Pulsar Helion XP50 Thermal Imaging Monocular Review


Thermal imaging is the most interesting and powerful technology used in building inspections, hunting, military, and law enforcement, and many more fields to get a better experience. Several years ago, thermal monoculars became very popular tools with thermal technology in hunting fields. But nowadays, the monoculars come with various advanced features that help you to make your hunting adventures interesting.

There are lots of brands that produce varieties of monoculars in the market. But only a few of them manufacture high-quality products for the users to get better performance. Pulsar is a well-grown brand that manufactures most of the thermal and night vision products with advanced technology. Pulsar produces the thermal imaging monoculars with high-resolution microbolometer and high-quality optics that give the crystal clear thermal images.

About Brand

The pulsar brand started in 1994, at that time it was known as a different name called ‘Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide,’ and it was focused on manufacturing the day optics and then later in 1999, night vision products added to their list. The company moved with the products according to the customer needs and also explored the new technology such as thermal imaging, laser range finding, and more.

In 2008, their new trademark ‘Pulsar’ well-growing leaps and bounds since it started. Over 70 countries and more than 1000 workers use this; hence Pulsar becomes the world’s leading company that delivers high-quality thermal imaging equipment. Pulsar is a trusted brand for the many users who need perfect thermal and night vision gear for their adventures. Most pro-hunters believe that Pulsar produces the ideal products for their hunting adventures.

Pulsar produces two thermal monoculars in the Helion series they are XP38 and XP50. Both the models have the same design and features but differ in only some of the features. In this review, we’ve reviewed the Pulsar Helion XP50 thermal monocular.

Pulsar Helion XP Thermal Imaging Monocular Review

Pulsar Helion XP50 is one of the best high-quality thermal imaging monoculars in the market with effective features. It comes with a 640×480 resolution sensor to produce clear images, and it detects the thermal energy at ranges up to 1,800 meters. The helion series provides high-end technology for various professional and semi-professional applications like hunting, rescue, scouting research, etc.


  • Thermal Resolution: 640 x 480

  • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz

  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 2.2 x 2.3 inches

  • Weight: 17.6 oz

  • Field of View: 12.4 x 9.3

  • Magnification: 2.5X

  • Detection Range: 2000 yards

  • Zoom: Up to 8X

  • Battery: 8 hours

This monocular is compact and weighs under 20 ounces, so it won’t make you tired while on the field. Moreover, it comes with a padded hand strap that helps you to carry this easily wherever you go for a long period.


The Helion XP50 contains a lot of powerful features to provide a perfect view of the objects. It comes with rugged and durable construction, so it withstands at any hard environmental situations.


Pulsar Helion XP50 has a  640×480 high-resolution that helps you view the targets clearly and produces high-quality images. It contains an uncooled micro-bolometer that allows you to scan in the darkest environments. This monocular comes with the 50mm lens that is large and powerful to provide a better view of your targets. It is combined with different magnifications from 2.5x to 20x with the smooth zoom capability to provide you the high-quality images.

User-friendly Interface

The XP50 monocular is designed with a user-friendly interface for easy and quick operation, and also it is simple to find out. It contains the icon-driven status bar, easy to read, and menu to make changes while operating. The menu items are displayed on the gradient substrate that allows you to view without losing the sight of your object while navigating via the interface.


Helion XP50 has many advanced features to operate according to the users’ needs. With the short press of the power button, the unit gets starts, and long-press turns off the display to save the battery of the monocular. Pressing the power button longer than 3 seconds activates the unit completely. By pressing the up button, you can immediately change between hot-black and hot-white palettes.

Hold the up button also activates the Wi-Fi settings that allow the unit to pair with your mobile or computer to send the images; hence you can view the images later to cherish the hunting moments. Pressing the record button for some seconds switches to still imaging from the video, and the short press captures the images or records video according to the setting that you chose. 

There are two different menu settings that allow you to program the Helion monocular. You can activate the hot menu with the short press of the menu button that allows you to control and change the brightness, range-finding, contrast, and zoom. In the range-finding mode, two lines appear on the screen to measure the height of the animal, and you can adjust it up or down according to your needs.

The pre-programmed range setting provides the accurate distance range of the hot, deer, and rabbit-sized objects so that you will get an idea about the distance of your target at the complete darkness. A long press of the menu button allows you to access the main menu to change the observation setting, Wi-Fi setting, color palettes, and calibration settings.

Built-in Video Recording

Helion XP50 thermal monocular comes with a built-in video recorder that allows you to take images and record videos in the fields. It contains 8GB of internal storage that allows you to store the captured images and recorded videos in your monocular. The Wi-Fi capability allows you to stream the video that absorbs what you have seen in the realtime to your smartphone or laptops. It also provides you the free stream app that lets you stream and share the videos on the other platforms like Instagram, Youtube and many more.

The stream vision app connects the device with your smartphone or laptops to transfer the footage in real-time mode. You can control and update this app remotely using your android/iOS or laptops. The remote control function can be used as the observation camera; hence it is very interesting to use.

Color Modes

There are eight different color modes available in the Pulsar Helion XP50 monocular. The colors are red hot, rainbow, sepia, red monochrome, ultramarine, and violet also, hot black and hot white. These color palettes are provided for the true colorized temperature mapping.

Temperature and Distances

Helion thermal imaging monoculars are effective during use in the low temperatures. It is built with the frost-resistant AMOLED display that helps you to withstand at any temperatures. Depending on the size of the object, the Helion XP50 monoculars detecting the heat signatures up to 2000 yards away.

Field Viewing

The field of view narrows the high resolution of the Helion XP50, but you can detect the heat signatures up to 1800 yards using this monocular. It is built for hunting and other outdoor adventures to provide many advanced features.

Thermal imaging allows you to detect the heat signatures even when the target is hidden by the trees or other objects. It is important to take a break to rest your eye at any monoculars, but it has less strain while compared to the other brands.

Battery Life

The Helion monocular comes with the IPS5 lithium-ion battery, which can last up to continuous four hours of viewing. You can remove the battery from the monocular while charging. If you want to extend the battery life, then there is an option to upgrade the IPS5 battery. It includes the USB cable that can be used to charge the battery and also connect your monocular with the mobile phones or laptops for transferring the images and videos.


  • Provides high-detailed images
  • Rugged construction
  • High-Resolution


  • Pricy for beginners

Usage of Pulsar XP50

The hunters view the animals at both day and night time using this thermal monocular and the outdoor enthusiasts can use this for protecting the campsite at night time. Moreover, enforcement professionals find the criminals and the rescue team members searching the survivors with the help of this Helion series monocular.

Final Words

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and need thermal imaging monocular for your adventures, Pulsar is the best brand for your needs. It provides the high performed monoculars at an affordable price. We recommend you the Pulsar Helion XP50 thermal monocular for your needs. It is one of the lastest models with advanced technology and features. Though it is not an affordable product, it is worth the money you spent. We hope this review will help you to know about the Pulsar Helion XP50 thermal monoculars.

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