Compared with red dot sight and holographic sight, what are the advantages of LPVO scope?

Apr 04, 2023

For close-quarters and fast-moving shootings, LPVO scope, red dot sight and holographic sight are the most desirable, since all of them are true 1x or near true 1x. Are you still reeling from what to buy? A comparison with red dot and holographic sight will help you out.

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LPVO vs Red Dot Sight


As we know, LPVO stands for Low Power Variable Optics, it has gained more and more popularity in optical world thanks to its versatility. The magnification of LPVO ranges from 1x to 10x or even higher, allowing shooters to shoot the target precisely at a long distance. However, LPVO optics are a lot heavier and larger compared with red dot sights and prism scopes, their portability is inferior to the other two types of scopes.


A red dot sight, in simple terms, is a type of sight using an illuminated red dot to aim the target. This is very different to LPVO and Prism sights, as it doesn’t have a proper reticle, just a small red dot in the field of view, which is also a fatal defect of red dot sights, no battery, no sight! Other than that, it’s small and light, can fit almost any kind of firearms, super easy to use! And its 1x magnification means broader field of view, making it perfect for close-range shooting.

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LPVO vs Holographic Sight

The difference between LPVO and holographic sight is just like the difference between LPVO and red dot sight. However, the cost of holographic sight is much higher than those two. If shooters use 1x more, and have high budget, a holographic might be a more accurate and efficient solution.


But holographic also have some shortages. Except from its price, it is kind of bulky than red dot sight, so it is not much used on pistols. Besides, holographic sights have a shorter battery life than reflex sights using LEDs.


LPVO vs Holographic Sight with Magnifier


If you neglect the budget, the Holographic Sight with Magnifier combo is great! It do offer some magnification and can be used for longer shooting, but be aware of the fact that you’re still limited to the fixed power of the magnifier. Wish to adjust the power range consecutively between the lowest magnification to the highest one? LPVO wins.

So, why so many shooters love LPVO? What are the advantages over red dot and holographic sight?



LPVO rifle scopes have variable magnification, which allows the shooter to zoom in on the target and make more precise shots at longer distances. Red dot and holographic sights are usually limited to a fixed magnification or no magnification at all.



LPVO scopes can be used for both short-range and long-range shooting. By adjusting the magnification, the shooter can use the same scope for close-quarters combat and long-range engagements. Red dot and holographic sights are usually best suited for short-range shooting.


Reticle options

LPVO rifle scopes offer a variety of reticle options, including crosshairs, illuminated reticles, and BDC (Bullet Drop Compensation) reticles. And their reticles can be made from fiber, wire or etched glass, support more complex reticle patterns for ranging purpose or tactical use. Also, because the LPVO reticle is usually etched on glass, it is visible regardless of battery power. All these allows the shooter to choose the reticle that best suits their needs and shooting style. While red dot and holographic sights usually have a single reticle option, even some red dot scopes have multi reticle system, the pattern is generally circle, dots, and crosshairs, still quite simple. Not to mention that they need to consume battery when working.



LPVO rifle scopes are built to withstand the recoil of high-powered rifles and are often waterproof and shockproof. While red dot reflex sights are mainly used on pistols, and holographic sights are too complex in internal structure. So they may not be as durable and may not be able to withstand the recoil of certain rifles.


Overall, LPVO rifle scopes are a versatile and reliable option for shooters who need a scope that can be used for both short-range and long-range shooting.