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PHOTONIS Digital Imaging introduces a new Color Low-Light CMOS camera, optimized for low-light conditions without the need for supplemental illumination.  The new camera model provides USB3 functionality and color imaging for the NOCTURN line of products, offering new standard connectivity options for video management and dissemination in aerial and ground vehicles. The model, NOCTURN-U3, along with other Digital Imaging solutions, will be on live display at the PHOTONIS booth at the upcoming Eurosatory show in Paris, France, 16-20 June in Hall 6, Stand B-114.

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 new Nocturn Color U3 model is powered by the proprietary Kameleon imaging sensor, a solid-state sensor that offers less than 4e- read noise, with SXGA (1280x1024) 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.

PHOTONIS USA President and CEO, Gregory Bell commented, “The Nocturn Color CMOS camera is the latest innovation to our Digital Imaging family of products.  Now our customers can have day into night imaging in color without additional illumination requirements.”

The NOCTURN-U3 model is the result of a previously-announced development partnership with Pleora Technologies to utilize its iPORT™ camera interface with the NOCTURN camera. The Pleora iPORT™ products optimize video transmission due to their light-weight, off-the-shelf cabling, networking capabilities, and ability to support a range of different computing platforms.

PHOTONIS Digital Imaging is a new business unit of PHOTONIS Technologies, exclusively concentrating on the research, design, development and manufacture of digital low-light imaging technologies. PHOTONIS is a multinational high-technology group, with more than 40 years experience in manufacture, sales and innovation, specializing in photo sensor technology. The Group operates internationally in the Night Vision, Industrial, Scientific and Medical Imaging and Nuclear Instrumentation markets. PHOTONIS USA designs and manufactures a wide range of custom and standard components and assemblies for mass spectroscopy and power tubes as well as other medical, bio-medical and scientific instruments and holds several patents in these fields.


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