Best Night Vision Devices

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 17, 2019
Do you like outdoor activities? If so, we offer you to look through the review of the best five Night Vision Devices. Now, you can choose the most suitable one for your purpose and wallet. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Key Specs (magnification / lens diameter)
Viewing Range
Protection
Battery
Extras
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

A head mount kit is part of the package so you won't have to hold the device in your hands. The adjustable straps will help you adjoin the device in such a way that you will barely feel its presence.

CONS

Scratches seem to appear after a rather short amount of exploitation no matter how careful you are with the device.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a night vision device that will allow you to observe objects from a very long distance, this model is your best bet and will provide you a significant advantage during the night time.

detailed parameters
Type

Monocular

Key Specs (magnification / lens diameter)

1x24mm

Viewing Range

up to 160 yards

Protection

Weather-resistant construction

Battery

1 x "CR123A" battery (up to 30 hours without IR)

Extras

Head-mount kit included for hands-free operation

Weight

0.83 lb

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

Adjustable IR brightness provides an optimal visibility in different light conditions. Plus all the ports are hidden behind the protective cover, which is essential when using the device during rain or snow.

CONS

The buttons are too close to each other. 

OUR VERDICT
This multifunctional monocular combines excellent visibility and synchronization capabilities. It is suitable both for daytime and nighttime use.
detailed parameters
Type

Monocular with recording feature

Key Specs (magnification / lens diameter)

3x30mm / 4.5x40mm / 6x50mm

Viewing Range

Up to 167 / 250 / 333 yards

Protection

Weather-resistant construction

Battery

4 x "AA" batteries (up to 8 hours)

Extras

RCA video-out, Slot for microSD card (not included), Tripod mount, USB, Hand strap

Weight

0.94 / 1.38 / 1.69 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Widescreen display provides a comfortable view for two eyes at once - an important point in terms of comfort. Moreover, such a constructive decision will be especially useful for people wearing glasses.

CONS

Eats batteries quickly.

OUR VERDICT

This model will be ideal for long-term monitoring of any object in the evening and at night. Despite the relatively low cost, the binoculars are equipped with a powerful IR Sensor with a viewing range of up to 110 yards.

detailed parameters
Type

Binocular

Key Specs (magnification / lens diameter)

3x20mm

Viewing Range

Up to 110 yards

Protection

Weather-resistant construction

Battery

8 x "AA" batteries (up to 6 hours)

Extras

Widescreen display for both eyes

Weight

1.33 lbs

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

The memory card slot supports drives up to 32 GB, and the bundle already has a 4 GB card - this will easily be enough for several hours of video shooting and thousands of photos.

CONS

Low shooting resolution (640x480).

OUR VERDICT

This monocular with the possibility of photo and video recording will be extremely useful for bird watchers and people who are seriously interested in photo-hunting. With this productive model in your arsenal, you can capture rare species of animals and birds.

detailed parameters
Type

Monocular with recording feature

Key Specs (magnification / lens diameter)

~3x20mm

Viewing Range

Up to 110 yards

Protection

Weather-resistant construction

Battery

4 x "AA" batteries (up to 5 hours)

Extras

RCA video-out, Slot for microSD card (4 GB card included), Tripod mount, USB, Lanyard and storage pouch included

Weight

0.72 lb

Warranty

2 years

PROS
An item demonstrates outstanding night vision quality despite its small size. It is also well made and comfortable in usage.
CONS
From time to time, there can be some difficulties with the focusing.
OUR VERDICT
These excellent night vision binoculars can be effectively used in total darkness or dusk. So, they will be great for observing nature in the night.
detailed parameters
Type

Binocular

Key Specs (magnification / lens diameter)

2.5x40mm

Viewing Range

Up to 90 yards

Protection

Weather-resistant construction

Battery

2 x "AAA" batteries (up to 20 hours)

Extras

Tripod mount

Weight

1.06 lbs

Warranty

1 year

Yukon YK24025

Vision in the Night

A night vision device, despite seemingly being a very specific tool that allows you a more clear and comprehensive sight in near or absolute darkness, has gained quite a few fields of applications over the past years. While it was originally introduced during the time of World War 2 strictly with military-related purposes in mind, the technology has evolved greatly since then, leading to several iterations of night vision equipment with an increase in performance and a drop in pricing. Ergo, civilian population decided to implement these kinds of devices for their personal use in activities such as hunting, wildlife observation, driving or playing games designed to recreate military operations such as paintball or airsoft. No matter the kind of application you were looking for or whatever you had in mind when you decided to purchase a night vision device, this model from a Lithuanian company Yukon Advanced Optics is certainly the one you should pay close attention to.

Review of Yukon YK24025 Head Mount Kit Night Vision Monocular

A Clear Image

The Yukon YK24025 Night Vision Monocular incorporates the exciting element of hands-free night vision with the quality and value of a 1x24 monocular. This Yukon NVMT Night Vision Monocular Headgear is fashioned after military tested designs and provides hours of comfortable hands-free operation, perfect for high-tech Air Soft games, paintball, and hunting or observing the nature during the night. This model's monocular uses no magnification so that the users can see a clear image with no distortion or change in depth perception. The said monocular with its rather compact size is secured to the head gear by a mounting system that sits with ease on the front head strap thus allowing NVMT to be flipped up when not in use or flipped down when activated. The headgear is designed to be used with your right eye only and can not be interchanged for the left. This product also features a separately activated Pulse system IR illuminator that employs a pulsating infrared beam to enhance night vision capabilities. A detaching mechanism allows the monocular to be taken off the mount for hand-held use. Some of the additional accessories for this model include the NVMT IR Flashlight, Riflescope Conversion Kit, and Digital Camera Adapter.

Yukon YK24025 Head Mount Kit Night Vision Monocular in the use

A Commendable Acquisition

The Yukon YK24025 Night Vision Monocular will provide you a clear image of the objects from a very long distance. It features a weather resistant construction, a great focal range, and is also backed by Yukon's Limited Lifetime Warranty. That, along with a variety of useful additional characteristics, is what makes this product such an alluring choice for potential buyers.

Detailed review of Yukon YK24025 Head Mount Kit Night Vision Monocular

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Bushnell Equinox Z

Design and Construction

If you are looking for a device of superior quality, don't look any further! Bushnell Equinox night vision monocular stands out for its excellent viewing features. And in order to meet all the customers' needs, the manufacturer offers this night vision device in three different options: 30mm objective lens and a 3x magnification, 40mm objective lens and a 4.5x magnification, and the most powerful - 50mm objective lens and a 6x magnification. This night vision monocular boasts a rugged water-resistant housing that can be mounted on a tripod.
Review of Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular

Detection

This model has the highest detection level which, as stated by the manufacturer, is up to 333 yards. In addition to the optical zoom, this night vision device also has a digital zoom that can magnify every detail up to 18 times. Fantastic! We would like to stress that this model allows choosing one of three levels of brightness. So, all customers can set the most appropriate one according to different light conditions. To crown it all, Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular has a fantastic capability of saving photos and videos to a removable microSD card, the capacity of which can reach 2 Gb.
Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular in the use

Protection

The housing is made in compliance with the IPX4 technology that is widely known for its capability to withstand dust and moisture. So, this device is totally weatherproof. And for extra comfort, there are grooves and lines on edges to prevent the monocular from slipping from your grip. Despite being very powerful, this device is very energy efficient as it automatically turns off after 10 minutes of idling.
Detailed review of Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular

Battery

The night vision monocular uses 4 AA batteries for proper operation. We would like to emphasize that batteries are not included in a package but still AA battery is the most widespread model, which can be purchased at almost any store around the world (from the US to Nigeria and from Japan to the sizzling desert of Chile). In addition to such batteries, you can buy rechargeable batteries of the same size. So, all you have to do is just charge them from time to time. And the last but not the least, Bushnell monocular has a convenient indicator that displays the current battery level.
Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular application

Portability

Be ready to carry this item anywhere you want. The dimensions of 8.2x4.1x2.4 inches and the weight of only 0.94 pounds make this night vision device very portable, allowing you to place it even in a small travel bag or backpack. What's more, the monocular is equipped with a special port for a USB connection. Hence, synchronization with a PC is possible! And, if you prefer viewing photos and videos on a large TV screen, you are welcome to connect the device to it using RCA video input. Impressive, yeah?
Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular application

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Nightfox Widescreen Digital

Wide Vision

A problem that many people encounter when searching for the best night vision device is that a large amount of the ones available on the market are simply monocular devices. Although such devices can definitely be useful, there are times when people either prefer or even need a binocular device, something that allows vision through both eyes instead of just one. Furthermore, having one that provides a wide field of vision is definitely quite useful, especially considering that peripheral vision is always negatively affected when using such devices.

The Nightfox Widescreen Digital Night Vision Infrared Binocular gives users who require a binocular night vision device with a wide field of view exactly what they need. The widescreen display provides a comfortable view for two eyes at once, something that is an important point in terms of comfort. Moreover, this particular feature will be especially useful for people wearing glasses, something that is often neglected with most other night vision devices. This allows for a greater degree of flexibility in use than many of the competing models on the market.

Review of Nightfox Widescreen Digital Night Vision Infrared Binocular

Powerful Lens

Along with its widescreen display and wide field of vision, this night vision binocular has pretty good stats for a device of its type. This device supports a viewing range of up to 110 yards at night, thanks to its 3x fixed magnification along with a 2x digital zoom feature, giving you a total magnification of up to 6x. Those who need to view objects that are away in the distance in the evening or at night will find this to be the ideal model for such a purpose. Furthermore, you won't even have to constantly remove the device from your face while orienting yourself since you will have such a great field of vision. In fact, you'll probably find yourself looking for a solution to allow you to keep them more permanently over your eyes while freeing your hands.

Nightfox Widescreen Digital Night Vision Infrared Binocular in the use

Easy Operation

With all of the great features we have already listed about this device, we haven't yet mentioned what may be the best. This device is extremely easy to use, as its operation is quite straightforward and without complex controls. Furthermore, the device operates instantaneously, so you won't have to worry about any lag with whatever you are viewing. If this device has a downside, it would be that it eats through batteries pretty quickly. The device uses 6 AA batteries, which should last for 6 hours of operation, so just be sure to stock up on batteries if you need to use the device for extended periods. Outside of that, there are few other models that can match this one when it comes to features and performance.

Detailed review of Nightfox Widescreen Digital Night Vision Infrared Binocular

 

Solomark LCD-Screen

Night Recording

Many of the night vision devices that we have reviewed here are great devices for viewing objects and the environment in no light conditions, but few of them lend themselves to being able to film or photograph anything that is viewed. For those who have simple needs for a night vision device, this is fine, but there are plenty of others who require the ability to record what they are seeing, which makes those devices less than useful to them. Surely, there has to be one that allows you to record video and take photos, right?

Yes, there is. The Solomark LCD-Screen Night Vision Monocular gives you the ability to not only view objects at night, but also to record them. This night vision device includes a built-in camera that allows for video recording and photography of anything seen though the lens, letting you keep a visual record whatever it is you are viewing. The device comes with a 4 GB microSD card, giving you storage of your photos and videos right out of the box. For those who need more recording capacity, the device supports the use of microSD cards up to 32 GB in size. In short, there should be no need to worry about not having enough storage capacity for whatever photos or videos you need to record from the device.

Review of Solomark LCD-Screen Night Vision Monocular

Good Optics

This device includes good optical abilities to allow you to see everything in acceptable detail. Included is a built-in LCD screen with a resolution of 320x240, which may seem to be a low resolution at first, but you should find it to be more than good enough for your needs during practical use. The optics of the device allow for a 14-degree field of view, meaning you are not limited to an extremely narrow view out of the viewfinder. Unfortunately, the camera resolution is rather low, giving you only a 640 x 480 resolution to your videos and photos, but this same resolution should be fine for most use cases. Still, though, it would have been nice to have higher resolution support for those who need it.

Solomark LCD-Screen Night Vision Monocular in the use

Quite Affordable

With the features that this device offers, it is amazing that this also happens to be a very affordable night vision device, something that most people would be surprised to know exists. Night vision devices are generally not known for being extremely affordable devices, but the low price point of this model puts it in the range of both professional and hobbyist users. If you are looking for a good night vision device that has good optics and the ability to record whatever it is that you see, you will find this model to be an exceptional value.

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Bushnell 260401

Design and Construction

This sports night vision binoculars are known for an amazing design and enduring materials. The diopters are featured with pads of a quite soft rubber material - this makes a device quite suitable for a dynamic usage. This Bushnell NVD is light (about 480 gr) and feels good around the neck. Its lens (40 mm diameter and 165 mm length) provides hi-quality observation in a short and middle distances.
Review of Bushnell 260401 Night Vision Binocular, 2.5x 40mm

Detection

BUSHNELL night vision glasses show nice results in darkness as well as in dusk. This model can work by taking the light of any kind of room or using moonlight or starlight. 2.5x magnification helps you see things closer. A stationary infrared illuminator guarantees the long observing distance up to 90 yards (viewing range from 4 to 750 feet).
Bushnell 260401 Night Vision Binocular, 2.5x 40mm in the use

Protection

A device is quite useful in different extreme temperature conditions from 70 to 104 F. You can use Bushnell NVD even when it is raining because it is water resistant. But be attentive - it is not waterproof. So, do not submerge it anyway. So, if you want to have a great assistant in any weather conditions, this device will be perfect for you.
Detailed review of Bushnell 260401 Night Vision Binocular, 2.5x 40mm

Battery

This model from BUSHNELL LYNX series features long-lasting power from only two AAA batteries. You can buy them everywhere. Powered by them, this night vision equipment is able to run up to 20 hours with illuminated IR. And if you turn the IR off, the binoculars life extends up to 70 hours. This is considered to be a good rate.
Bushnell 260401 Night Vision Binocular, 2.5x 40mm application

Portability

Its quality optics enable you to use the device anywhere in the night. Item comes with the detailed guideline and comfortable carry case. The lens cloth is also attached. Furthermore, it comes with a mountable tripod with an optional adapter. Comfortable eyepiece will be an additional reason to look thoroughly at this great device - you hardly get tired even if you use it for few hours.
Bushnell 260401 Night Vision Binocular, 2.5x 40mm application

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What Is a Night Vision Device?

A night vision device (NVD), also known as NOD – is a night observation device, an optoelectronic device that enables you to see the objects in absolute darkness. The image produced is a monochrome, generally with shades of green or gray. It can be used for wildlife observation, hunting, law enforcement and even for military aims.

Those who use night vision devices for hunting should also get a red dot sight which will help you hit the target.

If you enjoy spending your spare time hunting or fishing, we recommend you to look through our sleeping bags and binoculars reviews.

What Features to Compare

Firstly, you have to decide where and how you are going to use it. What model suits you the best - binocular or monocular? Do you prefer a headgear or a wrist strap? Bigger or smaller lens diameter? In order to make the right choice, discover more about Design and Construction.

Detection is the second criterion you should pay attention to. We mean such important features as a visual field or a focus range. Besides, there are some other characteristics that present productivity.

Lens Protection is a really significant feature. It is one of the main features of the night vision scopes. As a rule, manufacturers take care of kicks, drops or frost protection.

Battery life plays the great role when you take NVD outside. You never know how much time your observation will take and if there is a chance for charging.

Portability is also very important. It is preferable to have a light Night Vision Device. Your observation may require more time and fewer moves. In some cases, small size and compact design can help you to hide it in a pocket or purse.

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