Best thermal imagers on the market

Thermal imagers continue to grow in popularity – here we have some of the best heat-seeking optics on the market.

Pulsar Helion 2 XP50

Pulsar Helion 2 XP50

The new Pulsar Helion XP50 monocular builds upon their past success to provide even more detailed thermal imagery. It features the same look and feel as the previous XP50, but now comes with unprecedented sensitivity due to a new SUB 40MK NET-D thermal sensor which provides 640×480 resolution.

The updated thermal imager provides a crisp heat signature, with enhanced recognition and a detection range up to 1.8km. With the latest wi-fi and integrated video recording technology, the Helion 2 XP50 thermal camera provides stellar performance, with a 2.5x to 20x magnification.

RRP £3,399.95
Thomas Jacks
01789 264100
thomasjacks.co.uk

Pulsar Axion Key XM30

Pulsar Axion Key XM30

One of Pulsar’s smallest thermal imaging monoculars, it is compact and robust, with a magnesium alloy shell. The XM30 has a 12µm thermal sensor with 320×240 pixel resolution, a detection range of 1200m, and a magnification of 2.4-9.6x.

It also features a 960×720 LCOS display, and has a 50Hz frame rate, stadiametric rangefinder, picture-in-picture mode, and multiple colour palettes, powered by a B-Pack Mini power system.

SRP £1,159.95
Scott Country International
01556 503 587
scottcountry.co.uk

Pulsar Trail 2 LRF Series 

Pulsar Trail 2 LRF Series 

The Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XQ50 (pictured) and XP50 thermal riflescopes boast a powerful 384×284 17µm <40mK NET-D thermal sensor, ‘Image Boost’ technology and a HD AMOLED display.

The Trail 2 LRF Series excels – even in difficult weather – with a detection range of up to 1,800m, a built-in 1,000m laser rangefinder, and improved magnification of up to 16x.

Trail 2 LRF XQ50 SRP £3,589.95
Trail 2 LRF XP50 SRP £4,879.95 
Thomas Jacks
01789 264 100
thomasjacks.co.uk

Zeiss DTI 3/35

Zeiss DTI 3/35

This is the first thermal imaging camera Zeiss has developed for the hunting market. The ambition is to be able to clearly identify prey, even in poor light. Thoughtfully, the camera zooms in extremely fine increments, and the buttons are easily used with gloves.

Images can be live streamed via the ZEISS hunting app. With a battery life of seven hours, this may find its way into several backpacks this autumn.

RRP from £2,650
Zeiss
01223 401 525
zeiss.co.uk

ATN Mars LT

ATN Mars LT

The Mars LT is the lightest thermal scope in the ATN Mars line.

The Obsidian Core provides a 1280×720 HD display with multiple pattern reticles. Expect more than 10 hours of battery life, and the one-shot zero lets you move the zero reticle to your first point of impact without burning through ammo.

It is designed to look like a glass optic, and has recoil resistance to withstand the pressures of high-calibre rifles.

RRP from £1,722.99
Highland Outdoors
03450 990 252
highlandoutdoors.co.uk

LTO Tracker HD

LTO Tracker HD

Compact and light enough to take on even the farthest backcountry hunt, an LTO-Tracker HD shows up the heat signature of game, blood trails and more – day or night.

It’s a different kind of thermal unit with its own purpose; nevertheless, the second-generation thermal sensor is powerful enough to detect heat out to 750 yards (780m). With a predetermined reticle and up to 6x digital zoom, the LTO Thermal tracker is a handy accessory.

SRP £1,250
Viking Arms
01423 780 810
vikingshoot.com

HIK Vision Vulkan 15mm 35mK Smart Thermal Monocular

HIK Vision Vulkan 15mm 35mK Smart Thermal Monocular

The HIK Vision Vulkan 15mm delivers a high-quality thermal image and packs a host of features normally reserved for high-end thermal spotters.

With a 17µm thermal sensor rated at 35mK NET-D, this is one of the most advanced sensors available. Combine this with the HIK software that processes the on-screen image, and you have a package that performs well above its price point.

RRP £999
Elite Optical Distribution
01803 658 369
eliteoptical.co.uk

Seek Thermal Compact Pro

Seek Thermal Compact Pro

The Seek Thermal Compact Pro is designed to plug in to most smartphones, converting them into a handheld thermal imaging device.

Coupled with the free Seek Thermal app, it brings thermal imagery to a whole new platform – and with a 32-degree field of view and operation down to -40 degrees C, it’s not shy of performance either.

It has a man-sized detection range of 550 metres, though for foxing you’ll want to keep things at closer quarters. 

The Compact Pro works with a wide variety of smartphones (iOS and Android) and is easy to operate with the free to download app. 

RRP £479.95
Scott Country International
01556 503 587
scottcountry.co.uk

FLIR breach ptq136

FLIR breach ptq136

The FLIR Breach monocular is built for the rigours of tactical use, but is equally at home for wildlife and security applications, allowing you to spot the heat of animals in total darkness. 

The HD display features FLIR’s boson core and pairs a 12µm high perfomance sensor with a 1280×960 image.

With its compact design and weighing only 210 grams, the Breach can be used handheld or as an attachment. Additional features include integrated video recording and seven colour palettes. 

SRP £2,344.00 
Scott Country International
01556 503 587
scottcountry.co.uk

Saim SCT35

Saim SCT35

InfiRay products are gaining a reputation as some of the most ergonomic and reliable thermal scopes around, and the SCT35 takes this to the next level.

Featuring a new 12µm sensor, paired with Matrix III image processing, this needs to be seen to be believed. Pixelation on digital zoom is almost eliminated, and targets that other scopes show as blurs can be easily identified.

It also features wi-fi and recording capabilities, and an ultraclear mode especially designed for bad weather.

RRP £2,595.50
Optical Solutions (InfiRay)
01790 751 040
opticalsolutions.uk

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