SIONYX Nightwave marine camera system gives boaters a new view

This ultra low light marine camera system safely maximizes the sailor’s time on the water.

Staying on a boat after dark can be dangerous and even deadly. Sailors generally must reduce their time on the water or risk collision with other boats, markers, or land formations. Expensive thermal cameras have many limitations and can only capture heat signatures, so certain obstacles are always a threat. SIONYX has the solution.

Built around the company’s proprietary Black Silicon BSI CMOS sensor, the new night wave specifically allows boaters to navigate in near darkness and spot potential hazards on the water. Night vision capability of

The wide 44 degree field of view improves situational awareness in hazardous conditions and prevents unexpected collisions with other vessels, obstacles and debris.

With nothing more than moonless starlight, the Nightwave provides incredible color night vision for sailors of all skill levels.

“Developing solutions to increase safety on the water and navigate with confidence is part of our mission,” said Gio Lepore, Global Product Line Manager for SIONYX, in a recent statement. “Nightwave’s digital color night vision allows anglers and boaters to be active on the water as early or as late at night as they wish. This technology provides clear color images in near total darkness and is simple to install and use. It should be a standard piece of equipment on every vessel to ensure a safe voyage at all times.”

The Nightwave can connect directly to your boat’s onboard console via an analog video output or stream video to your mobile device via its built-in WiFi and companion app. It streams 1080 x 720 (H.264) HD video at an impressive 30 frames per second.

Users can keep their Nightwave up to date with the latest software releases and firmware updates available through the SIONYX mobile app.

Boasting an IP67 rating, the Nightwave is waterproof, dustproof and sandproof. Although not intended for underwater use, it is submersible up to three feet for up to 30 minutes.

Easy to install and flexible to adapt, the Nightwave comes with permanent standard brackets and hardware, a 1/4″-20 mounting interface and mounting template. It attaches to any flat surface on a boat , and ball or ball down orientation options allow for customization.

Each Nightwave package includes the following:

  • SIONYX Nightwave Ultra Low-Light Marine Camera
  • Power/video cable
  • BNC to RCA adapter
  • 2A in-line fuse
  • Removable mounting base
  • mounting hardware
  • mounting gasket
  • Mounting template

Scheduled to release this spring, the SIONYX Nightwave will retail for $1,595 and is currently available for pre-order at Of all the marine electronics you can add to your vessel, Nightwave should be high on your wish list.

Digital or thermal night vision

While most outdoor enthusiasts are at least somewhat familiar with the concept of night vision — like TV personalities hunting hogs in Texas with thermal imaging cameras — digital night vision is new to many.

SIONYX compares the technology to a superpower that allows you to see clearly as day in dark night conditions. It only requires a small amount of ambient light, such as moonlight or starlight, to operate. It starts with a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensor or Charge Coupled Device (CCD), the same technology used by all digital cameras. The digital image is improved and the pixel sizes of larger CMOS or CCD sensors work better to magnify the light even in these low light conditions.

Conversely, thermal imaging requires no ambient light and captures heat signatures. So, while it may offer better detection ranges, thermal imaging cannot compete with the resolution of digital night vision. Distinguishing specific details or differentiating between objects at similar temperatures is extremely difficult, and quality thermal optics can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

To learn more about how night vision works, you can download a free guide from SIONYX.


SIONYX’s digital night vision technology extends far beyond recreational boating and hunting applications. SIONYX devices are commonly used in commercial, medical, law enforcement and defense applications. Based in Beverly, Massachusetts, SIONYX works with the United States Department of Defense and was recently awarded a $20 million contract with the United States Army for digital night vision cameras under the Integrated Visual Augmentation System program. .

The company’s popular Aurora series harnesses SIONYX innovation in versatile, compact digital night vision cameras. Check out these models:

  • Aurora: Billed as the world’s first color digital night vision camera with built-in compass, GPS and accelerometer
  • Aurora Pro: The company’s flagship color digital night vision model, equipped with the most advanced sensor technology and improved optics
  • Aurora Black: a more affordable model designed for law enforcement
  • Aurora Sport: the most affordable night vision camera in the SIONYX range and intended for use in coastal environments

If you are unsure which model will best suit your purpose, check out the specs comparison here.


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