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Steiner Releases H35 Nighthunter Handheld Thermal Monocular

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Durable and capable of producing crisp images on the darkest of nights, the Steiner H35 Nighthunter lives up to its name.

When it comes to optics, glass or imaging devices, Steiner knows their stuff. Familiar with making products that are tough and functional enough to be used by first-world militaries, Steiner Optics of Germany understands that those who purchase their gear expect it to work well and for a long time. Their H35 Nighthunter handheld thermal monocular is no different. Designed to withstand the utmost abuse in the field and still produce crisp and clear images in the darkest conditions, anyone who hunts in the night would appreciate what the H35 Nighthunter has to offer.

Good Software

When Steiner claims that the H35 Nighthunter has “Quantum Vision”, what they’re trying to say is that the device is powered by some very sophisticated software. The device’s 640×512 thermal sensor feeds into a high-resolution 1280×960 LCOS display. The H35’s ultra-fast computing and refresh rate allow the user to see clear images of moving targets with no lag, even in changing thermal conditions. The output is also customizable, with various choices of modes and color palettes. This means that unlike with lower-end thermal devices, the H35 Nighthunter can display smooth, real-time images while maintaining a high resolution output.

It’s powered by a long-lasting and rechargeable internal battery and can record and store videos with its 16 GB of built-in storage. The H35 Nighthunter can also be paired with the Steiner Connect app on a smartphone for an added level of control.

Good Hardware

Good software is worthless on a device like this in the field unless it is protected by some equally impressive hardware. Built to be military-tough, the H35 Nighthunter housing is made using Makrolon. This means that it’s water-resistant, shockproof and capable of operating in temperatures ranging from 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The optic is controlled by a few simple buttons on top that have been molded into the housing to protect against the elements. The buttons are used to power the device on and off, control the digital zoom and begin recording the display. The objective focus can also be manually adjusted.

For those in need of a rugged and capable thermal imaging device, the Steiner H35 Nighthunter should be a serious contender. It has an MSRP of $4,799 and is available now.

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