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The Differences Between Thermal Imaging and Night Vision

Date of issue: 2024-05-24 Views: 421

Thermal imaging and night vision are two technologies that enable people to see in low-light conditions.Both thermal imaging and night vision devices have been widely used in a variety of applications, from firefighting and law enforcement to hunting and camping, and many more. Although they seem to serve the same purpose, night vision and thermal imaging technology are entirely different in how they operate and when they are useful. 


What is Thermal Imaging

Many people are curious about what is thermal imaging and how does thermal imaging work. Thermal imaging is a technology that detects the heat signature emitted by objects and living beings to create an image. It uses a thermal sensor to capture the infrared radiation emitted by these heat sources and convert it into a visible image. This allows users to see heat signatures regardless of lighting conditions and to visualize targets based on their thermal contrast with the background.


How Does Night Vision Work

Night vision technology relies on the amplification of ambient light, such as moonlight or starlight, to improve visibility. It uses an image intensifier tube to convert light photons into electrons, amplify them and then convert them back into visible light. This process allows users to see clearly in low-light conditions, providing a green-tinted image of the surroundings.


Is Thermal Imaging Better Than Night Vision

The key difference between the two technologies is how they detect and visualize targets. Night vision relies on ambient light, making it effective in low-light conditions but ineffective in total darkness. Thermal imaging, on the other hand, detects heat signatures, making it ideal for use in total darkness or in situations where visibility is obscured by fog, smoke or other environmental factors.


Advantages of Thermal Imaging for Hunters

Enhanced Detection: Thermal imaging allows hunters to detect animals based on their body heat, even in complete darkness or adverse weather conditions.

Improved Target Identification: With thermal imaging, hunters can easily differentiate between animals and their surroundings, reducing the risk of misidentification.

Extended Range: Thermal imaging devices offer a longer detection range compared to traditional night vision, enabling hunters to spot targets from greater distances.


The Best Thermal Imaging Monocular from ThermTec


ThermTec Wild series, the new generation intelligent thermal imaging monocular, is a line of compact handheld monoculars designed for various outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, surveillance, and wildlife observation. These devices utilize thermal imaging technology to detect infrared radiation emitted by objects and create a thermal image, allowing users to see in complete darkness or low-light conditions.

High-Resolution Imaging:
The Wild series is equipped with a highly sensitive thermal imaging sensor of NETD≤18mK, ensuring clear and detailed visuals of targets.

LRF Boost: The compact laser rangefinder in combination with AI ranging realizes LRF boost technology. It achieves multi-target ranging of the highest precision, with optimum ranging performance in various scenarios.


One Hand Operation: The ergonomic design of finger wheel focusing and joystick control is perfect for one-handed operation. It offers comfortable operation experience for both left-handed and right-handed users.


Self-learning Image Correction: AI technology carried by the Wild equips the device self-learning and adapting capabilities. Constant deep learning from every image correction in different scenes can optimize the image correction algorithm, and prolong the image stability in varied scenes.


Long Battery Life: A high-capacity battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous operation on a single charge. It can be charged on device, or removed and replaced with a new one in seconds, which gives the freedom to use as long as needed.



About ThermTec


ThermTec Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality thermal imaging devices specifically designed for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts. Our brand is dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology and superior performance in thermal imaging devices, enabling hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to be well-equipped to explore the natural world, navigate challenging conditions, and make the most of their experiences.