NOCTURN Low light cameras

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 is also a well-suited imaging solution for man-portable uses such as weapon sights, helmet displays, and monoculars.

The NOCTURN Color models are powered by the proprietary KAMELEON imaging sensor, a solid-state sensor that offers less than 4e- read noise, with SXGA (1280×1024) resolution at frame rates up to 100 Hz. The KAMELEON sensor provides large 9.72µm pixels with microlenses for optimum quantum efficiency in excess of 60%, providing high-resolution low light color images that extend the vision of the human eye.

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NOCTURN Digital Extreme Low-Light CMOS Camera

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Versatile, yet Simple.

NOCTURN camera is a rugged low-light camera module that features high-definition resolution, high sensitivity and high dynamic range with low power consumption. It provides color or monochrome real-time imaging capabilities – from daylight to bright starlight – in the visible and near infrared spectrum. Its small size, weight and power (SWaP) makes this camera module ideal for integration into aerial, mobile and hand-held surveillance systems. Several versions are available from a simple module to a full-scale camera, depending on the need.

NOCTURN camera

With its 9.7 × 9.7µm pixel, 1280 × 1024 resolution and < 4e- read-out noise, NOCTURN provides unsurpassed low light level imaging with adjustable video rates up to 100 frames per second. The on-board electronics deliver automatic gain control (AGC), high dynamic range (HDR), non-uniformity correction (NUC) and advanced image enhancement, allowing NOCTURN camera module to provide enhanced continuous situational awareness without compromising mobility and SWaP.

NOCTURN is available several models providing a choice of connectivity options: PAL or NTSC analog video, CameraLink® compatible, Gigabit Ethernet, USB or USB3 for plug and play integration, Power over Ethernet.

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NOCTURN Digital Extreme Low-Light CMOS Camera : Applications

UAV/UAS Imaging:
UAV/UAS are deployed for any number of support missions: reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence, target identification and search and rescue. Small units require compact on-board systems for communication, navigation and imaging. Systems chosen for use in UAV/UAS need to be optimized for size, weight and power (SWaP), capable of performing under a wide range of environmental conditions, and be as versatile a solution as possible to support the wide range of missions required of such aircraft.

Benefits of NOCTURN to UAV/UAS:
◊ Long range surveillance without the need for thermal or NIR night cameras to Light Level 3.
◊ SWaP optimized into a single solution for day/night imaging: 37mm3 , 85g, 1.8W typical.
◊ Standard CS lens mount and up to 8X digital zoom.
◊ Up to 100 Hz frame rates for high speed imaging.

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Long Range Identification:

The ability to observe, and record images and scenery undetected are paramount to the safety of both life and infrastructure. Modern warfare techniques, whether static monitoring or mobile surveillance, rely heavily on information gathered via covert long-range surveillance methods such as hidden cameras. The imaging technology requires the camera produce high quality images in both daylight and nighttime conditions.

Benefits of NOCTURN in Long Range Identification:
◊ No additional Illumination required for low light imaging
◊ High Resolution increases recognition probability significantly
◊ Detection of NIR laser frequencies
◊ Low Signal to Noise Ratio

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The ideal surveillance camera would provide a single solution with the capability to see equally well in day or nighttime lighting conditions without supplemental night lighting requirements, while still providing simple standard connectivity to allow multiple video feeds to be viewed in one standard location. Such a camera would eliminate the need for separate day and night systems, and simplify cabling and power requirements.

Benefits of NOCTURN in Surveillance Operations:
◊ High quality imaging at low light levels
◊ Day through night imaging even in color
◊ Standard communication (Gigabit Ethernet, USB3) links
◊ Long range identification

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◊ CCTV security and surveillance
◊ Man portable vision systems
◊ Long range target identification
◊ 860 & 1064nm laser line detection
◊ UAV and other reconnaissance

◊ Machine vision
◊ Spectroscopy
◊ Biochip reading
◊ Spectral Imaging
◊ Passive low light level imaging

NOCTURN Digital Extreme Low-Light CMOS Camera: Features / Benefits

◊ 1280 × 1024 resolution at 100 frames per second

◊ < 4 e- read-out noise at frame rates up to 100 fps and high dynamic range with 9.7 × 9.7µm pixel pitch

◊ Low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP)

◊ On board intelligent electronics

◊ Optical and video interfaces
(Camera Link®, NTSC, PAL, USB3 and Ethernet GigE Vision®)

High definition imagery to improve detection, identification and situational awareness

High signal to noise ratio and scene contrast in light levels from bright starlight to daylight: ideal for 24/7 operations

Ideal for small size man portable systems operating on standard batteries

Automatic processing for gain control, image corrections and enhancement to guarantee high quality imagery

Facilitate integration into your system using industry standards interfaces

Low Light Camera CMOS Technology

LYNX Digital CMOS Low Light Sensor provides superior monochrome day-through-night imaging in a high-resolution sensor that provides a high-quality long range image.
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KAMELEON Color CMOS Low Light Sensor allows the user to add color to enhance scene understanding while still providing superior low-light response without the need for additional illumination.

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