Here’s a very helpful review of five night vision cameras from NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) Boater that could help make your cruising life a lot easier and safer. Take a look:
The ComNav V7 thermal night vision camera with multi-axis gyro stabilization and high-sensitive quad payload is designed for situational awareness such as surveillance, navigation, security, and search and rescue applications in extreme low-light environments. Furthermore, it is an effective tool for ice and iceberg detection, as well as marine oil spill recognition. Thermal imaging technology allows the capture of faint image details in challenging light conditions, as well as being able to “see” through smoke and fog. Digital Pattern Enhancement (DPE) allows for sharper, crystal-clear, high-resolution images. A three-axis joystick control remote unit helps command the V7 with intuitive ease. A two-year warranty is standard, with an optional one-year extension available.
Adventure doesn’t need to stop when the sun goes down. Bring night to life with the world’s first water-resistant day/night camera. Navigate waterways with full color night vision. Whether it’s a simple boating excursion or sailors manning the rails of one deck in a fleet, piloting waterways can be challenging. The water-resistant Aurora was constructed for coastal environmental conditions, providing true night vision to enhance navigation and fleet management capabilities at any hour. With mounting, GPS, and remote capabilities, Aurora allows sailors and captains alike to keep track of fleets and water traffic, even from below deck.
FLIR’s new dual-sensor M364C multispectral camera offers mariners greater awareness via a 24-degree field of view and FLIR’s patented Color Thermal Vision (CTV) technology. This proprietary multispectral imaging technology blends thermal and high-definition visible color video for enhanced identification of buoys, vessels and other targets at night. Additionally, the M364C features FLIR’s patented MSX imaging technology, which extracts edges and borders from the HD visible camera and blends these elements with the thermal image, giving operators improved visual recognition of distant objects. The M364C and other FLIR M300 Series cameras facilitate safer navigation through improved image stabilization using an integrated attitude heading reference system (AHRS) sensor. The M364C is designed to integrate with the latest-generation marine navigation displays, including FLIR’s award-winning Raymarine Axiom family of multifunction displays.
The GOST Watch HD H20 XVR next-generation all-in-one video surveillance system is designed to remotely stream and record thermal and IR-illuminated camera recordings in real-time. Designed for law enforcement and fireboats, the GOST WATCH HD H20 XVR is enclosed in a fiberglass case that offers IP67 waterproof and impact-resistant protection and also makes installation simple. Within the case is a high-speed 4G LTE data communicator that can stream up to eight analog or IP 1080P cameras to the new GOST Watch HD XVR app. The built-in expanded 4 TB hard drive records and stores up to 90 days of footage per camera. The XVR is compatible for full remote PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) control of FLIR’s M300 M400 and M500 cameras.
Part of Iris’s new super-rugged Sentinel range of gyro-stabilized controllable marine night vision cameras, the IRIS-SC395 features dual camera modules (daylight and high-resolution thermal) which can be viewed individually and overlaid on top of each other in order to produce the ultimate in object and edge detection available to the marine market. Iris’s new Edge+ feature blends the image from the low light visible module onto the thermal image and uses complex algorithms to detect and enhance object edges. This feature can also be reversed to overlay thermal information over the visible camera, resulting in clearly defined color thermal video. By combining both video outputs you can now identify objects that either camera on its own would simply not see. Read more: