The Pulsar Helion XP50 is the best thermal camera commercially available, enabling easy detection of wildlife day or night.
Not limited to just wildlife and documentaries, our camera has been utilised for plenty of inventive and alternative uses including music videos, experimental film and even searching for a lost dog!
What will you use thermal imaging for?
Spot hard to see targets easily from a distance - enabling you to film, photograph and study animal behaviours from afar
With a resolution of 640x480, the XP50 provides the highest resolution and the best image possible with thermal imaging: easily and effectively upscale to HD or higher to intercut with the rest of your film.
Unlike most other thermal cameras, the XP50 has a 50Hz refresh rate, matching regular cameras plus prevents any fatigue or eye strain from looking through the viewfinder.
Experience an invisible world: discover which parked vehicles have recently been driven, watch grass and trees illuminate in the sun or even follow warm footprints on the ground.
The XP50 features eight different colour palettes to choose from. Hot-white, hot-black and 'Predator-vision' rainbow are just some of the options to suit personal preference or for different scenarios and environments.
The XP50 is super lightweight and is small enough to fit in a pocket - ideal for scouting expeditions. Take it on long treks and hike up hills without causing fatigue usually associated with lugging camera equipment around!
With a battery life of over 8 hours, it'll last all day. And its ultra low power draw means it can even be powered and charged via USB power packs.
|Resolution||640x480 (17µm pixel pitch)|
|Lens||50mm f/1.2 (12.4º FOV/Full Frame equivalent: 166mm)|
|Digital Zoom||x2, x4, x8|
|Waterproof Rating||IPX7 (1m for 30 minutes)|
|Power||Internal 8+ hour battery
Can be charged/powered via USB
|Operating Temperature||-25ºC to +50ºC|
|Miscellaneous||8 colour palettes, stadiametric rangefinder, internal microphone, motion trigger|
Thermal camera FAQ
Is this night vision?
No. This is thermal vision – it’s better than night vision. Night vision can only be used in the dark. A thermal camera can be used during both the day and night.
With night vision, a camouflaged animal will still be hidden amongst its surroundings, whereas with thermal vision, they will glow and stand out from the foliage and any cover.
How does it work? Is it infrared?
Thermal cameras see in the ‘long-wave infrared spectrum’, hence why they’re often called infrared cameras and confused or associated with night vision. Everything gives off a little bit of infrared radiation – the hotter it is, the more it gives off. It is this that a thermal camera detects and why it can be used day or night. The camera is designed to auto expose, which means you won’t be able to assign colours to specific temperatures as it will produce an image based on the respective thermal radiation in the frame.
For those that are interested, the visible light wavelength is 400-700 (violet through to red) nanometers in width; night vision ‘sees’ 700-1000nm wavelengths (just past visible red, hence the name infrared) and thermal cameras detect 8-14µm (micrometer) wavelengths (8000-14,000 nanometers/0.008-0.014 millimeters) – much further than either the visible or night vision spectrums.
Can this see through objects?
No, it isn’t x-ray vision. It can only see things in direct line of sight. If a person or animal is hidden behind something, you will not be able to detect their heat signature. In rare occasions, it is possible to detect things that are pressed against thin cover such as cardboard, though really this is the object heating up and not the actual target.
Also worth noting is that you cannot see through glass with a thermal camera. Glass blocks the wavelengths the camera sees in and actually reflects a thermal image just like a mirror, so you won’t be able to look out of your window, nor will you be able to see into anyone elses!
Can I use my own lenses on this camera?
No. The lens on this camera is specially designed for thermography – it is made of germanium, as glass blocks the wavelengths the camera sees in.