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A Pint-Sized Night Vision Camera That’s No Larger Than a CF Card

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JTT has released what looks to be the smallest consumer night vision camera in existence. About the size of your typical CF card, the CHOBi CAM 3 can snap 11MP photos and take 1080p video for up to 120 minutes on a charge — and it does it all in the dark.

The night vision capabilities come courtesy of 5 infrared LEDs that light up the night for the camera’s sensor without doing anything for your eyes. And the 2 hours worth of stills or footage you’ll be able to capture will be stored on a microSDHC card (up to 32GB).

Here’s a short sample video that shows off the camera’s capabilities:

As you can tell, the range of your night vision capability is only about 3 feet, but the quality is still surprisingly good for something so ridiculously small. And since it’ll only set you back about $54, you’re not likely to find a cheaper, or more portable, alternative.

(via Gizmodo)


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/philiphan Philip Han

    I know it’s only $54 but maybe with $10-$20 in IR LED’s and an appropriate wide angle converter or telephoto you could DIY something pretty impressive for its price!

  • http://www.facebook.com/duke.shin1 Duke Shin

    Stalkers, do you even f/1.4

  • michaelp42

    Why?

  • Joakim Bidebo

    One tiny issue tho, most better cameras have build-in filter against IR-light. Both my DSLR blocks about all IR-light, my old P&S and my Android phone block about nothing tho so there it should work but then I end up with about the same image quality that this camera anyway. :/

  • Chess

    Expect Google to sue them now that they have a patent on LED ring flash.

  • http://twitter.com/BlogGuero Blog-Güero

    Isn’t the range more a function of what kind of IR fill light you have on it? If you had more IR power you could probably see further than 3 feet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/norshan Norshan Nusi

    Had a feeling if its modified…it might be an “X-Ray” camera?