X-series thermal imaging cameras, plus Blackfly S models

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Teledyne FLIR introduces two families of X-Series science cameras, the X858x and X698x, offering high-speed and high-resolution thermal imaging capabilities for scientific research and engineering applications within the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectrum.

The X858x and X698x cameras offer advanced recording, triggering, and synchronization capabilities. This includes the ability to remotely adjust the focus, improving the quality of thermal data acquisition while saving time and eliminating frustration when operating within dynamic environments.

Users can then seamlessly transfer the data from the onboard solid-state drive (SSD) to a computer for processing and analysis, executed through FLIR Research Studio or the FLIR Science Camera SDK. This simplified experience enables users to immediately access a local copy of the data, providing in-the-moment data review and analysis. The cameras also support long-duration recordings, only limited by the size of the on-board, off-the-shelf SSD. This feature eliminates the need for high-speed data recording systems for some users, potentially saving significant time and costs on additional hardware and integration.

“The new X858x and X698x families of FLIR X-Series cameras are the most flexible, high-performance models in the FLIR scientific camera lineup to date,” said Desmond Lamont, global business development manager for Teledyne FLIR. “In addition to enabling more precise and convenient thermal data capture with programmatic lens control, the cameras include the ability to record directly to the onboard SSD, meaning users can rapidly configure their cameras to record for long durations without the need to invest in or integrate frame grabber-based recording systems. This feature greatly increases the utility of X-series cameras where longer timescale data capture is paramount and can save the user tens of thousands of dollars in budget, in addition to offering an overall smaller size and weight footprint for the total system.”

Each new camera also includes a dedicated trigger input on the rear panel and a new Tri-level Sync input, providing easy access to all methods of recording and synchronization across multiple camera units and types. This affords greater flexibility for user-specific recording requirements. In combination with motorized lens support, each model includes an integrated, four-position filter wheel. The wheel can be loaded with neutral density or spectral filters that further improve the quality of recording while saving time and mitigating frustration, especially when the camera is in a remote location.

The X858x MWIR and SLS LWIR family of cameras feature a cooled thermal camera core with highdefinition resolution (1280x1084) and a 180Hz frame rate, for capturing the most refined data imagery. The X698x MWIR and SLS LWIR cameras feature 640x512 thermal resolution with a greater than 1kHz frame rate to capture stop motion high-speed events – whether in the lab or on the test range.

Polarized Blackfly S GigE camera

Teledyne Flir has also Introduced the latest addition to its polarized Blackfly S GigE camera lineup – the BFS-PGE-123S6P-C. This new 12MP model is well suited for applications dealing with reflective and/or challenging lighting conditions. Ideal for use cases like traffic systems, UAS (unmanned aerial systems), inspection lines with transparent or reflective parts, and other uncontrolled lighting environments.

Our camera pairs the new Sony IMX253 MZR sensor with an easy-to-use glare reduction feature built into our Spinnaker SDK, making application development and deployment fast and easy. These new GigE cameras with Power over Ethernet (PoE) also take advantage of our new Lossless Compression feature , delivering up to 14 FPS at full resolution without compromising on image quality. Weighing in at just 36 grams, it is significantly lighter and more compact than competing offerings in the market. Read along for more detailed specs, pricing and to consult a specialist about your project requirements.

  • 12 MP Global Shutter CMOS featuring on-sensor polarimetry
  • Delivers resolution of 4096 x 3000 @ 10 FPS (up to 14 FPS with Lossless Compression enabled)
  • Smallest and lightest: 29 x 29 x 30mm, 36 grams
  • Spinnaker SDK can dynamically reduce reflections from non-metallic surfaces
  • Long distance cable options for unique application setups
  • Features Power over Ethernet (PoE – GigE)

The lab-based prototype lidar system that the research team built captures megapixel-resolution depth maps using a commercial digital camera. (Image credit: Andrew Brodhead)

31 March 2022

Four imaging examples, two indoor (left) and two outdoor (right). These examples primarily explore the polarised nature of specular (Fresnel reflection), in which unpolarised light is partially polarised perpendicular to the plane of incidence upon reflection. Credit: Capasso Lab/Harvard SEAS

23 March 2022

Lab setup demonstrating the MWIR 3D measurement principle. Credit: Fraunhofer IOF

23 March 2022

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