Nocturn U3

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

High sensitive day/night capability
CS mount lens interface
Industry Standard Digital Video
Award-winning low-light technology
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Monochrome (Lynx) or Smart colour (Kameleon) CMOS sensor

Frame rate

60 Hz (Colour) or up to 100 Hz (Monochrome)


< 41 x 41 x 58 mm


< 150 g

Video Output

Monochrome: Monochrome 8/10 bit over USB 3

Colour: Monochrome 8/10 bit, colour 24 bit YCbCr or YUV (4:2:2 format) over USB 3


Serial via external interface or USB

Power Input

+5 to +12 VDC over USB 3

Power (W)

~ 3.5 W (50/60 Hz)

Mounting interface

¼-20’’ tripod mount

Lens mount


Operating temperature

0 °C to +50 °C

Storage temperature

-50 °C to +80 °C


The Nocturn family of low light camera cores 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. Optimised 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.

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The Nocturn U3 is a simple plug-and-play low light camera solution for high-resolution imaging under a wide variety of lighting conditions. The Nocturn 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 colour for a wide variety of machine vision, security or surveillance applications. U3 is a rugged solution for surveillance and security applications where high-resolution day-though-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.

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