How does this thermal scope stack up to newer models in your opinion?
Pootie's description is a good one. Back when I was with Third Coast Thermal, I fielded one briefly. It is a bottom of the line thermal sight. It is what I call a "barnyard thermal" after one of our customers who was terribly pleased with his because it was the cheapest thermal scope he could buy and needed it for killing critters that kept getting at his chickens in his barnyard. The greatest distance he might shoot, he said, was 100 yards and most of the time 25-75 yards. He just needed to be able to distinguish between chicken and anything else. If it wasn't a chicken and it was in his barnyard, he was going to shoot it. So it was a perfect match for his situation.
Most other people that bought them ended up buying another thermal because of how dissatisfied they were with the RQX30V and ended up using it as a spotter or backup. The problem they had and I had was the fact that the image always looked out of focus. You had to study the image longer to determine what you were seeing and more often than not, at distance (50-150 yards), what I was doing was identifying animals based on how they move and very gross body differences...sort of like we do in trying to distinguish animal types at 600 or 1000 yards with significantly more expensive scopes.
It will get you in the thermal game, but it won't be anything like the vids you commonly see posted here or on YouTube. There is a reason Pulsar didn't want to add a record feature to this unit and it isn't because it would make it significantly more expensive (and it wouldn't).
You should really look through one before you buy it and look at things outside and more than a few yards away from you. Remember that most all thermals look pretty good when looking at things at very short range and when looking at things like cars and houses.