I finally have these in hand and it's pretty fun to play with. It is by no means the best unit out there but for the price point, it's good. I haven't had a chance yet to test it out past 50 yards. But up close, in the house, it's a cool gadget. I think I need to schedule a trip to the zoo to see the heat signatures of actual animals.
Will this be good for Hog Hunting? Maybe
When it picks up something, It seems like it is relative to the stuff around it. Meaning, if everything is warm, it's going to be harder to see the difference. At about 400 yards, i was able to pick up the heat signatures of rocks on the mountain side. I would not have noticed at first unless my friend told me that's what I was looking at.
I wish it had better resolution. Then again, we're talking a sub $1000 unit.
I wish it was mountable. Not rated for recoil.
I wish it came with a carrying case.
I wish it came with some caps.
I wish it had an optical zoom instead of digital zoom.
I wish it had a manual focus instead of fixed focus.
However, if it had all of the things above, I'd be back up in the $3000-$4000 range.