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I am upgrading my head unit and will have a second camera option. I was thinking of getting a forward facing night vision, infrared, or flir camera. Also considering keeping it adjustable to point it where ever.
Long story short I'm looking for camera suggestions.
 

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Look at Red Peak Off Road.
 

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i bought a cheapo off of Amazon, I have not run the wiring yet, but i bought this from quadatec to make it easy to power it:

https://www.quadratec.com/products/96080_9801.htm

i looked at that Red Peak and the Brandmotion options. I just dont know if they are really worth a $100+ when all these options are available for 10 or 20 bucks.

I do have a Brandmotion camera for my rear camera, and it works great. That being said, i mainly paid the higher end for that due to the cool bracket that mounts on the spare tire.


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Well, now that i look further, I do see some value to this setup:

http://www.redpeakoffroad.com/product_p/rca-01-001.htm

seems like a way to make it pretty simple.

and this would be the brandmotion version:

http://www.brandmotion.com/summitview-rock-camera-9002-8851.html

still not sure it is worth that price tag
 

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Night vision is a term often used to cover a number of different sensors and wavelengths. Silicon sensors are the least expensive and can be used with 850nm or more infrequently with 940nm illuminators. True night vision at IR wavelengths (950 to 1700 nm) will use a InGaAs sensor which is going to be very expensive (thousands of dollars). Night vision found on commercial and military equipment uses micro-channel plate image intensifiers. There is another class of sensors typically associated with FLIR systems called microbolometer thermal imagers with a waveband of 7 to 14 um. These obviously don't require any illumination sources.

Given a Silicon sensor, for stealth operation you want to use a 940nm illuminator because 850nm will give off a red glow. There are certain cameras where you can remove the IR blocking filter and get some sensitivity at 940nm. I have done some testing on the RunCam Owl Plus and with the filter removed it does OK at 940nm. I have heard that for an inexpensive consumer solution, the Sony STARVIS sensors have about the best sensitivity at this wavelength. When I find one of these I will be testing it.

Most of the brand name cameras costing hundreds of dollars use the same sensors and image processors that can be found on a $50 camera.
 

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If I have I self powered camera like a GoPro as an example, I can just run a plane old video cable to the back of the head unit?
 
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