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What is Sony Starvis?

Sony Starvis Cameras have the capability to record in colour both during the day and night. The IMX290 shipset inside the camera is the latest technology from Sony. The Sony Starvis cameras use back-illuminated pixel technology, giving superb colour night time images in low light level conditions with the ability to read vehicle number plates. We recommend these cameras are great to use in areas with low light conditions maybe at dusk, dawn or complete darkness with the help of either street lamps or security lights. These cameras give you a crisper, clearer image at night.

With operating in colour at night in low light conditions, it means the cameras give you amazing night time images. Normally when cameras record at night they use infrared LED’s to lighten up the dark area but because Sony Starvis cameras don’t use the infrared LED’s, it means these cameras are more capable of giving you a car number plate than a normal 1080p camera as there is no glare from the LED’s. These cameras also have LED's fitted so that they can be used at night when there is no added light.


Why should I choose Sony Starvis cameras?

The Sony Starvis cameras are a low-cost solution instead of having a number plate recognition camera which can cost over £700. With the Sony Starvis cameras you have the capability to read any number plate during both day and in low-light conditions as you can see in the second image on this page, the dark coloured vehicle is situated 20M away from where the camera is mounted and you can read that number plate very clearly. Also, the van in this image is 30M away from the camera and it still is very easy to read the number plates.


What's the different between OEM 2MP and Sony Starvis 2MP Cameras?

Both OEM and Sony Starvis cameras work on the same format so they can work together in the same system. Both these cameras record in 1080P resolution, giving you recordings in Full HD. The differences between these cameras are that as soon as it starts to get slightly dark, Black Box cameras will switch to record in black and white using the infrared LED's. Because OEM cameras record at night using infrared LED's, it means at night, the glare of the LED's will blur out number plates when they are close to the camera whereas if you got a Sony Starvis camera and used them in low-conditions, you would be able to read number plates and be able to recognise people faces.