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Nikon COOLSHOT

Nikon COOLSHOT

Score

82

Grade

B-

Available during their laser rangefinder relationship with Callaway (branded as the Callaway RAZR), Nikon rolls on selling the COOLSHOT rangefinder on its own with slightly different white and blue design.

The Nikon COOLSHOT is marketed as the smallest and lightest Nikon rangefinder, at 4.4″ x 2.8″ x 1.6″ and weighed by Nikon at 165g excluding battery. The device has the “First Target Priority” of previous Nikon rangefinders, seeking the nearest object in its line of sight, and can perform panning for up to 8 seconds. There is solid 6x magnification, distances shown in increments of 0.5 yards to 600 yards, and LED illumination for easier viewing in dark conditions. The COOLSHOT is waterproof to 1 meter for 10 minutes, and houses one CR2 battery in a water resistant chamber. To conserve battery life, the rangefinder powers off after 8 seconds.

Nikon COOLSHOT
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Note that the COOLSHOT was introduced at a price point quite a bit less than the original RAZR, which retailed at $349.95. So if you don’t have a need (or desire) for slope-adjusted distances (either because you play competitive tournaments or not), and like the idea of saving $70, you’ll want to consider the COOLSHOT.

Retail price: $279.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the NIKON COOLSHOT 20
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