Finally got some real world video through my new Photon XT. Had some friends that wanted to see what it looked like, so I thought I would share with ya'll as well.
First of all, it is definitely true what they say about the video not being as clear as the actual image. Especially after having to convert the raw video to a format that my video editor could use and then uploading it to youtube. Although it appears dark, I tell you with the UNV 20IR on, the view at 50ish yards was EXCELLENT, at 100 yrds was VERY GOOD, and at 200, was useable.
This past Sat night, went out to one of our feeders that a sounder of a dozen + has been hitting with regularity. Of course, since I was trying to video, only one lone hog eventually showed up. The night was beautiful. Moonless, clear skies, the stars were brilliant, saw some shooting stars, temp in the 60s.. I could have stayed out all night just enjoying mother nature. Be sure to watch the "bloopers" at about 10 seconds after the end of the video to see how my wife went from fun loving, happy to be there, to tired and grouchy lol.. She kept complaining that she needed to go to the bathroom... funny how women dont find relieving themselves out in the woods as liberating as men do lmao...
Anyway, I was just about to call it a night when a lone hog showed up. I was shooting my new 6.8 upper, loaded with Hornady 110 gr VMax. I knew it wasnt ideal for hogs, but it was all that I could get my hands on when I sighted it in. First shot put it down like a sack of potatoes, then it started to move around, put another round in it and thought it was down for the count. Turn off the recorder and about to get down and, like a zombie, gets up again and starts heading for the woods. Lobbed a couple more rounds at it, but not sure I hit it. Tracked a pretty good blood trail all the way to the tree line and lost it
I'll do a review of it after I have used it a couple more times, but I have to say, especially for the price, it is very good and except for a few minor details, I am liking it a lot so far.