Any product can be used as a general purpose unit though the smaller compacts may be better suited to your needs. It's a hard area to suggest in a blog post, feel free to call us to talk about your requirements. Here are the best binoculars at 3 different prices that are great at many things, masters of none.
An affordable compact with no shortage of features. It's Center Focus & Open Hinge Design with a large focuser makes using them so simple. Being waterproof, it's not going to matter if they get wet when hiking or tramping and only weighing 305 g, it's like your carrying nothing. Comes in a 10x magnification pair as well.
This is not a small and light pair like the model above but gets a mention because of it's fast and quick focuser, getting you sharp on your subject right away, fantastic poly-carbonate makrolon armour and eyecups that don't degrade like those of a cheaper model. They are focusable down to 2m's, for great detail of subjects like flowers.