Color night vision pocket camera turns night into day

Start-up Duovox has launched a compact night vision camera with a custom Sony sensor and advanced algorithms at its core that effectively turn night into day, bringing a full color experience to night hikes in the mountains, night photography of wildlife or even pitch-black horror movies for the disabled.

“We used the latest low-light imaging technology and combined it with our own advanced AI algorithms,” said Duovox founder David Chen. “This allows Duovox to turn an entire night scene into a full color daytime photograph.”

Currently raising production funds on Kickstarter, the Duovox Mate Pro is Duovox’s fourth night vision camera and is designed as an easy carry rather than the dashcam format of previous iterations.

It’s built around a back-illuminated Starvis 2 CMOS image sensor that Sony designed specifically for this camera. This 1/1.8-inch 5MP sensor is said to be capable of capturing JPEG or RAW images or 1080p/2K video in light as low as 0.0001 lux over a focus area of ​​1,000 feet (304 m), which is equivalent to being able to spot details on a moonless, overcast night. And those images aren’t in the familiar black and white of many night vision cameras, the Duovox Mate Pro outputs in “true color.”

The Duovox Mate Pro can capture 5 MP images or 1080p/2K video with light as low as 0.0001 lux

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The camera features a fast f/0.9 glass on the front and 22 stops of dynamic range, is said to attract twice as much detail as an iPhone 13 Pro Max, and comes with proprietary algorithms to help eliminate the inevitable noise – although the sample images on the crowdfunding campaign page still have a somewhat grainy quality.

The compact shooter weighs 14.1 oz (400 g) and measures 2 x 4 in (54 x 106 mm), so it won’t take up too much space in your backpack and could even fit in a jacket pocket. Ease of use is offered through an AI assistant that will automatically select things like shutter speed, exposure, aperture, and ISO sensitivity.

There’s a 3-inch 2K color display on the back for low-latency streams, allowing users to essentially see in the dark as they stroll along unlit paths, down dark alleys, and through tunnels. Helpfully, the screen can be dimmed while viewing nocturnal wildlife for minimal disturbance.

The Duovox Mate Pro has built-in Wi-Fi, an SD card slot for up to 512GB of storage, and a battery that's rated good for up to 4 hours of use per charge.
The Duovox Mate Pro has built-in Wi-Fi, an SD card slot for up to 512GB of storage, and a battery that’s rated good for up to 4 hours of use per charge.

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Elsewhere there’s built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for streaming captured footage to a smartphone (although it also has an SD media slot for up to 512GB of in-device storage), it’s comes with a built-in microphone for sound recording and a speaker for playback, the internal 3000mAh battery is reported to last up to four hours of use per charge, an external light can illuminate the area immediate in an emergency and the camera can be mounted on a tripod to keep things stable.

Kickstarter pledges for the Duovox Mate Pro currently start at US$599, about half the expected retail price, but climb to $699 when pre-registration tiers have all been scooped up. If all goes as planned, shipping should begin in October.

Source: Duovox

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