Best Night Vision Goggles

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 8, 2020
Night vision goggles let you view moving objects at night with almost daytime clarity. The best night vision goggles also provide considerable magnification and push the available viewing range ~1000 feet. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Key Specs (Magnification / Lens Diameter)
Viewing Range
Protection
Battery
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

With the viewing range reaching 1300 feet, the binoculars enable wildlife on a distance that matches spotting multiple football stadiums. Using no-glow IR illuminators, the model lets you observe animals at night with nonexistent ambient light. The focus is smooth.

CONS

The clips from the neck strap to the binocs are metal and can clang a bit.

OUR VERDICT

Hunting, spying, conducting surveillance, and more, there's very little the Creative XP GlassOwl Pro cannot do. Setting the goggles aside, the package is also pretty sweet, with the included 32GB SD card enabling comfortable storage and cleaning cloth making maintenance hassle-free.

detailed parameters
Type

Binoculars

Key Specs (Magnification / Lens Diameter)

2X digital zoom (3.5 - 7X optical zoom), 31-mm objective

Viewing Range

1300 feet

Protection

Rugged housing, water-resistant

Battery

8 x AA batteries (not included), up to 8 hours battery life

Extras

Protective case, phone card reader, neck strap, 32GB SD card, cleaning cloth, USB cable included 

Warranty

Lifetime

PROS

The IP56 housing protects the binocs from limited dust ingress as well as high-pressure jets blasting water from any direction. The model is tripod-mountable. The multi-coated optics provide increased light transmission and decreased glare.

CONS

Switching the buttons between views (zoom or increasing night vision) is a little inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

The JStoon JS-03 enables reconnaissance, surveillance, nighttime navigation, as well as bird watching, night fishing, and night hunting. The binoculars will even let you take great landscape photos, with the IR illuminators offering excellent nighttime clarity.

detailed parameters
Type

Binoculars

Key Specs (Magnification / Lens Diameter)

3X magnification, 25-mm objective lens

Viewing Range

984 feet

Protection

IP56 water resistance

Battery

6 x AA batteries (not included), up to 6 hours battery life 

Extras

32GB card included, tripod mountable (1 tripod jack), neck strapped

Warranty

100% refund

PROS

The model weighs less than 18 ounces with batteries inside. The protective casing is rubberized, enabling safe transportation. The buttons are large so that you can find them at night or press with gloves with relative ease. Also, there are dedicated screen brightness buttons. 

CONS

The UI looks and feels dated.

OUR VERDICT

The 1.5-watt infrared beam that the Nightfox 110R wields will enable uncompromised nighttime viewing and hunting. Besides viewing, the binoculars will also let you record what you observe, switching between the fixed 7X optical zoom and the optional 2X digital zoom.

detailed parameters
Type

Binoculars

Key Specs (Magnification / Lens Diameter)

7X optical zoom (fixed) and 2X digital zoom (optional), 20-mm objective aperture 

Viewing Range

390 feet

Protection

Protective rubber casing 

Battery

4 x AA batteries (not included), up to 5 hours battery life 

Extras

Slot for Micro SD cards up to 32GB (not included), neck strap, case

Warranty

18 months

PROS

These night vision goggles stretch the battery life 10 hours during the day and ~6 hours at night. The model displays the current battery status, so you won't go camping only to find out that the batteries are dead. 

CONS

There can be gaps on the sides depending on the person using the binoculars. 

OUR VERDICT

Covering over 1300 feet, the Hike Crew HIKMINC60 allow you to observe wildlife from the parking lot, so you can enjoy the view without putting yourself in harm's way. You can use the provided tripod for taking landscape photos or, when you're alone on the bleachers, watching sports events.

detailed parameters
Type

Binoculars

Key Specs (Magnification / Lens Diameter)

2X digital zoom

Viewing Range

1312 feet

Protection

Protective rubber casing

Battery

6 x AA batteries (not included), up to 10 hours battery life 

Extras

Carry strap, protective zipper pouch, tripod thread included 

Warranty

1-year limited 

PROS

The goggles enable 12X magnification. Measuring 15 millimeters, the eyepieces are above-average. Along with the model's long eye relief, these binocs will be able to accommodate bespectacled users. The viewing angle pushes 7.5 degrees, giving you a wide view.

CONS

The viewing range is not great. 

OUR VERDICT

Coming at ~35 bucks, the Occer 888635 are the cheapest night vision goggles that are not worthless. They're made from sturdy plastic. The specs are acceptable (other than the viewing range). At 4 x 4.4 x 1.9 inches and 7.2 ounces, the binoculars are pocket-sized and lightweight.

detailed parameters
Type

Binoculars

Key Specs (Magnification / Lens Diameter)

12X magnification, 25-mm objective lens

Viewing Range

273 feet

Protection

Life waterproof, rubber armor housing 

Battery

No batteries needed

Extras

Carry bag, glass cleaning cloth, skidproof rope included 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

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CREATIVE XP GLASSOWL PRO

No-Glow Illuminators

Where night vision binoculars are concerned, ticking every box is almost impossible. Too many intangibles, too many specs, too many elements that can go wrong. Still, the Creative XP GlassOwl Pro comes pretty close. The clips from the neck strap to the binocs are metal and can clang a bit. Ignoring this little mistake, this is one powerful device.

Its viewing range reaches 1300 feet, so you'll be able to spot wildlife a few football stadiums away from you. With its no-glow IR illuminators, this device lets you view animals in pitch dark with no ambient light at all. The focus is smooth, which means that capturing crisp photos will present no challenge. The same thing can be said about the 31-millimeter objective fully coated with multiple coating layers. Using this objective, the goggles bring exceptional charity.

While the device is already impressive, the package further sweetens the pot. To go with the above-mentioned neck strap, they ship you a protective case, phone card reader, 32GB SD card, cleaning cloth, and a USB cable. Thanks to these accessories (as well as the binoculars being as capable as they are), you'll be able to hunt (including coyotes and feral hogs), spy, conduct surveillance, or observe the wildlife at night.

Review of CREATIVE XP GLASSOWL PRO Digital Night Vision Goggles/Binoculars for Complete Darkness

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JStoon JS-03

Tripod-Mountable

The JStoon JS-03 takes that next step forward that most night vision goggles cannot quite take. With its 2.31-inch TFT screen that you can into a 3-inch viewing screen using the convex lens, the model gives you a large and dynamic image.

Even during nighttime, thanks to the IR illuminators measuring 850 nanometers, you can observe the target with excellent clarity. To add more, the binocs let you choose between 7 IR gears, so you can adjust the output depending on the light conditions. That being said, switching the buttons between views (zoom or night vision adjustment) is a little inconvenient but. What's not inconvenient at all is the IP56 housing, protecting the goggles from limited dust ingress and even from high-pressure jets from all directions.

Sometimes, holding the binoculars is not an option or, at the very least, is uncomfortable. This model understands that, with the tripod jack letting you mount the binocs onto a tripod. Naturally, these are not some cheap goggles, so the optics are multi-coated, increasing light transmission as well as decreasing glare.

Without discussing its more boring attributes, the JStoon JS-03 will enable night hunting, night fishing, bird watching, night navigation, and more. The goggles will also allow you to take landscape photos as well as tackle reconnaissance, security and surveillance, and search and rescue missions.

Review of JStoon JS-03 Night Vision Goggles/Binoculars (with 32 GB Memory Card)

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Nightfox 110R

The Devil That's in the Details

The Nightfox 110R sits in the middle, not quite competing with premium models but also not hanging with value-oriented binoculars. There are two problems we have with this device that prevent it from reaching the premium segment.

First, the viewing range caps at 390 feet, which is not terrible but, even at this economical price point, there are multiple models offering more. Second, while the tech inside is quite sophisticated, the UI looks and feels dated, borrowing inspiration from the last decade's trends more than from current tendencies. On the upside, the device works on just 4 AA batteries, whereas most night vision goggles cannot do without at least 6.

With this product, the optical devil is in the details. These details include the protective casing. Rubberized, the casing ensures safe travels. They also include the large buttons that you can easily find at night or press while wearing gloves. Plus, with dedicated screen brightness buttons, you can adjust the brightness level without sifting through the clunky UI that we've mentioned before.

Regarding performance, we can discuss the fixed 7X optical zoom or the optional 2X digital zoom but these features are not new to the Nightfox night vision goggles line.

In short, as long as you're fine with its limited viewing range, siding with the Nightfox 110R makes a great deal of sense.

Review of Nightfox 110R Night Vision Goggles/Binoculars

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Hike Crew (HIKMINC60)

Over 1300 Feet

You can run but you cannot hide from the Hike Crew HIKMINC60. Stretching the viewing range above 1300 feet, these night vision goggles enable safe wildlife spotting since you can observe the animals from the parking lot without putting yourself in harm's way. Setting the tremendous viewing range aside, these binoculars stack up about average, which is nothing to sneeze at considering that the price is well below average.

Sure, there can be gaps on the sides depending on the person using the binoculars. And, yes, the digital zoom caps at 2X. Nevertheless, with the manual focus wheel and adjustable backlighting, the model still offers top-notch long-distance viewing.

Barring the integrated backlighting, the part that we appreciate the most is the goggles displaying the current battery status, so you'll know when the required 6 AA batteries will demand replacement. What will not demand replacement, however, is the tripod stand that's shipped with the binocs. Using this stand, you can take landscape photos, watch sports events, and more.

Assuming the viewing range is what matters the most to you, there are not too many nighttime goggles that will suit you more than the Hike Crew HIKMINC60. Plus, they're energy-efficient, drawing up to 10 hours of continuous use from 6 AA batteries.

Review of Hike Crew (HIKMINC60) Digital Night Vision Goggles/Binoculars

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Occer (888635)

One-Handed Use

The Occer 888635 cost less than 40 bucks. Since even ~200 bucks is still considered medium-priced as far as night vision goggles go, this is not even budget, this is dirt-cheap. Needless to say, these binoculars cannot quite compete with products that cost 5+ times more than them. But, relative to the price tag, they're respectable goggles.

First off, the model is compact and lightweight, measuring just 4. x 4.4 x 1.9 inches and 7.2 ounces respectively. With these dimensions, you can easily use these binocs with one hand.

The specs are not terrible either, with the eyepieces reaching 15 millimeters and the objective lens 25 millimeters. The viewing range, not even approaching 300 feet, is not great. On the plus side, between the large eyepieces and the long eye relief, even bespectacled individuals can use these binoculars with relative comfort.

Examining the package, the carry bag is alright and the glass cleaning cloth should enable hassle-free maintenance but the best part is the skidproof rope making transportation a little more convenient. In conclusion, the people that need something pocket-sized and affordable for casual semi-long-distance viewing will not go wrong with the Occer 888635. Also, considering the low weight, kids will love these binocs as well.

Review of Occer (888635) Compact Binoculars with Low Light Night Vision

 

What Are Night Vision Goggles?

Security, surveillance, reconnaissance, birding, night fishing and hunting, camping, hiking, watching sports, general nighttime navigation, there are practically countless activities that can seldom be carried out without night vision goggles. Using infrared beams, these goggles provide sufficient clarity in low-light conditions. Apart from that, they're basically glorified binoculars, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The more expensive models can provide a viewing range around or even above 1000 feet, so you can observe the wild without compromising safety. Even the cheapest night vision binoculars incorporate digital zoom and/or magnification, so these models can even compete with military-grade/tactical optics. Since most people use these binocs for hunting, they're usually crafted from high-strength plastic, adopting a housing that's not just rugged but also fine dust, with an occasional splash, or even temporary submersion at times.

To go with the binoculars that we've gathered and reviewed on this list (or the more expensive Swarovski binoculars), the hunters and shooters that mean business will also benefit tremendously from these Vortex scopes.

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Publish Date: 2020-10-08 07:00:39