SOLOMARK digital night vision binoculars work a bit differently from traditional night vision goggles.
Instead of the traditional image intensifier tube that has been the foundation of night vision devices since the 1930s, digital night vision devices use an image sensor much like the one you’d find in a camera.
SOLOMARK binoculars are even cheaper than most Gen 1 goggles and are more versatile since you can use them during the day and at night. They also come with some cool extra features like video recording and image capture
NOTE: If you are looking for a traditional pair of night vision binoculars, read our reviews of the best night vision goggles.
When you choose your night vision binocular, it’s important to make sure it meets the specific purpose you have in mind.
When it comes to the Solomark Night Vision Hunting Binoculars, the different magnification levels, grip surfaces on the top, and image and video features help with hunting, bird watching, hiking, surveillance, security, and exploring caves.
Its nighttime features allow you to use it for surveillance, camping, nighttime navigation, night fishing and boating, wildlife watching, and search-and-rescue missions.
Infrared Sensitive CMOS Sensor
The CMOS sensor replaces the image intensifier tube used in traditional night vision goggles.
This change is one of the biggest reasons why the SOLOMARK is cheaper than most of the traditional night vision binoculars.
Image intensifier tubes are expensive to manufactur while whole CMOS sensors are cheap thanks to the rapid advancement of cameras.
The image sensor used in SOLOMARK goggles captures visible as well as infrared light and processes the signal to produce a markedly brighter image.
Multi-coated optics improve image sharpness and reduce glare.
1,300 Feet Detection Range (433 Yards)
Though cheaper, SOLOMARK goggles have a better range than Gen 1 binoculars. While most Gen 1 night vision binoculars struggle to see anything beyond 100 yards, you can see up to 1,300 feet with SOLOMARK.
In fact, on a full moon night or during the day, users say the viewing range is much further than that. An object as big as a house is visible from a half-mile away.
Like traditional goggles, you need to be much closer to identify the smaller targets with clarity, especially at night.
For night hunting, the average recognition range (where you can positively identify the target) is about 100 yards.
That’s not as good as Gen 2 and 3-night vision goggles, but it’s a huge improvement over Gen 1 devices.
3.5x-7x Optical Magnification&2X Digital Zoom
Most night vision binoculars don’t offer any magnification. If you prefer getting a close-up view of whatever you are observing, SOLOMARK goggles offer plenty of zooms.
This includes 3.5x-7x optical magnification (no image deterioration)and 2x digital zoom (minimal deterioration).
Video and Image Capture
The binoculars come with a 4GB micro SD card, but you can get your own higher-capacity one (32GB max) that is sufficient for a couple of trips or missions.
You can remove the SD card or connect the included USB cable to your computer for data transfer.
Copy the images from your SD card to your computer. Your Micro SD card is now empty to collect proof of all your new adventures.
Day & Nighttime Use
At night, they provide the same functionality as night vision goggles.
They illuminate a dark environment through the two eyepieces- even in complete darkness or conditions where lighting is extremely low.
If you often hunt in the dark, there are other night vision devices for hunting you should check out.
In mathematical terms, optical clarity is expressed as the square root of the exit pupil. The exit pupil, in turn, is calculated by dividing the lens diameter by the magnification factor.
The objective lens diameter of the Solomark Night Vision Hunting Binoculars is 31 mm, and the magnification ranges between 3.5X and 7X.
This means the clarity is 3 for 3.5X and 2.1 for 7X, so you can rely on these binoculars for all your adventures.
The Solomark Night Vision Hunting Binoculars have a 2-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) view screen that converts into a 4-inch large view screen due to convex lenses.
Grip surfaces on the top corners allow you to have a firm grip on the Solomark Night Vision Hunting Binoculars. This means you will not drop these due to sweat while hunting, camping, or search-and-rescue missions.
The fully multi-coated optic lens and screen reduce glare and help with light transmission. This translates into a clearer image.
The Solomark Night Vision Hunting Binoculars need four AA batteries that you have to buy separately. The battery compartment is located at the bottom.
The battery life depends on the batteries you buy and your usage of the imaging and recording feature. An ultimate 9V AA lithium battery can last up to 10 years in storage.
Easy to Use
The Solomark Night Vision goggles are designed keeping ease of use in mind.
You just have to turn on the device with the dial on the side, look through the eyepiece and adjust the focus ring at the bottom to find the right level of clarity for you.
Then, turn on and control the camera mode, zoom, brightness, and shutter with the help of the buttons at the top of the device. Once you capture all that you want, simply transfer the data to a laptop or mobile.
Built-in IR illuminator: When there is less light, use the IR illuminator to light up your environment. Choose from one of the three levels of IR, depending on how much ambient light there is.
Brightness levels: You can select from three display brightness levels.
Tripod adapter: Yes, you can use SOLOMARK binoculars on a tripod.
Accessories: A soft carrying case, neck strap, cleaning cloth, USB cable, and AV cable.
Digital night vision has ways to go before it catches up to traditional image intensifier technology. So as good as the SOLOMARK binoculars are, they are not as good as Gen 2 and 3 goggles.
They have limited range and image resolution, especially in very low light situations.
For serious hunters and nighttime outdoor enthusiasts, a pricey Gen 2 or 3 pair of binoculars provides better imaging performance.
If you were planning to get a Gen 1 night vision binocular, you might find SOLOMARK digital goggles to be a much better option.
The imaging performance is better than most Gen 1 binoculars, and these digital goggles are so much more versatile.
The best part: they are cheaper than the average Gen 1 night vision binocular.