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Thread: Hardware Review: NiteMax NM-1000

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    A light continuation of the NItemax review

    The image quality is very impressive. I have fullscreened the nightmax on a 19" monitor at 1MP and it comes out with light pixelation along edges. This is better than i expected, so i thought i should share
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    Color vs B&W Nitemax

    Yesterday i recieved my shipment of Nitemax Ultra IIs from Mark. These are my findings

    Positive
    1) The black looks COOL
    2) Color is a helpful in identifing objects quicker
    3) In day time the color is pretty decent. Its not real to life, as it is doing this off IR light as well as visible, but its good.

    Negative
    1) Colors, under IR, go bye bye.
    2) After seeing Shotgun';s vids and wondering why he has such problems with halos and a big distracting white spot in his videos, i'm realizing what happened. In the B&W Nitemax, there was a bit white spot where the IR LEDs acted as a flashlight, but since it was black and white it wasn't a glaring problem. With color, I believe it tries to make sense of the image and lloses the grey scale contrast in favor of color, which kills the image, especially if the IRs are on to high. This could aslo explain why the street lights look the way they do for him and other people. With the B&W models, the streetlights do look bright when the camera adjusts to a darker ambient light, but it isn't overbearing and you can still make out objects around it a bit better than the color one.

    Recommendation:
    For night driving, stick to B&W unless you have a need for color. You'll be happier. If you do desire a little color in your life, and don't plan to use the IRs as much or if you plan to use the image as an aid for drving, not your main source of visual orientation, ie, driving down to town at night to help you see objects your headlights don't show versus speeding down a dark road with no headlights, color is sitll a nice choice. Either one is good, but Mark, as usual, was right, B&W, due to the properties of how it gathers information for the image, is better.
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    Genesis, can be the color "switched off" ? Even "modding" it? or you need another camera just B/W ...
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    Mark said somethign interesting to me. You can ghange the output color of the B&W ones, but not the color ones. I don't know, i didn't design the things! In the end, as nice as color is, driving, i am not sure how much it matters since bright IR light comes out as white anyways...ots really a boon for daytime. Sorry for the delayed response. Imagine my surprise when i find out people acutally sitll read this review! yes its a damn good review, but still...
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    this looks really interesting... did you succeed to make any videos? How well does this perform in rain, snow, in real life traffic - would be interested to see pics, vids if any available.

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    Shotgunefx was nice enough to make vids. I don't know if anyone tested it in extreme weather conditions.
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    AWESOME!!!

    Did you happen to relocate the IR to ouside the window? I've found that it has a tendancy to shoot back at you and create some awful glare. Good job though I happen to like that dual monitor look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor View Post
    AWESOME!!!

    Did you happen to relocate the IR to ouside the window? I've found that it has a tendancy to shoot back at you and create some awful glare.
    I have constructed a contraption to relocate them outside. Thanks to Mark I have the extra modules. But up till now I haven't had the need to actually use them. All the footage was shot with the IR's of the NiteMax itself.
    (Not even turned up to full blast because of the possible glare in the windscreen)
    Quote Originally Posted by Genesisfactor View Post
    Good job though I happen to like that dual monitor look.
    I have been testrunning this setup for two months now. Just to make sure I like the results before doing any major harm to my car.

    Thanks for the support.

    I've constructed a place for the IR's next to the fogglights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaRX8nka View Post
    this looks really interesting... did you succeed to make any videos? How well does this perform in rain, snow, in real life traffic - would be interested to see pics, vids if any available.
    It behaves nice when it rains heavily.
    Road marks remain clearly visible, though it isn't much use for recognising upcoming traffic.
    At least you now you're staying in your lane.

    Fog: naah. You'l need a thermal FLIR device to penetrate that.

    Snow: Really depends on how heavily it's snowing. IR gets reflected by snow as well.
    No good for staying in your lane.

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