Creative XP HD Review

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The Creative XP HD spotting scope is a game-changer when it comes to target acquisition and precision shooting; the unit can therefore, be used for varying applications apart from target shooting and you can, therefore, use it for hunting, bird watching, and stargazing.  What’s more is that it has been designed to accommodate shooters and hunters who cannot focus because of limited eye relief.

Most optical sights in the market can only be used for one function and that is target location and acquisition. Once the target has been locked on with the red dot, all you need is to fire away. If you are, therefore, in the market for a more versatile sight that can do more than just target acquisition then the Creative XP HD will suffice.

The Creative XP HD spotting scope will provide its users with a crisp clear image, zooming is fairly easy, and focusing on an image is rather fast. As if the above is not enough, users can also use the spotting scope with a smart phone to capture the viewed images.

Creative XP HD Review and Breakdown

Upon purchase, the spotting scope comes packed in a protective case, meant to shield the scope from scratches and rain, in overall is that it keeps the scope safe during transportation and storage. Apart from the casing, the spotting scope has been designed to function effectively even when used in humid environments and is, therefore, submergible for up to 60minutes.

Movement with the scope has been simplified and you can, therefore, use the incorporated strap, hook it in the case and put it around your shoulder, and get moving. For the birdwatchers, the spotting scope comes complete with a phone adapter, which will make it easy to take photos as viewed from the scope.

Another important equipment that comes in the box is the photo clicker, which works as a remote for your phone thus allows you to easily take pictures without necessarily touching the phone. The photo clicker will be connected to your phone via Bluetooth. Lastly, you will also get a small tripod stand, with which you will use to mount the spotting scope.

The zoom on the spotting scope goes from 20x to 60x and you can be sure that it doesn’t have any chromatic problems; the reason for the improvements in zooming is because users previously experience blurriness as they switched to the higher magnifications. The unit has also incorporated the focus knobs on the side, one of which is the fine focus that enables users to get a crisper image and more details from the image and its surrounding.

During use, with regards to how you want to use the scope, you can customize it by rotating, the scope comes complete with a standard tripod mount and can, therefore, be mounted on different types of tripods.

What we liked;

  • The spotting scope offers vibrant colors even in high magnification
  • Equipped with two focus knobs, one which is an additional fine focus
  • Can be used with a smartphone to accurately capture images
  • The zoom feature starts from 20x and goes all the way to 60x
  • The HD lenses enable the provision of vibrant colors
  • Taking pictures is easy using the Bluetooth phone clicker

What we didn’t like;

  • Focusing is hard and the clarity is poor
  • There isn’t much difference between 20x and 60x

Creative XP HD Specifications

Model
Creative XP HD
Water resistance
Can be used underwater for up to 30 minutes
Objective lens diameter
60mm
Lens
60x zoom
Applications
Target shooting, stargazing, hunting, and bird watching
Dimensions
18.3 x 4.52 x 8.6 inches
Weight
3.54 pounds
Availability

Creative XP HD features

Optical performance

The exit pupil equipped in an optical sight determines the amount of illumination that enters the scope, which consequently determines the resolution of images that will be provided to the shooter. The Creative XP-HD has, therefore, been equipped with a large exit pupil measuring 4-1.3mm, in essence, therefore, is that this particular scope does provide brighter images.

Lens Performance

The lenses are also fully multi-coated, meaning that they don’t lose the 5 percent of light that passes through it. Sporting a fully multicoated lens the Creative XP HD affords the scope light transmission of up to 90-95 percent from which users will enjoy bright, sharp, and contrast images. Still, on optical performance, the unit offers a long field of view, of about 114-60ft/1000yards.

For other applications such as stargazing or moon watching, users will be able to identify their images from 100 yards, thanks to the wide objective lens, and the BAK4 prisms, including the 20-60x zoom feature. The unit also features a premium ED/HD optic glass which is multicoated, to help in the elimination of the chromatic aberrations while maintaining crystal clear images even at the highest magnification.

Build and Design

The Creative XP HD has incorporated a large objective lens, which helps with illumination but does add some extra weight to the scope. For a spotting scope, we can’t say it is bulky, as the adjustable features are quite minimal. The small tripod stand enhances stability during use and the phone adapter allows autonomy in operation, all of which makes the sight even bigger but quite functional we must say.

Ease of use has been facilitated by the phone clicker, so instead of manually tapping on the phone to capture the images seen through the scope, users will just use the phone clicker, which will ensure that they are treated to less blurry images.

Waterproofing and submersion

The common optical sight uses, rarely include submersion unless the unit has been purchased in a professional capacity. Never the less, we have enthusiasts who would want to go above and beyond as they engage their hobbies and the reason why manufacturers are innovating their products to become waterproof and submersible.

Such is the case for the Creative XP HD, with reduced movable parts, that make it usable in humid environments or under the light showers. The unit is additionally submergible and can be used underwater for over 45 minutes.

Who is it best suited for?

The Creative XP HD spotting scope is best suited for use in hunting and here you can study and capture game that is far away; the unit is also perfect for stargazing, where users will be able to study the galaxy including the craters of the moon; for the target shooters, the unit has been designed to improve accuracy thus enables faster target acquisition and lastly, it is best suited for bird watching, where you will be provided with the best images of birds in their natural habitat.

Are there any alternatives to the Creative XP HD?

Yes there are alternatives to the Creative XP HD such as the LANDOVE 20-60X80 BAK4 Prism Spotting Scope, the Gosky 2019 Updated 20-60×80 Spotting Scope and the HD 20-60×80 Spotting Scope

Features of the alternative spotting scopes

Model
LANDOVE 20-60X80 BAK4 Prism Spotting Scope
Gosky 2019 Updated 20-60×80 Spotting Scope
HD 20-60×80 Spotting Scope 
Zoom Eye piece
20 to 60X
20x-60x
20-60x
Objective lens diameter
80mm
80mm
80mm
Water-resistance level
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Exit pupil
19.5-18mm
3.3-1.22mm
3.2mm@20X, 1.15mm@60X
Field of view
156-81ft/1000yard
82.9- 48ft/1000yards
82.9-48ft/1000yards
Dimensions
18.6 x 4.7 x 6.7 inches
17.32 x 5.12 x 3.94 inches
18 x 7 x 4.6 inches
Weight
4.49 pounds
4.4 pounds
4.49 pounds
Availability

Final Verdict: so, should you get the Creative XP HD?

Yes, you should get the Creative XP HD because it suffices in many applications including target shooting. What’s more, is that the spotting optics can be used in different dynamic environments while without compromising any of its functionality features. The spotting optics also retails at a budget-friendly price, so you don’t have a reason to miss out on this opportunity.

FAQ’s

  1. Is the phone suction of the Creative XP HD cupped on and is it okay if I leave my phone case on?

The Phone suction accessories works like any other, suction cup, so the idea is that the unit should form a straight seal, which consequently locks in air. If your phone case is smooth and can hold air tightly then the suction cup will work without any issues.

  1. How effective is the 60mm objective lens diameter?

When compared to spotting sights of the same standard, the Creative XP HD objective lens diameter which measures about 60mm is quite effective in the provision of high resolution and clear images. The reduced size also makes the sight considerably light in weight thus easy to carry around while enabling faster transitioning between targets.

  1. Is it possible to rotate the Creative XP HD scope to the side?

The scope has been fitted with a knob that you can use to rotate to the left or right but only when it is positioned on the tripod stand, the above will enable you to change positions without having to move the spotting scope.

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Terrence Miller
Terrence Miller is a hunter by birth, picking it up from a lineage of hunters and will probably hand the skill down to his son. He has been hunting since he was a young boy and has knowledge of both the new and old hunting equipment. This goes to say that the information provided is very reliable and conclusive. Using the hunting rifles and getting the right hunting gear seems to be a challenge for many individuals who want to learn the skill of hunting. And the reason why the information presented by Miller has detailed coverage on the different types of rifles, and rifle scopes. When not in the wild hunting, Miller loves horseback riding.

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