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 cheaper than even most Gen 1 goggles and are much 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.
Read on for our full review.
If you are looking for a traditional pair of night vision binoculars, read our reviews of the best night vision goggles.
SOLOMARK Night Vision Noteworthy Features
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
Yet another feature you don’t get in traditional night vision binoculars, and another reason to switch to digital goggles.
At the press of a button, you can record videos and take pictures. The media is stored in a removable SD card.
The binoculars come with a 4GB SD card, but you can get your own higher-capacity one (32GB max).
For data transfer, you can remove the SD card or connect the included USB cable to your computer.
It also comes with an AV cable if you want to view your photos and videos on a TV.
Day & Nighttime Use
Traditional night vision devices can only be used at night. SOLOMARK goggles are much more versatile – you can use them at any time.
At night, they provide the same functionality as night vision goggles. They illuminate a dark environment through the two eyepieces.
During the day, they provide excellent magnification. You can use them as normal binoculars to observe birds, wildlife, or a football game from the stands. Make sure the IR cap is on when you use them during the day.
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.
SOLOMARK Binoculars Limitations
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.
- Display: 2" TFT screen
- Detection range: 433 yards
- Magnification: 3.5x-7x optical zoom, 2x digital zoom
- Weight: 2.2lbs
- Type: Digital
- Power supply: 8xAA batteries
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.