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