FLIR just added a new imager in the line up, ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Resolution is  80 × 60 active pixels so I guess its to low res for a pilot camera at night.  At least prices are coming down

FLIR Lepton® is a revolutionary longwave infrared (LWIR) imager that is ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

With a resolution of 80 × 60 active pixels, Lepton is bringing thermal imaging to a new generation of electronic devices for work, play, and mission-critical applications.

And Lepton is available in three models: 50° FOV w/o shutter, 25° FOV w/o shutter, and 50° FOV with a shutter for manual calibration.

http://www.flir.com/cores/content/?id=66257



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Comment by Nigel Cartwright on May 26, 2015 at 2:04pm

Err... This isn't new...

Comment by Fnoop on May 26, 2015 at 2:55pm

Is this a mistake?  It was released a year and a half ago..

While it's interesting as a component, once you've added a breakout board it's still pretty expensive, and without using MSX on an attached phone the resolution is so low it's not terribly useful.  The thermal seek is quite interesting with a much higher resolution, but unfortunately they haven't followed up on their promised SDK.

Comment by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 3:09pm

Sorry may not be new, got an email from Digi-Key, maybe it was new to them as it is me :)
But thanks Fnoop for the response as I am just in hopes that the price comes down.
Here is the email from Digi-Key


Digi-Key email web view

Comment by Fnoop on May 26, 2015 at 3:18pm

Check out the seek thermal:

 http://www.thermal.com/

I just got one of these and they're pretty cool, 206x156 resolution although a bit noisy.  Only trouble is they only really work attached to a phone with a bit of a crappy app.  People have hacked them to work with an embedded computer like raspberry but it's quite limited.  I've seen the flir one working (which is based on the base lepton) and it's pretty useless at night because the resolution is so low - without the msx phone overlay it's not hugely useful.

The flir one v2 is apparently due soon with a higher solution, at a competitive price point.  As you say very interesting times :)  Technology really coming on and prices coming down.

Comment by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 3:26pm

Very nice starting @ 249 its not bad price at all, adding to this years wish list, thanks again! :-)

Comment by Fnoop on May 26, 2015 at 3:26pm

There are a couple of breakout boards for the lepton:

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13233

https://groupgets.com/campaigns/101-dronethermal-thermal-camera-bre...

You can see the quality of it on the dronethermal page, not great.

Here's an interesting comparison of the higher res tau modules from flir:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXKOqgxwp-c

When 320x240 comes down to $500 or less, then that will be real interesting :)

Comment by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 5:13pm

Okay, yeah there are some massive differences in the camera quality, the groupgets campaign video really shows how blocky this camera wold be as a pilot camera.

Great links Fnoop, I saved the thermal.com for my own later order.

Comment by AKRCGUY on May 26, 2015 at 5:16pm

Resolution is also 10 times smaller...

Comment by AKRCGUY on May 26, 2015 at 5:19pm

Much better option- 

Comment by technicus acityone on May 26, 2015 at 9:52pm

80x60 25 fov and unknown price =/

very "micro" purpose

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