Pard presents TA-LRF thermal monoculars
At the IWA event last year, we had a chance to examine PARD's TA series of thermal monoculars. This year (2023), Pard showcased the TA32-LRF and TA62-LRF series at their booth – we were eager to check out their features.
The main update
The main update in the TA-LRF models is the inclusion of a laser rangefinder (LRF), which can measure distances up to 1000 meters. Unlike many competing devices, the LRF module is integrated inside the device without any protruding parts visible on the housing. This design approach preserves a neat aesthetic and enables effortless operation for both left- and right-handed users.
Battery compartment change
The housing of the LRF TA models remains strikingly similar to their non-LRF counterparts. Pard ingeniously incorporated the LRF module into the existing design without significantly altering the form factor; these LRF models are only marginally larger and heavier, and they maintain a sleek profile with no protruding parts, unlike many competing devices. To accommodate the LRF module, Pard had to reconfigure the battery compartment in the TA-LRF models. Unlike the non-LRF models, where the battery is horizontally inserted, the updated design incorporates a compartment that accommodates battery insertion at an angle. The same 18650 battery is used as with non-LRF models.
The available models
Customers can choose between the TA32-LRF and TA62-LRF subseries, differentiated by their sensor resolution; the TA32-LRF models offer a 384x288 pixel resolution, while the TA62-LRF models boast a higher 640x480 pixel resolution. Additionally, within each subseries, there are models that vary based on objective lens diameter. The TA32-LRF subseries offers 19mm, 25mm, or 35mm lens options, whereas the TA62-LRF subseries presents 25mm and 35mm lens choices. All the sensors of the TA devices feature a 12-micron pixel pitch.
The TA62-LRF models boast an impressive NETD of less than 25 mK, whereas the TA32-LRF models exhibit a NETD of less than 35 mK. This distinction implies that, under challenging weather conditions like rain and fog, the flagship TA62-LRF series will be able to discern smaller temperature differences more effectively.
Other notable features
The other features of the LRF-integrated TA models closely resemble those of their non-LRF counterparts. The battery offers around five hours of operating time, and the interchangeable battery design allows users to quickly swap batteries in the field if needed. The housing is constructed from plastic – a magnesium housing would be a welcome improvement, considering that many leading thermal market industry players already utilize this material. The devices are designed with waterproof construction, ensuring worry-free use during unexpected downpours. Furthermore, these models possess the ability to capture images and record videos, and they can be connected to a smartphone app for enhanced functionality, such as browsing images or projecting the thermal image onto a phone screen.
A fierce competition
it is encouraging to see Pard continually working on upgrading their devices to meet the demands of the market. The LRF models are expected to be approximately 200 € more expensive than their non-LRF counterparts, with TA32-LRF models priced around 1850-2350€ and TA62-LRF models ranging from 3300-3550€. There are plenty of models available, which is great since users can select the device most suitable for their needs. The cleverly concealed LRF module in the housing ensures a compact and ambidextrous design, which plenty of competitive devices lack. A potential upgrade worth exploring is the shift from a plastic housing to a magnesium one, which would offer improved durability and a higher-quality feel. It is important to remember that the market for thermal monoculars in this price range is highly competitive, with competitors constantly offering more features for a lower price – it will be interesting to see how the TA-LRF series performs against the competition once we get a chance to do a field test.