In July 2016, Pulsar launched the new Pulsar Quantum XQ Thermal Imagers which replace the Quantum XD, with increased performance, and new functions and features.
Now replaced with the new Pulsar Helion series, the Quantum XQ thermal imagers were a "quantum" leap in performance over the previous HD or XD series. The greatest improvement is the new 17 micron sensors, and advanced magnification providing substantially improved detection ranges jumping from 1250m to 1.8km
Just what is the difference between the Pulsar Quantum XQ and the previous Quantum XDS series of hand held thermal.
We have been asked lots recently what the difference is between the two models and if it is worthy of an upgrade.
Don't get me wrong the current Quantum XD50S series is more than most of us will ever need as a hand held spotter, with a 1250m detection range, 50hz refresh and full colour thermal imaging, it can spot a fox from a LONG way off in adverse weather, foliage, grass etc when traditional night vision devices are impeded.
The new XQ series of thermal uses a similar body shell and lens design as the XDS series but has performance and function enhancements above the current range, take the XD50S for example it has a 2.8x to 11.2x magnification (via digital zoom) and a 1250m man sized detection range and an RRP of £2999.99
The new XQ38 has a 1350m detection range and 3.1x -12.4x mag, with a RRP of £2619.99, meaning the new XQ38 out performs the current XD50S at a cheaper price.
Advanced Features on Quantum XQ50 and XQ38
With a 50hz refresh for super smooth imaging, twinned with full colour thermal palettes the new Pulsar XQ Quantum Thermal Imagers deliver market leading thermal imagery.
A new video connector/battery connector compound jack allows connection of a video cable for display to a MPR or screen AND an external power supply in the one port.
The stadiametric rangefinder remains, which some people love and some people dont even know is there! Albeit not as accurate as a laser rangefinder, the stadia method works well, simply bracketing the quarry you are looking at and the device will estimate the range, which we have found to be accurate to about 3-5m which is enough to tell if something is well out of range or not, as we have all been there wondering if that fox in the valley at night in the pouring rain is 100m away or 200m away...
The colour palettes also may seem a little un-used initially as people prefer the higher detail in the black hot and white hot modes, but the colour thermal does have its place for detecting a heat signature in cover, or checking if that rabbit in the distance is actually a rabbit, or is it a stone warmed by the evening sun....rabbits have warm ears, heads and hearts, which show as a different colour temperature, where as that rabbit shaped stone is intrinsically a generic mass of heat without extremities of legs, ears etc, allowing you to easily distinguish heat source types.
Quantum XQ50 vs XD50S
Clearly the XQ50S has a larger lens, so the field of view is different between the two, but based on mag, detail and distance, the XQ38 is better than the XD50S it replaces.
The new XQ50 however has a 1800m man sized detection range and a 4.1x to 16.4x mag...and a RRP the same as the older XD50S...so huge performance jump for the same cash.
As well as these performance gains the new XQ series also has faster startup time (2 seconds) and has a better battery efficiency of up to 6hrs run time from a set of AA batteries, but you can also buy a lithium power cell that plugs into the body shell of the Quantum XQ where the normal AA batteries go, for extended run time and ease of recharging.