Over the years I have tried out just about every new-fangled fishing or marine product in an effort to optimize my fishing experience…..and I would have to say that normally new technology disappoints.
Like the time I tried out new bottom tracking down riggers that seemed to have a mind of their own. Only to go back to my good ‘ol Scotties.
Or the time I tried out the remote-control unit(s) for my trolling motor. They worked great for a while until the saltwater got to them. I didn’t give up on the first unit, but after the same thing happened to the second unit, I decided to go back to the tried and true steering rod.
Sometimes a new product line simply needs time to mature and getting the first version is not a good idea. Or sometimes new products are just a bad idea or poorly made.
So you can imagine my angst when I decided to try out the brand new Sionyx Nightwave camera. This camera is a game changer!! Now I can navigate the Puget Sound or Straights very early in the morning or late at night. And be totally confident I wont smash my boat into a deadhead.
The Sionyx NightWave camera is a low-light, high-definition camera designed for night-time and low-light conditions. It features a large 1-inch sensor and utilizes proprietary ultra-low-light CMOS technology to capture color video and images in near-darkness. The camera is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing for remote control and sharing of content. But the thing that makes this camera awesome for your average boater or fisherman is the cost.
The cost of the cheapest FLIR marine fixed mount thermal camera is about $3500. That is more than double what the Sionyx NightWave camera goes for. I paid $1495.
Here are two photos I took with my phone when heading out of Sekiu in March. The photo on the right is straight out the helm window. The photo on the left is on my Garmin 1042xsv.
This was the first time I used the camera and I was amazed. Technology finally did not disappoint.
When considering a new camera, it’s important to thoroughly research and compare different features, specifications, and customer reviews to make an informed decision based on your specific needs and requirements. Additionally, considering factors such as price, durability, and customer support can also be important when evaluating a new camera or any other product. It’s always a good idea to read professional reviews, seek recommendations from trusted sources, and carefully evaluate the pros and cons of any new product before making a purchase. Overall, the Sionyx NightWave camera may be worth considering for those who require high-quality low-light performance for their fishing needs.
I will write again if it turns out this camera breaks or otherwise disappoints.
Hook ‘Em Deep!