ATN X-Sight HD Day/Night Riflescope Review
Part 7 - Night Vision Videos & Photos
10/8/15

ATN X-Sight Review

The feature on the ATN X-Sight HD Day/Night Riflescope that may be the most appealing for many people is it's digital night vision capability.  I have always been intrigued by night vision and I purchased my first night vision device about 20 years ago.  My first device was an AMT Night Star which is a hand held monocular that was sold at Sam's Club.  I really enjoyed that device for observing wildlife at night and it still works today, although it gets very little use because of overall poor image quality and no magnification.  That device is what really sparked my interest in getting a night vision riflescope.  The only issue I had with making the purchase of a night vision scope was that I couldn't afford one that I thought would provide the quality needed to be truly effective.  My experience with the budget oriented Night Star was that I would need to be looking at 2nd generation night vision or better to be effective as a riflescope and to be pleased with my investment.  When ATN introduced their X-Sight in 2014, I studied their website and also studied the Youtube videos being released and came to the quick decision that the X-Sight's level of night vision would definitely work for my situation and the price was something that I could afford.   I don't have enough experience with high end night vision to make any kind of comparison on what generation of night vision that the X-Sight may be, but based on my experience with the X-Sight, I feel it will easily meet the needs of most commercial consumers.

 

In Part 6 I showed daytime videos and photos with deer everywhere and in one photo I captured were six fawns in view.  You would think that this type of daytime abundance of wildlife would be pretty good at night also.  Well, unfortunately, I'm not on the deer's night cycle yet, but I did have a visit from a possum and some raccoons that gave me the opportunity to have some wildlife in view to make these night vision videos and photos more meaningful.  As I took this night vision footage (and other footage not shown), I tried to make some notes on my observations about using the X-Sight in the night vision modes.

  • I already explained this in Part 5, but it is worth mentioning again that the night vision images will have a different focus setting for a given distance than the daytime setting.
  • In Part 2, I think I talked about the fact that as you zoom in from 5x to any higher level, you are using the digital zoom and not optical zoom which will make the images start to appear grainy at higher magnification levels.
  • You can switch from the night vision "Green" mode to "White" mode while taking video.
  • You cannot increase the "Light Amplification" mode while taking video.
  • The auto brightness feature adjusts the level of screen brightness to a relatively common level of brightness even as you changed the intensity level on the IR illuminator.  For example, if the intensity is initially very bright, auto brightness will darken the image.
  • The "Green" mode seems to brighten the image and show more details in the darker areas.
  • The "White" mode seems to produce a slightly sharper appearing image.
  • Sometimes when I was taking photos while taking video, the same number of photos did get captured as the number of times I pressed the button.  I think the button likes a very quick button press for capturing photos.
  • Many of the photos I tried to take when not taking video using the night mode came out as very dark images (nearly all black).  (Identified as a potential bug in Part 4, Evaluation 1, Item 11)
  • The "Light Amplification" settings seem to always work with "Low" and "Medium", but sometimes the "High" setting produced a nearly all dark image. (Identified as a potential bug in Part 4, Evaluation 1, Item 12)

This next series of  photos show a possum eating at a distance of about 35 yards and with different magnification levels.  Also, for all of this part of the review, the "Light Amplification" mode in the X-Sight was set to "Medium".  To me, it is clear that if I were hunting possums, this bad boy would be pushing up daisies.  The quality of the image easily allows the ability to identify the wildlife and also the ability to properly aim to produce an effective shot.

Figure 1 - 5x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Possum at 5x

Figure 2 - 12.5x Magnification
(Photo taken by X-Sight)
ATN X-Sight Review: Possum at 12.5x

Figure 3 - 20x Magnification
(Photo taken by X-Sight while recording video at the same time)
ATN X-Sight Review: Possum at 20x

This next series of photos was taken with the night vision in the "White" mode.  I like the contrast you get from the "White" mode and the image seems to appear more normal.  It is basically like watching a black and white video or looking at a black and white photo.

Figure 4 - 5x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Possum at 5x

Figure 5 - 12.5x Magnification
(Photo taken by X-Sight)
ATN X-Sight Review: Possum at 12.5x

Just like with the photos of the possum, I have a series of photos that show a raccoon at 35 yards.  Remember that all the photos were captured or taken at the maximum resolution of the X-Sight (1080p or 1920x1080).  Clicking on any of the photos will bring up the full size image captured.

Figure 6 - 5x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Raccoon at 5x

Figure 7 - 12.5x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Raccoon at 12.5x

Figure 8 - 20x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Raccoon at 20x

Figure 9 - 5x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Raccoon at 5x

Figure 10 - 10x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Raccoon at 10x

Figure 11 - 20x Magnification
(Image captured from video)
ATN X-Sight Review: Raccoon at 20x

In this next series of photos I wanted to show the different types of reticles available and specifically how the reticles looked in contrast to the different modes of night vision (Green and White).  Your personal preference will decide on which reticle looks the best for your night situations.  In most of my videos I have been using the thick red reticle which really stands out in both the green and white night vision modes.

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ATN X-Sight Review: Red Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Red Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Red Reticle

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ATN X-Sight Review: Black Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Black Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Black Reticle

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ATN X-Sight Review: Green Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Green Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Green Reticle

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ATN X-Sight Review: Red Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Red Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Red Reticle

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ATN X-Sight Review: Black Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Black Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Black Reticle

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ATN X-Sight Review: Green Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Green Reticle  ATN X-Sight Review: Green Reticle

 

Thoughts

I have really enjoyed the X-Sight and I'm "wowwed" by the quality of images you get for the price and the fact that you can record your video and photos to share with your friends and family.  In today's "connected" age, sharing video and photos is a big deal.  The night vision quality is excellent, again, especially for the price.  I'm positive I could be very effective using this riflescope for hunting and am looking forward to that opportunity in the future.  I know that these night vision images are at a relatively close range (35 yards), but I plan to have more video and photos in the near future which will better show the 5-18x model's effectiveness.  Keep in mind that them being at 35 yards with the wildlife being a significant relative size compared to the image helps to showcase the 5x optical zoom overall image quality.

For more detailed photos and commentary, make sure you check out the other parts of this review and feel free to leave comments below.  The following links are provided to help you see other parts of this review. 


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