Nocturn U3

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

High sensitivity during day/night
CS mount lens interface
Industry standard digital video
Award-winning low light technology


The Nocturn family of low light camera cores provide 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. Optimized 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. This camera core is equipped with award-winning CMOS low light technology and features a USB3 Vision digital video output that is GenICam compliant. These important features allow the camera module to provide both full daylight and low light images in either monochrome or color for a wide variety of machine vision, security or surveillance applications. The Noctun U3 is a rugged solution for surveillance and security applications where high-resolution day-through-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. 


Sensor Monochrome (Lynx) or Smart Color (Kameleon) CMOS Sensor
Frame Rate 60 Hz (Color) or up to 100 Hz (Monochrome)
Size <1.6 x 1.6 x 2.3 in (<41 x 41 x 58mm) 
Weight <150g
Video Output

Monochrome: Monochrome 8/10 bit over USB3

Color: 24 bit YCbCr or YUV (4:2:2 format) over USB3

Communications Serial via external interface or USB
Power Input +5 to +12 VDC over USB3
Power (W) ~3.5 W (50/60 Hz)
Mounting Interface .25 to 20" tripod mount
Lens Mount CS-Mount
Operating Temperature  32oF to 122oF (0oC to +50oC) 
Storage Temperature  -58oF to +176oF (-50oC to +80oC)


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