Rugged Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) and EMCCD Cameras for OEM UAV and UGV Applications

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Raptor Photonics is a world-class developer of SWIR (short-wave infrared) and EMCCD camera technologies for low-light imaging and surveillance. Our rugged, SWaP-optimised solutions have been used around the world by leading aerospace and defense companies and are ideal for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles) and other robotic platforms, including LEO cubesats.

SWIR and InGaAs cameras for surveillance

Our camera platforms are highly customizable, and we can provide flexible solutions for OEMs and system integrators tailored to your exact requirements. We offer a variety of options for sensors, housing, video output, communications interfaces and more.

Built to military-grade MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD-704F standards, our imaging systems are designed to operate in harsh environments under extremes of shock, vibration, temperature and EMI. We strive to maintain the highest quality standards, and are accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2015, IPC Class 3, and Class IPCa610.

SWIR and VIS-SWIR InGaAs Cameras

Owl 1280 VIS-SWIR Camera

HD infrared & visible camera for day/night surveillance

Owl 1280 - HD infrared & visible cameraThe Owl 1280 is a high-resolution digital VIS-SWIR (visible & shortwave infrared) camera based around a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor with 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch for high-resolution, high sensitivity imaging.

With less than 50 electrons readout noise and a high intra-scene dynamic range, the camera provides simultaneous high-performance capture of both bright and dark portions of a scene.

Featuring onboard Automated Gain Control (AGC) and intelligent 3-point Non-Uniform Correction (NUC) for the highest quality results, the ultra-compact, low-power Owl 1280 is ideal for UAV surveillance, inspection and other rugged unmanned systems applications.

Owl 1280 technical specifications:

Spectral Response0.4 – 1.7 µm
Resolution1280 x 1024
Pixel Pitch10 µm x 10 µm
Frame Rate10 – 60 Hz
Dimensions67.6 x 50.0 x 50.0 mm
Weight247 g

Owl 640 II VIS-SWIR Camera

Miniature high-speed infrared & visible camera

Owl 640 II VIS-SWIR UAV CameraThe Owl 640 II is a next-generation compact and lightweight digital VIS-SWIR camera based around a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor. With a small footprint and a weight of just 282 grams, it is ideal for UAV and aerial imaging applications.

The high-sensitivity Owl 640 II can run at frame rates of up to 120Hz, providing high-speed digital video with intelligent onboard Automated Gain Control (AGC) for clear footage under all light conditions, including through fog. The camera is available with C-mount or M42-mount interfaces.

Owl 640 II technical specifications:

Spectral Response0.4 – 1.7 µm
Resolution640 x 512
Pixel Pitch15 µm x 15 µm
Frame RateUp to 120 Hz
Dimensions69.4 x 50.0 x 50.0 mm
Weight282 g

Owl 640 N InGaAs VIS-SWIR Camera

Ultra-low noise camera for low-light surveillance

Owl 640 N InGaAs VIS-SWIR drone cameraThe Owl 640 N is a 640 x 512 InGaAs VIS-SWIR camera featuring one of the lowest readout noise levels on the market at a typical value of 18 electrons. It is ideal for low-light imaging applications, with a high intra-scene dynamic range enabling simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene.

With onboard Automated Gain Control (AGC) for superior contrast imaging from low to bright light, and intelligent 3-point Non-Uniform Correction (NUC) for the highest quality results, the compact Owl 640 N provides high-speed imaging at frame rates of up to 120 Hz.

Owl 640 N technical specifications:

Spectral Response0.4 – 1.7 µm
Resolution640 x 512
Pixel Pitch15 µm x 15 µm
Frame RateUp to 120 Hz
Dimensions90.3 x 50.0 x 50.0 mm
Weight250 g

Owl 640 M VGA Camera

Compact, low-power camera for vision enhancement and machine vision

Owl 640 M - low-power VGA cameraThe Owl 640 M features the lowest power consumption of the entire Owl 640 series, with a compact TEC (thermoelectric cooling)-less design that is ideal for OEMs of robotics and machine vision systems.

The camera’s imaging capabilities include 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch for high-resolution VGA VIS-SWIR imagery, and ultra-high intrascene dynamic range for simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene.

Owl 640 M technical specifications:

Spectral Response0.4 – 1.7 µm
Resolution640 x 512
Pixel Pitch15 µm x 15 µm
Frame RateUp to 120 Hz
Dimensions62.21 x 42.0 x 42.0 mm
Weight170 g

Owl 640 S SWIR Camera

ITAR-free, rugged, high-speed shortwave infrared camera

Owl 640 S SWIR UAV Camera