You Won’t Believe the Detail this Camera Can Maintain in Pitch-Dark

SiOnxy has introduced an action cam sporting infrared tech and a sensor — based on military-grade IR sensor — capable of shooting at 0.001 lux — basically full darkness.

Aurora took on GoPro’s Hero5 at a night shoot and demolished the competition

The camera claims to shoot color video footage and still photos in the dark, allowing for some pretty remarkable night shots. Just check out how the Aurora compares to the GoPro Hero5:

In all the comparison shots, the Aurora clearly captures more color and detail than the Hero5. In one instance, the Hero5’s screen was practically pitch black whereas the Aurora’s screen was still showing viable footage.

The Aurora’s sensor design is based on military-grade IR sensors

These stunning results are due to the 1-inch sensor — with 0.9 million large pixels — that the Aurora sports. SiOnyx describe the process of creating the pixels inside the sensors as a proprietary laser process. The process allegedly creates ‘the ultimate light-trapping pixels” that carry increase quantum efficiency that allows it to avoid a great amount of noise and restricted dynamic range. More incredible is that this sensor is said to capture images that are 10x brighter than a standard CMOS sensor.

SiOnyx Aurora
SiOnyx Aurora

“Aurora’s unique Ultra Low Light technology enables night video that people will swear was taken in full daylight,” said Stephen Saylor, President and CEO of SiOnyx.

The pixel’s extended sensitivity to light falls between 850 and 940 nm in the near-infrared area of the spectrum. They additionally have a maximum ANSI of 820,000. This means it can record details that the human eyes couldn’t see in the dark.

Also, the Aurora can capture still images. It’s at a fairly low resolution though. However, the camera can do a timelapse and shoot 720p video.

SiOnyx Aurora top and side view
The SiOnyx Aurora is waterproof up to half an hour at 3 feet underwater

And since the camera is an action camera, SiOnyx’s fitted the Aurora with a GPS along with an accelerometer and a compass. The camera can additionally waterproof for 30 minutes at 3 feet underwater.

Pricing and Availability

You can get the Aurora for $799 and it’s available for pre-order now. If you pre-order now, you’ll get 10 percent off the base price — you’d be paying $719 dollars if you order now.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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