Taking video footage in the dark can be a problem, especially when you lack an über-fast lens such as the Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95, or a camera with such fantastic low light abilities as the Nikon D4. Usually what you’ll get when recording video at night or in dark places with a regular digital camerea–be it a compact, mirrorless or DSLR–is a lot of noise, little detail and as good as no color information. When using a dedicated night vision device, you might actually be able to make out some detail, but your images will be cast in green or grey and will be covered with luminance noise all over.
But there’s hope, as a new camera from Japan is going to change all that. The Komamura Falcon Eye KC-2000 is the first camcorder that is dedicated a recording night or low light scenes in full color, and it does so in 720p resolution. This means not only will you get images that look like they were taken in daylight, you’ll also get to see a lot more detail than you would get from a digital camera or a dedicated night vision camera.
The KC-2000 uses a dedicated 2/3″-type sensor, and according to the product description it’ll work in low light situations down to 0.005 lux–provided the lens attached opens up to at least f1.4. If these conditions are given, then the KC-2000 will record 720/30p HD video in full color and save it onto an SD card with H.264 compression. Speaking of lenses, the KC-2000 comes with a CS mount, which means that you’ll be able to mount all kinds of industrial lenses to it.
Neither pricing nor availability have been announced yet, so there’s no way to tell whether the KC-2000 will hit international markets. Considering that this is pretty groundbreaking technology, we reckon that the camera will demand a premium price tag once it’s available. In the meantime, you can check out Komamura’s dedicated Falcon Eye website that highlights the camera’s most important specs and features a comparison video showing the same scene recorded with a common camcorder, a night vision camera and the Falcon Eye.
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