Until a few years ago, thermal vision was available at an inaccessible price for most. Hikvision, one of the biggest manufacturers of thermal imaging devices around the world, recently launched a device that has opened the world of thermal vision to a broader audience. Even though several affordable thermal devices have been introduced in the last few years, none of them can compare with the all-new Hikvision OWL-6 monoculars by price.
Why are the OWL-6 monoculars so interesting? The first reason is the price, set at around 550 €. Currently, it is the most affordable device of this type on the market. One would expect rather poor performance for this price, but this is not the case. The image is fluent, without delay – the device boasts a 50 Hz refresh rate. At 1x magnification, the image is clear with a wide field of view. The user can choose among 4 colour modes. Set the diopter with the wheel next to the ocular and the appropriate brightness and contrast value in the menu. The heat can be detected up to approx. 500 m, whereas the observed animal can be identified up to 70 m away.
It is almost impossible to expect multimedia capabilities for this price. Hikvision has proven otherwise. With OWL-6 monoculars you capture images and record videos. For an even better user experience, install the T-Vision app on your smartphone. It allows you to capture images, record videos, and manipulate with some other functions of the device via the mobile phone. You can download the images and videos to the computer with a USB-cable.
One of the better functions is the ‘Hot Spot Mark’ – when turned on, a ‘+’ shaped mark appears on the image, pointing at an object with the highest temperature. Thermal imaging is great for detection as it is, but the Hot Spot Mark function will further simplify the procedure.
Owl-6 monoculars are incredibly compact, measuring around 15 cm in length. You will not have trouble finding a suitable spot for the device in your backpack. It might even fit in your pocket.
Thermal vision opens a whole new world for hunters. The landscape, moonlit, and seemingly tranquil, proves to be extremely lively when observed through a thermal device. The animals are reluctant to leave the shelter of the forest during the day. When the night falls, even the brightest binoculars are not of much help. In such situations, thermal imaging devices are an indispensable piece of equipment.