Iris NightRunner nav camera, too good to be true?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. IrisUSA says:

    Thanks for your fare appraisal of NightRunner. Its obviously early days and we too are keen to start getting end user feedback which we always welcome.
    NightRunner production is still on schedule for first shipping on 12/1.
    For the benefit of you and your readers, I’d like to point out that while I agree the competition has made steady progress with their image quality over recent years, our thermal core partner DRS Technologies have themselves produced an image enhancement algorithm which they label ICE. There’s an interesting piece about it at (hope its okay to post links on your site?)
    If anyone would like more information concerning NightRunner please feel free to message me.
    Thanks again,
    Tony Digweed – Head of North American Sales, Iris Innovations USA Corp.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    No problem with outside links, Tony, but there is a little trick to it that I should explain better in the fine print under the comment edit box. They need a blank space at both ends in order to be “automatically turned into links.”

  3. thedon says:

    Is there a comparison in thermal resolution rather than image resolution?
    Also, no mention of range the target can detect an object (person/small vessel)?

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Mr. Don, I think those numbers are in the specs but not necessarily easy to compare.
    For instance, the NightRunner claims:
    Human Object: Detect @ 1000m / Recognise @ 200m
    Vehicle Object: Detect @ 2380m / Recognise @ 500m
    While for the same 320×240 thermal res on the M324L FLIR claims
    Detect Man (1.8m x 0.5m) — ~1,500 ft (450 m)
    Detect Small Vessel (4.0m x 1.5m) — ~4,200 ft (1.3 km)
    But the FLIR M324L has a Field of View of 24º x 18º while the NightRunner’s is 16˚ x 12˚ so the latter is going to see further but be harder to point at what you’re trying to see.
    Come to think of it, I don’t know what you mean by thermal resolution apart from declared image resolution. Can you explain please?

  5. IrisUSA says:

    Thanks Ben.
    I think Mr.Don might be referring to the camera’s thermal sensitivity, which has a value of

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