Meet the tM35 – Swarovski Optik’s First Thermal Imaging Clip-on and Spotter

    Swarovski Optik enters the world of thermal imaging with their new model tM35. The tM35 works both as a thermal imaging handheld and clip-on device and was introduced at a recent online Press Conference attended by TFB.

    Swarovski Optik @ TFB:

    I know those who are into thermal imaging want to know the technical details, so here we go: The sensor is an uncooled VOx microbolometer with a resolution of 320×256 pixels, 12 µm. The screen is AMOLED with a rather high resolution at 2560×2048 and a 60 Hz refresh rate. The start-up time is quoted at a low 2 seconds. It isn’t mentioned in the specification, but in the Q&A after the Press Conference, Swarovski said that the NETD was below 35mK. Other than that, it seems that Swarovski put a lot of focus on making the tM35 easy to use, with as few buttons as possible. 

    Below: By using different adapters you can attach the clip-on thermal unit to your riflescope.

    They also included the energy-saving Swarolight automatic switch-on/off timer and intelligent brightness adjustment. Depending on the hunting situation, detail recognition can be enhanced by switching between White Hot and Black Hot modes.

    Swarovski tM35

    Below you can read Swarovski Optik’s own words about their new tM35:

    Detect. Decide. Hunt.

    SWAROVSKI OPTIK is entering the world of thermal imaging technology with the tM 35

    Ready for a new kind of hunting? SWAROVSKI OPTIK is unveiling its first thermal imaging equipment with the new ‘t’ product series. The first thermal imaging product from the world-leading sports optics manufacturer, the tM 35 is an observation and thermal imaging clip-on device in one. It allows respectful observation as well as reliable identification of the target both day and night, and impresses with outstanding SWAROVSKI OPTIK quality. The tM 35 will be available from selected European retailers in spring 2022.

    SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s great capacity for innovation has been a fundamental pillar of the company’s success for decades. New products deliver top quality and the technical precision to ideally meet the requirements of today’s hunters. They provide reliable support for sustainable and ethical hunting. The new tM 35 also follows this principle. Marketing Director Stefan Hämmerle is convinced: “This is the right time for us to enter this market. Thermal imaging technology has now reached the required level of maturity. In combination with our optical and mechanical know-how, this allows us to develop an innovative and absolutely top-quality product.”

    One of the key features of the tM 35 is the fact that it is an observation and thermal imaging clip-on device in one. Detect, observe, approach, shoot: equipped with cutting-edge thermal imaging technology, the device is suitable for hunting in twilight, at night, or in poor visibility. As an observation device, the tM 35 offers 4 x 35 magnification. Higher detail recognition can be achieved in different situations by switching between White Hot and Black Hot modes.

    The tM 35 is compatible with almost all SWAROVSKI OPTIK rifle scopes from the Z8i, Z6i, Z5(i), and Z3 series. As a thermal imaging clip-on device with 1x optical magnification, in combination with SWAROVSKI OPTIK rifle scopes it guarantees a 100% reliable point of impact. The tMA thermal monocular adapter is available as an optional accessory to ensure a perfect connection. The result is a reliable complete system that requires no sighting in.

    The fewer operations the hunter needs to perform, the greater the chances of hunting success. Intuitive operation was therefore a key focus in the product development process: simply press the button to activate the device for the entire hunting session. The intelligent SWAROLIGHT automatic switch-on/off timer allows the user to activate the thermal imaging device quickly and silently from sleep mode. Adjustment of the brightness on the display to the prevailing light conditions is also automatic. All these features reduce distracting movements to a minimum.

    Swarovski tM35

    Below: The tM35 used as a thermal spotter.

    Swaro tM35 spotter - Swarovski tM35

    The Swarovski tM35 will be available in spring 2022 and the MSRP is set at $5,554.00 or £4,800.00. For more information check:

    So another large European optics company enters the thermal market. What do you think about the Swarovski tM35 and its potential?

    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, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.