Hikvision ColorVu Technology

HikVision CCTV Cameras

You can now record detailed Colour images in low or even zero lighting, for reliable surveillance around the clock.

Hikvision ColorVu changed everything.

The colour of an intruder’s outfit, the shade of the perpetrator’s car. When it comes to tackling crime, being able to record accurate colour video can often capture vital evidence that can transform the progress of an investigation.
Over 2 years ago, having colour recording at night was either out of the question, or you would need added hardware such as a floodlight. Even then, it would produce inaccurate & low-quality blurred imaging. This meant that intruders would often be able to get away.

Hikvision tackled this issue by advancing 2 major technological hurdles that stopped cameras from producing good quality colour imaging at night; advanced lenses, and high sensitivity sensors. However, in dark locations or when night falls, the vast majority of conventional surveillance cameras lose their ability to render colour, relying instead on stark supplementary lighting or infra-red to mimic the effects of day.

One of the main challenges with Infrared sensors on modern CCTV cameras is they are only able to show night-time images in black and white. While this is OK for basic details such as a car make or model, but without the ability to see colour, a lot of information is missed. Colour-related information is crucial for many scenarios and are a great asset for data and analyses, especially when a crime has been committed and every piece of information is vitally important. 

ColorVu from Hikvision is a technological development that allows these cameras to produce a colourful images, even in ultra low light conditions. This is a great advantage over conventional cameras as it allows for people, vehicles and other objects to be shows in a truer form rather than merging with the environment and being blurry. ColorVu cameras are able to achieve this due to two major advancements in hardware technology; their advanced lenses, and high-performance sensors. A supplemental light compliments these for extremely dark conditions and guarantees full colour detail when you need it most.

What benefits does
full-colour video give?

Viewing CCTV footage captured on cameras that rely on infra-red technology for low light/night time video capture can make it difficult to work out certain details, some of which can be vital when used as evidence. ColorVu cameras allow for not only excellent low light video capture, but accurate colour rending by balancing the image’s brightness and giving the user a far more realistic render.

Application scenarios
where ColorVu shines


Residential buildings such as flats, multi-layer homes and apartments usually have areas within them that aren’t very lit such as stairways and balconies, making those spots potentially risky when the sun goes down. If an accident or more severe incident were to occur in these areas, traditional CCTV cameras may find it difficult to capture the details of the situation. Cameras equipped with ColorVu technology however are first-class when it comes to surveillance in these types of conditions, illuminating the area not only allowing it to capture better video but also making it safer for residents.

Small Businesses.

Business owners can use ColorVu to enhance the security and reliability of video capture where thefts and other crimes may occur, such as dimly lit coffee shops, dark hallways, bin areas and loading bays. The illumination that these cameras provide help to deter thieves or internal misconduct, making both customers and staff feel that bit safer when working.