Ninox 640 VIS-SWIR

High resolution, low noise, digital SWIR camera

The Ninox-640 is a cooled, high sensitivity digital SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD, the Ninox 640 enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables a high-resolution SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the Ninox 640 enables the highest SWIR detection limit. Air cooled to -15°C, the Ninox 640 reduces dark current to typically <1,500e/p/s, allowing for longer exposure times. Available with a 14 bit Camera Link output, the Ninox 640 will run from 10 to 120Hz, enabling high speed digital video with intelligent Automated Gain Control (AGC).

Key Features & Benefits

  • SWIR technology | Enables imaging from 0.9μm to 1.7μm
  • 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch | Enables the highest resolution 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 512
Pixel Pitch 15µm x 15µm
Active Area 9.6mm x 7.68mm
Spectral response 0.9µm to 1.7µm
Readout Noise (RMS) Low Gain: 163 electrons (typical), High Gain: 37 electrons (typical)
Quantum Efficiency <80% @1.55µm
Full Well Capacity Low Gain: 650Ke-, High Gain: 10Ke-
Pixel Operability >99.5%
Dark Current (e/p/s) <1,500 @ -15°C (Typical)
Camera Specification
Digital Output Format 14 bit Camera Link (Base Configuration)
Exposure time Low Gain: 10µs to 26.8s, High Gain: 100µs to 26.8s
Shutter mode Global shutter
Frame Rate up to 120Hz
Optical Interface C-mount
Dynamic Range (Typical) Low Gain: 72dB, High Gain: 49dB
Trigger interface Trigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power supply 12V DC ±0.5V
TE Cooling Active, Delta T = 35˚C
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
Operating Case Temperature -20˚C to +55˚C
Storage Temperature -30˚C to +60˚C
Dimensions & Weight 123.14mm x 89.48mm x 64.00mm | 916g


  • Active Imaging
  • Airborne Payload
  • Hand Held Goggles
  • Imaging through Fog
  • Range Finding
  • Vision enhancement


  • Astronomy
  • Beam Profiling
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • Thermography
  • VIS v VIS SWIR. Courtesy of Alain Klotz

  • SWIR only. Courtesy of Lyu Abe

  • Jupiter in H-Band with a Ninox

    H-Band image of Jupiter with a #Ninox #InGaAs camera by Jose Rojas from Grupo Ciencias Planetarias with a 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto.

  • Saturn in H Band with Ninox

    H-Band image of Saturn with a Ninox InGaAs camera by Jose Rojas from Grupo Ciencias Planetarias with a 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto.

  • Jupiter in H Band taken with Ninox

    Jupiter taken with Ninox on a 1m telescope in H-band (1.5-1.8µm). 50ms exp. image. Lyu ABE, C2PU / Côte d'Azur.