Heard about all the talk of starlight cameras? Sounds rather high-tech and seems to be a big leap forward in the night vision, doesn’t it?
However, after hours of Google search for starlight Wiki or buying guide, you may still confused about what exactly is the starlight IP cameras, how does the starlight security cameras work, what’s the difference between the starlight and IR night vision, and the cost, of course.
Here, we will share with you the most exhaustive and leading insights into starlight CCTV cameras from a senior hardware engineer, Daniel, who has been in the industry for over 20 years and knows all ins and outs of the starlight cameras.
After months’ waiting in line and hours’ interview, finally, here is what we got. Click the sections below to see what the expert has to say about starlight CCTV cameras.
What Are Starlight Cameras?
As the name suggests, starlight cameras could see objects clearly even with the weak illumination of mere starlight – normally above 0.01 Lux, by using the specialized starlight standard sensors, like the Sony Starvis and Starlight sensors.
What does that mean to you?
You know, human eyes could hardly identify anything when the illumination goes below 20 Lux. Well, the starlight cameras, with its 0.01 Lux super night vision, could give you sharper and clearer images than your eyes could see in the dark night. And that means “see things clearly that your eyes can’t see”!
Generally, you will find two types of starlight cameras on the market: the one that records with black and white images with high clarity, and the one produces color images just as your eyes could normally see in the daytime. The key lies in the sensor that the CCTV camera uses.
How Do Starlight Night Vision Cameras Work?
The starlight standard sensor is just like the retina of your eyes which is sensitive to its ambient light, and the image quality is determined by how much light the sensor could use, together with the camera lens.
And thus, it becomes a challenge for most security cameras to remain the high quality images in the complete dark night – How could the sensor produce clear images with only the “starlight”?
The starlight camera technology uses larger and highly sensitive sensors, wider aperture and reduces the shutter speed to collect enough light for sharp monochrome/color images, even when human eyes couldn’t identify a thing. So the starlight camera can see right through the darkness, even when it is challenging for your eyes.
Just imagine you are collecting water from a water tap, you will definitely get more if you open the tap for longer time with a larger container.
What’s the Difference Between IR and Starlight Night Vision?
These two types of cameras are mainly different in the way they produce images, night vision distance and the image colors. Actually, the starlight cameras win in all rounds.
As I mentioned above, the starlight cameras could make the most out of natural light to produce superior images with the specialized sensors. And the night vision could be either b/w or color according to the specific sensor you use and the light conditions.
By contrast, the IR night vision relies on the emitted infrared light to “see” the objects around them, with limited night vision distance. And since the IR light is not the natural light that human eyes could catch, the images will be black and white in this mode.
Beside these two kinds, there is another way you can enable night vision: In that way, the light will illuminate the scenes and the security camera could then monitor the area that is lit up.
At the present, the IR night vision is most popular among the security cameras due to its relatively low cost, while the starlight camera gains more and more attention nowadays and becomes a new trend with its incomparable advantages in night vision.