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05 September 2016

Land Forces 2016: Photonis to Showcase New FusionSight Night Vision Device

Photonis will be showcasing its new FusionSight Night Vision Device during Land Forces Australia 2016, held 6-8 September in Adelaide, Australia.

Developed in partnership with Bertin, FusionSight is, according to the companies, "the world- first compact monocular that combines a colour low light sensor with a thermal image sensor."

When combined these sensors enhance situational awareness and provide users with the option of using a thermal image, colour optical image or a fused thermal, and full colour image, that can also be recorded.

"FusionSight is the industry’s first hand held device that features smart colour fusion of images," says Photonis. "The first image is recorded by a state-of-the-art colour imaging sensor that provides a colour image in extreme low light conditions (~10mlx) without additional illumination. The second image is recorded by a high-resolution thermal imaging sensor that can detect in any night condition (down to 1mlx). The embedded real-time image processor automatically selects key information from each sensor, allowing users to see at dark night even better than in broad daylight, and can record and be saved as a digital file. The smart digital fusion also overcomes the traditional limitations of each individual sensor: FusionSight can detect through smoke, other obscurants and in deep night conditions with a thermal sensor, while providing an optical colour image that can detect through windows with sufficient resolution to allow positive identification thanks to the colour imaging sensor."

FusionSight’s assets include:

  • All-in-one with 3 viewing modes: colour low light, thermal and smart fusion
  • Night & day threat & camouflage detection (ranging up to 3 km)
  • Ergonomic design inspired by user’s needs
  • Image recording & HD video output for proof collection


For the FusionSight, the award winning KAMELEON colour image aensor is used. The sensor uses a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) similar to mobile phones, which in itself, cannot distinguish colours. To identify colour, a patented innovation allows two raw images and a reconstruction algorithm to reproduce the final image in colour, in real time. The FusionSight can be seen at PHOTONIS’ stand #4A13 during Land Forces Australia held 6-8 September 2016 in Adelaide.