High-Resolution Day/Night 3D-DNR Mini Video Camera

Practically see in the dark with this super low light camera

  • 1/3" Sony CCD delivers 600 lines of resolution
  • 0.00001 lux low light rating captures any available light
  • Features 3D-DNR for superb noise reduction
  • On-screen display lets you easily control camera settings
  • Features HSBLC headlight masking technology
  • Lens not included.
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Practically see in the dark with this super low light camera

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Ideal for discrete surveillance applications, this dual-voltage day/night camera is packed with advanced features. The Sony 1/3 in CCD imager delivers an ultra-crisp 600 lines of resolution. 3D-DNR provides cleaner images and reduced storage requirements. Other features include digital wide dynamic range (WDR), digital slow shutter (DSS), headlight masking (HSBLC), privacy masking, and more. The PC165DNR really should be considered a night vision device. It works so well that even without additional illumination results will be on-par with high-end military devices. This mini camera even produces color details in low light scenarios.

No additional illumination is necessary to capture detailed images. This enables you to minimize your equipment profile and keep your equipment cost lower. Less gear also means a lower current draw. The PC165DNR works with over a 1000 different lenses. It is both C-mount and CS-mount compatible and works with standard CCTV or long range telephoto lenses. This camera is perfect for day time operations as well. The wide dynamic chipset manages harsh lighting conditions with ease and delivers a sharp, 600 lines of resolution. The PC165DNR is backed by a one year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Note: Lens not included.

Features and Capabilities

Digital Day/Night - Digital day/night (also referred to as electronic day/night) improves low light sensitivity, delivers a sharper image in low light conditions, and enables the camera to see in the dark without the help of external IR illuminators.

Unlike true day/night cameras, which use a mechanical filter, the camera electronically adjusts colors during the day instead of using an infrared filter. This allows the digital day/night cameras to deliver similar benefits of true day/night cameras, but at a lower cost. Without the need for a physical filter, digital day/night technology can be leveraged for smaller form factors, such as bullet cameras.

Digital Noise Reduction Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) technology offers several benefits. First, DNR delivers a cleaner signal, resulting in up to 70% disk space savings - so you can store more video evidence on your hard drive. Next, cameras equipped with DNR technology deliver a more visually appealing image, making it easier to identify suspects. Finally, DNR technology makes it easier for your camera to distinguish between true motion and image noise - allowing for your DVR to be more efficient in motion detection - especially in low light conditions.

Wide Dynamic Range Wide dynamic range (WDR) enables the camera to deliver video with near perfect exposure in the harshest of lighting conditions. To accomplish this, wide dynamic cameras use advanced digital processing to capture two images at different exposures, and then combine them into a single image. WDR cameras are ideal for challenging lighting situations, such as doorways or windows to the outside, looking into car headlights, or any application looking into a direct light source. They are also ideal in opposite conditions, such as looking from a well lit area into a darker area.

Digital Slow Shutter Digital Slow Shutter (DSS) allows you to see clear images in extreme low light conditions without the need for artificial illumination. DSS technology (also known as 'sens-up' or 'sense-up') enables very low light capabilities by slowing down shutter speed to allow more light to be collected by the CCD imager. This means that the camera can capture color images in conditions of near darkness. The user can adjust these settings to specify conditions that engage this feature automatically.

On Screen Display A camera's On Screen Display (OSD) allows you to fine tune virtually every setting of your camera to achieve the best possible image quality. Without OSD, you are dependent upon the factory settings of the camera, and subject to any impact to the camera experienced during delivery or installation. Aspects you can control include wide dynamic range, auto iris exposure settings, day/night settings, and many more.


Imaging Specifications

Imager Manufacturer Sony
Imager Type CCD
Imager Size (in) 1/3
Color Yes
Lines 600
Horizontal Resolution 811
Vertical Resolution 508
Day/Night Function Yes
Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) Yes
IR Sensitive Yes
Lux (B/W) 0.00001
Lux (Color) 0.001
Wide Dynamic Yes

Lens Specifications

Lens Mount C/CS

Physical Characteristics

Height (in) 1.3
Width (in) 1.3
Depth (in) 2

Power Requirements

Amps AC (mA) 160
Amps DC (mA) 160
Dual Voltage Yes
Volts AC 24
Volts DC 12


BNC Video Out 1


Warranty 1 Year
File NameFile SizeFile Type
Data Sheet273 KBPDF
Manual543 KBPDF
Quick Start Guide136 KBPDF
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Can this camera run off a battery?
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Someone asked about the frame rate of this camera, and received an answer about its shutter speed. That isn't helpful. You can have a shutter speed of 1/100000th of a second and still only have a frame rate of 30 frames per second. SO: What is the FRAME RATE of this camera?
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I guess I asked the wrong question. What CCD chip are you using in the PC165DNR? Back to the last question, which EFFIO chipset are you using? EFFIO-E, P, or S?
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Which Sony chip is used in this camera?
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What is the frame rate on this camera?
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The datasheet says the camera should be powered by 12vdc. What is the acceptable min and max DC power voltage?
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I am using the camera outside. What housing/mount do you recommend?
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Customer Reviews

Value for money

This camera has great potential, but is lacking clear documentation. The included documentation is poorly translated, but does give a starting point. My application is wide field of view night sky observation. I find the control buttons located on the side of the camera to be very small and temperamental. There are many options and selections for which I am just learning to control. I have not mastered the many features and deep menus. For the price it can not be beat.

All around great camera

It is an all around great camera (day or night). Very pleased.

Poor contrast and dynamic range

I liked the compact size but poor contrast and dynamic range, high noise on video unless you have perfect conditions.

Works great in natural light

Great indoors with natural light as a factor, have had difficulties with clarity in hallways with only florescent lighting.

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