Nikon Introduces New Laser Rangefinder "Forestry 550"

September 24, 2008

Nikon Vision Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, is pleased to announce the release of the Forestry 550, a laser rangefinder with angle compensation technology optimized for forestry use.

Ever since the release of the first model in 1999, Nikon laser rangefinders have been well received by a wide variety of users. Designed mainly for forestry use, the Forestry 550 has been developed to meet demand for angle compensated distance measurement. The built-in inclinometer provides easy readings of a tree-height, vertical separation (the difference in height between two targets), horizontal distance and angle in addition to actual distance. Measurement results are displayed on both internal and external LCD panels.

Internal display

  • 1.Actual (linear) Distance
  • 2.Horizontal Distance
  • 3.Height
  • 4.Angle
  • 5.Height between two points
  • 6.First Target Priority mode
  • 7.Distant Target Priority mode
  • 8.Battery condition
  • 9.Distance
  • 10.Unit of measure (m/yd.)
    (no unit displayed for ft.)
  • 11.Target mark
  • 12.Laser irradiation

External display

  • 1.Measurement unit (m/yd./ft.)
  • 2.Height
  • 3.Actual (linear) Distance
  • 4.Horizontal Distance
  • 5.Angle (°)

Measurement example (2-point height measurement)

When the measurement is successful, you see the height from the base to the top displayed on the internal LCD with Hgt + Hgt2 (solid).
For more information, refer to the external LCD.

"base" and "top" can be switched.

Key Features

Nikon Laser Rangefinder Forestry 550 Specifications


Forestry 550
Measurement range Distance: 10-500 m/11-550 yd./33-999 ft.(*999 ft.: 304.5 m/333 yd.)
Angle: ±89°
Distance display [Internal Display]
Act (Actual Distance):
every 0.5 m/yd., 1.0 ft. (less than 100 m/yd./ft.)
every 1.0 m/yd., 1.0 ft. (more than 100 m/yd./ft.)
Hor (Horizontal Distance) and Hgt (Height):
every 0.2 m/yd., 0.5 ft. (less than 100 m/yd./ft.)
every 1.0 m/yd., 1.0 ft. (more than 100 m/yd./ft.)
Ang (Angle):
every 0.1°(less than 10°)
every 1.0°(more than 10°)
  • *Downward angle from the horizontal line: with display "-"
[External Display]
Act (Actual Distance): every 0.5 m/yd., 1.0 ft.
Hor (Horizontal Distance) and Hgt (Height): every 0.2 m/yd., 0.5 ft.
Ang (Angle): every 0.1°
Finder Magnification (x) 6
Effective objective diameter (mm) 21
Actual field of view (º) 6.0
Exit pupil (mm) 3.5
Eye relief (mm) 18.2
Dimensions (L x H x W) (mm) 130x69x45
Weight (g) 210
Power source CD2 lithium battery x 1 (DC3V)
Auto power shutoff function equipped (after 30 sec.)
Safety and EMC VCCI class B, Class 1M laser product (IEC60825-1:2001),
Class 1 laser product (21CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11) CE,
EMC directive, Fcc Part15 subpart B Class B, c-tick, WEEE

The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.