This is What a Color Night Vision Camera Can See in Near Darkness

Canon will start shipping its $30,000 ISO 4.46 million camera this month for people who need to shoot in pitch black environments. A similar technology that’s making a splash these days is “color night vision.”

A Las Vegas-based company called SPI has a color night vision sensor called the X27. The 1.5-minute video above shows what the 10-megapixel sensor can capture in extremely dark places.

The ultra-sensitive sensor is able to shoot both ordinary images during the day, as well as its color night vision images at night. Point it up at the sky, and you’ll be able to clearly see stars and constellations.

Here’s another amazing sample video showing what the sensor can capture with a 50mm f/1.2 lens on a moon-less starry night (with 1 millilux):

We shared back in February 2014 that a Japanese company called Komamura is also competing in this market with its Falcon Eye KC-2000 camera.