Digital Night Vision
Digital Night Vision is a fairly new technology that was introduced to the market within the last decade. Similar to other passive Night Vision devices, Digital NV allows users to view images in near-total darkness. The two main benefits of Digital Night Vision include an ability to work during daytime or nighttime without risking damage to the device, as well as real-time High Resolution Recording Capabilities in standard North American NTSC video or European PAL video formats. However, recording capability is not available on all models.
In terms of performance, some higher-end Digital NV systems can be compared to Gen 2 NVD, while the majority of low-end systems can are comparable to Gen 1. Using powerful IR Illuminators, such as the Armasight IR810W, drastically increases performance and viewing distances in Digital Night Vision Devices.
Digital Night Vision technology is very different from conventional I² Night Vision. The light enters the device through an objective lens, after which it is processed through a highly sensitive charged coupling device (CCD), and then sent to a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), where the image is displayed.