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Cooled smart SWIR InGaAs camera

Affordable SWIR camera targets cost-sensitive volume markets

The Bobcat-320 is a small, high performance shortwave infrared camera. Its thermoelectric cooler ensures excellent low noise and low dark current characteristics.

The Bobcat-320 targets cost-sensitive volume markets such as laser beam analysis applications, sorting & recycling industry and investigation of defects inside silicon semiconductor material. This shortwave infrared camera comes with a CameraLink or GigE Vision interface and has a low weight, low power consumption and is small in size. 

With the Bobcat-320 SWIR camera you can look through glass, so the use of standard available C-Mount lenses and protective camera housings is no problem. Again making this infrared camera affordable for a wide variety of industrial applications. 

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Benefits & features

  • High sensitivity
    Low NETD detector for high sensitivity
  • 2 versions available
    We offer a basic 100 Hz version and an advanced 400 Hz version
  • Flexible and easy-to-use
    Plug and play ethernet interface
  • Ethernet standard interfaces
    Ethernet plug and play interface
  • Fast time to market with easy integration
    Plug and play ethernet interface

Designed for use in

  • Food inspection
    Bruises on food can be detected due to the higher moisture contect which will appear darker in the SWIR images
  • Laser beam profiling
    Laser beam analysis for infrared lasers at, e.g., 1064, 1300 and 1550 nm
  • Quality control and quality assurance
    Able to display real time images for quality control
  • Semiconductor inspection
    SWIR cameras are able to see through silicon
  • Thermal imaging of hot objects (300˚C to 800˚C range)
    Thermal radiation emitted in this range can be detected on a SWIR camera
  • Waste sorting
    SWIR camera is used to check and compare reflectance values for different waste materials


2 years warranty

Xenics has extended the standard warranty to 2 years

Compatible with a variety of framegrabbers

Several compatible frame grabbers for CameraLink interface are available (Euresys Grablink Full, NI 1433 and Imperx Framelink Express VCE-CLEX01).

Various lens and filter options

Various options for lenses and filters with C-mount interface

IR camera software included

Xeneth camera control and imaging software is included

SWaP (Small size, weight and power )

Small volume, low weight and low power consumption for demanding applications


External trigger for signal synchronization

Windowing mode

Imaging in a reduced window of interest for increased frame rates (400Hz version only)

TrueNUC image correction

400 Hz-GigE: Non uniformity correction for a wide range of integration times
400 Hz-CL: Non uniformity correction for a wide range of integration times with auto-exposure
100 Hz: Non uniformity correction for a number of fixed integration times

High sensitivity

Low noise for detection of small signals

High dynamic range

High dynamic range mode available

Camera specifications

Array Specifications

Array Specifications Bobcat-320
Detector type InGaAs
Spectral range 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm
Image format 320 (w) x 256 (h) pixels
Pixel pitch 20 μm
Array cooling TE1-stabilized
Full well capacity 125 k e-
Pixel operability > 99 %

Camera Specifications

Camera Specifications Bobcat-320-CL Bobcat-320-GigE
Lens LWIR 18 mm F/1
Focal length Broad selection of lenses available
Optical interface C-mount
Imaging performance
Maximum frame rate (full frame) 100 Hz or 400 Hz
Min region size Minimum size 32 x 4 (only for 400 Hz model)
Exposure time range 1 µs to 40 ms
Dynamic range 61 dB
Analog-to-Digital (ADC) 14 bits
On-board image processing Auto-Gain, Auto-Offset, Auto-Exposure (for 400 Hz CameraLink version) Auto-Gain, Auto-Offset
Command and control CameraLink GigE Vision
Digital output format 14 bit CameraLink 14 bit GigE
Trigger Trigger in or out (configurable)
Power requirements
Power consumption 2.8 W 4 W
Power supply DC 12 V
Physical characteristics
Ambient operating temperature range -40ºC to 70ºC
Dimensions (width x height x length) - excluding lens (approximately) 55 x 55 x 72 mm 55 x 55 x 82 mm
Weight (excluding lens) 285 gr 334 gr

Broad range of accessories available

Lens & filter options


  • Xeneth
  • Xeneth SDK (optional)
  • Xeneth Labview SDK (optional)


Press Releases
Serval and SWIR cameras for industrial applications Xenics returns to Automate this year with its line up of cameras suited for industrial applications.
Smart InGaAs SWIR Camera for Volume Applications Xenics returns to Photonics West with its latest next-generation Bobcat-320 SWIR camera series. The new Bobcat-320 is targeted at rapidly growing volume markets for smart InGaAs SWIR cameras such as hyperspectral imaging in food sorting and waste recycling, in-line quality control, semiconductor defect analysis and laser beam profiling. At Photonics West 2016. Xenics exhibits in Booth 4441
Ruggedized thermography camera and SWIR camera for volume applications At SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 Xenics launches its new Serval-640-thermography. This ruggedized thermal (LWIR) camera is designed for industrial thermal imaging, thermography and process automation in harsh environments. In addition to the Serval-640-Thermography, the Bobcat-320 series of SWIR cameras will be demonstrated at the exhibition.
New ruggedized thermography camera and cooled MWIR camera At Vision 2016 Xenics presents its new Serval-640-GigE Thermography camera and Tigris-640 MWIR camera.
Technical documents
Technical document Bobcat 320 This file contains all the technical documents for the Bobcat camera.


Industrial brochure Bobcat-320

Professional service, knowledge and advice!

Secure in Air appreciates the professional service, knowledge and advice of Xenics in implementing the Gobi camera in our project GeoCampro. Our client was more than satisfied with the results, looking for (thermal) defects in the railways. 

Robert de Nes, Secure in Air