Wednesday, November 20, 2019

SPi Adds More Info on its X27 Color Night Vision

SPi Infrared updates its web page on X27 color night vision system with the new info and video:

"The X27 is the highest performing true gen 4 color night vision low light sensor imaging system. The low noise real time 60hz HD detector is the first of its kind breakthrough technology that offers day like imagery in the darkest of environments. The X27 color low light camera images from 390 nm to 1.2 um and sees IR military spot lasers. The Sensitivity outperforms the latest image intensified tube night vision technology and does so in full color. The X27 is available in hand held imaging systems and camera core engines for integration into military grade day/night imaging systems.

The X27 utilizes newly advanced BSTFA (Broad Spectrum Thin Film Array) Technology.

The digital X27 ColorVision (TM) reconnaissance LLL (Low Light Level) true Color night vision VIS-NIR sensor is a technological breakthrough in night vision technology. High performance, low noise, high sensitivity & an incredible 5000000 equivalent ISO rating are just a few features offered by the system.

The SWaP ColorVision sensor can be integrated into night vision sights, scopes, monoculars, binoculars, drivers aid, UAV, UAS, unmanned and a wide array of defense, homeland security, border, ground, mobile, marine, airborne, military, wildlife, documentary, specialty combat camera photography, Astro/aerial/airborne/space remote imaging, aurora borealis, security and surveillance applications.

The company also announces its next generation product:

"Now In Development:

X28 HD 1600 Nm Real time imaging system, full true COLOR day night imaging system with 1550 Nm IR Laser Detection response. The absolute most sensitive night imaging system available for next generation night vision applications.

Another interesting article at SPi site is "History of night vision and IR thermal imaging equipment" starting from 1950s.


  1. Wow indeed, looks amazing. I sure hope it's available commercially and under $2K, I could use it :D

  2. This video can surprise only those who first hear about X27. But there is an explanation for every trick.
    1) Shooting was done in southern latitudes (close to the equator, pay attention to the palm trees)
    2) when you turn the camera to the left, you can see that the clouds are very brightly illuminated. This suggests that the moon is bright and is almost at the Zenith. If you open the directory and see the light level at full moon in the Equatorial region 0.1 lux.
    You can buy for$ 30 a camera on a Sony IMX291 or IMX327 detector and get a very similar video. :))
    I am confident that Sony a7s surpass X27 on sensitivity.

  3. What kind of thin-film is this? Sounds like quantum dots? PbS?

    1. Monocrystalin silicon thin film...


    Sony A72s vs tube from 7:02

  5. Awesome vision scope!


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