My first post here, and I'm going to hype my company and its products. I hope you will go easy on me - I'm assured that what we make is of interest to the DIY Drones community!


My company, DRS Technologies, manufactures a small Infrared Thermal camera called the Tamarisk 320.


The camera has a resolution of 320x240, is smaller than a golfball, weighs less than 35g and consumes <1W of power. 

For the past couple of years we have run the DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition. The SIIC is an open-format, incentive prize competition for students who use thermal infrared imaging in a creative way.  The top project wins $10,000.  For this, the competition’s second year, there is an additional prize category for “Most Viral Video.”   This year DRS received 25 entries, of which 17 include a video for the viral competition. 

Videos range from art projects to drone projects, and all kinds of odd and novel topics in between... 

The viral video playlist is available at:


...and competition details are available at:


Let me know what you think.





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Comment by lionel on June 8, 2013 at 1:34am

I am also interested, the specs of the project are as follow:

Height 50 ... 100m

Ground speed: 30 .. 50 km/h

Size of the objects: 100mm ... 300mm (ideally of course)

What would be the product for this?

Comment by Sylvain on June 9, 2013 at 3:51am


There is a manufacturer in France doing high-res micro-bolometers, Ulis. Sadly they do sensors only, not cameras, but they have really neat chips:

They're affiliated with a well-known French microelectronics research center, so I suppose they have their own patents and do no depend on FLIR. No idea on the price, and if European export-control authorities are as dogmatic and conservative as US ones.

Comment by Stefan Gofferje on June 9, 2013 at 3:59am

The French are... Actually even more than the US...

Inside the EU you can normally bring e.g. NV-technology from one country to another without problems. Same goes for thermal imaging technology as long as it's not in some military targeting device, like a thermal sniper scope. But in France, even NV-technology (image intensifiers) are considered weapons technology and require insane export paperwork.

From a colleague who worked at a sister company, I got the hint to look to Eastern Europe. He said, there would be new manufacturers of bolometer cameras which are of acceptable quality, cheap and uncomplicated to obtain. Haven't found those yet, though...

Comment by Choppy on June 9, 2013 at 4:18am

For some, the size is a consideration (small that is). I

've used 640x420 15fps thermal cams (TAU) and they are ok but not fantastic at altitude. A good lens and a really good stabilised gimbal would have made my platform much nicer and usable.

Also, a on board recorder would have been good at 720 or even a still captured image function would be fantastic.(video downstream is too grainy when at the fringe of flight range). Post analyzing hot spots on powerpoles or counting animals/ warm bodies after the flight would make my job easier.

Comment by Björn Geir Leifsson on June 10, 2013 at 9:49am

I am simply waiting for something like this.

Comment by Pableras on July 26, 2013 at 1:29am

The camera looks amazing. Super small super nice video quality, but when it comes to price.. it´s always the same ***t. I dont know what is the problem, I assume its a matter of production scale, but is quite hard to consider to put a cam that is 3-5 times the cost of my whole hexa. They should cost 500-600€ And then I would consider putting this little diamond on it, it would be probably the most expensive part but hey, what you get is soo cool.

I found a car flir on e-bay at good price and found myself again with the issue of the out of US export. grrr. No way we can find a good priced thermal IR here in Europe.

Comment by Stefan Gofferje on July 26, 2013 at 4:59am

At least here in Finland you can buy the car modules for around 1500€. Cams with lower resolution and/or lower framerate are not ITAR restricted if the manufacturer produces them for "commercial applications". If the manufacturer produces them for "military applications", They are ALWAYS ITAR restricted.

Anyways, the car modules are NOT. It's just that the ITAR regulations are a bit complicated and most US sellers are too stupid or too lazy to check/understand them or they just don't care.

If you call the European office of FLIR in Holland, they will tell you a dealer in your area. They are quite nice!

Comment by Pableras on July 27, 2013 at 9:20am

I just came across this:

They claim to be ultra low cost. We'll see....

Comment by Pableras on July 31, 2013 at 4:31pm

Ah men, mee too. I first used my yahoo mail and after 3 days I used the engineering co. mail I work for  and no answer. Totally agree on the fact that this is no good... The car modules seem to be the more affordable stuff at the moment. Still crazy expensive to go back to resolutions we abandoned a decade ago but... I'll try to find a chinese alternative meanwhile.

Comment by Paulino M. Lacap Jr. on July 31, 2013 at 4:48pm

Can you email a quote?


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