MWIR & LWIR high speed cameras

MWIR & LWIR high speed cameras

What is high speed imaging by MWIR & LWIR cameras?

High speed midwave & longwave infrared (MWIR & LWIR) cooled cameras are used in various high speed thermography applications. In general, these applications focus on capturing the thermal radiation of any object within the field of view (FOV) of the camera. All this at a very high speed with several hundreds of frames per seconds.

What are MWIR & LWIR high speed cameras used for?

High speed imaging using a MWIR or LWIR camera is a typical request from the R&D and Safety & Security markets. In an R&D environment, fast moving objects like car tires on a testing bench require a quick analysis of very swift temperature changes. For customers active in the Safety & Security market, these cameras are used to track the hot exhausts of airplanes or rocket engines.

What do we offer?

For high speed thermography with MWIR cooled cameras we offer our Tigris MWIR camera.

Powerful core electronics

A key element of our mid- & long wave infrared cameras are the detectors. They are able to detect ultra-low temperature differences (as low as 17 mK) in a capturing mode at several hundred frames per second. In case this is still not sufficient, you can further increase the frame rate by windowing the detector. This results in one or multiple sub-windows read-out on the detector.

Every thermal scene is unique. Therefore it is necessary to adjust the integration time, the imaging speed – especially in sub-windowing mode – as well as the temperature range and detector sensitivity to the thermal scene.


Besides powerful core electronics, a rugged high speed data interface like CameraLink is required. This interface assures a fast and complete data transfer to the PC, such that no frames of your image sequence are lost.


As it is important for some customers, we offer our cameras with a wide selection of interchangeable lenses.

Typical Safety & Security users will not require interchangeable lenses as the camera is built into a dedicated system. These customers typically want a ruggedized camera core with one dedicated lens, able to withstand high shock and vibration levels. Therefore we offer our XCO-640 MWIR cooled core.

What features are needed?

  • Small pixel size
    A smaller pixel size results in smaller detectors - resulting in lower sensor production costs, smaller optics and eventually smaller cameras
  • High frame rate
    High frame rates allow us to capture fast moving objects
  • High thermal sensitivity
    Thermal cameras need to have a high sensitivity level (low NETD) to detect the smallest temperature differences
  • Easy connectivity
    We offer several different interfaces for an easy integration into your system
  • Extended MWIR & LWIR wavelength range
    We offer both MWIR & LWIR cameras for high speed thermography applications
  • Sensor temperature stabilization or cooling
    All our MWIR cameras are Stirling cooled for stable performance
  • Wide variety of lenses available
    We offer a wide variety of lenses from microscopic lenses to big F/4 lenses

Are you looking for more information? 

Let us know. We are happy to help.

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Press Releases
Our Onca MWIR cameras enable accurate and affordable thermal analysis Our Onca MWIR cameras have the TrueThermal technique which eliminates frequent recalibrations at varying integration times (2010)
Distribution agreement between Xenics and Sofradir-EC Sofradir-EC, has obtained the exclusive distribution rights in the US and Canada for Xenics' Onca camera models based on MCT arrays mounted on a sterling cooler (2009)
New Stirling cooled MWIR imaging core available Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the LWIR to the visible realm, introduces the third member of its high-resolution 'Xenics Core' Infrared OEM product family. The new Stirling-cooled XCO-640 MWIR module provides unprecedented stability and optical performance for perimeter surveillance, law enforcement and homeland security.
XCO-640 enables long range monitoring in infrared security applications Xenics introduces the third member of its high-resolution 'XenicsCores' Infrared OEM product family. The new Stirling-cooled XCO-640 MWIR module provides unprecedented stability and optical performance for perimeter surveillance, law enforcement and homeland security.
New cooled MWIR & extended SWIR camera At BiOS and Photonics West 2017 Xenics presents its new cooled MWIR camera and extended SWIR camera
First ITAR free MWIR camera in the US Xenics will be returns this year to SPIE Optics + Photonics with a strong line-up of cameras.

Versatile infrared analysis and reporting software

The Xeneth user interface is common to all the Xenics cameras. This makes it easy for customers to apply their familiarity with this comprehensive product to any new applications, covering wide ranging capabilities in various parts of the IR spectrum.

Learn it once and apply it over and over again.

Karl Niedermeyer, President, Spectro Associates, Inc.