Dave Bursell, director of the Science Segment at FLIR Systems, talks to Photonics Online about FLIR's line of mid-wave infrared (MWIR) science-grade cameras for R&D thermography applications. These include the X8400 1280 x 1024 MWIR InSb camera, the X6550 640 x 512 MWIR InSb camera, the X6800 high-speed MWIR camera, and the X8300 high-speed MWIR megapixel camera.
Dave Bursell: Hi, Dave Bursell with FLIR Systems. We are here at SPIE 2012. Some of the things that we are showing at this venue include our new X-Series cameras. I have two of these X-Series cameras here, one of which is the 8400.
This is a high-definition camera that has the resolution of 1280 x 1024. It is a mid-wave camera and has external control with an attached or detached LCD screen. It also has built in Wi-Fi for remote control. It has beautiful imagery in the 3- to 5-micron wave bands.
The next camera that we are showing from our X-Series is our new 6550. This is a 640 x 512 mid-wave InSb 3- to 5-micron camera. It has many of the functions and features that our 8400 does, to include LCD, a detachable or attachable LCD display for control.
It also has Wi-Fi for remote operation and data acquisition. It also has a new unique lens design that includes both manual and tactile focus as well as motorized remote focus control to include autofocus.
Two additional systems that we are showing here at the SPIE conference include two prototypes, one of which is the X8300, which is a 1344 x 784 resolution instrument. This operates in the mid-wave band 3 to 5 micron.
We are also showing a prototype 6800. This is a great system, high-speed InSb system that can operate at over 550 frames per second full frame 640 x 512. It also has a unique interface that allows you to capture the data via co-express over a coax cable that allows you to capture the data over a standard coax cable.
These two systems should be released later to the public this year – 2012 – or the first part of 2013.