It has not been long since Hikvision entered the field of thermal clip-ons and riflescopes, but they are already competitive, proving that their knowledge of thermal technology is substantial. They have made impressive progress in a relatively short amount of time, releasing new products regularly. In a desire to separate the products designed for hunting and shooting from their other gadgets, they have created a new brand within the company Hikvision – Hikmicro. Recently, they launched a new riflescope and clip-on within their TQ series.
With more companies entering the thermal market each year, the ones with the focus on thermal devices must invest in research and development if they wish to be in the front. With the new TQ Thunder devices, they did just that.
The first thing that attracted our attention was the sensor resolution of 640 x 512 pixels – only the best thermal devices in the field of sports optics are equipped with a sensor so sophisticated. With an NETD of < 35 mK, the user can detect minimal temperature differences while observing, which is especially useful in rain or fog. The combination of the sensor and quality 1024 x 768 OLED display ensures impressive detail recognition. The user can choose from four colour modes on both devices:
- Black hot
- White hot
- Red hot
With the characteristics above, the TQ50 competes against other popular thermal riflescopes such as Pulsar Thermion XP50 and ATN Thor 4, while the ‘c’ version takes a position among other flagship thermal clip-ons such as Pulsar Krypton FXG50, Infiray CH50, and Leica Calonox Sight.
Both TQ50 and TQ50c are powered by two CR123A batteries which last up to four hours. You can:
- capture images
- record videos
- connect these devices to a smartphone app.
The capacity of the built-in memory is 16 GB. TQ50 has a base magnification of 2.6x, while TQ50c has a 1x magnification (you set the magnification with the riflescope that the ‘c’ model is fixed to).
These devices share some other important features that are listed in the table below.
|Working temperature||-20°C to 55°C|
|Vibration & shock||750 g / 1 ms|
|Calibration||Auto, Manual, External Correction|
|Observation distance||Max. 2500 m|
The scope version is already available, while the clip-on model is going to hit the shelves in September. Both are covered with a 3-year warranty.
If you are into sophisticated, high-quality thermal devices, you probably already have the Hikmicro brand on your radar. Both thunder TQ50 models are exceptional and worth a look, but you will have to dig deep in your pocket to get one (the riflescope costs around 4400 € while the price for the clip-on has not yet been revealed) – nothing unusual for a device with such impressive optical characteristics. In the future, we would love to see the riflescope model available with an integrated laser rangefinder.