Do Zoomies Binocular Glasses Really Work?


Do Zoomies binocular glasses work?Zoomies Binocular Glasses are pitched as a way for you to get the benefit of binoculars without all of the hassle that comes with binocular ownership. So how well do these suped-up glasses work once you put them on?

Overview
There are plenty of instances where having a good pair of binoculars comes in handy. But the thought of having to haul them around makes you leave them at home. Or the thought of paying for an expensive pair of binoculars makes you reluctant to get them. Plus, using them in the moment can actually take you out of the moment because it doesn’t take long for a heavy pair of binoculars to tire your arms out as you’re viewing.

The Claim
The big claim from the makers of Zoomies binocular glasses is that they can give you 300% zoom just by turning a dial. They also say that using these are easy because as you turn your head they move with you. They say that they fit easily into your pocket so you can take them with you, and there is even a carrying case for this purpose. They say you won’t need to lug around heavy and burdensome binoculars, or even magnifying glasses.

The different purposes they’ve come up with for these glasses include bird watching, taking them to sporting events or concerts, and basically anything else with arena seating that puts you away from the action. But they also say they can be used for things like reading, arts and crafts, sewing projects, and even watching TV, so there are plenty of at-home uses as well.

The Hype
The hype comes in the form of saying that these provide 300% zoom. That makes it seem like a lot, but consider that this only brings an object three times closer in your field of view. That’s not a whole lot. A pair of decent binoculars will get you eight or even 10 times magnification. Any greater than that and things start to get too shaky when you move your hands. So right away we see that even if they live up to their claim they’re still falling far short of the power of binoculars.

The Cost
The Zoomies binocular glasses offer comes to $26 and gets you two pair of them, so about $13 per pair, but you have to buy them in sets of 2. Compared to binoculars that’s a fraction of the price, so it’s important to make sure that you understand just what it is you’re getting here, because if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Getting a binocular-quality product at such a reduced price really would be a deal.

They have a 30 day money back guarantee, but they are banking on the fact that you won’t bother to return them since all you’ll get is $10 back, plus you’ll be out the return shipping costs in addition to the $16 you’ve already spent to have them shipped. So no matter if you like them or not, the company is going to profit from your order.

The Commitment
The draw to a pair of wearable binoculars is that you wouldn’t have to lug around a pair of binoculars, or wear yourself out by holding them up to view through them. If they worked these glasses would help you to enjoy certain activities more without worrying about carrying and holding an expensive pair of actual binoculars.

Evaluation
The make or break factor when it comes to Zoomies binocular glasses is whether they really do bring things closer for you so that you can not have to use a pair of binoculars. That’s pretty much what their entire pitch is based on, as they point out all of the drawbacks of binoculars, the size, the weight, etc. In order to not have to use a pair of binoculars these would have to be a suitable replacement.

Even if you have a regular pair of binoculars you’re still going to end up getting about 7X magnification. That alone is more than twice as much as what is being offered here. What’s more, real world testing reveals that the actual zoom that you’re getting with Zoomies is not 300% but closer to 200%. In essence, it isn’t doing much at all, and not nearly enough to justify wearing the contraption.

Another aspect of these glasses is their appearance. Some have likened it to the cyborg look, but no matter how you cut it they’re not the kind of glasses you’d wear as a fashion statement, or that you’d want to wear for extended periods of time.

Final Zoomies Binocular Glasses Review

The Zoomies binocular glasses can’t really be called binoculars because a standard pair of binoculars is going to get between 7 to 10 times the magnification, and this is only billed at 3 times, with testing showing that it’s really only about 2 times. While having things appear twice as close might seem like a lot, especially if you buy into the hype, it’s not worth wearing these glasses, or worth the expense.

Our Recommendation
You’ll likely be disappointed in these when you get them, as even 3 times zoom doesn’t amount to much, and since they don’t even live up to that you’re not getting much of a magnifying effect, and far short of what is shown in the infomercial. Everything about the product, including it’s pricing structure causes us to recommend against it.

What do you think? Do Zoomies Binocular Glasses work or not?


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Cindy Skola June 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I bought these ridiculous “binoculars” to aid in my jewelry making….the three comments I have are BAD,BAD,BAD! You can see better with just your normal eyesight! I have returned them, but they do not refund your S & H which is $15.00 for the 2 pair. They actually try to refund you $5.00 just to keep them! These guys are a big farce!

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Bryant Moore June 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I knew I was screwed when I ended up ordering 3 sets which cost me $75.When they arrived
and I put on the cheap glasses and was again very disappointed.I thought that they would at
least help me thread a needle, but I can see the needle better with my naked eye.
What a rip-off. Money would be better spent giving it to a pan handler.

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Kim Brown June 30, 2013 at 12:08 am

In the Zoomies commercial people are shown using it to read the newspaper and for needlepoint. The glasses DO NOT focus at that close a distance. The minimum focus distance is beyond arm length. Also, it took 3 months for them to arrive and although I ordered the “deluxe” model, I believe it is the standard model. Even viewing distance is not clear, as the lenses are of very poor quality. Do not buy unless you are happy with binoculars with the clarity of a $1 plastic birthday party gift.

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Eldon White July 9, 2013 at 12:38 am

I might as well put my money in the toilet and flushed it when I bought these things! They don’t magnify S&#t!!!!!

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Louis Bohorfoush July 13, 2013 at 1:28 am

SCAM!!!!! ! The $10 advertised cost turned out to be a $74.70 charge on my debit card. When I called and tried to cancel, they told me I had to wait at least 48 hours for it to show up in their system. Even if I do cancel, they get to keep over $30 in shipping and handling. I have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and with my bank.

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Cara Anderson July 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

These are pure garbage. I wish I’d come here first to read reviews. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. These look like a cheap toy that would come in a cereal box. I think I have bought my last thing ever advertised in an infomercial. It makes me sad to think of all the idiots like me who got roped into buying this sub-standard product, completely worthless. I will throw out the four pairs of “binoculars” and keep the case they came in for my reading glasses and sunglasses. What a waste of my hard-earned money.

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norain August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

thanks you saved me from getting pissed at these rip offs . i wont buy them now .

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E.L.WILEY July 28, 2013 at 3:35 am

DO NOT BUY THIS JUNK! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT

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Claude August 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Wow I read the first few paragraphs ans was instantly sold on them. I have some upcoming events where I imagined they would come in handy. But after reading the rest of the article and the comments, I see now that this purchase would have been a mistake. This is why I like this site and the internet as a whole.

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Tony Finch August 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

DO NOT buy these zoomies binoculars they are garbage, I ordered two of them and they both are terrible. It is not even close as to what was advertised and there is no way they can zoom in 300 times. I was going to return them just to have this company refund my money but figured I would do this instead maybe people will believe what I am saying I hope so. By time I send them back and then the hassel of keeping track of the return it was just too much of a pain in my butt. I have already throw both pairs in the garbage and can only learn from the experience. If it sounds too good to be true then it is.

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Maurice Gowen August 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I was just as stupid as anyone who bought these Zoomies Binoculars, thinking they would be a good thing to have, I was soooo wrong. What a waste of my time & money. Anyone who is thinking of getting these should be aware that they are no good at all. Very poor quality.

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Ariel August 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I bought Zoomies it was stupid as anyone . Do not buy that Zoomis binoculars . They are bandits

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Ariel August 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I need my money back immediately order Number 45441201333223077 . Ship date 08/14/13 14475

I paid $ 46.16 for such Zoomies and that is garbage

Catalina Monforte

I will talk to my lawyer

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Ariel August 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm

You are thieves you are selling garbage

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amin elsersawi September 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

It is just a piece of garbage. I can see better without them. Big cheaters.

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Ronald Charbonneau September 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

I bought them at a store, so I can read the fine print on bottles etc….because I have an excellent pair of binoculars at home to see at a long distance. I am quite sadden that I wasted 15.00 dollars Canadian for this crap and I figure I will keep them as a reminder of the money I wasted on this junk.

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barbara morrison October 13, 2013 at 12:51 am

these suck ! GARBAGE!!! NOT AS ADVERTISED. RIP OFF! DO NOT BUY!!!!!

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D. D'Entremont October 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I have to disagree with all of you … I ordered these and my husband n I absolutely love them.
NO there not as good as real binoculars .. but for the price they do the trick for distance.
We have used them at concerts and sports events (baseball, football) … worked amazingly well !!
Our friends used ours and their going to order them also !!
For the price … Great Product !!

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shawna October 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Hey you guys, please don’t call yourself stupid or an idiot. We have ALL been there, spending bucks on junk. Ugh, I know my list is certainly looooong!
Take comfort in knowing that the time you took to comment saved me money. You helped other strangers from parting with their money just to get crap…and then feel bad about it too.
Let’s break the cycle of crap-purchases! Rejoice in the power of strangers’ reviews for the greater good…our wallets.
Rock on!

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JERaile November 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Bought these worthless glasses at Walgreen. Cannot get them to focus. Thought I could use them for close work-NOT……
Please, someone, come up with an alarm that gives you a shock in the butt when you get close to a “As Seen on TV” display.

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Paul Troy December 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

hahah, What a joke, and the worst is i got kicked twice, they doubled my order, so now i am stuck with 4 pairs of useless junk. 300% magnification means 3 times zoom, not really, at best maybe 2X, hmm something 30 ft away will look as if it were 10ft or less, great for bird watching as long as its in a cage 10 ft away lol, great for crafts if your arms are over 6 ft long cause that is the closest focal point. cost over 60 bucks, not worth returning, shipping will cost as much to return. i was given this special offer *** NOTICE: This order qualifies for a FREE SHIPPING REBATE! *** Click Here, another kick in the——- would cost $11.00 month to join, and suppose to be free for first month, no rebate cheque yet, claim submitted 25/10/2013 Of course i cancelled before i was charged monthly charge. Also bought a set of knives a few yrs back, you know the ones, cut steel hammer and them skinned a tomato, hmm, mine has trouble cutting bread, maybe i was suppose to use it to cut steel first lol, in summary, the reason those products are only sold online or in TV ads is that no reputable store would stock such junk, So if the ad says, NOT SOL:D IN STORES, save your money, its not worth it.

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Tom Pinkerton December 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I purchased a set of Zoommies at WalMart, and they are not worth the cost. I will sell them for one third of the price that I paid, because they are a piece of junk. I paid less than $10.00, so I will sell them for $3.00. If I cant sell them I will through them in the garbage. In the Garbage is where they need to be any way..

The TV ad is false. I should have read these reviews before I purchased them

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Terry January 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Big rip off, Don’t buy, they do not work

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o.v. jones February 12, 2014 at 3:16 am

I’M SO GLAD THAT I READ THESE COMMENTS ABOUT THESE BINOCULARS. I WAS JUST FIXING TO GET SHOT TOO.

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