With Shot Show 2020 finally taking its place, many interesting new products have begun circulating on social media platforms. We visited Leica’s booth to see what intentions they have for the future. The answer is quite obvious – as one of the leaders of the sports optics industry, they strive to follow (and start) the trends in this field. Last year, they presented their first-ever device with Bluetooth connectivity, the CRF 2800.COM Rangemaster. It was only a question of time when this tempting feature would be implemented into a Geovid.
At their booth, we were eager to find out that our speculations were not far-fetched. Geovid has received another member of the family – the 3200.COM version.
The most notable upgrade from the previous version is, without a doubt, the Bluetooth connectivity. To benefit from this modern device, you have to download and install Leica’s free hunting application on your smartphone. We’ve used this app with the 2800.COM Rangemaster a few times – it is intuitive and simple to use. The users can enter the ballistic data of their ammunition into the app and then transfer it to the device. Geovid 3200.COM can display the correction needed in the form of a holdover or click adjustment. Make sure to keep the app fully updated.
The second upgrade is implied with the number in the device’s name. 3200 stands for 3200 yards (2900 m), which is the maximum distance that the device can measure. Keep in mind that the device can only measure such a distance to highly reflective targets in optimal weather conditions.
Long-range shooting enthusiasts will be excited to hear that you can pair this device with Kestrel Elite. Once connected via Bluetooth, values calculated by Kestrel Elite (Applied Ballistics software) are transferred to the Geovid 3200.COM.
In short, the 3200.COM models are HD-B models with added Bluetooth connectivity and improved measuring range.
Three models have been announced – 8×42, 10×42 and 8×56. They provide 130, 114, and 118 m of field of view respectively.
Leica made no changes to 3200.COM’s exterior – as this shape is well-accepted among rangefinder enthusiasts, we agree that it is best to stick with it. The slightly curved tubes – a feature that we can attribute to the use of the extraordinary Perger-Porro prisms – combined with an open bridge configuration make for an extremely appealing look. The mentioned prisms grant a generous light transmission rate, one that no other rangefinder binoculars in this industry can currently compete with. The eyepieces are excellent and can be set to many positions, allowing optimal eye relief setting. The interior is protected with a waterproof magnesium chassis, which isn’t too heavy nor too bulky. What I also like is that there are no bulbs on the bottom of the tubes, a feature commonly seen on LRF binoculars.
Like the previous models, the 3200.COM features Scan mode, a useful add-on for determining the distance to moving targets. It operates swiftly, providing readings every 0.3 seconds. It also displays the equivalent horizontal range (EHR), so you shouldn’t have too many difficulties utilizing a perfect inclined shot. Air pressure and temperature are also taken into account during range calculation. Keep in mind, though, that a distance no longer than 1200 yards (1100 meters) will be displayed when the EHR mode is on for the sake of an ethical hunt. The user can choose whether the readings are displayed in meters or yards. Distances under 200 yards (182 meters) are displayed in decimal numbers, which is an indicator of the new Geovid’s top-notch precision.
Leica uses only its best coatings on their flagship rangefinder binoculars. They apply the HDC® coating to the lenses to increase the light transmission rate and the AquaDura® coating on the lenses’ exterior to ensure that the surface remains clear of dirt and water. It also slightly protects against abrasion.
Like all the previous Geovids, the 3200.COM holds a CR2 battery which provides roughly 2000 measurements at 20 °C.
The LED-display automatically adapts to the environment, providing optimal brightness and minimal target coverage.
The legendary Geovid family has received quite a few upgrades over the years, but the recent update (Bluetooth connectivity option) is one of the most noteworthy ones. Once again, Leica sets a benchmark in the laser rangefinding binoculars industry. There is a slight increase in price (approx. 10 %) from the HD-B because of this handy new feature. Leica knows that it is important to keep in step with the times – Geovid remains one of the best-performing and up-to-date European rangefinding devices on the market.
Source and author: Andraž Gradišnik, www.optics-trade.eu