Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder Review

aculonNikon are a brand with a wonderful reputation in the world of visuals, lenses and optics, and their forays into the world of rangefinders have been pretty successful. While you may be more used to seeing their name on camera gear, this compact, high quality and well reviewed golf rangefinder proves that they can do the business in other areas too. While we focus on golfing here on the site, this product is also a superb option for hunting, and we talk more about that below.

Nikon describe themselves as the best in the world when it comes to optics, and while that depends on your opinion, they certainly have a reputation when it comes to these types of products, and as such, you don’t need to worry about the quality of the viewfinder and optics within the Aculon 8397, the quality is undeniable and you get a great feel for just how well made this product is as soon as you start to use it.


Perhaps the ‘USP’ of the Nikon rangefinder is how compact it is. Lets face it, on the golf course you’re carrying so much equipment around most of the time, anything you can do to reduce the load is welcome, and the Aculon certainly does this. Described as ‘palm-sized’ it is just 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.5 inches. This is really pretty small, and can fit within one of the pouches or compartments of your golf bag with ease and not weigh you down as you stroll around 18 holes!

In terms of visuals and tech specs, the rangefinder has an impressive 6x magnification and is designed with ‘coated optics’ – in layman’s terms, this means that light isn’t lost because of reflection and you get a clear view of what is out in front of you.

The use of the rangefinder is really simple, just the push of a button on the intuitive design gives you a clear view of the target and instant distance reading. The display is really simple and doesn’t clutter up your view as you’re looking to the target. Their technology includes the amazing ‘priority’ mode which looks beyond things like bushes and other obstructions which may be between you and your target, whether that’s the pin on your golf course or whatever you’re hunting (yes, the product is popular with hunters too and provides just as effective an experience here).

  • Choose between 1 meter or 1 yard Increments on the display
  • Coated Optics
  • 550 yard range
  • Simple LCD display providing clarity and simplicity
  • Long Eye Relief
  • Simple Operation using just one button
  • Compact, handheld size
  • Water Resistant so usable even when conditions aren’t the best
  • Comes with a case, strap and cleaning cloth

What Others Have Said

The reviews of the Nikon Aculon 8397 have been largely favorable among both golfers and hunters. The product provides a compact, easy to use and reliable option at a reasonable price tag. It isn’t cheap, but that is the nature of these products, and the use that you can get out of this product over a course of years means that the Aculon does represent value.

At the time of writing, the average rating of the product on Amazon’s review system is around 4.4/5 stars, which makes this one of the best reviewed products of its type available. People have been full of praise for how reliable and easy to use it is, but the main thing people seem to be talking about is accuracy. This product can really improve your performance by showing accurate readings helping you to understand the course you’re playing.


It is really hard to see a downside to this product, and though it will cost a bit of money to get your hands on it, it can definitely be worth it when it comes to improving your golf game or your hunting. The reviews of this product on amazon and elsewhere on the product are hugely positive which tell you everything you need to know about the Aculon. It is tournament legal according to our guide here, and although it doesn’t have the slope function of some of the more expensive products on the market, it offers everything most of us need. A top rangefinder from an exceptional brand in Nikon, which comes with our top recommendation.

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