I shut off the light in my scanner area last night and tried to get a cell phone picture, but it didn't capture what I was seeing with my eyes. Besides the SDS 200, I have two 536's, two 996XT's and one 996P2. The 996XT's had a brighter display than the other four scanners, but they all were visible under a no-light condition including the SDS200. I could easily navigate the key pad on all scanners. Just an observation from the past mobile/base line-up.