There are a lot of affordable night vision products on the market today that are pretty good. Unlike traditional expensive intensifier tube or thermal night vision products that are expensive to manufacture, digital night vision is a commodity based product. The primary components of digital night vision are not proprietary at all. Digital night vision is based on standard components:
- IR camera board
- IR camera board lens
- LCD display
Night vision scope manufacturers do not make these components, they purchase them and integrate them into branded products.
Digital night vision scopes can easily see 100 to 150+ yards in the dark. Even the low end is enough for most hog or coyote hunters.
Digital Crosshairs 1000 is a $600 night vision clip-on product that uses 1000 TVL (television lines) resolution board cameras, quality lenses, and a large 4.3″ LCD targeting system instead of the mini display used by traditional industry leaders. Unlike other clip-on systems, Digital Crosshairs clips onto the eye piece of the scope and takes advantage of the optics. The better the scope, the better the results.
Traditional clip-ons mount to the front of the scope and just use the scope’s optics as a magnifier for the micro display on the end of the clip-on. A quality scope in that case really adds no value like it does with Digital Crosshairs 1000.