Color Night Vision?

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  1. Xeddog

    Xeddog Getting the hang of it

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    I didn't see a forum for general questions about cameras, so I'll try here for now.

    I have some Lorex equipment, and four of the cameras are advertised with Color Night Vision. I have four of the cameras, but are probably older first generation cameras. As such, the color night vision is rather worthless if you ask me. If you have an area that is illuminated with good strong street lights or some other light source, it might be better. My area are so dark that the color part doesn't work Goes to b/w), and the one that does is pointed in the direction of a street light about 100' away. It does maintain color at night, but the resolution drops and the image is still quite dark and very grainy.

    Lorex is the only brand of camera I have seen that even mentions color night vision, so the purpose of this is simply to ask if anyone knows of any other brands that offer it. I have looked a quite a few DaHua cameras (which I think Lorex rebrands), HIKVision, and a couple of others. No mention of the feature.

    I'm not looking for any more of them, mind you. I'm just curious if any other cameras offer it.

    Thanks,

    Wayne
     
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    bigredfish Known around here

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    Color Night Vision - "Marketing" :D

    Most all cameras will allow you to force color at night. Nothing special. Its simply overriding the default action of going to B&W and turning on IR when it gets dark. The thing is most cameras won't do well without a great deal of light in color at night.

    Generally, unless you have a LOT of white light, you're going to be better off with higher definition and clarity letting the camera go to B&W with IR. Now the same can be said of IR> if it's weak, you still wont get a good image.

    Better cameras such as the Dahua Starlight series will provide better images at night in B&W and color, but even they have limitations with regards to forced color mode at night. It's all about the light you have, either white light in color or powerful IR in B&W.

    Example but not common (Make sure and set youtube to 1080p): Good White light and good Dahua Starlight allow for good night color image
    Example (Make sure and set youtube to 1080p) - same scene in B&W with good Starlight camera
     
  3. tmarks11

    tmarks11 n3wb

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    Well, black, white, and gray are colors....
     
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  4. Xeddog

    Xeddog Getting the hang of it

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    White is all colors, but I think black is the absence of all color. :)
     
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