Night Vision Cameras

Combined Day- and Night Vision Capacity

HD Night Vision Cameras for Aircraft, Vehicles and Night Vision Devices 

Kappa HD night vision cameras are conceptualized for aircraft, vehicles and night vision devices as well as for any surveillance systems and devices that are also used during daylight hours. For every light-critical situation, they offer high-contrast, low-noise images, from daylight bright, across highlights and light pulses to moonlight, with bandwidth reaching from the visible to the LWIR spectrum.

SWaP- Rugged optimized

Kappa directs its focus on 24/7 applications and moving action scenes. Rugged Camera design, forms the ideal basis for solutions in extreme environmental conditions, and is SWaP-C optimized as well.

From Visible to LWIR Spectrum, minus Image Intensifiers — 24/7

Kappa combines the most light-sensitive sensors of different technologies with particularly light-sensitive lenses, and filter sets (such as ND filters) and an adaptive luminance algorithm, also available with automatic iris control. Kappa models equal and surpass even pure night vision systems such as infrared cameras, manage conditions without image intensifiers and still deliver brilliant daylight images better than the human eye, around the clock for 24 hours! For many applications, this results not only in cost but also space advantages. 

Demonstration Video, Kappa Tauri3 LWIR (MP4, 127 MB):

Common Situations - Walking Human Night Vision VIS | LWIR


Combination of Technologies Advantages Applications
VIS + LWIR Color Channel, 24/7 usability even in complete darkness, excellent detection of humans / vehicles, covert Land Vehicle, SAS, Avionics, AAR
VIS + EBCMOS Color Channel, 24/7 usability up to night level 4-5, identification of humans, vision through glass (windows), intuitive usage Land Vehicle, SAS, Border Protection
VIS + SWIR Color Channel, enhanced vision through fog, covert illumination possible, vision through glass (windows) Navy, Border Protection
VIS + LWIR + SWIR See (VIS + LWIR) + (VIS + SWIR), Excellent for situational awareness (laser spot detection) Land Vehicle, SAS

Sensor Technology

Technology (resolution) Night Level Illumination Look % Feel Advantages Restrictions
VIS (up to 4K) 2 *880 nm normal, color high resolution, color image, good DRI cap not covers with illum.
Intensified VIS (up to SXGA) 4-5 - normal b/w hood DRI cap, proven in NVG technology degeneration after 10,00 h, refocusing for day imaging
SWIR (up to SXGA) 2-3 1550 nm different, b/w hood DRI cap, covert, NVG compatible illum., enhanced vision through fog, smoke no imaging in wavelength <900 nm with SIWR only devices
LWIR (up to XGA) 5 passive technology unfamilar, b/w enhanced imaging through fog, smoke, rain no imaging through glass, no detection of laser pointers or position/brake lights, limited (D)RI cap. compared to VIS/SWIR techn.

Advantageous for Your Applications

High-quality sensitive sensors
HD-SDI, HDMI, Camera Link, analog/video
Latency-Free Processing
Spectrum Visible - NIR - LWIR
HDRadapt, adaptive luminance algorithm
AGC - onboard automatic gain (for low light-level conditions)
Extremely High Dynamic Range - 120 dB
Image Enhancement with Real-Time Video Processing
Histogram-Streching, De-Fogging, Fog Penetration
Low Noise
SWaP-C optimized
Kappa Rugged Quality
Customized DO-178/DO-254 Camera Design
We offer combinations as complete solutions, with filter sets, light-sensitive lenses, long-distance zoom versions, as well as PTZ, various mounts, lighting sets, and housing and mechanical adaptations.

Possible Safety-Related Applications

Long-Range Surveillance
Day and Night Surveillance 24/7
Covert Operations
Active Imaging
NIR Imaging, LWIR Imaging, Night Vision
Fusion Viewing
Airborne, UAV
Armored Vehicles
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Eva Konta

Lead Management

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Pascal Greinke

Program Manager Aviation | Defense

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Maurice Knapp

President Kappa USA | North America

Telephone +49 5508 974 - 0