New Thermal Devices for Hunting – Leica Calonox

    Leica Calonox

    The market for thermal imaging seems to be growing and growing, and for the first time, we can show the new products from Leica Sport Optics. Their brand new line is called Leica Calonox. There will be two versions released towards the end of this year. One version is for observation and one will have the possibility to be used as a sight, mounted on your rifle.

    In Leica Optics’ words:

    Leica Sport Optics (Wetzlar) is presenting for the first time a thermal imaging device especially for hunters: the Leica Calonox.

    For market launch in late summer 2020 the Leica Calonox will be available in two versions: As a pure observation device – Leica Calonox “View” – and as an header device for mounting in conjunction with a riflescope – Leica Calonox “Sight”.

    Similar in design to conventional digital cameras, thermal imaging cameras detect infrared radiation as a heat signature that is not visible to the human eye.

    With the new Leica Calonox thermal imaging cameras, the terrain can be searched for huntable or downed game in the dark or in difficult light conditions. The Leica Calonox models offer a large field of view with a high detection range and high-contrast imaging.

    Thanks to their large sensor and high-resolution OLED display, both optics offer the highest quality observation. The ingenious design of the Leica Calonox models revolutionizes the thermal imaging market. The functional elements are extremely ergonomic and easy to manipulate. In addition, operation with just three buttons is intuitive, user-friendly and efficient.


    Leica Calonox: As an observation device and attachment

    The Leica Calonox “Sight” mounted device can only be used in conjunction with a conventional riflescope, as a clip-on, and is therefore equipped with 1x magnification.

    The Leica Calonox “View” offers a high recognition range, while the wide field of view is ideal for close-up work thanks to the large sensor (640×480 pixels) at 2.5x basic optical magnification. Both models have a 42 mm lens and are extremely light at around 500 grams. A permanently installed rechargeable battery with a minimum operating time of 6 hours serves as the power supply.

    The advantages at a glance

    – Excellent imaging performance – extremely high contrast and detail

    – Operating time at least 6 hours

    – Magnification Leica Calonox “View”: 2.5x

    – Magnification Leica Calonox “Sight”: 1 x

    – objective diameter: 42mm

    – Dimensions: approx. 170x60mm

    – Ergonomics and design – practical and user-friendly

    – High-resolution sensor (640×480 pixels) in Calonox “View”

    – OLED display with 1024×768 pixels

    – Integrated rechargeable battery

    Models and recommended retail prices (incl. VAT)

    50500 – Leica Calonox “Sight”                 – ca. € 4.000,-

    50502 – Leica Calonox “View”                  – ca. € 4.000,-

    Both models will be available in late summer 2020. Exactly which markets they will be sold in is unclear, but presumably, Europe is the main market.

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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.