New color night vision action camera from SiOnyx
Accessible Digital Night Vision: SiOnyx Announces the SiOnyx Aurora Sport™
The day/night action camera boasts color night vision at an unbeatable $399
ORLANDO, Fla.—SiOnyx™, a leader in infrared imaging technology, today announced the new SiOnyx Aurora Sport™ HD action video camera for an introductory price of just $399. Unveiled at ICAST, the Sport uses SiOnyx’s proprietary Ultra Low Light imaging to turn night into full-color daylight. This imaging is the same semiconductor technology that earned the company a $20 million contract with the US Army.
The Sport offers transformative night vision for a wide range of uses including boating, fishing, travel, nature watching and more. Features include:
- Video, photo, time lapse and loop mode
- Micro OLED Display
- Water-resistant, IP67 rated
- WiFi built-in with iOS and Android Apps
- 32G Micro SD card for 4 hours of video
Where night vision conjures up images of green, glowing shapes, and thermal cameras rely on heat disparity to operate, SiOnyx’s infrared technology uses a massive one inch sensor to trap light, and therefore color, in low-light conditions. By contrast, high resolution day-only cameras typically have sensors between four to five millimeters (mm). Infrared tech can also be used behind glass and during the day, whereas thermal cameras will be damaged by the sun and cannot shoot through glass.
“The Sport puts high-performing digital night vision into the hands of adventurers across the world,” said Stephen Saylor, CEO of SiOnyx. “As we continue to advance our black silicon technology for the law enforcement and defense industries, we are thrilled to expand our product offerings and bring that same expertise to the recreational market.”
Before the Aurora, SiOnyx’s imaging technology was only available in the highest-end night vision optics costing tens of thousands of dollars. This identical technology has now been cost-reduced and made available to consumers through the Aurora camera line.
The Sport is currently on display at the ICAST sportfishing show in booth #4108. For photos, videos, demos, details and to get your own Aurora Sport, visit SiOnyx.com.
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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.
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.
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.