Thermal Cameras and Infrared Camera Cores for Drones, sUAS, UGVs

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Infrared Drone CamerasFLIR Systems is the world leader in the design and manufacture of infrared imaging solutions for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and UGV. Our thermal imaging cameras and camera cores are ideal for a range of aerial drone applications, including: search and rescue, precision agriculture, inspections, security, and surveying.

With our wide range of powerful cameras and OEM camera cores and components, we supply more thermal imagers for unmanned platforms than any other company in the world.

Thermal Camera Cores for OEMs

Neutrino™ LC MWIR Camera Core

SWaP+C Optimized Midwave Infrared Drone Camera

Neutrino LC MWIR Infrared Drone Camera CoreThe Neutrino™ LC is a Mid Wave Infrared camera core designed for integrators and optimized for SWaP+C (size, weight, power and cost)-conscious applications such as UAVs and UGVs. Weighing in at just 380 grams with a steady power consumption of less than 4 watts, the Neutrino LC delivers reliable, high-performance thermal imagery over a wide operating temperature.

The Neutrino™ features a HOT (High Operating Temperature) 640 × 512 15µm FPA (Focal Plane Array), integrated into a rugged, compact and configurable package that is ideal for unmanned systems applications such as security and surveillance.


Sensor Technology:HOT MWIR
Sensor Size:640×512
Pixel Pitch:15 µm
Spectral Band:3.4 to ≥ 5.0 μm Standard
Size (LxWxH):7.4 x 4.6 x 6.1 cm (2.9 x 1.8 x 2.4 in)
Weight:< 380 grams (<13.4 oz)

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Neutrino™ LC MWIR Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Neutrino™ LC MWIR Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Neutrino™ SX12 MWIR Camera Module

High Resolution Infrared Drone Camera

Neutrino SX12 MWIR Infrared Drone CameraPart of our Performance Series, the Neutrino™ SX12 provides the highest resolution MWIR thermal imagery for ground-based or aerial unmanned systems. The compact package is based on a FLIR 1280×1024/12µ resolution focal plane array (FPA) and provides crisp imagery for a small instantaneous field of view (IFOV) at longer standoff distances, while maintaining a wide field of view (FOV).

With a highly configurable HD+MWIR core, the Neutrino™ SX12’s mature infrared video processing architecture and robust SDK allow system integrators to simplify development and shorten time to market. The excellent resolution and frame rate make the system ideal for ground-based or airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), counter-UAS solutions and Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) applications.


Sensor Technology:MWIR
Sensor Size:1280×1024
Pixel Pitch:12 µm
Spectral Band:3.4 to 5.0 μm Standard
Size (LxWxH):12.0 x 7.4 x 11.2 cm (4.73 x 2.93 x 4.42 in)
Weight:1.97 kg (4.34 lb)

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Neutrino™ SX12 MWIR Camera Module (USA and Canada)
Neutrino™ SX12 MWIR Camera Module (for those outside North America)

Boson™ LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core

Compact Drone Thermal Camera

Our Boson™ longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal camera cores feature a revolutionary SWaP profile and a flexible infrared processing architecture that provides advanced image processing and video analytics. The expandable interface allows users to trade features for power consumption and tailor the system to precise requirements.

Boson LWIR Uncooled Thermal Drone Camera Core

Boson™ is available with a variety of different lenses in 320×256 or 640×512 resolutions and eight different fields of view. The highly configurable system is ideal for designing a wide variety of unmanned thermal imaging solutions for applications such as security, surveillance, firefighting, and machine vision.


Thermal Imager:Uncooled VOx microbolometer
Array Format:640 x 512 or 320 × 256
Pixel Pitch:12 µm
Spectral Range:Longwave infrared; 7.5 µm – 13.5 µm
Full Frame Rate:60Hz baseline; 30 Hz runtime selectable
Power dissipation:Varies by configuration; as low as 500 mW
Size:21 × 21 × 11 mm without lens
Weight:7.5 g without lens (configuration dependent)

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Boson™ LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Boson™ LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Tau 2 LWIR Thermal Camera Cores

Longwave Infrared Thermal Drone Cameras

Tau 2 LWIR Thermal Drone Camera CoresThe Tau 2 family of LWIR camera cores combine powerful imaging capabilities with an unmatched feature set that makes them ideal for a wide range of demanding UAV and UGV thermal imaging applications.

Available in three different resolutions (640×512, 336×256, 324×256), Tau 2’s expanded capabilities include full radiometry, increased sensitivity, and information-based histogram equalization (HEQ) that automatically adjusts image contrast to bring out the most vital image detail from a scene.


Sensor Technology:Uncooled VOx microbolometer
Sensor Sizes:640×512, 336×256, 324×256
Pixel Pitch:17 µm (640×512 and 336×256); 25 µm (324×256)
Spectral Band: 7.5 – 13.5 µm
Size (without lens):1.75″ x 1.75″ x 1.18″
1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.18″ (Compact and Shutterless)

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Tau 2 LWIR Thermal Camera Cores (USA and Canada)
Tau 2 LWIR Thermal Camera Cores (for those outside North America)

Lepton® Micro Thermal Camera Core

Radiometric-Capable LWIR Uncooled Camera

The FLIR Lepton® is an ultra-miniature, radiometric-capable LWIR camera solution that easily integrates into native mobile-devices and other electronics as an IR sensor or thermal imager. With focal plane arrays of either 160×120 or 80×60 active pixels, Lepton® captures accurate, calibrated, non-contact temperature data in every pixel of each image.

Lepton Micro Thermal Cameras for Drones

With its small size, enhanced sensitivity and simple integration, Lepton® is ideal for the smallest of UAS and UGV thermal imaging solutions. The micro camera core is available in five models:

  • Lepton™ thermal imaging camera core160 x 120 high resolution with 50° FOV and shutter
  • 80 x 60 resolution models with:
    • 50° FOV Radiometric with shutter
    • 50° FOV without shutter
    • 25° FOV without shutter
    • 50° FOV with a shutter for manual calibration.

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Lepton® LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Lepton® LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Tau SWIR Shortwave Infrared Camera Core

High Performance SWIR Camera Core for OEMs

FLIR Tau SWIR Thermal Camera Core for dronesThe FLIR Tau SWIR shortwave infrared camera core provides outstanding image quality and performance over a wide range of imaging and light level conditions.

Incorporating FLIR’s high resolution 640×512 ISC1202 Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) 15-micron pitch focal plane array (FPA), it is the ideal OEM SWIR imaging module for demanding drone applications, such as electro-optical payloads.

With a compact form factor, light weight (<81 grams), and less than 3.2 W power consumption (at room temperature) Tau SWIR meets the SWaP requirements for integration into small UAS.

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Tau SWIR Infrared Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Tau SWIR Infrared Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Thermal Imaging Cameras for Drones & sUAS

Vue™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera

Drone thermal camera for accurate temperature measurements

With the same industry-leading thermal imaging quality, interfaces, and capability as the Vue™ Pro, the Vue™ Pro R adds fully radiometric data-gathering to empower sUAS operators to collect highly accurate, non-contact temperature measurements from the air.

Every still image contains accurate, calibrated temperature data embedded in every pixel, enhancing a wide range of drone operations such as inspections, infrastructure analysis, precision agriculture, and public safety. Two different models are available, each with a range of lens options.