The primary advantage of the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera is seeing in complete darkness. By using an Infrared light source - completely invisible to the human eye - images and videos can be captured with no visible illumination whatsoever.
This video was shot in complete darkness with the new NoIR V2 camera. All illumination comes from two Infrared LEDs powered from the Raspberry Pi itself. It's an example of a common use of night vision - security and surveillance.
A rather shifty looking character sneaks through the front door under the cover of darkness, but is caught on video!
These are some still photos taken under the same low light conditions, captured at the full 8 megapixel resolution the NoIR V2 offers.