Low Light Camera Cores

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Nocturn XS

Nocturn XS


The smallest configuration of Nocturn for demanding integrators.

Digital Video Output: parallel LVCMOS. The Nocturn XS Camera is powered by the Lynx CMOS or the Smart Colour CMOS imaging sensor, optimised for low-light level imaging.

  • Passive low-light camera
  • Monochrome or Smart Colour
  • Day to low-light detection
  • High frame rate, no latency
  • OEM interface for customisation


The Nocturn XS is a ruggedized passive low-light camera module that features high definition resolution, high sensitivity and high dynamic range with low power consumption.

Powered by Photonis’ 1 inch optical format 1280×1024 pixel (SXGA) Lynx CMOS sensor, the Nocturn provides real time imaging capabilities (from daylight to bright starlight scene illumination) in the visible and near infrared spectrum. Its small size, weight and power (SWaP) make this camera module ideal for integration into aerial, mobile and hand held surveillance systems.

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Sensor Monochrome or Smart Colour Lynx CMOS sensor
Frame rate Up to 100 Hz
Size 34 x 36 x 18 mm
Weight 45 g
Video Output 10 bit 3.3V parallel LVCMOS output
Communications Logic level seiral interface
Power Input +2.5 to +5.5 VDC or regulated +4.5 VDC (factory default)
Power (W) 1.5 W (50/60 Hz)
Optical Interface 1 inch optical format
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
Camera Features

Options Available

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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We offer custom camera solutions for your specific application based on a project. Please contact us for detailed information.

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