Nocturn camera

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The Nocturn low light camera cores offer broad range of video outputs spanning from the smallest configuration for OEMs and integrators to the plug and play with HD video.

The Nocturn camera cores use the power of Lynx CMOS and Lynx Smart Colour Sensors for optimized low-light level imaging.

Monochrome or Smart Colour
Passive low-light camera
Starlight condition down to 2 mlux
Day through night Imaging
Complete range of connection interfaces

Technical information




Monochrome (Lynx) or Smart colour (Kameleon) CMOS sensor

Frame rate

up to 100 fps

Available Video Output

HDSDI 720p, CameraLink or NTSC/PAL, LVCMOS, USB 3.0

Mounting interface

¼-20’’ tripod mount

Lens mount


Optical interface

Compatible with 1 inch and 2/3 inch optics

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The Nocturn family of low light camera cores provide day-through-night imaging, capturing images in extreme lighting conditions from daylight through starlight condition. 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 monocular. 



The Nocturn family of low light camera cores are ruggedized passive low-light imaging core that features high-definition resolution, high sensitivity and high dynamic range with low power consumption. Powered by the Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor or the Smart Colour imaging sensor, the Nocturn provides real-time imaging capabilities

(from daylight to bright starlight scene illumination) in the visible and near infrared spectrum in either monochrome or colour. Its small size, low weight and low power usage (SwaP) make this core module ideal for integration into mobile and handheld surveillance systems.

Nocturn camera


  • Ideal for 24/7 operations
  • Less than 4e-read-out noise
  • 860 nm and 1064 nm laser line detection
  • Digital zoom up to 8x
  • HD format (1.3 Mpx)
  • Up to 100 fps

Options available

Nocturn HD-SDI

Nocturn HD-SDI
Nocturn HD-SDI

The plug and play camera core with HD video, The Nocturn HD-SDI camera uses Photonis’ award-winning CMOS image sensor technology to provide unsurpassed day through night imaging capabilities, in either monochrome or colour without additional illumination or a secondary technology, which is considered as passive low light camera imaging.


Nocturn HD-SDI brochure

Nocturn XL

Nocturn XL
Nocturn XL

The most versatile configuration of Nocturn for broad range of applications, the Nocturn XL camera has an integrated interface board that can be used to output digital video over a CameraLink compatible interface as well as NTSC/PAL composite video.


Nocturn XL brochure

Nocturn XS

Nocturn XS
Nocturn XS

The smallest configuration of Nocturn for demanding integrators, the Nocturn XS offers both monochrome imaging to provide excellent performance in low light level condition and color vision for those who want to gain more detail information in low light level condition. 

Nocturn XS brochure

Nocturn U3

Nocturn U3
Nocturn U3

The simple plug-and-play low light camera featured USB 3.0 video output, the Nocturn U3 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 color for a wide variety of machine vision, security or surveillance applications.


Nocturn U3 brochure

Nocturn MD

Nocturn MD
Nocturn MD

The only Nocturn equipped with OLED microdisplay, the Nocturn MD camera core is a rugged low light imaging core powered by the Lynx CMOS imaging sensor, optimized for low-light level imaging.


Nocturn MD brochure

photonis Low Light Cameras Core Nocturn U3


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