Introducing RPO’s CMOS Night Observation Device: 8 Advantages over Existing Technologies in the Field

Posted by The RPO Team on Dec 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

CNOD EXTENDER LERA 2.pngRPO’s new commercial device, CMOS Night Observation Device (CNOD), is a hand-held night vision sight with the revolutionary capability of daylight operation. CNOD leaps past existing night-vision technologies to meet the demands of field use. The CNOD is proof of RPO’s two core competencies—optical system design and precision-molded plastic optics—which pay off in market-leading image clarity and light weight.

Technical specs and images from the field are available, but here’s a sneak peek:

1. Photographic Resolution

Precision-molded aspheric lenses and a high-resolution sensor enable facial recognition and threat identification.

2. Mobility

Plastic optics make CNOD a lightweight, one-handed device that does not require a tripod.

3. Transparency

Unlike thermal imagers, CNOD can see through “cold” objects, such as windows.

4. Price

Molding custom aspheric optics is a huge cost advantage over grinding and polishing them.

5. No-Compromise Image Quality

The reduced cost, weight, and volume of plastic aspheres allows CNOD to feature a high-quality imaging system AND a high-resolution sensor AND a high-definition display, all at a lower price than previously available technology.

6. Day/Night Vision

Although designed as a night vision system, CNOD operates under any lighting conditions, including bright sun during the day or low light at night. The CNOD has an operating bandwidth between 500 and 1080 nm.

7. Multi-Wavelength Capabilities

CNOD systems can be custom built for any wavelength for which there is a camera sensor.

8. Future-Proof Technology

Using commercially available sensors means CNOD improves at the same accelerated pace as any other digital camera.


The CNOD has generated attention from police, homeland security, and military. In future posts we’ll look “under the hood” of CNOD, but for now watch the CNOD product website for up-to-date information.

If you'd like to speak to an RPO team member or request the CNOD sellsheet, contact us.

learn more


Topics: Night Vision Technology, CNOD