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.

A: The FLIR Vue operates on 5VDC with a steady-state power dissipation of 1.2W. Input voltage of more than 6VDC will damage the Vue and 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.

Q: There is dust and dirt on my lens. How do I clean it?

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 Vue Pro and Pro R provide Bluetooth, PWM, and MAVlink control interfaces. HDMI video is optional for the Vue Pro and Pro R. These options are not available for Tau2. The FLIRTau2 is calibrated over a wider temperature range than FLIR Vue and Vue Pro, has additional AGC’s and Color Palettes, narrow field of view lens options, and digital video data is enabled in all Tau2 models. The FLIR Vue and Vue Pro are limited to scene temperature ranges up to +135 ºC (+275 ºF) and are analog-only systems. The Pro R is calibrated to enable imaging scene temperatures up to 550 ºC. Radiometry and Advanced Radiometry are options for both Tau2 and Vue Pro R.

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. Because the maximum specified scene temperature for Vue and Vue Pro is +135 ºC (+275 ºF) the image may become saturated when viewing an active fire. The Pro R is calibrated for scene temperatures up to +550 ºC (1,022 ºF).