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Introducing Our Next Generation Digital Night Vision

Introducing Our Next Generation Digital Night Vision

Although considered a slightly controversial topic, digital night vision is undoubtedly a fantastic alternative to the otherwise expensive and restrictive world of analog night vision. Digital is affordable, effective, and can outperform image intensifier tubes in a number of different scenarios. Whatever your use-case might be, digital night vision is is the perfect solution for a huge number of activities including hiking, camping, airsoft, NERF, stargazing, and more.

Unfortunately, the current generation of digital night vision products have a lot of room for improvement. For starters, most forms of digital night vision are only available as magnified optics. While magnification can be useful in certain scenarios, most of our customers agree that a much broader field-of-view is preferable.

By contrast, analog devices like the PVS-14 (one of the most popular general purpose night vision monoculars of all time) do not offer any magnification at all. It's effectively a first person view/wide angle perspective that is very comparable to the natural field-of-view offered by the human eyes.

This wider field-of-view makes the device more enjoyable to use in the real world. Not everyone is going to be observing a boar from 100 yards away. Some of us just want to explore a tunnel, hike a dark trail, or play some airsoft. For these applications, a magnified optic is not useful. 

The second issue faced by digital night vision devices is delay. Because these are digital cameras which must process a live video feed, issues with synchronization between the eyes and the body's movement can often occur. In the world of virtual reality, this is precisely the issue that causes disorientation and motion sickness. The same is true in digital night vision devices.

Our newest product, called the IRIS, is designed to address both of these issues. This device will not include any form of magnification or zoom. It is a 1X zoom, wide angle lens that offers a 60 degree field-of-view. To put it in perspective, most digital night vision monoculars only offer a 10 degree field-of-view. This means that the IRIS is going to give you 6 times larger perspective.

Furthermore, we used specialized chips to lower the image processing time to the point where it is almost imperceptible. Based on our testing, the processing lag is less than 10 milliseconds which means the IRIS can be used for helmet-mounted/head-mounted applications with zero issues.

Last but not least, the IRIS also features a newer 940nm infrared illuminator which has a more stealthy light signature than what you may be used to. Under the hood, 940nm will be just as noticeable as 850nm. But to the naked eye, 940nm is entirely invisible which makes it appear quite a bit more professional.

All in all, the IRIS was modeled specifically after the PSV-14. We firmly believe it is one of the most practical and most thoughtfully designed night vision monoculars currently on the market.

If you would like to learn more, please click here.

NOTE: If you have purchased a digital night vision monocular from us before, and were not happy with the performance, you are eligible to buy the IRIS from us at a significant discount. Simply contact us via e-mail with your order details and we will arrange the rest.


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