Comparing the Pulsar Helion XQ and XP Thermal Imagers

PULSAR ARE THE LEADING manufacturers IN THERMAL IMAGING AND THEIR CURRENT RANGe the helions have two different type of models but their differences are not clearly outlined and so in this article the two models will be compared and to see which one is right for you.


The Pulsar Helion XQ50F is the top of the range in the current XQ series. It comes with a man sized detection range of 1800m, magnification of 4.1x to 16.4x and comes with a sensor resolution of 384x288. The Pulsar Helion XQ50F is the prefect thermal imager mid range foxing at night or during the day and will be able to detect and identify a fox at about 300m.

The Helion XP50 is the best Pulsar thermal imager on the current market due to its high resolution sensor of 640x480 which provides a sharp image out to long range distances. The Pulsar Helion XP50 also comes with a man sized detction range of 1800m and has a magnification of 2.5x-20x which is perfect for long range Foxing or identifying Deer.

When comparing this to the Helion XQ50F even though they have the extact same detection range the identification range is different on the two products. For example on the XQ50F you could identify a fox at 300m wheras you could identify a fox with the XP50 at 500m. Also if you were looking at a fox at 200m with both devices, on the XP50 you would notice more detail on the animal for example the tail of the fox would have an outline of a fox tail on the XQ50F but it would look like a heat blob compared to the XP50 the tail of the fox would have a better outlineand more facial features can be seen and therefore would be much easier to identify the fox at that range.

Footage of Pulsar Helion XP50 and XQ50F can be seen below 

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Comparing closeup images of both the Helion XP50 and XQ50F

Pulsar Helion XP50 at 10 meters

Pulsar Helion XQ50F at 10 meters


The Pulsar Helion XP50 costs £3669.95 compared to the Pulsar Helion XQ50F which costs £2459.95. So their is a difference of £1210, now you are probably thinking is it the difference worth it. If you are going to looking at foxes out too 300m maximum and not looking for the best image quality availablethen you wouldn't be getting the full use of the XP50 and so the Helion XQ50F is the one that you should go for. However if you are going to be looking at foxes to ranges past 500m, trying to identify the sex of a deer or just looking for High quality thermal images then the Helion XP50 is the thermal imager that you would need as it is the only Pulsar thermal imager that will give that high level of performance and quality. Besides the sensor resolution and the magnification everything else is the exact same on the two devices.

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