

Vortex Razor HD 12×50 is made using magnesium chassis that makes these binoculars very light in weight even while containing a 50mm objective lens.

It’s really amazing that they are slightly less heavy than many mid-level 42mm binoculars and that makes this model so desirable

You can hold them with ease as it offers a secure fit and perfect gripping. It has a very appealing hinge design that comes with fully multi-coated lenses. That is a big positive for those who go hunting in the fields.

Not just that, it is the best binoculars the Vortex has launched so far. Though it is a little expensive, if you look at the features, the price justifies it.

With improved ergonomics, it has fabulous build strength and is also quite low in weight. The focus wheels are well made and easy to fiddle with.

This binocular is the first time you’ll get “Camera technology” in the binoculars, which means you get an amazing glassing experience with this one.

The razor HD has Plasma Tech and has sturdy coating making it highly durable, and tripod adaptable.

It also comes with an exceptional hardness which decreases its chances of breakage in case you drop them. The rubber armor body offers you supreme external protection and provides you with perfect gripping.

The binoculars have O-ring seals and argon purging that makes it completely waterproof and fog proof.

It has adjustable eyecups and interpupillary distance (IPD), which lets you adjust eyecups to get the full view.  The interpupillary distance was critical because I have close-set eyes and I eliminated similar contenders based on this factor.

Another thing that amazed us is its new hinge design that sits perfectly on the tripod and can be perfectly handheld too. 

The binoculars are tripod adaptable and in case you feel to put it on a tripod for long glassing sessions, get an awesome uni-adapter tripod adapter from the vortex.

Optical Performance 

The binoculars have a high-density optical system that lets you enjoy superior resolution and clarity. Designed using the latest technology like APO system, and XRPlus lenses, Vortex Razor HD is the best pick if you are looking for binoculars to take along on your outdoor activities.

The apochromatic (APO) lenses eliminate the distortion caused by chromatic aberrations, which means less color fringing.

It has a high-quality optical system that guarantees crisp and clear images. Moreover, they work amazingly in low-light conditions, so you can use them at dusk and dawn to just not spot the subject but to see its movement as well. 

The lenses have XRPlus fully multi-coated coatings that promise zero glare and reflections.

You can adjust the center focus wheel that allows you to enjoy quick sharp views. The exterior lenses have scratch-resistant and sturdy armortek that protects them from dirt and scratches.

The binoculars provide a sharp edge-to-edge clarity. However, One shortcoming to the high 12x magnification is that it’s difficult to overcome their shallow depth of field.

Images are sharp but you really need to focus on something, even at a distance and things that are even a little closer or farther will not be in focus. However, at this price point, you can’t expect it to perform like a high-end Swarovski which is available at almost 3 times the price point.

 Pricing & Value

Though the price is a little bit on the higher side, the features that Vortex Razor HD offers make it worth buy. Let’s admit, you get what you pay for in optics, so exactly with Razor HD, you get a lifetime satisfaction that you paid for something that brings best-viewing pleasure to you for life.

Moreover, the binoculars have phase correction coatings as well as dielectric prism coating that deliver top-notch quality performance. It offers good value for money with its supreme HD image quality thanks to its high-density ED glass. 

I don’t need to say again, that Vortex binoculars come with an incredible VIP unconditional transferable warranty for a lifetime. 

Competition?

In case you find Vortex Razor HD 12×50 out of your set budget, you can consider buying Vortex Vulture HD 15×56, which will cost you half of what Razor HD costs you.

Vulture HD binoculars also come with amazing features like 15x magnification but that one thing that might bother users is its weight, which is 43.6 ounces making it a little heavier than Razor HD.

Another competition is the Swarovski EL 12×50. If you have deep pockets and looking for the ultimate binocular with no compromise in optical features and other aspects, Go for these Swarovski’s.

Check Our Detailed Swarovski EL 12×50 Review

What’s in The Box

  • A Set of Razor HD Binoculars
  • Rainguard eyepiece cover
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Comfort neck strap
  • Deluxe padded carry case

Conclusion       

There are so many reasons to consider Razor HD for your outdoor activities. The first and foremost is they work just perfectly in low light conditions and provide you with Vortex VIP unconditional warranty for the lifetime.

The eye relief cups are really well made and fit well. The flip caps are also of good quality.

They have excellent light-gathering ability to pick out wildlife in the undergrowth in low light conditions or moonlight. The clarity and sharpness in the early morning and late evening hours are a real plus.

Moreover, they fit just right in tripods or binocular chest harnesses. With a high reputation for excellent customer service, going for one of these Vortex binoculars won’t be a bad buying decision. 

Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
  • 12x magnification and 50mm objectives lenses, the Razor HD features hand selected prisms and premium high density glass,...
  • State of the art anti-reflective coatings with cutting edge plasma tech application guarantee the highest level of...
  • The true open hinge magnesium chasis forms a strong, lightweight, and ergonomic design resulting in more durability in...

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Last update on 2022-07-23

Smith
 

"Smith is an outdoor enthusiast and Just loves everything about binoculars. Since his childhood he has been a fan of optical gadgets & going into the Jungle with his uncle was his favorite pastime. Besides, He loves watching & studying birds & animals. He is a mechanical engineering graduate and New Jersey Resident. He loves to review binoculars and related optical Instruments and loves testing each one of them." When he is not fiddling with one of his binoculars, you can find him playing his favorite sport Pickleball."

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