FLIR Quark Feature Comparison

See the evolution of features in FLIR's Quark LWIR uncooled camera cores. Please note that Quark 2.0 is the only version currently shipping unless a contract for a previous version has already been signed.

  Quark 1.x Quark 2.0 Notes / Comments
Main App (SW Verison)
Firmware XXXX (Fast Video) XXXX (Slow Video, <9Hz) (640/60Hz)
Release Date Oct 2011 July 2014 v2.0 is the currently shipping version. Prior releases are
only available to OEM customers with dedicated part numbers
Camera Part Numbers (first two digits) 50 50, 51 50 = 336/60 &9 Hz (legacy)
50 = 640/30 & 9Hz
51 = 640/60Hz
Shutter Modes Manual and External Silent Shutterless NUC (SSN) option  
Enhanced AGC Modes and Features   -Active Contrast Enhancement (ACE)
-Smart Scene Optimization (SSO)
-Information Based HEQ
External Sync Mode 30Hz External Sync 30Hz and 60Hz External Sync  
60Hz Frame Rate 336 (legacy) only 336 and 640 640/60Hz is NEW with Quark 2.0
PS 3.3.2
SWIDD 0x72
Non-Volatile Flat-Field Correction (NVFFC)
App Note
640 has one NVFFC
336 (legacy) has two NVFFC maps that load on startup
if the camera is in External or Manual FFC mode,
or when the lens number is switched with the 0x1E command
336 (legacy) contains ability to map NVFFC 0
and 1 to high and low gain for shutter-less gain switching
NVFFCs are calibrated at the factory, but are may also be updated in the field
Isotherms N/A Four temperature thresholds (saturation threshold added) SWIDD Table 3-5 ID 35
bit-width setting
Can be set independently CMOS also includes 16bit for YCbYCr color 16-bit is not really an increased number of bits from the sensor, it's only for false color
EIDD 3.1.4
AGC Region of Interest
App Note
Separate AGC ROI for
each zoom factor,
in pixel units
Single AGC ROI for each zoom factor, in percentage units PS
Single Pixel Symbol Resolution
App Note
640x512 for all resolutions

Selectable for either
640x512 or 320x256 resolutions

Added selectable symbol overlay in digital output

The LVDS and CMOS channels do not
include symbol overlay data
8-bit / 14-bit Snapshot / Playback
App Note
336 (legacy) only, 14-bit frames of data
can be stored, downloaded.
Requires Camera Control GUI.
336 (legacy) only, Added capability to store 8-bit frames of data with playback feature (without symbol overlay).
See Image Capture Application Note describing how to read snapshots.
All stored snapshots can be erased upon command
Snapshots are only on 336
Over-Temperature Indicator No Capability to signal when the operating temp is higher than the specified range of the core.
Status is available via serial command.
Electronic Zoom 2x, 4x,
(8x for Tau 640)
analog & BT.656 video
Continuous zoom can also be applied to the 8-bit CMOS and LVDS outputs (not 14-bit CMOS / LVDS data)
640x512 for all resolutions
Zoom fidelity is increments of 0.1X
PS 3.2.1;SWIDD Table 3-5 ID 50
Colorization of Video Output (Look-Up Tables
or LUTs)
Analog and BT.656 video only Color palette selection (aka LUTs) can be
applied to analog and BT.656 video as well as 8-bit CMOS and 8-bit LVDS data
YCbCr and Bayer with 2.0
Low-Gain Mode (enables imaging of high temperature environments) N/A Available for 336 (legacy) only. Note: Not field-upgradable
for earlier versions
This feature extends the high temp
scene dynamic range from
150C to 550C+
Zoom Pan / Tilt (analog & BT.656 video) No 40-pixel limit to pan and tilt when zoomed *Contact FLIR's Applications Engineering for info
SWIDD Table 3-5 ID 70
App Note
N/A Spotmeter and Isotherms for generic PNs PS;SWIDD ID 142 and ID 229
(TLinear not available in Quark)
LVDS Digital Output 4-pair LVDS interface (clock, sync, two data lines) Two data lines allow a uniform electrical interface across all Quark configurations
Auto-Polarity Detection Yes SWIDD 3.1.1
Baud Rate Options Auto-baud detection SWIDD 3.1.2
Splash screen display Time
App Note
Adjustable via serial command OEM Feature
Field level firmware / software upgrade 336 (legacy)    fault tolerant Note that only 336 has fault tolerant upgrade
Revert Command Applies to all output channels (analog, BT.656, CMOS, LVDS) Revert = flipping the image left-right / right-left about the y-axis
Resolution Options, Analog & BT.656 640x512, 17um
320x256, 17um
Updated to show difference between A/V resolution and digital video resolution
Resolution Options, 14-bit CMOS & LVDS 640x512, 17um
336x256, 17um (legacy)
Resolution Options, 8-bit CMOS & LVDS