There is a new, entry-level thermal spotter from Pulsar called Axion XM30F. The reason why it’s launched today is that the 3rd of November is a special day for all hunters, as today is Saint Hubert’s Day. Hubertus, or Hubert, (656-727 A.D.) was a Christian saint who is now regarded as the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers.
Do you spend most of your free time in the forest like Hubert? Perhaps the new Axion XM30F is your next thermal companion to discover those things your eyes weren’t meant to see?
The new model is a replacement for the Axion Key XM30. The price will be kept at a similar level, but the new model comes with full features including WiFi and video recording functions. Apart from that, the battery life has been increased to around 5 hours of operating time and there’s an upgraded eye-piece.
The thermal imaging sensor has 320×240 pixels and 12-micron pitch size, with a 3x base magnification and 7.8 degrees of horizontal field of view. Everything is packed into a durable magnesium alloy housing with an IPX7 waterproof rating, to be able to withstand shock, drop and rough handling. As usual, there are 8 color palettes to choose from.
Here is the product announcement from Pulsar:
Axion XM30F: get more for less
Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide is pleased to announce the release of the Axion XM30F, the new compact-class thermal vision monocular. The new Axion XM30F offers the best functionality for this device type on the market at a decent price.
Lightweight, compact comfort
The Axion XM is the ultimate choice for hunting and hiking. Pocket-size and weighing under 250 grams, the Axion XM30F magnesium alloy body is both light and strong plus fully waterproof.
This device ensures a comfortable grip and handling and is simple to use with both hands with symmetrical control buttons on the top panel.
The high contrast AMOLED display operates well in extreme cold, without restricting functionality. Even at temperatures of -25°C, the display returns a crisp high-quality image, and its performance remains flawless without any inconvenient delays.
Stream Vision 2: WiFi integration with smartphones
The Axion XM30F features enhanced WiFi module stability. Connect it to your smartphone via the new Stream Vision 2 mobile application for a wide range of unique features such as wireless firmware updating, direct image streaming to your mobile screen, remote control of all digital functions and much more.
Registered users are provided with 8 GB of cloud storage for photo and video material created with a built-in recorder.
|Model name||Axion XM30F|
|Sensor resolution, pixel||320×240|
|Pixel pitch, µm||12|
|Display type||VGA AMOLED|
|Detection range, m||1300|
The Axion XM30F will be available for sale around December 2021 – January 2022. The unit is made in Europe and the MSRP is in the region of €1190 (about $1380).
You can find Pulsar’s homepage here: www.pulsar-vision.com
Please make sure you read TFB’s previous reviews of other thermal spotting models: “TFB Review: Pulsar Thermal Spotters – Axion XQ38 and XQ38 LRF“, “TFB Review: Pulsar’s Thermal Pocket Rocket – The Axion XM30S” and “TFB Review: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 PRO Thermal Monocular“.
Saint Hubert’s day is mostly celebrated in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Belgium and marks the beginning of the hunting season in Europe.
What do you think about thermal spotters? Do you use one already or are you planning on getting one?