High Performance Infrared Zoom Lenses for UAVs and Drones: Low-SWaP, Extended-Range, Ruggedized Lenses

Advanced IR Zoom Lenses for Next-Generation Thermal Imaging

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Ophir IR zoom lens designOphir Optronics has released an application note that details how recent advances in the development of infrared zoom lenses allow them to meet stringent Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) budgets while enabling high-resolution vision and identification for challenging applications such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).

Download the full application note here

The application note covers:

  • How advances in detector resolution must be accompanied by improvement in the quality of IR optical lens assemblies
  • Example of low-SWaP lens design for cooled MWIR sensors: folded-optic 16-180mm f/3.6 zoom lens
  • Example of low-SWaP lens design for cooled MWIR sensors: lightweight 20-275mm f/5.5 zoom lens

Ophir has successfully designed and implemented advanced IR zoom lenses with reduced SWaP that are ideal for harsh environmental conditions and constrained platforms, and open up new opportunities for next-generation UAV thermal imaging applications. To find out more, download the full application note.

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