ATN THOR 4 384 Thermal Rifle Scope Review

Nov 01
ATN THOR 4 384 Thermal Rifle Scope

The ATN ThOR 4 384 thermal rifle scopes offer avid huntsman and weapon enthusiasts highly advanced thermal technology with newly developed features. The new ThOR 4 thermal scopes provide classic ergonomically designed optics with modern technology that will make your hunting expeditions even more enjoyable.

ATN is one of leaders in thermal imaging and night vision products specially, scopes, binoculars, and monoculars.

With a combination of live video streaming and the integrated Ultra-sensitive next gen Obsidian thermal sensor, you’re able to view and record in high resolution. Now the ATN ThOR 4 series offers an ability to accept larger capacity SD cards so you can store even more content. Some of the other notable features include:

  • WiFi Dual Stream Video
  • Social Media Sharing
  • Long Battery Life - 16+ Hours
  • Recoil Activated Video
  • One Shot Zero
  • Ballistic Calculator
  • Smart Range Finder

Find out more about all the new features the ATN ThOR 4 384 offers you by reading our review below. You may find that it’s a superior option compared to other thermal scopes on the market. 

ATN ThOR 4 Series Review

ATN ThOR 4 384x288 packaging

What You Receive From ATN

Thermal resolution

The ATN ThOR 4 384 thermal scope features the 4th generation Obsidian thermal sensor with 384x288 thermal resolution. Equipped with powerful optics, it gives you precise and reliable images even on smaller targets even at longer range.

Refresh Rate

The ThOR 4's thermal sensor a has 60Hz refresh rate allowing you to easily track the fastest moving targets with out image blurring. While it is possible to hunt with a 30Hz thermal scope once you have used a 60Hz scope it is very hard to go back to a lower refresh rate.

Wi-Fi streaming

With the Wi-Fi streaming option, you’re able to give your audience live streaming action of your hunting expeditions. You can share your videos and images on social media easily because this scope also comes with Bluetooth 4.1 that’s compatible with iOS and Android SmartPhones.

Video Recording

When you share your hunting content with your audience you need high resolution video recordings. The video resolution on the ATN ThOR 4 384 thermal scope is 1280x960 at 30/60 frames per second. Your videos can be stored on a large 64GB SD card and transferred to a PC easily.

Obsidian App

ATN's Obsidian app also integrates with the ThOR 4 allowing you to stream video to your phone or tablet while recording on your scope. You can also easily changed the settings on your scope from the app as well. The app is available for iPhone and Android users.

One Shot Zero

The ATN ThOR brand makes it effortless when sighting your scope with One Shot Zero technology. This feature allows you to take a shot and then adjust your reticle for ultimate target shooting precision.

Easy Navigation and Menu System

With all the features the ThOR 4 series offers, you’d think it would be difficult to find all the functions on the scope. But the THOR thermal scopes are user friendly because the navigation and menu system allows you to find all the features an intuitive layout and easily change settings as needed.

ATN ThOR 4 384x288 controls

Power and Menu Navigation Buttons

Recoil Activated Video

The recoil activated video (RAV) setting allows you to record videos while you’re hunting and automatically saves the content onto your SD card. The scope starts recording as you take your shot and continues recording for a few seconds after. So you never have to worry about not having footage of your shots. This allows you to not have  worry about forgetting to start recording before your shot and also means you want have to sift through hours of footage to find your shots if you just started recording at the beginning of your hunt.

ATN ThOR 4 384 Lens Options

The ATN ThOR 4 series offers you four different lens options with quality specs to suit your hunting style. These lenses are: 

  • 1.25 – 5X lens
  • 2-8x lens (scope we reviewed)
  • 4.5-18x lens
  • 7-28x lens

The ATN ThOR 4 384 series scope in this article is the 2-8x optics that has the following specs: 

  • Detection is 960 yards
  • Recognition is 480 yards
  • Identification in 300 yards

Warranty

The ATN ThOR 4 offers you a 3-year warranty on your thermal rifle scope. Some companies only offer you a 1 year warranty so its nice know that should anything malfunction you can send it back for repair or replacement.

ATN ThOR 4 384x288 manual

Unboxing the ThOR 4

What we liked

Construction

The ThOR 4 384 2-8x has an exceptionally solid construction but it’s also light weight for a thermal scope. Less weight allows you to go on longer hunts and it won't affect the accuracy of your shots. It’s a durable scope made from a hardened aluminum alloy with an impact resistant core.

Resolution

The thermal resolution on the THOR 4 384 thermal rifle scope 384x288 which provides you with sharp and vibrant images & videos. This is an upgrade that is a notable improvement to the THOR LT but the resolution is still less than the THOR 4 640.

Although the THOR 4 384 thermal rifle scope has a lower thermal resolution than the THOR 640, it still offers crisp clear images and videos at a lower price than the 640.

Note: the below images are web optimized images and the actual raw images are much clearer.

ATN Thor 4 384 thermal scope sample
ATN thor 4 384 people on bikes
ATN thor 4 384 2 rabbits

Color Palettes

ATN THOR’s 4 384 thermal scope has a wide range of color palettes to select from for all types of environments, some of the most popular are:

  • Black Hot
  • White Hot
  • Green
  • Red

Zoom Wheel

The Zoom wheel can be found on the left hand side of the scope and it’s a smooth mechanism that’s easy to use. You can easily zoom in or out quickly to locate your  target.

Frontal Focus

The front focus wheel is a little tight so it can be difficult to adjust it. But we would prefer it to be a little tight as opposed to loose as it could rotate after shooting which require to readjust it frequently.

Accessories

One advantage of the ThOR 4 384 is that it comes with accessories that other brands don’t offer. With your ThOR 4 384 rifle scope you’ll receive the following additional items:

  • Eyecup
  • Standard rings
  • L-Sharp ring
  • Scope cover
  • USB-C cable
  • Lens cleaner
ATN ThOR 4 384x288 mounting rings

ATN ThOR 4 384 vs Pulsar Thermion XM38

An alternative product you can use is the Pulsar Thermion XM38. It has similar features to the ThOR 4 384 thermal scopes but at a higher price.

The refresh rate on the Pulsar Thermion XM38 is slightly lower (50Hz) than the THOR 4 384's 60Hz and it doesn’t have dual streaming, range finder, or Bluetooth. So if you’re looking for a more standard traditional thermal scope the Pulsar Thermion XM38 is the ideal product for you.

The Pulsar Thermion XM38 Specs:

  • Pulsar Thermion XM38 has a resolution of 320x240 with a 12um pixel pitch core.
  • Has a detection range of 1850 yards
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Optional external power supply
  • Recoil activation
  • Picture in picture digital zoom

Pulsar’s Thermion XM38 mounts perfectly to your rifle and doesn’t weigh your weapon down. It’s also a waterproof scope so you can hunt in any weather condition. It has 8 color palettes to select from and has 15 reticles in four colors.

The Pulsar Thermion isn’t as streamlined as the ATN ThOR 4 384 thermal scope and the functions aren’t as easy to navigate through. The Pulsar Thermion also doesn’t have the long battery life that the THOR 4 series offers unless you purchase the external battery pack.

What do customers say about ATN THOR 4 384 thermal scope?

Thoughts on the Color Palette Options

Customers who have experienced the ATN ThOR 4 384 find that the black and white hot setting is the easiest color palette to use. With this color palette, you can detect the smallest animals such as field mice 121 yards away.

Weight and User Friendliness

Users find that it’s an excellent upgrade from the ThOR HD series. The buttons and mechanisms are easy to find on the scope so you can have quick access when you need it. ThOR’s 4 series scope is also well balanced from a weight perspective which helps with your shots.

Structure of the Scope

The entire structure of the scope is solid and well built. It’s a smooth and sleek design with a shock proof casing. It’s weather resistant so you can hunt in any type of weather conditions.

Capacity and SD Card Removal 

The SD card is a little difficult to remove as the rubber enclosure is tightly sealed. You may have to use a knife or a sharp object to get it open. When you eject the card is also does not come all the way out and a couple of times we have to use tweezers to grab the SD to remove. Overall though this is a small complaint.

ATN ThOR 4 384x288 ports

Battery Life

Even though the THOR 4 384 rifle scope has video streaming and additional functions that tend to sap battery life, this application has exceptionally long user time - up to 16 hours depending on the features you use.

Heat Signatures and Distance

Beginners will have to practice with the rifle to enjoy the full experience of the scope. But once you know exactly how the ThOR 4 384 thermal rifle scope works you’ll be able to enjoy your hunting better. 

If you’d like to know how to use the ThOR 4 384 thermal rifle scope take a look at this YouTube tutorial. It will give you a full visual on how to use all the functions on the THOR 4 384 rifle scope.

Atn thor 4 384 thermal sample
ATN Thor 4 384 a person with 2 dogs

Final Thoughts

With the ThOR 4 384 thermal rifle scope, you can hunt in any weather condition and during low or no-light scenarios. It’s the first ever digital scope that offers you 16 hours of continuous battery life.

The ThOR 4 384 thermal rifle scopes are built to withstand the pressures of high caliber weapons so it can be used with a variety of ammo types.

This is an excellent thermal sight for those who are on a budget but still want high quality thermal images. That being said if your looking for the highest quality image and will be uploading to social media or sharing with friends the ThOR 4 640x480 can't be beat, if you have the budget. The aesthetics of the ThOR 4 384 piece is much more appealing than traditional thermal scopes and you have your pick of up to four different optics options.

So, if you want the ultimate thermal scoping technology attached to your rifle, the ATN ThOR 4 384 is a solid choice. It provides optimized sighting, high thermal resolution and fast video streaming so other people can enjoy your hunting experience with you. 

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