Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars Review: Will They Rise to the Occasion?

Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars

Do you need new binoculars? Here is an in-depth review of Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars to see if they are the binoculars that you need to carry with you.

Whether you need them for birdwatching, hunting, work, or just want to have them to look at the scenery, binoculars can come in handy for a lot of reasons and even take your hobby to the next level. There are many instances that binoculars are needed while hunting, especially. If you are packing in for an extended stay in the woods to track big game, you will need to use them to check out the terrain and to see what lies out beyond what your eyes can see. This can help to spot potential hazards or track the animal you seek. After setting up camp or arriving at your stand or blind, you will need to keep a lookout for your approaching target

If you are serious about birdwatching, you will need a crisp, clear view of your surroundings and the ability to zoom in on the birds that sit or fly beyond your line of sight. Catching a glimpse of a blurry dot in the distance is no good. Binoculars will help you not only to identify the bird but to get a clear look at the beauty that they offer.

Maybe you just want a set to keep around. If this is the case, there are still a lot of applications that will surprise you. Some people even use their binoculars to spot fires or flooding that could be encroaching. 

In this review, we will take a look at the Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars to see if they will rise to the occasion and show you what you need to see. Let’s start with the features of the binoculars.

Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars Features:


One thing to note about magnification is that although a more powerful magnification can help you to see things from a closer viewpoint, less magnification will often allow a wider field of view. If you want to see things that are far away, a higher magnification is the best option, but if you need a full field of view to include more ‘context’, a lower magnification will most likely be the best for you.

The Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars have a magnification power of 10x. This means that when compared to the 8×42 model, the 10×42 will bring your view closer to the desired object (making it appear bigger than the 8×42 will).

This makes the Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars great for birdwatching because they will allow you to see, in detail, objects from far away as if they were ten tomes closer. 

Lens Size:

The objective lens is the lens closest to whatever it is that you are viewing. It is responsible for the orientation of the image. This means that it is the first lens in the series of lenses to invert the object so that it is not upside down and backward when it reaches your eyes. The diameter of the objective lens also determines how much light is allowed into the device.

Each of the two objective lenses on the Burris Droptine 10x42mm Binoculars is 42mm in diameter. That is a good ‘middle of the road’ size that lets in plenty of light for contrast and clarity without compromising the compact design of the binoculars. This is important because the packability of your gear should always be considered. Gear should not only be able to be carried efficiently; it should be small enough that it does not bump or knock against other items. This can be noisy and can even break some of your gear.

Lens Quality:

All of the responsibility or ‘workload’ of your binoculars rides on the lenses. Quality lenses equal quality binoculars. The glass or crystal used in an optical lens will determine refraction, clarity, resolution, focusing ability, and more. The Burris Droptine 10x42mm Binoculars employ a glass called BaK4. BaK4 glass is of better quality than BaK4 prisms, and deliver a higher refractive index. BaK4 prism glass will keep the exit pupils exactly round and crisp. The glass is also fully multi-coated. The Hi-Lume and Index-matched glass provide excellent light transmittance and high resolution, all while eliminating glare. The Phase Correct coating used ensures maximum color fidelity, and the Dielectric Coating optimizes light transmittance and overall brightness. Brightness and contrast are crucial, especially in low light scenarios.

Waterproofing and Fog Proofing:

It is essential that your binoculars will not only allow you to see the best possible image but that they will also make the journey to wherever it is you are going and back. If you are hunting or camping, there will be water, dust, large temperature fluctuations, and the possibility of spills and tumbles on unforgiving surfaces.

The Burris Droptine 10x42mm Binoculars have a rubber armor exterior that keeps the interior of the binoculars free of large particles and creates a waterproof seal. The armor is also good for grip and protects the binoculars from damage in case of accidental drops or falls. 

The interior is also protected. The binoculars are filled with a dry nitrogen gas that enhances waterproofing and prevents interior fogging due to high humidity, rapid elevation changes, or rapid changes in temperature.

It is also worth noting that the body construction and rubber armor provide shock protection, making these binoculars shockproof as well.

Body Construction:

Even with a rubber-armored exterior, the rigidity of the body must ensure the glass remains safe. The body of the Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars is constructed of high-quality material that is difficult to chip, crack, or bend. This ensures that the glass is not broken or dislodged. Even a slight crack or minute slip of the glass can severely compromise the quality and accuracy of the image. The eyecups of this model are also quite robust and durable.


The Burris Droptine 10x42mm Binoculars also come with a carrying case that is sturdy enough to protect the binoculars from being knocked around. The case has a neoprene neck strap for increased comfort.

  • 42mm objective lenses ensure that the binoculars receive adequate light.
  • 10x magnification allows for longer distance viewing and maximum detail.
  • BaK4 prism glass delivers a high refractive index.
  • High-Lume and Index-matched glass increase light transmittance and resolution while eliminating glare.
  • Phase Correct coating gives high color-fidelity images
  • The Dielectric coating provides excellent light transmittance and overall brightness.
  • Rubber armor exterior makes the binoculars waterproof.
  • Binoculars have an excellent grip.
  • Rubber armor also protects the binoculars from physical damage.
  • Dry nitrogen gas keeps the binoculars fog proof.
  • Binoculars are shockproof.
  • Sturdy construction makes the Burris Downline 10×42 Binoculars durable.
  • Binoculars come with a carrying case and neck strap.
  • These binoculars are slightly heavier than some models.
  • Rubber easily collects dust and dirt. The binoculars need frequent cleaning.

What do People Think of the Droptine 10×42 Binoculars?

Part of doing your homework before buying new gear is seeing what others have to say about the product of interest. Below is a little bit about the customer sentiments for the Burris Droptine 10×42 Binoculars:

The first thing that people comment on is the fact that the fog proofing is highly effective. Many people have reported using these binoculars on frigid mornings with their breath steaming right onto them without any sign of fogging or condensation. That is pretty impressive because many ‘fog-proof’ scopes or binoculars eventually show at least some signs of condensation after such repeated exposure.

Another factor that is important enough for people to consider is the field of view and magnification. People have commented that the Downline 8×42 and 10×42 both have a great balance between the two. Some brands or models have excellent magnification but lack in the field of view ‘department’ or vice versa. The 10×42 model offers strong magnification and perfectly round exit pupils without compromising the quality of the field of view. Keep in mind, however, that the size of the field of view inversely correlates with the magnification power.

Everything that I could find about broken or damaged Burris binoculars came from people who had their binoculars for ten or more years. The consensus seems to be that the Droptine models are exceptionally durable and will last for an unusually long time. The best thing about this aspect of Burris binoculars is that nearly every person who had damaged or broken their Droptine binoculars said that their experience with customer service was pleasant and that they were promptly sent a new pair. 

People also like the fact that these binoculars perform well in low light situations. The glassing time is good, and the efficiency of the light transmittance and refraction is excellent as well. Some binoculars have a hard time at dawn and dusk, but these seem to do reasonably well, especially at sunrise.

The last thing that came up a lot was the clarity and quality of the glass. I could not find any complaints about the glass whatsoever. The lenses are said to be hyper-clean and deliver crisp, clear images. Some even said that the landscapes look like an HD movie through the lenses of the Burris Droptine binoculars. With binoculars that deliver such images, you are sure to remember the beautiful things that you see.

Frequently Asked Questions About Binoculars

Q: What is the field of view?

A: When referring to binoculars, the field of view is the width of a physical area that can be shown in the binoculars’ image. Sometimes this figure is listed as a numerical angle. Most of the time, it is described by the width of the physical area expressed in feet at a given distance from the viewer expressed in yards (usually 1000 yards), for example, 200ft at 1000yds.

Q: Is higher magnification always better?

A: Not necessarily. This, of course, depends upon what you need them to do. A stronger magnification usually means a narrower field of view. If you need to see more of your surroundings at one time, a lower magnification might be better for your specific application.

Q: What are exit pupils?

A: If you hold your binoculars away from your face and look into the lenses, you will see the image in a small circle or square on the glass. If the image is square, the image will appear blurry around the edges when you are using your binoculars. If, however, the exit pupils are round, you will have crisp and clear edges with a thorough focus while using your binoculars

Q: What are fully multi-coated lenses?

A: Some manufacturers will only coat the centermost area of the lenses or will ‘brush’ or ‘buff’ on the coating. Some even apply the coating after each lens is placed into the binoculars for assembly. The problem with these methods is that sometimes the coating is unevenly dispersed, and light will be allowed to pass through small uncovered places. This can cause image distortion. Fully multi-coated lenses are coated in more reliable ways, ensuring that no glass will come into direct contact with the air around it. This eliminates distortion and better protects the lenses.


The Burris Downline 10×42 Binoculars are high-quality binoculars made from exceptional materials. People who have bought them love them and have kept them around for years. They are sturdy and can withstand the elements and have glass that is second to none in quality for the price. They are easy to carry and are impervious to water, fog, and shock. If you are looking for a new pair of binoculars, the Burris Downline 10×42 will not disappoint.

Hopefully, this review has helped you to get a good idea about the quality of the Burris Downline binoculars and whether or not they are the best ones for you.