Low Light Camera Cores

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Nocturn HD-SDI

Nocturn HD-SDI


Video Output: HD-SDI 720p 60 Hz. The Nocturn HD-SDI Camera uses the power of the Kameleon Colour CMOS imaging sensor, or the Lynx monochrome sensor, both optimised for low-light level imaging.

  • Monochrome or Smart Color
  • Starlight condition down to 2 mlux
  • Day-through-night imaging
  • High-QE Near Infrared (NIR)
  • Passive Low Light Camera


The Nocturn 720p HD-SDI core is a ruggedized passive low-light imaging core that features high-definition resolution, high sensitivity and high dynamic range with low power consumption. Powered by the Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor or the Kameleon Colour CMOS imaging sensor, the Nocturn provides real-time imaging capabilities (from daylight to bright starlight scene illumination) in the visible and near infrared spectrum in either monochrome or colour. Its small size, low weight and low power usage (SwaP) make this core module ideal for integration into mobile and handheld surveillance systems.

The Nocturn 720p HD-SDI camera uses Photonis’ award-winning CMOS image sensor technology to provide unsurpassed day-through-night imaging capabilities, in either monochrome or colour without additional illumination or a secondary technology, which is considered as passive low light camera imaging. Nocturn offers a small size, weight and power package with an industry standard video interface for a compact package that supports high definition video in both day and night time lighting conditions.

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Sensor Monochrome (Lynx) or Smart Color (Kameleon) CMOS Sensor
Frame rate up to 60 Hz (user request)
Size < 1.4 x 1.5 x 2.1 in (< 35 x 37 x 54 mm)
Weight < 95 g
Video Output HD-SDI 720p
Communications Serial over USB or RS-422
Power Input +5 to +12 VDC over GPIO
Power (W) Monochrome: < 2 W and Color: < 2.5 W
Mounting Interface ¼-20’’ tripod mount
Lens Mount C-Mount
Optical Interface Compatible with 1 inch and 2/3 inch optics
Operating Temperature -40 °C to +60 °C
Storage Temperatuer -50 °C to +80 °C


  • Ideal for 24/7 operations
  • Less than 4e-read-out noise
  • 860 nm and 1064 nm laser line detection
  • HD format (1.3 Mpx)
  • Digital zoom up to 8x

Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor

Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor

The Nocturn 720p HD-SDI Monochrome is powered by Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor to provide excellent performance in low light level conditions. Offering natural night vision, the black and white gives clear information on the contrast and shapes.

Photonis Kameleon CMOS Sensor

Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor

The Nocturn 720p HD-SDI SmartColour offers colour vision for those who want to gain more detailed information in low light level conditions.


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