Low Light Camera Cores

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Nocturn U3

Nocturn U3


Simple plug-and-play low light camera core for high-resolution imaging under a wide variety of lighting conditions.

  • High sensitive day/night capability
  • CS mount lens interface
  • High frame rate, no latency
  • Industry Standard Digital Video
  • Award-winning low-light technology


The Nocturn family of low light camera cores provides day-through-night imaging, capturing images in extreme lighting conditions from daylight through quarter-moon darkness. Nocturn cameras are ruggedized, making them ideal for surveillance, security, and mobile applications such as border patrol, reconnaissance UAVs and armored vehicle perimeter monitoring. Optimised for size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements, Nocturn camera cores are also a well-suited imaging solution for man-portable uses such as weapon sights, helmet displays, and monoculars.

The Nocturn U3 is a simple plug-and-play low light camera solution for high-resolution imaging under a wide variety of lighting conditions. The Nocturn is equipped with award-winning CMOS low light technology and a USB3 Vision® digital video output that is GenlCam® compliant, to provide both full daylight and low light images in either monochrome or colour for a wide variety of machine vision, security or surveillance applications. U3 is a rugged solution for surveillance and security applications where high-resolution day-though-night images can provide identifying or actionable visual evidence even in starlight conditions.

With simple connectivity in a compact form, the Nocturn U3 provides ideal images for superior surveillance solutions.

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Sensor Monochrome (Lynx) or Smart colour (Kameleon) CMOS sensor
Frame rate 60 Hz (Colour) or up to 100 Hz (Monochrome)
Size < 41 x 41 x 58 mm
Weight < 150g
Video Output Monochrome: Monochrome 8/10 bit over USB 3
Colour: Monochrome 8/10 bit, colour 24 bit YCbCr or YUV (4:2:2 format) over USB 3
Communications Serial via external interface or USB
Power Input +5 to +12 VDC over USB 3
Power (W) ~ 3.5 W (50/60 Hz)
Mounting Interface ¼-20’’ tripod mount
Lens Mount CS-Mount
Operating Temperature 0 °C to +50 °C
Storage Temperatuer -50 °C to +80 °C


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