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NOCTURN Extreme Low-Light Digital CMOS Camera by PHOTONIS

The NOCTURN extreme low-light digital CMOS camera from PHOTONIS provides 24/7 imaging requirements across various lighting conditions.

It comes in a compact size and consumes less power. The camera includes on-board electronics to provide automatic processing for image correction and gain control.

It uses various industry-standard interfaces such as CameraLink, USB, NTSC or PAL for simple integration into existing or new systems. NOCTURN is available in XS model for custom integration and XL model for a variety of connection interfaces.

Key Features

The features of the NOCTURN extreme low-light digital CMOS camera are:

  • Surveillance imaging for 24/7 lighting conditions
  • Light weight and small size
  • On-board electronics
  • Industry-standard interfaces
  • Digital zoom up to 4X
  • Histogram stretching, Histogram equalization
  • High resolution/high frame rate
  • CS mount
  • Tripod mount adapter
  • USB powered
  • Day-to-night capability
NOCTURN Features Demo


The applications of the NOCTURN extreme low-light digital CMOS camera are:

  • Man-portable vision systems
  • Unmanned remote surveillance
  • CCTV security and surveillance
  • Long range target identification
  • 860 and 1064 nm laser line detection
  • Machine vision
  • Spectroscopy
  • Biochip reading
  • Spectral Imaging
  • Passive low light level imaging
  • UAV and other reconnaissance


The specifications of the NOCTURN extreme low-light digital CMOS camera are provided in the tables below:

Camera Specifications
Resolution 1280 × 1024 Pixels
Pixel Pitch 9.7 µm × 9.7 µm
Well Capacity > 25000 e-
Dynamic Range > 60 dB
Read Noise < 4e- median at frame rates up to 100 Hz
Quantum Efficiency > 50% at 600 nm
Frame Rate Up to 100 Hz with full field resolution
Image Lag < 0.1%
Shutter Mode Rolling
Lens Mount CS-mount (XL model)
Dimensions (excludes connectors) (Width × Height × Depth)
34.1 × 36.6 × 37.4 mm (XL model)
34.1 × 36.6 × 17.3 mm (XS model)

85 g (XL model)
45 g (XS model)
Digital Video Output 10-bit CameraLink® Compatible (XL model)
CameraLink® Compatible or parallel LVCMOS (XS model)
Analog Video Output NTSC/PAL (XL model)
Communications Serial via CameraLink® Compatible or USB (XL model)
Logic Level serial port (XS model)
Image Correction Bad pixel replacement and non-uniformity
correction (NUC)
Synchronization Analog output strobe reference (XL model)
LVTTL output (XS model)
Environmental and Power
Operating Temperature -40°C to 60°C
Storage Temperature -50°C to 80°C
Input Voltage USB or 5 to 15 VDC (XL model)
2.25 to 5.5 VDC (XS model)
Power < 1.8 W (typical) (XL model)
< 1.2 W (typical) (XS model)


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