Sharp LZ0P420A Infrared Color Night-Vision Camera
Sharp Corporation has developed the industry's first infrared color night-vision camera capable of capturing color video in pitch-dark (zero lux) environments. The new infrared
color night-vision camera will be marketed to corporate customers such as security camerasystem manufacturers*2.
This new camera is equipped with an infrared color night-vision CCD*3 developed jointly by
Sharp and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). It
uses near-infrared light for illumination to enable color images to be captured in total
darkness (zero lux)—a first for the industry.
In addition, this infrared color night-vision camera takes high-definition images (at 1280 ×
720-pixel resolution) with smooth video capture at 30 frames per second. Its single-sensor
system uses a single CCD chip, enabling a more compact camera size. Further, this
camera is also compatible with standard HD-SDI*4 output, making it an easy replacement
for existing camera systems.
The infrared color night-vision camera allows users to capture video with a high level of
visual recognition at any hour of the day or night. Beyond deployment in conventional
anti-theft cameras, it will find use in a broad range of applications, for example, in
monitoring patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
||Infrared color night-vision camera
|Start of sales
||November 28, 2014
- 1. Industry's first infrared color night-vision camera capable of capturing smooth high-definition color video in dark environments (zero lux).
- 2. Enables a more compact camera size, owing to the use of a single-sensor system based on a single CCD chip.
- 3. Supports standard HD-SDI output, making it easy to install in existing camera systems.
- *1 As of November 4, 2014; for infrared color night-vision cameras using a single-sensor (one-chip CCD) system supporting HD 720 (1280 × 720 pixels) and 30 fps video
capture. Based on Sharp research.
- *2 This camera will be sold through Nanolux Japan, Inc., who will act as a distributor. This company is engaged in the development and sale of color night-vision photography
technologies and products under a business service agreement with Nanolux Co., Ltd.,
a related company founded as an AIST venture project.
- *3 This camera's night-vision image sensor (CCD) is based on color night-vision
technology developed by AIST (announced by AIST on February 8, 2011 and
December 3, 2012). The image sensor (CCD) was developed jointly by Sharp
Corporation and AIST (announced by AIST on May 14, 2014).
- *4 High-Definition Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI) is a broadcast signal standard that
specifies support for high-definition video.
This infrared color night-vision camera was selected by US journalists for an innovation
award in the Digital Imaging category at CEATEC 2014.
||1/3-inch, 1.3-megapixel infrared color night-vision CCD image sensor
||720p at 30 fps
|Angle of view
||96° H × 69° V to 31° H × 23° V
|Video output format
||HD-SDI; analog (NTSC/PAL)
|Power supply voltage
||12 V DC
|Near-infrared light source
||83 mm-dia. × 180 mm L (approx. 970 cc)
||Approx. 940 g