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SiOnyx Intros Aurora, First Full-Color Night Vision Camcorder

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The SiOnyx Aurora day/light action camera.

Night vision sure is cool, but color night vision is even cooler. And that’s now possible with the one-of-a-kind Aurora that SiOnyx announced today.

SiOnyx Aurora: World’s first day/night action camera

SiOnyx, a semiconductor startup, calls its first consumer product, the Aurora “world’s first day/night action camera.” The company claims that it can turn darkness into full-color daylight photos and videos. Indeed, looking at these pre-recorded sample videos, you won’t be able to tell if they are recorded during night time.

The new Aurora uses SiOnyx’s home-grown ultra low-light technology that allows for high-resolution viewing in near-total darkness. All you need is the starlight to record full-color night vision. Before this, similar low-light imaging technology was available only in super-expensive highest-end night vision optics.

The Aurora has a 1.3-megapixel image sensor and can record videos and images of resolutions up to 720p (1280 x 720 pixels). While this seems modest compared with regular cameras, in the world of night vision, this is quite advanced. Most existing night vision equipment can only produce black and white images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolution.

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Compact, Wi-Fi enabled, waterproof

The Aurora is a small telescope-shape device, looking like a compact monocular, and you can use it as one. “You can even get two and use them together as a pair of binoculars. They are great for night time.” Stephen Saylor, SiOnyx’s president, and CEO told me during a video call.

But the Aurora is a high-tech camera with a long list of features. For example, it’s IP67 waterproof, meaning you can use it up to a meter (3 feet) deep in a body of water for half an hour. What’s more, it also has a built-in compass, gyro sensor, GPS, and Wi-Fi and includes a mobile app (for Android and iOS) for users to view images and manage them remotely.

As for battery life, according to SiOnyx, with Wi-Fi turned on, its built-in battery can last some two hours of continuous recording on a full charge.

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Pricing and availability

SiOnyx says it’ll start shipping the Aurora in August with the retails price of $799.

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