Nocturn MD Low-Light Camera by Photonis

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United States of America

Photonis Defense
1000 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17601

The Nocturn MD imaging core is a rugged low light imaging core that features high definition resolution, high sensitivity and high dynamic range with low power consumption.


Powered by Photonis’ 1 inch optical format 1280×1024 pixels Lynx CMOS sensor and Microoled 1746×1000 pixels black and white monochrome micro-display, the Nocturn provides real-time imaging capabilities (from daylight to one quarter moon scene illumination) in the visible and near infrared spectrum. Its small size, weight and power (SwaP) make this core module ideal for integration into mobile and hand-held surveillance systems.




Ideal for 24/7 operations

Less than 4e-read-out noise

860 nm and 1064 nm laser line detection

1.3 Mpx

100 fps

Digital zoom up to 8x


Technical Information





Sensor Resolution

1280 x 1024 Pixels

Sensor Pixel Pitch

9.7 µm x 9.7 µm

Sensor Well Capacity

> 25000 e-

Sensor Dynamic Range

> 60 dB

Sensor Read Noise

< 4e- median at 60 Hz

Sensor Quantum Efficiency

> 80% at 650 nm

Frame Rate

Adjustable up to 60 Hz

Sensor Image Lag

< 0.1%

Sensor Shutter Mode



With its 9.7μm×9.7μm pixel pitch and 4e- median read noise, the Nocturn provides unsurpassed signal to noise at low light with video rates up to 60 frames per second. Built on Photonis expertise in night vision imaging, the Nocturn electronics incorporates a multitude of functions to enhance the low light level performance. The Nocturn MD features automatic gain control (AGC), automatic exposure control (AEC), non-uniformity correction (NUC), on board image capture and advanced image enhancement, allowing the Nocturn to provide continuous situational awareness without  compromising mobility and SWaP.

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Description: Nocturn MD Low-Light Camera
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