Nocturn Series

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The Nocturn Series of low light camera cores offer a 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 SmartColor sensor for optimized low-light level imaging.

Visible - Near Infrared

Monochrome or color
Passive low-light camera
Starlight condition down to 2 mlux
Day through night Imaging
Complete range of video interfaces
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Technical information




Monochrome and SmartColor 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 Series of low light camera cores provide day-through-night imaging, capturing images in extreme lighting conditions from daylight through starlight condition. Nocturn Series is 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, the Nocturn Series is also a well-suited imaging solution for man-portable uses such as weapon sights, helmet displays, and monocular.



The Nocturn Series of low light camera cores are ruggedized, passive, low-light imaging cores that feature high-definition resolution, high sensitivity and high dynamic range with low power consumption. Powered by the Photonis Lynx CMOS sensor or the SmartColor imaging sensor, the Nocturn Series provides real-time imaging capabilities (from daylight to bright starlight scene illumination) in the visible and near infrared spectrum in either monochrome or color. 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

Plug and play camera core with HD video

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 color without additional illumination or secondary technology, which is considered as passive low light camera imaging.

  • Monochrome or Smart Colour
  • Starlight condition down to 2 mlux
  • Day-through-night Imaging
  • High-QE Near Infrared (NIR)
  • Passive low-light camera


Nocturn HD-SDI brochure

Nocturn XL

Nocturn XL
Nocturn XL

Versatile video output interfaces

The most versatile configuration of Nocturn for a 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.

  • Passive low-light camera
  • Day to low-light detection
  • High frame rate, no latency
  • Optimised for mobility applications
  • For a complete range of connection interfaces


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.

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


Nocturn XS brochure

Nocturn U3

Nocturn U3
Nocturn U3

Simple plug-and-play low light camera core

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.

  • High sensitive day/night capability
  • CS mount lens interface
  • Industry Standard Digital Video
  • Award-winning low-light technology


Nocturn U3 brochure

photonis Low Light Cameras Core Nocturn U3


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