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Bering Optics PHENOM 640×480-35mm 12 µm Handheld Thermal Monocular

Compact 640 12 µm Thermal Scanner
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Night Goggles is excited to announce the availability of the Phenom scanner from Bering Optics. The Bering Optics PHENOM 640×480-35mm handheld Thermal monocular features a premium, high sensitive Vanadium Oxide (VOx) 640x480pxl 12µm pixel pitch LWIR core with automatic shutter, HD OLED 1280x980pxl display and a 35mm Germanium Lens.

The PHENOM is capable of internal video recording (mp4) as well as capturing still images. The Phenom includes wifi which can connect with Android devices to stream video and view or download recorded content. The Phenom has a generous Field of View of 13° x 10° as well as 5x and 10x digital zoom options. It also includes 5 different background color options.

The PHENOM is capable of detecting heat generated by a vehicle at distances up to 2 miles away in any terrain, twilight or night time conditions. The thermal’s exceptional and unmatched performance makes it suitable for many tasks by demanding users in any field including hunting, patrolling, law enforcement, navigation, and rescue operations.



  • Superior for medium and long-range distances spotting and observation
  • Core detector resolution 640×480 pxls
  • 12 µm pixel pitch
  • Photo and video recording capability
  • Wi-Fi App capable (Android)
  • Picture-in-picture mode with doubled magnification of the observed image
  • Digital compass
  • Automatic shatter based VOx thermal core
  • NUC manual control
  • High Definition 1280 x 980px OLED display
  • Switchable image polarity: White Hot / Black Hot / Red Hot / Colored Hot/Target Hot
  • Hot Spot Detection Mark
  • Stadiametric Rangefinder
  • Brightness adjustment
  • 2X, 4X Digital Multiplication
  • Rugged, compact and lightweight
  • Easy to use controls
  • Water-resistant, dustproof and drop impact (1 yard/meter) proof body
  • Nitrogen-purged
  • Built-in rechargeable battery with up to 6-hour run time
  • Quick battery recharge via computer or 5V DC adaptor
  • Power save and standby modes
  • Low-Battery Indicator
  • Analog Video Output
  • Tripod mountable, built-in ¼” tripod socket


Pro-staff member, Korey Kirschenmann has tested both a pre-release model and a production model of the Phenom. Here is what Korey Kirschenmann had to say about the Bering Optics Phenom.

The original 17 µm model was very good. When I first looked through the 12 µm everything changed. I knew immediately this would be my scanner for this hunting season and many to come. The 13°x 10° Field of View along with the very crisp 640 image makes this a great scanner. I don't think you can get close to this image for under $6,000.  Korey Kirschenmann, Night Goggles Prostaff

The comments below reflect the most recent test results from Korey Kirschenmann:

The Phenom image is outstanding. The 640×480, 12 µm sensor provides a very clear, crisp image. Bering Optics claims a 2-mile detection distance on vehicles and I can attest it was able to detect vehicles even further. A user can use the 5 different backgrounds to optimize the usage of the Phenom in various weather conditions.

Digital Zoom:
Digital zoom impacts all thermals, but the image didn’t deteriorate nearly as rapidly as it does on many 384 thermals including the Hogster 35 and 25.

Battery Life:
The Phenom is powered by an internal battery. I was able to get the specified 6 hours if I turned off wifi, video out and recording. The Phenom also allows the use of an external 5v battery pack. This will charge the internal battery as well as run the Phenom if needed. To conserve battery, the Phenom also has a Stand By mode.

The Phenom allows for Internal recorded video (.mp4) as well as Video Out. Bering Optics chose a high compression rate for the Phenom with file sizes around 6MB per minute of video. My calculations indicate the Phenom could hold up to 20 hours of video. The video quality is still good considering the high compression.

The Phenom does include a PIP window. I rarely use PIP on a scanner, but it is still a nice feature.

The eye relief on the Phenom is 14mm. For people who wear glasses, this could be an issue. Overall, the eyepiece was comfortable and blocked out exterior light very well.

I like the diopter adjustment dial on the side of the Phenom. It makes for easy adjustments.

Phenom Instruction Manual

Additional information

Weight 2.2 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 8 in


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