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Supervision Required, Even For Adults
on June 14, 2013
Firstly, this product does actually work at night, in the dark. It is actual, real live night vision technology. So the box was telling the truth about that.
HOWEVER, the built-in, non adjustable magnification (somewhere around 3x or more, if I had to guess), low image quality, and extremely narrow field of view make this toy all but unusable in practice.
I would compare using this Night Sight to watching television through a toilet paper tube pressed against the screen. You get a vague sense that something is happening in front of you, but you can't gather enough details to determine exactly WHAT, and any attempt to look around is met by a swirling blur in the viewfinder I'm confident could inspire a sudden bout of motion sickness in susceptible persons.
Not being very technically adept, I don't know if a modification or adjustment to the lens, camera, or viewfinder could alleviate those issues, but I imagine a creative person could find plenty of opportunities for an inexpensive infrared camera cannibalized from a toy like this.
Used carefully, from a static position, this toy could provide an entertaining way to view the world in a (+/-) 50 foot circle, even in darkness. However, I STRONGLY recommend any trip/fall/bump your head hazards be removed from the area before you or your little commando even consider using this product, as anything less than ten feet away will be all but impossible to detect, identify, and/or avoid.
With all that being said, it's still a neat gizmo. And for the price, the cheapest way to start experimenting with night vision you're likely to find. Just don't try to take it out of the country, as it is actual, proper night vision technology, and Uncle Sam frowns on that.