Best Night Vision Camcorders And Video Cameras

Day by day, we see a growing trend in nighttime shoots and nighttime photography. Most of you are thinking any camera can shoot in low-lights. Well, that's not true; if you are working in extremely dark scenarios, a normal camcorder will not work for you. That is why I have come up with the list of the best night vision camcorders for you. And the best part is you can use a night vision camcorder even in the daytime by just turning off the night shot/IR mode.

If you are a newbie to photography, and wondering how a night vision camera is different from other camcorder models, then this article will rightly guide you.

Apart from providing you with the list of top night vision video cameras, I've also explained what a night camcorder means, their benefits, and a detailed buying guide that will help you quickly choose the right product. On that note, let's get into the list.

In a hurry?! here are my top picks

REVIEWS OF THE BEST NIGHT VISION VIDEO CAMERAS

1. ZOHULU ULTRA HD FULL SPECTRUM CAMCORDER- BEST PORTABLE NIGHT VISION CAMCORDER

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video capture resolution: 4K, 60fps and 1080p at 30fps
  • Camera Lens: f=4.88mm, FNo:2.2
  • USB2.0 / HDMI connectivity
  • Captures pictures at 24MP
  • 30X digital zoom facility
  • Battery life: 220 minutes
  • Weighs 2.11 pounds
  • Dual-core smart chip

FEATURES:

My first recommendation for a night vision video recorder will be the Zohulu 4K Wifi Full Spectrum Camcorder. It beautifully captures the IR spectrum even from far-off distances.

And guess you needn’t worry about the storage as the camcorder itself automatically compresses the files when saving so that you can play them at 1080p later.

You can use this handheld night vision video camera for hunting and paranormal investigation with perfect video quality, as the camera is specifically built for that.

DESIGN:

The camcorder’s in-built lens has a good field of view, so it covers most of the scene in the frame. Unlike most night vision camcorders with an IR LED built-in, this camcorder consists of a dedicated IR flashgun to give a whole new experience. You just have to press the IR button to enter the night vision mode.

Like most digital camcorders, this Zohulu night video camera also has a touch-enabled TFT-LCD screen (3”) for display. The best part is you can take your paranoid shots from different angles as the screen allows 270-degree rotation. The screen resolution is also excellent, so I give it a thumbs up for low-light shots.

Lastly, the camcorder comes with a Remote Control and a Hot Shoe mount for connecting external devices.

PERFORMANCE:

You’re not going to miss any shot as the frame rate is appreciable for this camcorder (60 fps). As you know, it is extremely difficult to get smoother shots at night, but with this Zohulu camcorder, that is no more an issue because it has an in-built Electronic Image Stabilization system.

And the camcorder is loaded with some filter effects and picture modes like Face recognition technology & self-timer modes. So, if you want a simple camcorder to be used for your night vlogs, then this is a good option for that as well.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Has Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Was released in the market only after 2000 hours of testing
  • Can be used as a Webcam
  • Infrared and full spectrum video recording 
  • Beautiful bokeh.

2. ORDRO HDR-AC3 - BEST HUNTING NIGHT VISION VIDEO CAMERA

HDR-AC3 - best night vision camcorder

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video resolution 4 K 2880x2160 (30fps)/ 1080p (60fps)
  • 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor, max 24.0 megapixels
  • 3.1-inch IPS LCD display
  • 30X digital zoom facility
  • Exposure EV-3.0 ~ EV+3.0
  • USB 2.0 port/HDMI 1.3
  • Effective distance for IR night vision mode is <16 ft
  • Features a hot shoe mount
  • Battery life: For Video≤ 120mins, For photos≤ 150mins
  • Weighs 2.11 pounds
  • Many video recording modes available

FEATURES:

The 2nd on my list is from the brand Ordro, which is there in the camcorder market since 2002. It is one of the most trending camcorders for taking night vision videos as it can shoot with video resolutions up to 4K at 30fps/1080p at 60fps, with a completely black and white nighttime capture.

It performs exceptionally well in dark pitch environments where you have to crave some light. And to get the best night shots, all you have to do is simply turn on the IR mode in the camera's settings.

Note: The image in infrared night vision mode is black and white.

DESIGN:

This HC3 camcorder with night vision, has got a SONY IMX258 CMOS 13.0MP sensor that can deliver pictures upto 24MP resolution. The lens in this camcorder is a 2-in-1 model type, meaning it can be used as a wide-angle lens or a macro lens.

Note that there is no in-built auto-stabilization in this camcorder. So to compensate for shakes, there is a handheld stabilizer holder provided. The external microphone ORDRO CM520 that comes along with the camera is a shotgun-style microphone that records audio.

PERFORMANCE:

The camera's night vision works well with the Infrared sensor for delivering clean white and black shots, even in extremely low light environments.

Next, unlike the previous camcorder, the images in the infrared spectrum are not colored. It is black and white.  And one more thing, by purchasing this camcorder, you will save money in purchasing a separate day camera. Yes, because this Ordro HC3 camcorder is both a day-and-night camera.

Overall, the Ordro HC3 is one of the best professional night vision video cameras for watching animal behavior at night, night vlogging, and hunting. 

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Multiple resolutions available
  • Microphone has NCR technology
  • Supports SD Card (up to 128GB)
  • Remote control
  • Records in 4K 30fps

3. BESTGUARDER WG-50 - BEST HAND HELD NIGHT VISION CAMCORDER

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Weight: 1.54 pounds
  • 3.1-inch IPS LCD display
  • Optical zoom: 6X 
  • 7 language settings
  • Digital zoom range: 1-5x
  • 24-hour after-sales services
  • In-built infrared illuminator

FEATURES:

If you take any professional hunting magazines, then you can definitely find Bestguarder's monoculars and binoculars featured there. That is the fame of this brand.

This Bestguarder monocular has a digital night vision mode and a built-in infrared illuminator (850NM) to deliver a wide range of views of up to 1,150 feet (or 350 meters).

DESIGN:

The device is designed so that it is very easy to use and is very portable. You will hardly feel like you are holding thermal imaging equipment in your hand. But that doesn't mean the monocular isn't durable. It is very durable, will work fine in harsh weather conditions as it is made of high-quality waterproof material. So it is great for hiking, hunting, surveillance, and other night monitoring activities.

NOTE: For monitoring any nighttime activities, you can connect this monocular to a computer wirelessly and track the data on a large screen

The lens in this monocular gives a 50mm field of view, perfect for covering most of the scene into the frame.  The best part is, you needn't invest in a tripod/any handheld stabilizer as this monocular itself comes with a tripod stand.

PERFORMANCE:

One of the unique features of this night vision monocular is that it can be operated with 4 different levels of IR. So, depending on the environment in which you're using the camera, you can choose the level of IR detectvity.
Everything works great with this device; the image and video quality is good, it delivers the best performance at night.

However, you must keep extra batteries with you as the monocular camcorder tends to drain out fast. Next, you must change the focus manually as the monocular doesn't assure a power focus feature.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Rugged build
  • 3-D zoom adjustment
  • Edge to edge resolution
  • Very easily portable
  • Complies with IPX4 standards

4. SEREE FULL HD - BEST CHEAP NIGHT VISION VIDEO CAMERA

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video capture resolution: 1080p FHD 30 FPS
  • Optical Zoom:1 x
  • 3.5mm microphone jack
  • 3.0 inch IPS screen (270° rotation)
  • Operable via remote control
  • SD card support (up to 128GB)
  • Battery: 2 x 1500mAh batteries

FEATURES:

If you are looking for an entry-level night vision camcorder, this Seree 24MP camcorder is the best option. For a price under $100, it is loaded with many numerous features like 16x digital zoom, 1080P 30FPS video recording facility, and mainly an in-built IR night vision function to shoot black and white footage (within 15ft) in dark environments.

DESIGN:

I wouldn't recommend using this camcorder for professional nighttime shooting; however, this is a good choice if you want to shoot some indoor family footage at your home.

The camcorder is also compatible with external fill light, which is a bonus for a budget night vision recorder like this.

PERFORMANCE:

The video quality of this IR full spectrum camcorder is only mediocre. So, if you wish to enhance the video quality, you can attach an external UV lens with it.

Even while charging the camcorder, you can record nighttime videos, which is nice. Also, the time-lapse, slow-mo, and motion-detection features are useful for recording the footage at night.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • In-built Wi-Fi 
  • Can be used as a webcam also
  • Infrared night vision
  • Remote control
  • Sturdy and lightweight

5. SAULEOO 4K 56MP CAMCORDER - BEST HD NIGHT VISION DIGITAL CAMCORDER

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video capture resolution: 4K
  • 56MP image resolution
  • Noise canceling stereo microphone
  • Digital zoom: 18x
  • IR night vision
  • 3.0 inch IPS screen (270° rotation)
  • Operable via remote control (up to 32ft)
  • SD card support (up to 128GB)

FEATURES:

If you are a newbie to vlogging and looking for an affordable camcorder that can be used in extremely low-lit situations, then you can opt for the Sauleoo Full HD camcorder.

Its in-built IR night vision and the fill light mechanism combinedly give the best quality HD footage even while shooting in extremely dark situations.

DESIGN:

Like most budget 4k camcorders, this camcorder with night vision also has an external microphone, Wi-Fi, a wide-angle lens, and an anti-shake feature. As the video camera is not heavy, you can use it anywhere and anytime (Can be used in daylight as well).

Apart from that, there are numerous operating modes and pre-built filter effects installed in the video camera.

PERFORMANCE:

You can use your smartphone to operate this video camera by just downloading the "DV-CAM" APP. Now your phone is ready to act as a remote control to operate the camcorder.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Can be used as a webcam also
  • Videos and pictures are sharp
  • Picture resolution is high
  • Affordable
  • Records while charging
  • Easy to operate

6. AITECHNY 4K CAMCORDER WITH IR NIGHT VISION

AITECHNY - best night vision camcorder

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video resolution 4 K 2880x2160 (24fps)/ UHD (30fps)
  • 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor, max 48.0 megapixels
  • 3-inch IPS display
  • Digital zoom 18x
  • White balance
  • USB 2.0 port/TV out
  • Fixed lens F=3.2mm f=7.36mm

Aitechny brings us a camcorder that provides the money's worth. The camcorder captures videos incomplete 4K at 24 fps and UHD videos at 30 fps, even in low light environments. The camcorder has an Infrared night vision that captures clear black and white night time shots to help with the low light.

The camcorder also comes with an additional lens capable of wide-angle and macro shots to get more into one shot or get up close to the subject. An integrated 3-inch IPS display panel is there with complete touch-screen capabilities and accuracy to review the shots.

Along with this, the camcorder has an 18x digital zoom, which can provide clear images with a minimal tear in them even at the highest magnification. An external shotgun microphone is also included to capture the sound and the video, capturing audio properly and clearly.

The additional foam windscreen helps with windy situations and minimizes disturbance in sound overall. An attachable LED light is also provided making it the best camera for night video.

It supports many types of inputs and outputs such as USB and HDMI, in and out, which can be used to view the content on TV or PCs directly. It can also send the images directly to a smartphone with the help of an app that pairs with the camcorder.

To improve the stability of the videos, a handheld stabilizer is also included with this video camera with night vision. A carry bag is also provided for all the external accessories that come with the product.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Video recording in 4K at 30fps
  • Infrared night vision
  • External microphone included
  • Handheld stabilizer
  • Attachable LED light for lower light capture

7. ZOHULU 4K ULTRA HD - BEST CAMCORDER WITH NIGHT VISION MODE

ZOHULU

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video resolution 4 K 2880x2160 (24fps)/ UHD (30fps)
  • 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor, max 24.0 megapixels
  • 3.1-inch IPS display
  • Digital zoom 30x
  • Ultra-bright infrared
  • USB 2.0 port/HDMI
  • Fixed lens F=2.2mm f=4.88mm

If you searching for the best night vision video recorder in this list with excellent color IR night vision, then, you must check out this one.

ZOHULU did not just provide a simple video camera. They gave us a whole set, which is more than enough for video and image capture's regular needs. It records in 4K at 24fps with accurate color images. The night vision camera is phenomenal with an ultra-bright infrared sensor, which not only records in black and white but gets bright enough to capture colored videos in low light environments.

It also comes with 30x digital zoom for close-up shots and has decent quality at the highest magnification. An additional 4K wide-angle lens is also included to capture more in one shot. All of the shots can be viewed on a 3.1-inch IPS display, which has a 270-degree rotation. 

All the functionalities are controlled by a remote which has a good range to it, the only issue being that the remote has to be directly pointed at the camera. The external shotgun microphone records good quality and clarity and comes with a foam windscreen to help windy situations.

This camcorder also comes with an SD card to further increase storage and a card reader, which can easily transfer all the images and videos to a PC. To provide stability to the video, a handheld stabilizer is also provided.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Excellent color IR night vision
  • External microphone
  • SD card and Card Reader provided
  • Connectivity to external inputs

8. KOT 4K CAMCORDER 

KOT 4K - best night vision camcorder

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video resolution 4 K 2880x2160 (24fps)
  • 13 mega pixel CMOS image sensor, max 48.0 mega pixels
  • 3-inch IPS LCD display
  • Digital zoom 16x
  • Optical zoom 0.10x

KOT brings a camcorder that records videos in 4K at 24 fps with good color accuracy. It also comes with 16x digital zoom for magnifies shots and images, but it has no autofocus. The camera has an IR image sensor, which shoots good quality black and white night time shots and images. All the content recorded and captured can be viewed on the 3-inch IPS panel that rotates to 270-degrees.

The external shotgun microphone mounts on top of the video camera and provides good quality audio recording. It comes with a foam windscreen for windy conditions. The camera can be connected to a computer and can be used as a webcam. It also comes with quite a few accessories, such as a 2-in-1 wide-angle/macro lens, an external LED light, a travel adapter, and a camera bag to carry all of the accessories around.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Records 4K at 24fps
  • Excellent IR night vision
  • Good external microphone
  • Quite a lot of accessories

9. AASONIDA 4K 60FPS VIDEO CAMCORDER ULTRA HD

AASONIDA - best night vision camcorder

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video resolution 4 K 2880x2160 (60/30fps)
  • 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor, max 48.0 megapixels
  • 3-inch IPS LCD display
  • Digital zoom 16x
  • Lens: F/2.0, f=7.36mm

This video camera by Aasonida advertises more than it can record in 4K at 60fps, while not being able to record in complete 4K.

The night vision works well with the video camera because of the IR sensor, capturing good quality black and white night time shots and images. It also has a 16x digital zoom for close-up shots, which works fine, but the images start to tear at higher magnification levels. The 3-inch touch screen panel can be used to review the shots and images.

The external microphone is of decent quality, and the foam windscreen that comes with it certainly helps with overall sound quality. The video camera can be connected to a TV or a laptop with HDMI and USB cables. It also comes with a handheld stabilizer to avoid shaking while recording. Overall, this is a good pick for the features that it offers.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Good IR night vision
  • Webcam capabilities
  • Handheld stabilization
  • Affordable

10. SEREE CAMCORDER 4K HD 48MP VIDEO CAMERA

SEREER - best night vision camcorder

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Video resolution 4 K 2880x2160 (30fps)
  • 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor, max 48.0 megapixels
  • 3-inch IPS display
  • Digital zoom 18x
  • Lens: F/3.2, f=7.36mm

I am ending this list with another SEREE camcorder. SEREE brings us this camcorder, which is affordable and functional. The camera records videos in 4K at 30fps, but it lacks keeping the fps stable, which also hinders the quality. The infrared night vision works fine and allows for some good night time shots and captures. The video camera also has a digital 18x zoom, which works well for small range magnification but completely distorts at higher levels. The IPS 3-inch display panel shows all that is captured by the camera.

The external microphone has good quality, and the foam windscreen helps with windy conditions. It comes with quite a few accessories like a USB cable to connect to a Laptop, lens hood, battery holder, handheld stabilizer, and a bag to carry all the accessories.

What I liked about this CAMCORDER:

  • Night vision is clear
  • External microphone
  • Webcam capabilities
  • Many accessories provided

WHAT IS NIGHT VISION CAMCORDER?

The purpose of using a Night vision full-spectrum camcorder is to take pictures in dark-pitched environments. Night vision camcorders have IR detectivity, meaning they can detect the invisible infrared wavelengths, provided the IR mode is turned on.

As we know, we cannot see infrared light with our human eyes; however, IR night vision video cams can do that. So basically, a video camera with an IR night vision facility will absorb the infrared light and convert it into a monochrome display (black and white) that can be seen with human eyes.

You might think a regular DSLR/ mirrorless camera can do the same job, but the keynote is you won't get the same perfection as a night vision camcorder. However, there are some expensive cameras that excel in night photography. You could also opt for that if you want.

In case you're opting for a night shot camera, make sure to check out the best night photography lenses as well.

BENEFITS OF USING A NIGHT VISION CAMCORDER

Some excellent features of a night vision video camera include:

  • They have a long viewing distance.
  • Rugged build (mostly they are waterproof)
  • Night vision video recorders have better sensitivity to light because they use CCD (Charged Coupled Devices) image sensors.
  • Can take good-quality pictures and videos even in highly low-lit conditions.

HOW DO NIGHT VISION CAMCORDERS WORK?

You might be thinking there is no light in extremely dark-lit environments. But, that's not true; even in such cases, there is something called (infrared light); however, we can't visualize it with our human eyes.

Now the CCD sensor of a night vision video camera will absorb that light, which falls onto its photocathode, leading to the ejection of a series of electrons. And when these electrons hit the phosphor screen of the camcorder, you can see that light with your human eyes.

This is how a night vision camcorder takes pictures even at night. The working of night vision goggles is also almost the same. However, the tech is still more advanced with night vision goggles.

BUYING GUIDE

1. VIDEO QUALITY AND PICTURE RESOLUTION

Choose a night vision camcorder with a larger sensor to capture more light in environments where you have to crave some light. According to me, a video camera with a 6x large image sensor will have a better low-light performance. Let me say straightforwardly, give more importance to the low-light video quality rather than resolution because the former is the most important for nighttime shooting.

If you are looking for a night vision camcorder that you can use in all lighting conditions, then give importance to resolution. Otherwise, for low-light and night videography, a 720p resolution video camera also does justice.

2. OPTICAL ZOOM OR DIGITAL ZOOM, WHICH IS RECOMMENDED?

To understand which of these is better, first know what optical and digital zoom means. When you adjust the zoom ring, the lens moves and zooms in direct to the subject you’re trying to focus on? This is what is called an optical zoom facility. This is the best option because the effective resolution of the picture remains the same but, only the magnification, say like 10x, 20x, is improved.

Whereas digital zoom means the in-built software present in your camera that will allow you to crop, zoom the pictures. Now, only the size of the picture is magnified; however, the resolution gets reduced. So, I would recommend digital zoom only post-taking your night shots.

So, overall while using a night vision camcorder, I would recommend you to go for the one that provides an optical zoom of at least up to 10x. But remember, camcorders with optical zoom are expensive than others.

3. MOTION DETECTION FUNCTION

One of the critical areas where night vision camcorders are used is surveillance and to take paranormal activity. In that case, it is best if you find a camcorder with this motion detection feature.

How it works is that, say you mount the camcorder somewhere and select an area you want to monitor, now when the motion detection feature is turned on, it will be constantly be taking images. If there is a considerable change of pixel rate between those frames, the camcorder will immediately send an alert message to you. This is because the camcorder’s software has sensed that something has moved and wants you to take note of it.

4. BATTERY LIFE
Nighttime shots like tracking, fishing, filming hunt videos at night, paranormal investigation, etc., are tedious and will take more time. So, it is necessary that the camcorder has a rechargeable battery and has good battery life.

5. DURABILITY OF THE CAMCORDER
Make sure the camcorder you are using has a rugged construction to use it in rugged terrains and harsh weather conditions. This is a must-have fortnight vision camcorder because these camcorders are primarily used outdoors only.

6. Stabilization

Most camcorders mentioned in this list have a stabilizer handle. Having a camcorder with a built-in stabilizer is always better because getting steady footage without any motion blur is tedious when taking nighttime footage.

7. LUX RATINGS
Lux is a measure of the amount of visible light the camcorder can capture on its sensor. A professional night vision camcorder is expected to have a lux value of 0.0001.

8. OTHER FEATURES:

See if the camcorder ensures these:

  • Long distance-of-view (focal range)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Allows live streaming of videos
  • Allows you to use their mobile apps for file transfer. 
  • Their compact size, makes them a portable companion for night shoots.

CONCLUSION

These are some of the best night vision cams on the market right now. You must have noticed that these camcorder vary in price, size, features, and additional capabilities, but one thing they all do is record videos in night vision, and they do it best.

The article has shortlisted around 10 top Night vision full-spectrum camcorders listed along with their features, pros, and cons, so hopefully, this article could help you decide which camcorder to buy. 

Xavier
 

I'm Xavier. I am a professional writer and blogger. It all started when I fell in love with my camera, which was presented to me when I was ten as a birthday gift. Since then, I wanted to become a cinematographer and also succeeded in that. So I am here researching and reviewing the filmmaking gadgets and giving out my top gadgets from the market.I hope you find my review articles interesting and helpful.

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