Oberkochen, Germany | 3 May 2022 | ZEISS Consumer Products
ZEISS is introducing the ZEISS DTC 3, its first thermal clip-on device for night hunting. The ZEISS DTC (digital thermal clip-on) combines sophisticated image processing with an intuitive operating concept and also features a practical zero-in assistant via the ZEISS Hunting app. The thermal imaging attachment comes in two models, the ZEISS DTC 3/25 and the 3/38. “The ZEISS DTC 3 is a best-in-class thermal imaging clip-on that enables all hunters to accurately identify their game and ensure that their shots are precisely on target for ethical hunting in the dark,” said Carsten Backhaus, Product Manager for Hunting at ZEISS.
“To accurately identify the game and take an ethical, accurate shot it is essential to have high-performance optics that provide a sharp and clear view,” Backhaus said. With a high-quality germanium lens, 12-micron sensors, and a large HD AMOLED display, the new ZEISS DTC 3 makes it possible to see the finest details to precisely identify the game when hunting at night thanks to its sophisticated image processing.
“When hunting in total darkness and silence, being able to operate the attachment intuitively and silently is critical to success,” Backhaus explained. The central location of the focusing turret on the upper side of the DTC makes it easier to reach and focus precisely and prevents the hunter’s fingers from colliding with the barrel of the firearm when focusing. The ErgoControl concept – already proven in the ZEISS DTI 3 thermal imaging camera – features an intelligent, cross-shaped button layout and simple, intuitive menu navigation to complement the user-friendly operating concept.
The new zero-in-assistant, which can be operated via the ZEISS Hunting app, allows the user to quickly and precisely synchronize the clip-on, the optics, and the rifle. “Hunters only need to enter the distance to the target and the shot positioning in comparison to the initial aiming point into the app. The assistant then independently calculates the correction values and adjusts the display accordingly. This eliminates the need to calculate clicks and makes the process much faster and less stressful,” continued Backhaus. “Once the combination of ZEISS DTC 3 and riflescope has been successfully zeroed in, this information can be saved in the app and on the clip-on device as one of four profiles, so it is easy to switch from one riflescope to another with the DTC.” Connecting the clip-on device to the ZEISS Hunting app via Bluetooth offers the user a wide range of additional customization options.
“Whether stalking or in the open field, every night hunt is different. With our two ZEISS DTC 3/25 and 3/38 models, we offer the right companion for every hunting situation,” emphasized Backhaus. For hunting in wooded areas and stalking, the ZEISS DTC 3/25, with its field of view of 18.4 meters at 100 meters, provides hunters with a wide overview while also offering the ability to precisely identify details. The ZEISS DTC 3/38 can range up to 1,950 meters and offers extended range and accuracy for open field hunting. The battery life of 10 hours can be extended, if desired, by a standby mode automatically triggered by an angle sensor, ensuring that both models can be used for a long time in any hunting situation.
An adapter is required to connect the thermal imaging clip-on to a riflescope. The new ZEISS DTC adapter offers reliable repeatability when mounting and dismounting the ZEISS DTC 3, allowing different riflescopes to be attached easily and precisely. The robust bayonet lock ensures safe and stable mounting, so there is no shot deviation caused by the attachment. The two-piece adapter consists of the ZEISS DTC-A, which is available for riflescopes with objective diameters of 42mm, 50mm and 56mm, and the ZEISS DTC-R M52 in standard size. The DTC-R and DTC-A are not included in the scope of delivery of the ZEISS DTC 3 and can be purchased separately.
The ZEISS DTC 3/38 thermal clip-on device will be available from authorized dealers in summer 2022 with a RRP of 4000€ (incl. German VAT). Further information regarding the availability of the ZEISS DTC 3/25 (RRP: 3600€ incl. German VAT) will be available soon. The ZEISS DTC-A (RRP: 185€ incl. German VAT) and DTC-R (RRP: 90€ incl. German VAT) will also be available in summer 2022. For further information please visit www.zeiss.com/hunting/dtc-3. You can learn more about ZEISS’ night hunting expertise at www.zeiss.com/nighthunting. Additional images can be downloaded here.
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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 7.5 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2021).
For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.
With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.
With over 35,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.
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ZEISS Consumer Products combines the company's business with camera and cine lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes and hunting optics. The unit is allocated to the Consumer Markets segment and is based in Oberkochen and represented across the globe.