FAQ

How do the Falcon Eyhe cameras achieve its extreme features?

The Falcon Eye cameras do not work with IR illumination or an image intensifier unit as most night vision equipment does.

The Falcon Eye cameras are build with a new type of CMOS sensor and combined with the advanced electronics and image controlling software it has been possible to create this unique system with a light sensitivity way beyond what other night vision systems can deliver.

How different are the Falcon Eye cameras?

The imaging unit is the same in all 3 models Falcon Eye cameras, all delivering the unique ability to see in the dark at the same image quality. The difference is in the housing.

KC-2000 is designed as a hand held video camera.

KC-1100 is CCTV style of camera with camera and control unit build into one closed box.

KC-1100 is very compact CCTV style of camera with separate camera and control unit.

Is the KC-2000 an auto-focus video camera?

An auto-focus function does not work in the near total darkness. With the KC-2000, please focus manually.

Can I use ENG video camera lenses with the KC-2000?

Yes, you can use ENG video camera lenses if you use the Fujinon B4-C mount adapter. But in this case, you need a battery for operating the zoom and focus functions of the lenses. The adapter can be ordered through Komamura Corporation together with the purchase of Falcon Eye cameras.

Can I use SLR camera lenses or other photographic lenses with the KC-2000?

Yes, C-mount adapters are available from a wide range of suppliers. You can use a large variety of photographic lenses if you use those C-mount adapters. Please note that those lenses must be manual-focus (MF) lenses.

Can I use an external power source?

Yes, the KC-2000 is equipped with a port for a DC power source. You can use an external power source in the range from 10 to 16V.

Is the KC-2000 waterproof?

The KC-2000 is splash-proof. In many cases, lenses are also splash proof. We recommend the use of a “camera rain coat” when you use the KC-2000 in rain.

How long can I use the KC-2000 for consecutive recording?

The operating time of the battery used in the KC-2000 is about 5 hours. You can shoot video for about 5hours if you use a 32GB card at standard mode, or 9,999 still images. By using an external recorder connected to the HDMI output port it is possible to record even longer time. Video recorder boxes with HDMI input can be purchased from Black Magic and other companies.

If you want to use the KC-2000 for several hours continuously, the camera may accumulate heat. It is recommended that you let the sensor cool down by pausing the recording in such a case.

Can I use the KC-2000 to record objects about 1 km away?

Yes, you can. But please use a sturdy tripod if you use an ultra-telephoto lens, because even slight shake on the camera side is likely to be amplified in the actual image. To prevent camera shake, please use the optional lens with image stabilizing system.

Can you tell me about the conversion ratio from Lux to ISO numbers?

The KC-2000’s ISO converted number is 2,000,000 (based on the result of actual measurement by Komamura Corporation). The KC-2000 is capable of recognizing colors of images even if the subject is in extremely dim-lit conditions (even in the shooting condition as low as ISO 2,000,000).

Can I watch images on a TV monitor screen?

Yes, you can. You can watch images recorded in a SD card by inserting it into the SD slot of your TV set. If you wish to monitor real time images on the TV screen, please connect the HDMI terminal of the KC-2000 with the HDMI terminal of your TV set.

Can I make output changes for analog equipment?

You can use image recording devices such as Black Magic devices.

Does the KC-2000 have a GPS function?

No. Please use GPS information available from your smartphone or DSLR camera.

Does the KC-2000 work in the near total darkness?

You can capture images in dim-lit conditions as low as 0.005 lx. The brightness at 0.01 lx is about the brightness under the crescent moon. This is an approximate indication of the brightness of the subject. If the subject is in the total darkness without any dim light, the KC-2000 does not work.

How far images can I capture with the KC-2000?

It depends upon lenses and working distances (camera-to-subject distances). You have to use an ultra-telephoto lens if you wish to capture details of the subject located far away. The maximum aperture opening of the lens becomes small in such a case, and the image becomes inevitably dark. For further details, please check image samples at www.falconeyecnv.com.

Can I capture images even in foggy, smoky or misty conditions?

The FogMode of the KC-2000 is effective for use in low image contrast and low clarity conditions such as fog, mist and smoke. The KC-2000 attempts to sharpen the image in this mode, even when it is difficult to see with the naked eye. For further details, please see Page 16 of the Owner’s Manual.

How long can I shoot video consecutively?

You can record video for about 296 minutes in the High Video Quality mode, 421 minutes in the Standard Quality mode, and 727 minutes in the Low Quality mode, when a 32-GB Class-4 SDHC card is used.

Which SD card do you recommend?

An SD card in the Class-4 or faster is recommended. The maximum capacity of the SD card is 32 GB.

What lenses do you recommend for use with the KC-2000?

You can use a variety of lenses on the KC-2000, depending upon application purposes. Please note the following points in order to derive the best performance from the KC-2000:

  • Using lenses with 2-mega or larger resolution power and HD-compatible
  • C-or CS-mount lenses (with an adapter in case of C-mount lenses) with or without C-mount adapter and B4 mount lenses with using each adapter
  • Using lenses designed for 2/3-inch or larger image sensors
  • Lenses with the maximum aperture of F/1.4 or faster (The faster the maximum aperture of the lens, the higher the performance of the KC-2000)
  • MF (Manual Focus) lenses

What lenses can I mount on the KC-2000 and B4-mount lenses with using each adapter?

You can use CS-mount lenses, C-mount lenses and MF lenses for single-lens reflex cameras. Please note the following remarks when you use those lenses:

  • You can use CS-mount lenses as they are.
  • Please use a C/CS mount conversion adapter when using C-mount lenses.
  • Please use a C-mount adapter and a C/CS conversion ring when using MF lenses for single-lens reflex cameras. Only MF (Manual Focus) lenses can be used. This does not mean that all MF lenses made for single lens reflex cameras can be used. Please check before you actually use those lenses.
  • Please use a C-mount adapter when using B4 mount lenses

What is the price?

Your local dealer can inform you about prices in your markets. Please contact Falcon Eye to get information about a dealer in your area.

Warranty

Komamura Corporation gives 12 month guarantee from the day of purchase – covering all spare parts and labour costs.
All repairs are handled by Komamura Corporation n Japan.
Shipping cost related to repairs must be covered by the customer.

Export regulations?

Sale and export of high quality night vision equipment is regulated by the Wassenaar Arrangement.

Komamura Cooperation follows the regulations in the international agreements and will only export the Falcon Eye cameras to the participating states of the Wassenaar Arrangement, which are:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Komamura Cooperation requires documentation of the location of every Falcon Eye camera customer, and every customer must sign documents guaranteeing not to resell the camera outside of the Wassenaar Arrangement member states.

Where to get support?

Please contact the dealer where you bought the Falcon Eye camera for support.

Video editing software needed?

There is no viewing or editing software included when purchasing the Falcon Eye camera. For  video or image editing, please buy your preferred software from your local dealer.

Where to buy?

Komamura Corporation sell the Falcon Eye cameras to an international network of authorized dealers. Please contact us for information about a dealer in your area.

Can I rent a Falcon Eye camera?

The Falcon Eye cameras will be available for rent through international rental shops. Please contact us for information about a rental shop in your area.

Where to buy accessories?

The Falcon Eye camera is designed to use standard video camera accessories like C-mount lenses, external microphones etc. Your local Falcon Eye dealer can recommend the best accessories for your application.

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