Lightest, smallest, most affordable thermal camera for UAVs

Hi all, 

just wanted to show off our new thermal camera for UAVs. 

Lighter than a GoPro this dual thermal setup features Flir Lepton sensor and a reference RGB camera. It is the smallest and most affordable drone thermal camera made specifically for airborne use. Plug-and-play with any analog video transmitter-receiver. Output is analog video with two pictures side by side. 

The connection is a standard 3-pin servo plug that has Video signal + 5V in + Ground. It is also available with a standard GoPro gimbal. It's available for purchase on our website

Check it out!

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Comment by Wojciech Batog on October 22, 2016 at 12:15am

why there is this delay and difference in framerates between both cameras?


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Comment by RC Tech.se on October 22, 2016 at 10:31am

You are only allowed to have less that 9 fps to be export compliant. Flir Lepton module is a consumer product  

Comment by Ivan Stamatovski on October 22, 2016 at 4:05pm

Thermal video is real-time 24 fps. RGB video is delayed and 2-4 fps depending on the complexity of the image. The delay is due to processing power and codec. Future software updates should bring them up to similar speeds. RGB is for reference only so it's not a huge issue that there is a delay. 

@RC Tech.se - What do you mean by: "You are only allowed to have less that 9 fps to be export compliant."? 

Lepton may be low resolution but it still provides a great output. Either way, you'll be hard pressed to find a "professional" grade thermal camera for $500


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Comment by RC Tech.se on October 22, 2016 at 7:09pm

The lepton module is locked to <9 Hz frame rate.

"The U.S. government allows thermal cameras with frame rates less that 9 fps to be exported without a license. This is why FLIR offers thermal cameras with "fast video" and "slow video" options.!

More here

I know that the lepton is a great little module. We did a similar solution a while back and it is tempting to pick up again now that the Raspberry Zero is available and Lepton 3 is out.

http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/50-shades-of-grey-and-11-other-...


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on October 23, 2016 at 6:24am

That export restriction is like a running joke. It's pretty much standard equipment for people doing housing inspection all over the world. Renting or purchasing a high resolution/sensitivity >9hz FLIR or other brand camera outside of the US is just a matter of picking up the phone and having the budget for it. Been there, done that (rented) and flew international with a top model FLIR and almost one of a kind specialty tele lens as hand luggage, no paperwork other then the normal proforma stuff required.

Comment by Johannes on October 23, 2016 at 6:31am

Looks like you hacked a Flir One in there ;-)

Maybe the android one with an small android or linux board with TV-Out.

Comment by Dusan on October 24, 2016 at 8:49am

I believable we are missing the point, this is thermal camera ready to fly  on stabilized gimbal with analog video out for under $500 ! as bonus feature we are getting RGB camera as well !!

Comment by Ivan Stamatovski on November 4, 2016 at 6:06pm

Hi guys, sorry I got a little busy and MIA.

@RC Tech.se - I see what you mean, cool experiment there with Lepton!

We took a different route and just hacked the FlirOne and wrote some code to get the video out as @Johannes noticed. You can actually take FlirOne out of the Housing and use it with your phone :) 

@Dusan has the point - the closest integrated solution sells for over 2 grand. 

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