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Re: Digital vs "Traditional" night vision

Post by Steven_L on Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:23 pm

Digital night vision requires some ambient light just like traditional night vision, but does not require an IR illuminator. This is not conjecture. This is fact. I use them and teach about them.

Re: Digital vs "Traditional" night vision

Post by brett on Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:04 pm

Just for clarification... a digital will NOT work AT ALL without an infrared light?

Re: Digital vs "Traditional" night vision

Post by ATN_Rep on Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:59 pm


If that was the case than the US Military and Countless Law Enforcement Agencies would be switching to Digital. Which is frankly not the case. Digital NV has its good points, but their a reasons why professionals use Traditional Night Vision.

Re: Digital vs "Traditional" night vision

Post by Jose on Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:24 pm

In my opinion, digital night vision is the future. Check out products like xenonics supervision digital night vision monocular. At $1500, it has advantages over some of the best light intensifier tube nvd's. High resolution, won't be blinded by bright light. As digital technology advances, it will soon take over the old image intensifier tube.

Re: Digital vs "Traditional" night vision

Post by ATN_Rep on Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:16 pm

Although digital NV has a good price point, but in my professional opinion if you are looking for a Night Vision device for a professional application I would honestly suggest a true Night Vision Device with an Image intensifier tube VS. a digital unit. If you are looking for something more of a commercial grade and do not care about covertness than digital NV can be a good option. But if you are in the military or law enforcement and need true low light operation without having others being able to detect you, than true night vision is really the way to go.
The way a digital NV works is by using a sensitive CMOS chip to amplify light that the device emits from its IR source; which in most case can be seen by the naked eye. True night vision works by using a chemical process to amplify any and all ambient light. This way you can use your Night Vision device without the need of using an infra red source.


Post by Jne_K on Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:44 am

You are very welcome.

Post by TacRedline on Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:39 am

Awesome! Thanks =D

Post by Jne_K on Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:31 am


Actually, fewer. Lifespan will be longer on a digital, since you cannot burn out a digital, but you can with conventional NV tubes.

Post by TacRedline on Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:20 am

is the digital less reliable ? in other words are there MORE things that can break in the digital ?


Post by Ryan_W on Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:39 pm


At the lower price point, the digital has a much better image. For example, the Bushnell Stealthview digital night vision is priced just over $300, which is comfortably in the price range of 1st generation night vision. This digital unit easily competes with higher end 2nd generation and some lower end 3rd generation night vision units that cost thousands of dollars. The high end generation 3 models, such as those using ITT's new Pinnacle tube will still greatly outperform the digital units, but they are just over ten times the cost.

Digital vs "Traditional" night vision

Post by phoglund on Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:12 pm

At any given price point is clarity likely to be better using a digital or traditional night vision device?