With a digital video output of either 10/8-bit CameraLink® compatibility or an analog video output of NTSC/PAL that is user selectable the Nocturn XL camera, powered by the Lynx CMOS imaging sensor, is optimized for low light level imaging. 

Day to Low light detection
High frame rate, no latency
Optimized for mobility applications
Offers a complete range of connection interfaces

Technical information

Camera Specifications
Sensor Resolution 1280 x 1027 Pixels
Sensor Pixel Pitch 9.7 µm x 9.7 µm
Sensor Well Capacity > 25000 e
Sensor Dynamic Range > 60 dB
Sensor Read Noise < 4e- median at 60 Hz
Sensor Quantum Efficiency > 80% at 650 nm
Frame Rate  50, 60, or 100 Hz with full field resolution (user selectable)
Sensor Image Lag < 0.1%
Sensor Shutter Mode Rolling



The Nocturn family of low light cameras 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. Optimized for size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements, Nocturn cameras are also a well-suited imaging solution for man-portable uses such as weapon sights, helmet displays, and monoculars. 

The Nocturn XL camera is a rugged low light camera module that features high-definition, high sensitivity and high dynamic range all with low power consumption. The camera provides monochrome real-time imaging capabilities from daylight to bright starlight in the visible and near infrared spectrum.  The Nocturn XL has an integrated interface board that can be used to output digital video over a CameraLink® compatible interface as well as a NTSC/PAL composite video. It’s small size, weight and power (SWaP) makes this camera module ideal for integration into aerial, mobile, and hand-held surveillance systems.  

Low Light Camera Photonis NOCTURN XL



Applications fields

Homeland Security
Law Enforcement
Long Range Surveillance
Day & Night Analog/Digital Sights
Driver’s Vision Enhancement
Helmet Mounted Analog/Digital Vision
Low Light Level Imaging
Missile Detection Warning System
Vehicle (Land, Sea, Air)
Transportation Systems/Automotive

Did you know?

Photonis’ Nocturn cameras are equipped with one of two patented digital CMOS imaging sensors – the Lynx sensor for monochrome output or the Kameleon sensor for full color even in very dark conditions. Both sensors can be integrated in Night Vision, Homeland security, Surveillance and Scientific applications. These solid-state CMOS sensors provide excellent imaging from daylight to low-light levels – such as those found during a quarter moon. The CMOS pixel architecture offers the best compromise between inherent signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), high resolution and intra-scene dynamic range. With total read-out noise below 4 e- without cooling, the Lynx and Kameleon CMOS video processing electronic boards facilitate integration into a wide range of compact imaging systems. This allows ideal detection, recognition, and identification that can be transmitted or recorded.

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