Hello and welcome to another episode of Optics Trade Debates. Today, we are going to discuss the differences between two Pulsar Axion devices, the Key XM30, and XM30S. Even though they seem similar, there are a couple of differences between them.
However, let us begin with some similarities. They have completely identical housing made out of magnesium – the best build quality you can find in this category. They have the same focusing ring, dimensions, buttons, eyepieces, and the same APS3 battery. They have the same sensor: 320×240 pixels and the pixel pitch is 12 microns – the smallest pixel pitch among all Pulsar devices. The sensor type is amorphous silicate. They share the range of detection, approximately 1.300 m, and the field of view, which is 12.8 m / 100 m.
Those who wear glasses need to fold down the rubber on the eyepieces to be able to use them. This is not the best solution – Helions have much better eyepieces for those who wear glasses. What is a nice touch with these products is that the objective cover is a magnet.
There are a lot of similarities with these devices, but there are also a lot of differences. The body is the same, the only thing that sets them apart is the color of the power-on button. The XM30S has Wi-Fi capabilities, it can be connected to a smartphone, capture images, record videos, stream the image on your smartphone, etc. With the Key model, this is not possible. You have to update the Key model with a micro USB cable through a computer, and that is it. You are also not able to use the Streamvision application.
As far as lens quality is concerned, the Key model has chalcogenide lenses, and XM30S has germanium lenses, so they get better details, which is obvious when looking through them. The magnification is different, even though both have 13 mm lenses. Key XM30 has 2.5x base magnification, and with 2x digital zoom, you can get it all the way up to 10x. XM30S has 4.5x to 18x magnification.
The key model also does not come with a battery charger and you can only charge it with a cable unless you buy the charger additionally. Even though they have different magnifications, they share the same field of view. Because of the image quality, the range of identification is longer on the XM30S. But we have to point out that the range of detection is the same.
We already mentioned that they have the same sensor, but they do not have the same display. They Key model has an LCOS display with a resolution of 960×720, whereas the S model has an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1024×768. But the difference in resolution is not that noticeable.
There is a big difference when it comes to temperature range: the LCOS display is not as resistant to low temperature as the AMOLED. Most do not use these devices in such low temperatures as -20°C, but if you do, the S model is the way to go. This is also the choice if you want to use all smartphone connectivities and capabilities.
As for the price, the Key model stands at 1.290 €, which is cheaper than the S model, which costs 1.690 €. There is 400 € of the price difference so when deciding, you have to know if you require Wi-Fi capabilities and all the extra features that come with this price – Key in the name stands for “key features only”.
However, the Key model does have some advantages because it does not have a stream vision, for example, you can quickly switch between color modes by pressing the back button. With the S model, you have to go to the menu and choose the color mode, because the back button is used for recording.
Pulsar Axion XM30S is best for low temperatures, taking photos, and recording videos. For those who do not use smartphones as much, do not care about videos, and do not hunt at -20°C, the Key model will suffice. Both have a three-year warranty and even after the warranty period is over, the service proves to be great.
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Products mentioned in the Pulsar Axion Key XM30 VS Axion XM30S Thermal Monoculars debate:
Pulsar Axion Key XM30: https://www.optics-trade.eu/si/pulsar-axion-key-xm30-thermal-imaging-monocular.html
Pulsar Axion XM30S: https://www.optics-trade.eu/si/pulsar-axion-xm30s-thermal-imaging-monocular.html
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