Same scene, both taken with the same cheap cell phone camera.
Power is 1x.
Now to the naked eye, I could make out shapes of things, so the camera isn't showing quite what I could see with a non-dark adapeted eye.
The reason I posted though is that people have seen blurry green pictures of the view though night vision gear, and I think that they believe that the resolution is low and that the contrast is poor. .
Modern NV has better resolution capability than most computer monitors and can have quite excellent contrast.
This is the view though an L3 filmless white phosphor tube.
And you have to remember, it is dark in the room. Light is from a bit of spill from an under-counter night light in the kitchen though a door behind where I am standing and to the right, and a bit of light filtering in from outside. Again, not pitch black in the room, but pretty dark.
I had to compress the picture to get it small enough to post so a bit of detail was lost.
The camera was just held up to the eyepiece, so you can see that I must have had the phone tilted because the left side of the field is a bit out of focus. Camera's held to the eyepiece almost always struggle to show the scene with the same contrast that you see when you look though the device.
These things are amazing for astronomy. If your impression of night vision is formed from watching movies, you are not getting a really good representation of how sharp and and contrasty the view can be.
I see things in my a 6" scope that I used to struggle to see in a 12" scope, and for brighter targets, the view quite spectacular. For dim things, the scintillation in the tube does increase, but you can still see things with your existing small scope from the back yard of your close in suburban home that you used to have to go to dark skies with a big scope to see.
In this picture, the device was focused on the coffee table, so that is where you would get to see the sharpest image it can produce, but again, I had to compress it to fit here and a camera used afocally rarely has the ability to reproduce the image with the fidelity that is visible in the eyepiece.
Also, does not look nearly this blue in the device. A camera artifact I think. Just not enough light to really tickle all of the sensors. The view does though have a blueish cast but only a bit. While the real time view is like a black and white picture in terms of quality, these particular tubes do show the bluish tint.
I just wanted to share what the modern reality is.