FLIR 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
The 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.
Part 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.
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™ 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.
The 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.
Uncooled VOx microbolometer
640×512, 336×256, 324×256
17 µm (640×512 and 336×256); 25 µm (324×256)
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)
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.
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:
160 x 120 high resolution with 50° FOV and shutter
The 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.
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.
The Duo™ Pro R is a state-of-the-art thermal imaging solution for drones that combines a high-resolution radiometric thermal imager and a 4K visible camera with a full suite of on-board sensors.
The powerful dual-sensor payload allows pilots to switch between thermal and visible imagers in flight, or view them both at the same time with a convenient picture-in-picture mode. Live analogue or digital video can be output over micro-HDMI, while both video and stills are recorded to two microSD cards.
The on-board integrated sensor suite, including a GPS receiver, IMU, magnetometer, and barometer, makes Duo Pro R an ideal self-contained unmanned mapping package that creates accurate orthomosaics without needing to integrate to external flight controllers.
With the FLIR UAS app for iOS and Android, users can quickly and easily configure the Duo Pro R over Bluetooth before takeoff. The intuitive system allows users to set colour palettes and image optimization features, configure PWM inputs and MAVLink interface, and start recording, all from their convenient mobile device of choice.
The Zenmuse XT2 is a dual-sensor thermal and colour imaging solution that seamlessly integrates a FLIR radiometric thermal sensor and a 4K visual camera with DJI’s state-of-the-art stabilization and machine intelligence technology.
The rugged, weather-resistant gimbal is compatible with DJI’s professional M200 Series and M600 Pro drones, delivering actionable insights in real time that allow users to identify what’s important on site without waiting for time-consuming processing. Powerful features such as temperature alarms, heat tracking and FLIR’s MSX Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging bring high performance and enhanced perspective to a range of UAV applications, including infrastructure monitoring, energy inspections, firefighting, and search and rescue.
Uncooled VOx microbolometer
Thermal Imager Display Formats:
640 x 512 or 336 × 256
Thermal Imager Pixel Pitch:
7.5 µm – 13.5 µm
Visual Camera Sensor:
With 25 mm lens: 123.7×112.6×127.1 mm With other lens: 118.02×111.6×125.5 mm