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FLIR Vue - Easy, Affordable Thermal Imaging for Commercial sUAS  

Introducing FLIR Vue™

Easy, Affordable Thermal Imaging for Commercial sUAS

With FLIR Vue you get all the thermal imager you need for sUAS operations without having to pay for functionality you'll never use.

Pre-configured to give you optimal imagery in a wide variety of conditions, FLIR Vue is light enough that it won't throw off your center of gravity or impact your flight times. With simple power-in and video-out connections, it's easy to integrate and get flying on just about any platform.

Best of all, with MSRPs of only $1,499 for 336 resolution cameras and $2,999 for 640 cameras, FLIR Vue is affordable for today's commercial sUAS operations.

Thanks to FLIR Vue, thermal's done right.

 

Applications

With the same powerful thermal imaging core used in the most popular cameras in the world, FLIR Vue gives the same performance for a ground breaking low price, making it perfect for applications like:

  • Search and Rescue
  • Fire Fighting (see FAQ for details)
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Roof Inspections
  • Power Line Inspections
  • Substation Inspections
  • Cell Tower Inspections
  • Security Surveying
  • And just about anything else you can dream up
 
 

Easy to Connect

Just plug in a GoPro-compatible cable into the 10-pin mini-USB connector to feed the camera a regulated 5VDC power supply and get analog video out to your video transmitter or OSD, and you're ready to go. If you need more detailed information, the pinout for Vue's 10-pin mini-USB connector is available in the Vue IDD drawing under the Product Literature tab above.

Easy to Mount

Because of FLIR Vue's light weight, you’ve got lots of mounting options available to you on any kind of aircraft. Whether you want to hard-mount it or put it on a brushless gimbal, FLIR Vue can do the job.

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Easy to Use

There's really nothing to it. Since all of the configuration has already been done, just power it up and go fly. But if you want to dig into the settings a little deeper, just download our Camera Controller GUI and connect FLIR Vue to your PC with a USB cable.

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FLIR Vue Specifications

Overview
Thermal Imager Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
Resolution 640x512 336x256
Lens Options 9 mm; 69° x 56°
13 mm; 45° x 37°
19 mm; 32° x 26°
6.8 mm; 44° x 36°
9 mm; 35° x 27°
13 mm; 25° x 19°
Spectral Band 7.5 - 13.5 μm
Full Frame Rates 30 Hz (NTSC); 25 Hz (PAL)
US only, not for Export
Exportable Frame Rates 7.5 Hz (NTSC); 8.3 Hz (PAL)
Physical Attributes
Size 2.26" x 1.75" (57.4 x 44.4 mm) (including lens)
Weight 3.25-4 oz (92.1 – 113.4 g) (configuration dependent)
Precision Mounting Holes Two M2x0.4 on each of two sides & bottom
One 1/4-20 threaded hole on top
Image Processing & Display Controls
Image Optimization for sUAS Yes
Digital Detail Enhancement Yes - Adjustable in GUI
Invertable Image? Yes - Adjustable in GUI
Polarity Control (black hot/whitehot) & Color Palettes Yes - Adjustable in GUI
Power
Input Voltage 4.8 - 6.0 VDC
Power Dissipation (peak)
1.2 W (2.2 W)
Environmental
Operating Temperature Range -20°C to +50°C
Non-Operating Temperature Range -55°C to +95°C
Operational Altitude +40,000 feet

Wide Field of View (WFOV) Models

  6.8 mm 9 mm 13 mm 19 mm
Vue Pro 640 FoV (NTSC) N/A 69° x 53° 45° x 35° 32° x 24°
  FoV (PAL) 69° x 56° 45° x 37° 32° x 26°
(17μ 640x512) iFoV 1.889 mr 1.308 mr 0.895 mr
Vue Pro 336 FoV (NTSC) 44° x 33° 35° x 26° 25° x 18° N/A
  FoV (PAL) 44° x 36° 35° x 27° 25° x 19°
(17μ 336x256) iFoV 2.500 mr 1.889 mr 1.308 mr
Hyperfocal Distance 1.2m 2.1m 4.4m 9.5m
Min Focus Depth of Field 0.6m 1.1m 2.2m 4.8m

FLIR Vue™ FAQs

A: Vue has a 10-pin mini-USB connector that you can use to supply the camera with 5VDC power and get its analog video signal out. This connector has the same pinout as the GoPro 3/4 cables you can find from most leading drone supply and FPV retailers, so using one of those makes integration quite easy.

These cables take two basic forms – one has a combined ground, and the other uses discrete grounds for power and video.

For cables with a combined ground, like those for use with ImmersionRC and compatible video transmitters, the transmitter’s input/output cable provides a regulated 5VDC to the camera, while the same harness feeds video to the transmitter.

Other cables, like the Tarot TL68A10 shown here, use discrete grounds, which may be more desirable for your installation. Note that if you use this type of connection you must verify that you’re supplying the Vue with a clean 5VDC supply, as the camera has no internal power conversion circuitry.

A: The FLIR Vue operates on 5VDC with a steady-state power dissipation of 1.2W.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pay close attention to your power system's voltage and polarity when connecting your Vue. Vue does not include over-voltage or reverse polarity protection. Input voltage of more than 6VDC will damage the Vue and may invalidate your camera’s warranty.

A: Vue has a number of different mounting options.

First, there are two M2x0.4 threaded mounting holes the camera’s left side, right side, and bottom (note that the mounting screws are not included).

There is also a ¼-20 threaded insert in the top of the camera housing.

Finally, a lens mount can be installed to allow the camera to be mounted with GoPro-compatible mounts. See the Vue User Guide, which is available on the FLIR Vue webpage, for more details on installing this mount.

Users can take advantage of any of these mounting options to either hard-mount or gimbal-mount the Vue.

A: Not yet, though a few are in the works. However, the existing mounting options mentioned above should provide ample methods for mounting to any number of existing third-party mounts or gimbals.

A: No. Because the optimal transmit power and frequency can vary so widely from one application to another, the choice of which type of transmitter to use has been left up to the user. The camera does output a standard analog video signal, however, and it has been successfully tested on all of the common video systems in use today.

A: At this point the FLIR Vue does not permit external control of its serial commands. However, many of the camera’s functions can be configured in the standard Tau Camera Controller GUI that is available on the Vue website (www.flir.com/flirvue).

A: Yes, many of the cameras settings can be optimized for your current conditions by using the free Tau Camera Controller GUI that is available on the Vue website (www.flir.com/flirvue). By connecting the camera to your compatible computer with the included Bench Cable, you will be able to access many camera settings, and view the effects of these changes in real time. (See the Vue User Guide for more details on connecting the camera to your computer.)

Many of the most vital image control and optimization settings can be changed in the GUI, including:

  • Invert the image (for when you have to mount the camera upside down)
  • EZoom
  • Color Palette – choose from White Hot (default), Black Hot, Fusion, Arctic, and Lava palettes
  • Auto-Gain Correction (AGC) Mode
  • Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE)
  • Active Contrast Enhancement (ACE)
  • Smart Scene Optimization (SSO)
  • Region of Interest (ROI)
 

A: The Vue is outputs standard NTSC or PAL analog video, not digital data. For markets outside the USA, FLIR offers <9Hz camera solutions in both NTSC and PAL analog video.

A: The best method for cleaning all optics are to use air whenever possible. Forced air in a spray can works well to remove the majority of dust in corners and hard to reach spots. The next best tool is a soft lens brush used to whisk away dust and debris. If you must resort to using a liquid for cleaning the optic, use only non-ammonia based cleaners. Ammonia based cleansers may damage the coatings of your optic.

A: The FLIR Tau and Tau2 are calibrated over a wider temperature range than FLIR Vue, additional AGC’s and Color Palettes, and provides for digital data. The FLIR Vue is only calibrated for commercial temperature ranges and is an analog system that provides no digital output.

A: Exportable Frame Rate cameras output a video signal that doesn’t use the full 30 or 60 Hz frame rate of the camera, so it may look a little choppy during fast maneuvers. This is a restriction placed on thermal imaging technology by the US Government. While the exportable Frame Rate cameras output video that looks different, there is no inherent difference in image quality or sensitivity between the cameras. A video showing a comparison between the two types of cameras is available here.

 



This video was taken with two cameras mounted to a quadcopter simultaneously, to give you a realistic idea of how an Exportable camera differs from a Full Frame Rate camera when hard-mounted to a multirotor aircraft. Note that mounting an Exportable camera to a brushless gimbal greatly mitigates the apparent differences between the two.

A: No, the FLIR logo will be displayed on the Vue's video output and cannot be removed.

A: Possibly, but it will take a fair amount of work. As the name implies, these gimbals are designed to work with GoPro® Hero 3® and Hero 4® cameras respectively. Even though the FLIR Vue is not significantly heavier than either the Hero 3 or Hero 4, its shape is quite a bit different. This means that the area where the Vue could sit on these gimbals is very small, and the bracket designed to hold the GoPro on the gimbal back plate won't fit around the Vue. It is possible to fashion some sort of mechanical interface that would hold the camera to the gimbal back plate, but FLIR does not supply this mechanism. Once the camera is mechanically attached to the gimbal, the other issue is that the Vue's center of gravity (CG) is significantly farther forward than is the GoPro's CG, requiring the use of a counterweight to balance the gimbal. Take care that the counterweight does not become so heavy that it stresses the gimbal motors.

A: The FLIR Vue can be very effective at seeing through smoke, allowing incident commanders to keep track pf personnel and vehicles when they would otherwise be blinded by dense smoke. It can also be used to find residual hot spots around a fire area after the fire itself has been contained. However, because the sensor's maximum specified operating temperature is +50ºC (+122ºF) the image could become saturated when viewing an active fire.

Export Information

General

FLIR Vue and Vue Pro uncooled thermal imaging cameras operating at 30Hz (NTSC), or 25Hz (PAL) with a resolution of up to 640x512 are export-controlled by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Validated export licenses must be obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce prior to export or re-export of such devices outside of the United States. FLIR employs a team of trade compliance professionals that understand the export rules and regulations, and can assist our customers with their export questions and issues. In circumstances whereby FLIR delivers a camera to a customer in the U.S. who intends to export or re-export the FLIR camera outside of the United States, whether or not the camera is integrated into another product, it is the customer’s responsibility to apply for the required export license from the appropriate department of the U.S. government. Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited.

Note that there are several countries to which the export of thermal imaging cameras is prohibited under any circumstances, regardless of the camera resolution or video update rate. These countries are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria, Crimea – Region of Ukraine, and the Russian Industry Sector. Export policies governing the export of thermal imaging cameras are established by the U.S. government, and in order to comply with the policy requirements, FLIR in turn must ensure that its customers agree to these conditions.

Full-Rate FLIR Vue / Vue Pro Thermal Video Cameras

The Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) is 6A003.b.4.b for FLIR Vue and Vue Pro cameras operating at 30Hz (NTSC), or 25Hz (PAL). Two forms are required in order for FLIR to apply to the Department of Commerce for the purpose of obtaining a validated export license for full-rate video thermal imaging cameras with 640x512 or lower resolution: a BIS-711; and FLIR’s Transaction Information form. Also refer to the FLIR Export Fact Sheet for FLIR Vue and Vue Pro, 640 and 336. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the export status of FLIR’s OEM products to exportquestions@flir.com.

Slow-Rate FLIR Vue / Vue Pro Thermal Video Cameras

ECCN 6A003.b.4.b (see Full-Rate Thermal Video, above) does not control imaging cameras having a maximum video update rate equal to or less than 9 Hz. The ECCN for ≤ 9Hz (slow-video) thermal cameras is 6A993. Thermal imaging cameras with video update rates ≤ 9Hz may be exported outside of the United States without an export license, except to the embargoed countries Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Crimea – Region of Ukraine, and the Russian Industry Sector. However, under no circumstances can thermal imaging cameras be used in the design, development, production, or use of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, regardless of frame rate.

FLIR offers Vue and Vue Pro, 640 and 336 thermal imaging cameras in slow-rate video (≤ 9Hz) versions. For NTSC, the slow video update rate is 7.5Hz, and for PAL, the slow video update rate is 8.3Hz.

The only requirement imposed by the U.S. government is to collect certain information for cameras shipped outside the U.S. To comply with this requirement, FLIR processes a Transaction Information form for sales of slow video cameras. Also refer to the FLIR Export Fact Sheet for FLIR Vue and Vue Pro, 640 and 336. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the export status of FLIR’s OEM products exportquestions@flir.com.


 

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FLIR Vue is an affordable thermal camera customized to give sUAS operators all of the thermal imaging capability you need at a price you can handle. Small, lightweight, affordable and easy to integrate, FLIR Vue is a snap to install and get in the air. Simply use a GoPro-compatible 10-pin mini-USB cable to give the camera 5 volts of power and get analog thermal video out to your OSD or video transmitter, and you’re ready to fly. FLIR Vue's light weight won’t drag down your flight times or throw off your aircraft’s center of gravity.