High resolution, low noise, digital VIS-SWIR camera

The OWL 640 Digital is a rugged, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD, the camera enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise, the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit.

Available with a Camera Link output, the OWL 640 Digital will run up to 120Hz, enabling high speed digital video with intelligent Automated Gain Control (AGC). This new on-board AGC will enable clear video in all light conditions.

It is available in both C-mount and M42-mount.


Key Features and Benefits
The best performing VIS-SWIR camera in the World!

• 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 SCD
Sensor Type InGaAs PIN-Photodiode
Active Pixel 640 x 512
Pixel Pitch 15µm x 15µm
Active Area 9.6mm x 7.68mm
Spectral response 0.4µm to 1.7µm
Readout Noise (RMS) LG: 174 electrons (typical), HG: 36 electrons (typical)
Quantum Efficiency >80% @ 1.55μm
Full Well Capacity Low Gain: 650Ke-, High Gain: 10Ke-
Pixel Operability >99.5%
Camera Specification
Digital Output Format 14 bit Camera Link (Base Configuration)
Exposure time 10µs to 26.8
Shutter mode Global shutter
Frame Rate Up to 120Hz
Optical Interface C mount or M42
Dynamic Range Low Gain: 71dB, High Gain: 49dB
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 <3.5W with TEC OFF, NUC ON
Operating Case Temperature -20˚C to +55˚C
Storage Temperature -30˚C to +60˚C
Dimensions & Weight 90.93mm x 50.00mm x 50.00mm | 282g



  • 860, 1064 & 1550nm laser line detection
  • 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
  • August '19: New video footage of OWL 640 at nighttime with an illuminator

  • May '17: Footage of Long Range SWIR

  • See new feature - Raptor OWL 640 SWIR - Active Image Enhancement functionality - making good excellent!

  • Footage of OWL 640 with OPTEC SWIR lens

  • August '14 : New video footage of OWL 640 M42 - Harbour - taken with StingRay optics

  • July '14 : New video footage of VIS-SWIR OWL 640 - Marina

  • See some amazing VIS-InGaAs footage of new OWL 640

  • OWL 640 footage taken in a moving vehicle with prototype 16mm VIS-SWIR lens