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Minox NVD 650 Instruction Manual

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Minox NVD 650 Instruction Manual

Minox NVD 650 Instruction Manual


Congratulations on the purchase of your MINOX NVD 650 digital night vision device. As with all MINOX products, the MINOX NVD 650 boasts the traditional values fostered by our company. It
combines functionality and modern design with the finest optical quality. Simple and easy to use, the MINOX NVD 650 is ideal for digital night-time observation within the designated detection range.

This manual is intended to help you get acquainted with the range of features available on your MINOX NVD 650 and enjoy your night vision goggles to the fullest.

– We have done our best to produce a complete and accurate manual. However, we cannot ensure that there are no errors or omissions during the printing process.
– We cannot take responsibility for any damages caused by unauthorized attempts to upgrade software or for any data corruption while the product is being repaired.
– Please Back Up Your Files! We cannot be held liable for the loss of data caused by damaged products or damage due to unreadable memory cards or drives.


1. Getting to know your MINOX NVD 650

2. Controls

3. Setting up your night vision device

4. Functions

5. Operating the night vision device

6. Connecting your device to a computer 7. Other notes and information
– Storage
– Disposal
– Legal information
– Declaration of conformity
– MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License
– Technical specifications
– Warrant

Safety notes

Improper use of your night vision goggles may result in injury to you or others and can damage or destroy the device. We therefore kindly ask you to read and strictly observe the following safety notes.

Intended use

The night vision device is intended for observation in the dark and for taking digital photos and video clips. It is for private use only and is not suitable for commercial purposes.

Hazards for children and persons with limited ability to operate electronic equipment

The night vision goggles, accessories and packaging are not toys for children. These should therefore always be kept away from children due to the risk of electrical shock, poisoning and suffocation.

The night vision goggles and accessories may not be used by children or persons with limited abilities to operate the equipment. The device may only be used by persons who are physically and mentally able to operate it safely.

Electrical hazard

In the event that liquid or a foreign object has entered the night vision device, switch it off and remove the batteries. Allow all parts to dry thoroughly. Otherwise there is a risk of fire or electrical shock.

If the night vision goggles have been dropped or the housing has been damaged, switch it off and remove the batteries Otherwise there is a risk of fire or electrical shock. The night vision device may not be taken apart, modified or repaired. This may cause a risk of fire or electrical shock.

Damage from heat – fire hazard

Do not leave the night vision device in places where the temperature can rise sharply (e.g. inside a vehicle). This could lead to damage of the housing and internal parts, which in turn could cause a fire.

Do not wrap the night vision device in or place it on textiles. This could lead to a build-up of heat in the night vision device that can cause deformation of the housing and may induce a fire hazard.

Battery safety

Always change all batteries at the same time.

Before inserting the batteries, make sure the battery contacts and the contacts in the device are cleaned.

Before disposal of the night vision goggles, first remove the batteries and dispose of them separately. Remove the batteries when the night vision device is not being used for a long period.

Do not remove the batteries immediately after using the night vision device for an extended period of time. The batteries may have become hot during use.

Danger of explosion if the batteries are not replaced properly or if the wrong type of batteries is used. Only use LR6 (AA) 1.5V batteries or NiMH batteries with the same specification.

Do not expose the batteries to excessive heat such as direct sunlight, fire, etc. due to the risk of fire and explosion. Do not store batteries near fire, stoves, or other sources of heat.

Never store batteries at temperatures below 10 ° C or above 40 ° C.

Keep the batteries out of the reach of children.

Never store or carry batteries in a bag, tool box, etc. if there is a risk they might come into contact with metal objects.


The batteries must not be thrown into the fire, shortcircuited, over-discharged, deformed or taken apart. Danger of fire and explosion.

Never touch leaking batteries without the proper protection. If battery acid comes into contact with the skin, wash the area of skin immediately with plenty of soap and water.

Avoid battery acid from coming into contact with your eyes. If you do get battery acid in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with plenty of water and contact a doctor immediately.

Dispose of the batteries according to battery regulations.

Injuries and damage to device

Do not place the night vision goggles on an unstable surface. Otherwise, the device may fall or tip over and cause injury to people or damage to the product.

Do not use the night vision device while running or driving. You could trip or cause a traffic accident.

Damage to the electronics, the display or the lens, which were caused by external influences such as impacts, falls, etc., are not covered by the warranty and thus not subject to claims.

Always handle your night vision device with care and avoid dropping or knocking it. Otherwise it may be damaged.

Contents of box

– MINOX NVD 650 night vision device with carrying strap and bag
– USB cable
– AV cable
– Operation manual

Note: The actual contents may vary from this list. The scope of delivery is subject to change without prior notice.

Note: Please format the Micro-SD-memory card before use. Files on the card from other devices may affect the functionality of the camera.

Further information about accessories for the NVD 650 can be found on the MINOX website:

1. Getting to know your MINOX NVD 650

Please take a few moments to carefully read the following guidelines:
– 6 x optical zoom
– 50 mm objective lens diameter
– Highly sensitive infrared CMOS sensor
– Colour images by day; black-and-white images by night
– Built-in infrared illuminator for observation in complete darkness
– Uses micro SD memory card up to 32 GB
– Easy to use

2. Controls

1. Main switch

2. Zoom buttons

3. IR illuminator

4. Brightness button

5. Record button

6. Eyepiece (rotatable for focusing on the screen)

7. Battery cover

8. Lens (rotatable for focusing)

9. Mounting rail

10. TV connector

11. Micro USB interface

12. Micro SD card slot

13. Photo/Video switch

Minox NVD 650 Instruction Manual

Minox NVD 650 Instruction Manual

3. Setting up your night vision device

The following will help you get your night vision device ready for use:

Insert the batteries

Your NVD 650 is designed to use alkaline, lithium or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) AA batteries. To insert the batteries, open the battery compartment. Insert 4 x 1.5 volt AA batteries into the battery compartment as specified. Pay attention to the correct pole alignment (+/-).

Memory card

To save pictures or videos, you will need a memory card (micro SD/ SDHC card). Your NVD 650 supports memory cards up to 32GB.

Insert the memory card

Open the memory card slot on the bottom of the device and insert the memory card into the slot. Make sure that the micro SD card is not write protected (micro SD card slide must not be in the lock position).

Note: If the micro SD card was used for data storage in other devices, please format the micro SD card on a PC. This formatting removes old data from the micro SD card and thus ensures error-free functionality. It is recommended to check the micro SD card after capturing the first few images to ensure it is working.

4. Functions:

On/Off button (main switch)

You can turn the NVD 650 on or off by pressing the main switch for 2 seconds.

Zoom buttons

Pressing the zoom buttons allows you to zoom in and out digitally in the image. The values displayed here refer to the factor by which the NVD 650’s fixed optical magnification is multiplied. For example, a displayed value of 2 gives a magnification of 6 (NVD 650’s fixed optical magnification) times 3 (zoom factor) equals 18.

IR illuminator

If the available light is no longer sufficient for observation, you can switch on the built-in infrared illuminator by pressing the IR button and obtain enhanced illumination of the activity. When pressed for the first time, the infrared illuminator lights up with full intensity. If the image appears too bright, the intensity can be gradually reduced by further pressing the IR button until it is completely switched off again. IR0 will be displayed on the screen when the illuminator is switched off completely. Another press of the IR button puts the NV 650 into day mode, whereby the IR illuminator is still off (further details on day mode under the next function brightness button). Battery life can be extended by turning the IR illuminator off or down when full intensity is not required.

Brightness button

The brightness button (sun symbol) allows you to adjust the brightness of the image depending on the frame rate. You can browse through the frame rates available by repeatedly pressing the brightness button in night mode. Starting with the fastest to the slowest frame rate set by default, which also allows for the brightest image. In day mode (see above), the frame rate is 30 frames per second (fps), which cannot be altered.

Set-up menu

Pressing and holding the brightness button (2 seconds) will take you to the small set-up menu. Here you can set the photo resolution, video resolution, date, backlight and USB standard. Once in the set-up menu, you can use the zoom buttons to enter and exit a submenu. Within a menu, you can scroll from one item to another using the IR button. The record button is for confirmation.

The menu item Backlight Setting allows you to change the LCD backlight of the screen over 3 levels. This increases the adjustment range for the image brightness, because for all 3 settings, the image brightness can be changed as described above. Use the zoom buttons to scroll between levels and confirm with the brightness button.

Note: Lower frame rates in night mode allow for a brighter picture. However, movements in the picture may not appear as smooth due to the slower frame rate per second.

Record button

You can use the record button to take photos or videos, depending on the position of the photo/video switch on the underside of the device. To do this, a micro SD card (maximum storage capacity of 32 GB) must be inserted into the card slot as the NVD 650 has no internal memory.

In photo mode, the NVD 650 captures one frame in JPEG format each time the record button is pressed.

In video mode, pressing the record button starts the video recording (AVI format, 1280x720 pixels (HD) at 20 fps). The recording symbol will flash on the screen. Pressing the record button again stops the video recording.

5. Operating the night vision device:

Rotate the eyepiece (eye-side lens) until the image is sharp for your eye.

Then turn the lens until your observation object in the distance is sharp in the frame.

Depending on the lighting conditions, select the brightness of the IR illumination as described above.

6. Connecting your device to a computer

The MINOX NVD 650 stores photos and videos on the memory card. Photos can be distinguished by filenames with the extension “.jpg”, while videos have the extension “.avi”.

There are two ways to transfer the data to your computer: either remove the micro SD card and read it on the computer, or connect the NVD 650 to a computer using the USB cable supplied.

Transferring images and videos via micro SD card

Always make sure that the night vision device is switched off before removing the micro SD card from the card slot, otherwise the memory could be damaged. Remove the memory card from the card slot of the device and insert it into a memory card reader connected to your computer. The transfer of images or video recordings to the computer will then commence.

Connection via USB cable

Connect the night vision device to a computer via the USB port using the USB cable supplied. The night vision device will be recognised as a removable medium. Pictures or video recordings can be viewed directly or transferred to the PC.

Connecting to a TV

To connect to a TV, turn on the MINOX NVD 650, and then connect the video cable to the night vision device. Connect the other end of the cable to the TV. Then select the corresponding video input source on the TV set for the video input you are using.

The video output is set by default to the European PAL format. If you are using the device in the US or Japan, you will need to switch to NTSC: Connect the NVD 650 to the TV and press and hold the IR button and the brightness buttons for 5 seconds. The screen on the NVD 650 will now change to NTSC. The same procedure should be followed to switch back from NTSC to PAL.

A live picture from the NVD 650 can now be viewed on the TV screen.

7. Other notes and information


If you will not be using your MINOX NVD 650 for an extended period of time, remove the batteries and store the camera in a cool and dry place.


The packaging should be disposed of in a clean and environmentally safe manner. Batteries must not be disposed of in the household waste. The consumer is legally obliged to return dead batteries at designated collection points or at the retailer where the batteries were purchased.

Correct disposal of this product:

This symbol indicates that within the EU, electronic devices are not allowed to be disposed of in the household waste. Please use the designated collection points for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment in your community or ask your dealer where your device can be properly disposed of. This prevents possible harmful effects on the environment and health through improper disposal. Further information can be obtained from municipal services near you.

Legal information:

The use of the MINOX NVD 650 is subject to a wide range of legal regulations which can vary from country to country, especially for recording images in public spaces. Please observe the national legislation for the protection of personal rights. It is especially important not to make photos or videos of persons in public places.

Declaration of conformity

The manufacturer hereby declares that this CE marking has been affixed to this device in accordance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the following European Directives:
– 2011/65/EU RoHS Directive
– 2014/30/EU EMV Directive

The EC declaration of conformity can be obtained from the address provided at the end of this manual.

MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License

This MINOX NVD 650 is licensed under the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License for personal and non-commercial purposes to:

1. encode video files in compliance with the MPEG-4 standard and/or

2. decode MPEG-4 video files that was encoded by a consumer engaged in a personal and non-commercial activity and/or was obtained from a video provider licensed to provide MPEG-4 video. For other purposes, no license is granted or implied for the MPEG-4 standard.

Further information can be obtained from MPEG LA, LLC on

Technical specifications

Magnification 6x (optical)
Digital zoom 5x (up to 30x magnification combined)
Lens diameter 50mm
Field of view at 100m 6.8m
Image sensor 5 MP CMOS sensor
Photo resolution 2590 x 1944 pixels
Video resolution 1280 x 720 (HD), 640 x 480 (VGA)
Powerful IR iluminator Range up to 350m
Operating temperature -30° up to +55° C
Recording during the day Colour
Recording at night Black and White
Video output NTSC or PAL
External memory SD/SDHC card up to 32 GB
Ports USB port, TV out
Cables USB cable, TV cable (included)
Battery 4 x 1,5 V AA batteries / alkaline, lithium or NiMH batteries
Dimensions ( H x W x D) 62 x 105 x 208 mm
Weight (without batteries) 765 g
Order number 62426


Warranty terms

With the purchase of this MINOX NVD 650 you have acquired a product which has been manufactured and tested according to very high quality standards. The statutory warranty of 2 years provided for this product commences on the date of purchase from an authorized dealer and is subject to the following conditions:

1. During the warranty period, complaints based on faulty manufacture will be compensated free of charge either by repair, replacement of defective parts or replacement by an identical flawless product at our own discretion. Any further claims of any kind whatsoever, and irrespective of the legal basis in connection with this warranty, are excluded.

2. Claims under warranty are null and void if the defect has been caused by improper handling (which also includes the use of accessories made by other companies), if the product is serviced by unauthorized persons or workshops, or if the serial number has been obliterated.

3. Warranty claims can only be made by submission of an electroni- cally printed sales slip from an authorized dealer.

4. When submitting claims under warranty, please return the MINOX camera together with the electronically printed sales slip, and a description of the complaint to the MINOX GmbH Customer Service or an international MINOX agency.

5. Tourists may, if required, make use of the MINOX agency in the country in which they are traveling. In accordance with the MINOX GmbH warranty terms, the electronically printed sales slip must nevertheless be presented.


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Tel.: +49 (0) 6441 / 917-0
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