New Commercial Drone Professional-Grade Thermal Camera

Commercial Drone Professional-Grade Thermal Camera from FLIR Systems, Inc.

Commercial Drone Professional-Grade Thermal Camera announced by FLIR Systems, Inc. is the newest member of FLIR Vue™, the FLIR Vue Pro. Following the introduction of the popular FLIR Vue earlier in 2015, the new FLIR Vue Pro delivers expanded capabilities to sUAS operators by delivering precision thermal imaging, enhanced data collection capabilities, in-flight control of a variety of camera functions, and easy set-up with mobile apps.

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In addition to providing the same easy power-in/analog video-out connection that has been so popular on the FLIR Vue, the FLIR Vue Pro records digital thermal video, along with thermal still images, to an on-board micro-SD card. For applications such as electrical inspection, infrastructure assessment, and precision mapping, this on-board recording allows operators to capture thermal data for later analysis. Video files can be recorded in either MJPEG or H.264 format, while the 14-bit still images provide high dynamic range imagery for mapping and survey applications.

The Accessory Port gives users direct control of camera functions like changing the image’s color palettes, starting and stopping recording, and the camera’s e-zoom, making the Vue Pro much more flexible and capable of adapting to mission requirements in flight. With MAVLink compatibility, the FLIR Vue Pro commercial drone professional-grade thermal camera interfaces easily with the standard flight control systems used for mapping, survey, and precision agriculture missions. It can be configured to automatically capture images and annotate each image with the aircraft’s position and other critical flight information. These images are then instantly compatible with leading imaging stitching and orthomosaic-creation software like Pix4Dmapper.

“Building on the pioneering of the original FLIR Vue, the FLIR Vue Pro puts even more thermal imaging functionality and greater flexibility in the hands of sUAS operators,” said Jeff Frank, FLIR’s Senior Vice President for Product Strategy. “The Vue Pro enables commercial drone operators to provide clients with the actionable, temperature-based data to increase efficiency and improve critical business decisions.”

As a result of the FLIR Vue Pro‘s Bluetooth interface with a custom app available for iOS and Android devices, camera set-up is easy for both professionals and hobbyists. Through the FLIR Vue Pro app, operators can configure functions to ensure the best imagery possible for their conditions without having to connect the camera to a computer.

Applications

With the same powerful thermal imaging core used in the most popular cameras in the world, FLIR Vue commercial drone professional-grade thermal camera 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

FLIR Vue Specifications

Overview
Thermal ImagerUncooled VOx Microbolometer
Resolution640×512336×256
Lens Options9 mm; 69° x 56°
13 mm; 45° x 37°
19 mm; 32° x 26°
6.8 mm; 45° x 35°
9 mm; 35° x 27°
13 mm; 25° x 19°
Spectral Band7.5 – 13.5 μm
Full Frame Rates30 Hz (NTSC); 25 Hz (PAL)
US only, not for Export
Exportable Frame Rates7.5 Hz (NTSC); 8.3 Hz (PAL)
Physical Attributes
Size2.26″ x 1.75″ (57.4 x 44.4 mm) (including lens)
Weight3.25-4 oz (92.1 – 113.4 g) (configuration dependent)
Precision Mounting HolesTwo M2x0.4 on each of two sides & bottom
One 1/4-20 threaded hole on top
Image Processing & Display Controls
Image Optimization for sUASYes
Digital Detail EnhancementYes – Adjustable in GUI
Invertable Image?Yes – Adjustable in GUI
Polarity Control (black hot/whitehot) & Color PalettesYes – Adjustable in GUI
Interfacing
Input Supply Voltage4.0 – 6.0 VDC
Power Dissipation, steady state (max 2.5W during shutter event of approximately 0.5 seconds)<1.2 W˜1.0 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature Range-20°C to +50°C
Non-Operating Temperature Range-55°C to +95°C
Operational Altitude+40,000 feet

The FLIR Vue Pro has been recognized as a recipient of a 2015 IoT Evolution Drone Innovation Award and is being showcased at Interdrone in Las Vegas from September 9th to September 11th. It will be available to purchase later in 2015 from FLIR.com as well as through international drone camera dealers. Pricing for the FLIR Vue Pro begins at $1,999. To learn more about the FLIR Vue Pro, please visit www.flir.com/vuepro.