Starlight Cameras

Starlet

Ammonite Starlight cameras are based around a high resolution and sensitive image intensifier coupled directly to a 1920 x 1080 HD chip.

They are capable of filming in real time, in starlight, moonlight, or with infrared. The images are black and white, and can be grain free (full moon or infra red) or grainy (in starlight).

The amount of grain is a function of the amount of gain that is controlled on all the cameras by a single manual knob. Even in starlight, many of the cameras aren’t at maximum gain, and the quantity of grain is usually removable by noise reduction techniques.

The cameras are sensitive to most visible light, but are also highly sensitive to infra red light. This means they can be used in the field with small infra red battery powered lights instead of large generator driven lights. With a correctly set up spot light, the starlight cameras can see a lion at 2 kilometres.

Starlet

Starlet 2

The Starlet is the world’s first self contained, fully portable, variable framerate (including 23.97, 25 & 29.97 fps) Starlight Camcorder capable of recording uncompressed HD video directly to an internal hard drive. This is the easiest to use and most ergonomic starlight camera to date from the creators of image intensified Starlight camera technology.

Technical Specifications:

  • Uncompressed 12 bit .AVI recording
  • 1920 x 1080 HDMI output for monitoring
  • 1-30 FPS variable framerate (including 23.97 & 29.97 fps)
  • Internal Recording [No Nanoflash / recording device required!]
  • Recording file size: 3GB/minute
  • Dual USB output for downloading footage

Starlight

This camera uses the same chip and intensifier as the Starlet, but is separated from the recording device, a mini PC, by a cable loom. We have worked hard to make the mini PC recording system lightweight, flexible and easy to use. This camera can’t record sound, but can record at any frame rate from 2 fps to 32 fps – as well as 23.97, 25, 29.97. The frame rates are locked, so that separate sound recordings can easily be synced up later, as long as a clapper board or hand clap are used. The clips are automatically stamped with the time of day of commencement, so can easily be connected with a free running time coded audio device.

The AVI files (uncompressed 12-bit) that are created in the computer are quite large in size, about 3GB a minute, which means that the PC has enough space for 2 hours of recording time. We can supply extra field USB 2 hard drives if necessary. The base plate also carries a small 6″ monitor. Both the camera and the monitor are connected to the PC in a small Peli case, and both are controlled by a switch on the camera.

Associated Lenses

The Starlight kit comes with a choice of four of the following lenses:

  • 8mm f1.4
  • 12.5mm f1.4
  • 16mm f1.4
  • 25mm f0.85
  • 35mm f1.4
  • 50mm f1.2
  • 85mm f1.2
  • 135mm f2

For normal use, the cameras are set up on a special base plate which can take any lens from 8mm (24mm in full frame 35mm terms) to 1000mm (3000mm in 35mm terms). Ammonite offer a wide selection of additional fast primes and long lenses which work beautifully on the starlight cameras. Visit the Ammonite lenses page to see our full range.