New color night vision action camera from SiOnyx

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  1. Robert says:

    Hi Ben, I hope you are on the list to receive a demo unit. I’d love to see an in depth review of this. If it lives up to their own hype, that price is unbeleivable.

  2. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:


    I’ve been in touch with SiOnyx to understand the exact differences and it seems there are two differences between this unit and the Aurora. The first is original camera is ruggedized and warrantied for mounting on a weapon while the Sport isn’t. The second difference is the inretial measurement unit (IMU) has been removed from the Sport. The IMU contains both inertial sensors and the GPS unit. So, this means the camera isn’t going to be capable of tagging videos and pictures with geographic information. But, I can’t see how this will affect the primary use case on a boat, holding the camera in front of your eye and looking through the viewfinder to see better in the dark. I’m hoping to get my hands on an eval unit to confirm this assumption.

    Ben S.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    It’s worth noting that Ben S got on the water with the original SiOnyx Aurora…

    …and that we both have evaluation units. In fact, I tried mine in dark, wet Rockland Harbor on Thursday night and was once again amazed by how much detail it could pull out of the murk. For instance, while I could just make out one empty mooring buoy with my naked eye, I could easily see many more beyond it with the Aurora. When I heard a powerboat roaring through the huge mooring field, I could barely spot its lights by eye with all the city lights in the background, but see its hull details and wake by Aurora.

    I’ve showed the Aurora to lots of people at night and the invariable reaction is “Wow!” or “Holy S..t!” If the new Sport model has the same optics, which looks very likely, I think it’s a terrific tool at $400.

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