ATN BINOX 4K Binoculars: Overview and Field Test

I can remember watching the 1977 movie “Star Wars, A New Hope” MANY times in the 1980s (my buddy had it recorded on VHS). That movie just never gets old! And one of the things I always liked about Star Wars was the futuristic technology used by the characters in the movie. One of those “tools” was Luke Skywalker’s high-tech binoculars. Wow- can you imagine having a digital display showing you things like compass heading and range while you’re scouting with binoculars? At the time it was science fiction.

Now this technology has come to fruition in real products that are accessible to almost anyone. And that’s the subject of this article: ATN’s Binox 4K digital binoculars– almost like what Luke Skywalker used in the movies!

What’s In the Box

Included with the Binox 4K is the following (above, from top center, clockwise):

  • Binox 4K Binoculars
  • Case
  • Strap
  • USB-C cord (charging)
  • Lens cap (rubber)
  • Lens cloth
  • Quick start guide and owner’s manual
  • Box

Features and Specs

The ATN Binox 4K binoculars are packed with technology and features. From the Binox 4K Product Page:

Product Info for ATN BinoX 4K 4-16×65 Smart Day/Night Binocular w/Laser Rangefinder

Scout out what’s for supper at any hour on the clock when looking through this ATN BinoX 4K 4-16×65 Smart Day/Night Binocular w/Laser Rangefinder. What makes these Binoculars so smart? Well, ATN designed them with Ballistic Information Exchange (BIX) technology that allows them to communicate with other smart devices. It all starts by using the integrated laser rangefinder to find the exact distance to your target. Then, these binos send information to your ATN SMART HD optic, showing you the optimal point of aim. If you don’t own an ATN SMART scope, no worries. Just download their Laser Ballistics app, get the calculations sent to your phone or tablet, and make the adjustments manually while still knowing exactly where to shoot. Use these ATN BinoX 4K Smart Ultra HD Binoculars to record 1080p videos to share with family and friends, and you can even simultaneously stream it to other devices via Wi-Fi connection with no lag or distortion. A built-in IR illuminator reveals hidden beasts in the brush with complete clarity. Enjoy your next hunt with the processing power of these ATN BinoX 4K 4-16×65 Smart Day/Night Hunting Binoculars.

Specifications for ATN BinoX 4K 4-16×65 Smart Day/Night Binocular w/Laser Rangefinder:

Magnification: 4 – 16 x
Color: Black
Objective Lens Diameter: 65 mm
Night Vision Generation: Digital
Field of View, Linear: 220 ft at 1000 yds
Length: 8.2 in
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Field of View, Angle: 6 degrees
Weight: 1.75 lb
Battery Type: Internal
Exit pupil: 2.5 mm
Eye Relief: 10 – 30 mm
Optical Coating: Multi-Coated
Focus Range: 15 m to Infinity
Diopter Adjustment Range: -5 – 5 dpt
Additional Features: ATN 4K M265 Sensor, Night Vision Mode, Laser Range Finder, 4 to 64 gb Micro SD Card, Microphone, 3D Magnetometer, 3D Accelerometer, Smart Range Finder, E-Barometer, Bluetooth, E-Compass, 3D Gyroscope, IR Illuminator, Smooth
Interpupillary Distance: 60 – 70 mm
Battery Life: 15+ hours
Close Focus: 15 m
Minimum Focus Distance: 10 ft
Weather Resistance: Yes
Height: 2.5 in
Finish: Matte
Water Resistance Level: IP64
Binoculars Focus System: Individual Eyepiece Focus
Package Type: Box
Included Accessories: USB-C Cable, Soft Carrying Case, Lens Tissue, Lens Cover, Neck Strap
Image Stabilizer Type: Electronic
Individual Diopter: Yes
Compass: Yes
Zoom: Yes
Range Finding Reticle: Yes
Eyepiece Lens Material: Glass
Housing/Frame Material: Hard Plastic
Operating Temperature: -40 – 55 Celsius
Objective Lens Type: Glass
Eyepiece Lens Type: Glass
Objective Lens Material: Glass

Features of ATN BinoX 4K 4-16×65 Smart Day/Night Binocular w/Laser Rangefinder:

  • Ultra HD sensor with Ultra HD optics
  • Night vision mode
  • Laser rangefinder 1000 Y/M
  • Ballistic Information Exchange (BIX) technology – communicate with other smart devices
  • 1080p video recording
  • Dual Wi-Fi streaming
  • Built-in IR illuminator
  • Weather resistant
  • Interpupillary adjustment

Setup and Binox 4K User Interface

When you take the Binox 4K out of the box, you’ll do the following to setup the device:

  1. Charge the Binox 4K via included USB-C cable  (wall/car adapter not included)
  2. Download latest firmware, and update (see instructions HERE, you put a single file on the Micro SD card, turn on the device, and follow instructions)
  3. Adjust eyepiece width (each is independently movable side to side) to match your eye spacing
  4. Focus eye pieces so that screen elements are sharp
  5. Look through the Binox 4K at something distant, adjust main focus until image is sharp

That’s about it!

Here’s what you’ll see on the screen

From top-left clockwise:

  • Video recording indicator (dot flashes while recording, time recorded displays)
  • Compass heading (very nice feature)
  • Device status (battery, micro SD card, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • Zoom level  (controlled via up/down buttons on main hardware D-pad)
  • Pitch scale (inclination)
  • Pitch degrees
  • Roll degrees
  • Roll scale
  • Distance to object in center view

Compared to the X-Sight 4K Pro, I’d say the Binox 4K takes things to the “next level”.

Exterior Features

The exterior surfaces for the ATN Binox 4K are made of a rubberized anti-slip material that feels good in the hands. Here’s the top view of the Binox 4K:

Above we have:

  1. Individual movable eyepieces (top)
  2. D-pad (center)
  3. Power button (low center, right)
  4. Objectives: focus barrel (left), fixed barrel (right)

And here’s the back and right-hand side of the Binox 4K:

On the underside of the Binox 4K you can see the tripod socket (left). On the right-hand side of the Binox 4K, you can see one of the strap slots (top, same on other side), and the rubber cover for the USB-C charging port, and the Micro SD slot.

Full-HD Video Recording, Night Mode

One of the big advantages of a system like ATN Binox 4K is the ability to record full-HD video (1920×1080) with sound. This means that when you’re scouting and hunting, all of the “action” you see can be recorded, shared, and even published later. That’s a big deal to me- because I’m publishing stories on this blog and on my YouTube channel with tools like this, and this particular tool gives me some great new capabilities!

Here’s a frame from a video clip showing a Quail- and you can really see quite a bit of detail on this little guy (gal actually):

Unlike “Recoil Activated Video” which is captured automatically when your gun fires, video recording is toggled manually with the Binox 4K via the “right” button on the D-pad. When you enter night mode, the integrated IR illuminator kicks in, and a whole new world is seen. Here’s a frame from a night video I captured looking at my travel trailer (in pitch darkness):

This shows how much detail can be observed at night. It’s pretty amazing. I can’t wait to start using this on night hunts!

Laser Rangefinder and BIX: Using Binox 4K with a Scope

When looking through the Binox 4X, if you tap the power button you’ll range whatever you’re looking at. You just need to hold the Binox 4K steady for a second or so, and the range will be displayed in the upper left corner. When video is recorded, it’s displayed in the bottom right corner (when you view the footage later).

From ATN:

BIX (Ballistics Information Exchange) tech allows ATNs SMART HD devices to communicate and exchange information. BIX is a culmination of years of research and development. This technology lets our systems talk to each other, exchanging valuable information; in order to facilitate a shooting solution eliminating hold over. Simple to pair, our BIX Tech is independent of any app so you don’t need to rely on extra equipment. Or if you don’t have an ATN SMART HD scope BIX provides the same capabilities with traditional glass scopes with the aid of our Laser Ballistics app.

I was wondering how hard BIX would be to setup and get running. It turned out to be VERY easy:

  1. Enable Bluetooth/BIX in X-Sight 4K Pro settings
  2. Enable Bluetooth/BIX in Binox 4K settings

…and then things “just worked”. I love it when that happens! As you saw in the video, this takes a lot of the guesswork and hassle out of ranging targets and setting the dope in your scope. These are very important details when you’re in the field hunting and “seconds count”. I absolutely can’t wait to do some big game hunting with the Binox 4K and my X-Sight 4K PRO! Stay tuned!

So far the Binox 4K have been 100% reliable. I haven’t had a single issue with these binoculars, and the software “just works”.

If you’re interested in getting your own Binox 4K binoculars, you can get them here:

ATN Binox 4K Product Page

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Thanks,
Gavin

One thought on “ATN BINOX 4K Binoculars: Overview and Field Test”

  1. Looks really nice. What’s the warranty and the country of origin? Is the 4-16x range all digital magnification where image quality degrades as you zoom, or does it also have optical magnification?

    Not integrating a ballistics app into the binos or elevation / temperature sensor appears to be a missed opportunity.

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