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OWL 640-A VIS-SWIR

VGA resolution, low noise, VIS-SWIR camera


The OWL 640 Analogue is a rugged, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD, the OWL enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables high-resolution VIS-SWIR imaging and with less than 50 electrons readout noise, the camera enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit.
The OWL 640 analogue will run at 25Hz in CCIR and 30Hz in EIA, enabling high-speed digital video with intelligent Automated Gain Control (AGC). This new on-board AGC will enable clear video in all light conditions.
The camera also features an onboard intelligent 3 point NUC which will provide the highest quality images.

  • VIS-SWIR technology | Compatible with VIS-SWIR illuminators, markers & pointers
  • 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch | Enables the highest resolution VIS-SWIR image
  • Ultra high intrascene dynamic range | Enables simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene
  • Onboard Automated Gain Control (AGC) | Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • Ultra compact, Low power | Ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems
FPA Specification
Sensor Type InGaAs PIN-Photodiode
Active Pixel 640 x 480 (EIA) / 640 x 512 (CCIR)
Pixel Pitch 15µm x 15µm
Active Area 9.6mm x 7.68mm
Spectral response 0.4µm to 1.7µm
Readout Noise (RMS) Low Gain: <190 electrons (174 electrons typical), High Gain: <50 electrons (36 electrons typical)
Quantum Efficiency >80% @1.55µm
Full Well Capacity Low Gain: 650Ke-, High Gain: 10Ke-
Pixel Operability >99.5%
Camera Specifications
Analog Output Format CCIR / EIA
Exposure time 10µs to 26.8s
Shutter mode Global shutter
Frame Rate 25Hz (CCIR) / 30Hz (EIA)
Optical Interface C mount or M42
Camera Setup / Control RS 485
Trigger interface Trigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power supply 12V DC ±0.5V
TE Cooling Active
Image Correction 3 point NUC (offset, Gain & Dark Current) + pixel correction
Functions controlled by serial communication Exposure, intelligent AGC, Non Uniformity Correction, Gamma, Pk/Av, TEC, ROI
Camera Power Consumption <5W with TEC OFF, NUC ON <6W with TEC ON, NUC ON (ambient of 25°C)
Operating Case Temperature -20˚C to +55˚C
Storage Temperature -30˚C to +60˚C
Dimensions & Weight 76.23mm x 50.00mm x 50.00mm | 282g

OWL 640 applications:

  • 860, 1064 & 1550nm laser line detection
  • Active Imaging
  • Airborne Payload
  • Hand Held Goggles
  • Vision enhancement
  • Imaging through fog
  • Range finding
  • Vision Enhancement
  • Maritime / Coastal Surveillance
  • UAV
  • OWL 640 Harbour Scene