Sharp Corporation has developed the industry’s first infrared colour night-vision camera capable of capturing colour video in pitch-dark environments. The new infrared colour night-vision camera will be marketed to corporate customers such as security camera system manufacturers.
This new camera is equipped with an infrared colour night-vision CCD developed jointly by Sharp and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). It uses near-infrared light for illumination to enable colour images to be captured in total darkness — a first for the industry.
In addition, this infrared colour night-vision camera takes high-definition images (at 1280×720 pixel resolution) with smooth video capture at 30 frames per second. Its single-sensor system uses a single CCD chip, enabling a more compact camera size. Further, this camera is also compatible with standard HD-SDI output, making it an easy replacement for existing camera systems.
The infrared colour night-vision camera allows users to capture video with a high level of visual recognition, any hour of the day or night. Beyond deployment in conventional anti-theft cameras, it will find use in a broad range of applications, for example, in monitoring patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
“When launching new products into the market, we explore what consumers are demanding, while our R&D team constantly looks for gaps in the market that help us create unique and innovative pieces of technology that will take the end user’s experience to the next level. This night-vision security camera allows users to monitor like never before, capturing movement in colour even in complete darkness and in HD format,” said Fumio Yamaguchi, Managing Director at Sharp Middle East and Africa.