DroneThermal v3 Micro UAV Thermal Camera

Micro size low cost thermal camera for small UAVs.
It's smallest thermal camera in the world.

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£129.90

DroneThermal is the first micro size & low cost analog (PAL/NTSC) thermal camera for small UAVs and surveillance.
  
We would like to introduce you the smallest thermal camera in the world!
DroneThermal v3 (marked as v022016) is only 3 grams and the dimensions are 20x20x15mm 
 
It is based on FLIR's revolutionary low cost 80x60 pixel Lepton camera cores.
 
Video frame rate and resolution is not much but the price is perfect for civilian small drone hobbyists.
 Also it is fully legal because of <9hz thermal core design. 

  
Click here for more information about FLIR Lepton thermal core:
  

  

  

  

  

DroneThermal Connection & Settings
  

There is a mode button, a Blue LED and a 6 pin 1.0mm pitch connector on back of DroneThermal cameras for settings and interaction.

 
  

VDD(+) / GND(-) Inputs

DroneThermal cameras works with 3.3-5v power supplies over this pins. The maximum supply voltage is 5.5V. Input voltage regulator will be burned if you supply it with higher voltage. Please be careful when connect it to your power source.  

 
  

Video Output

Video Output of the camera (yellow wire) is standard analog video output(75Ω). So you can connect it to your monitor or video gears directly.
  
  


  

The MODE Button

 
The mode button has 3 different role. 

  1. Click it to select 8 different (4 color maps and radiometry on/off) display options.
  2. Press and hold the button when camera working for ~5 seconds to calibrate the camera with a flat surface.(FFC) (Lepton cameras can not record the calibration data into permanent memory. You should calibrate it everytime if required. Horizontal lines on the image is compleately normal and they will disapear after FCC)
      
  3. Press and hold the button when the camera off and power on then release the button to enable Firmware update mode of the camera. A RED LED will blink continuously into the camera during this mode. Just reset the power to return camera mode. 

  
  

CON  Cable Input

 
The white wire of the camera connector has connected to CON input of the camera. 
This input accepts 3-5V digital (1 or 0) signal and acts like the MODE button for remote applications. 
So, you can change the camera mode with a microcontroller or calibrate it with FFC. 
(CON input can not enable the firmware update mode of the camera.)
  

The Blue LED

The Blue LED is connected to CON Input of the camera with 1K resistor and it acts like a voltage limiter to protect the camera input.

 

   

RX / TX Inputs

These are the serial port of the camera module for firmware upgrade or serial features.
DroneThermal cameras are firmware upgradible devices and we will share firmwares with our customers if required. 
The second role of these ports are NTSC / PAL selection of the camera. 
Just shortcut the RX and TX cables and power on your camera. Your camera will detect the shortcut in startup sequence and change the camera video format from PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL. 
We strongly suggests PAL because of higher vertical resolution of PAL format.

    


   

FLIR Lepton® 25° FOV Camera Core

We sell DroneThermal cameras with 25° FOV version of FLIR Lepton® cameras instead of 50°.
If you have your own Lepton® core, you can buy the camera body only and plug your own core.
   

   
Applications

  • Building isolation and heat leak control
  • Life detection
  • Nightvision
  • Surveillance

   

  
Features

  • 25° FOV version of FLIR Lepton® camera core (optional)
  • Weight is only 3gr  (including Lepton) 
  • 20mmx20mmx15mm dimensions
  • 3 wire simple output connection for FPV (V+,Ground, Video Out)
  • Supports 3.3V - 5V supply voltage
  • 25Hz standard 625 lines PAL Signal or
  • 30Hz standard 525 lines NTSC (selectable)
  • <9Hz Thermal image refresh rate (Maximum rate of Lepton)
  • 80x60pixel full thermal resolution of LEPTON cameras
  • Smooth 8 bit grayscale image
  • Automatic temperature gain control
  • Selectable Color Maps for different usages.
  • Single button interface for modes and FFC
  • 3.3v TTL Serial port for firmware update & future applications
  • External input for remote controlled mode selection
  • FFC (flat field correction) 

   

   

Color Maps

  • White to Black (Coolest object is white, hottest one is black)
  • Black to White (Coolest object is black, hottest one is white)
  • Find Hot Spots (Ignore cool objects and mark hot ones)(Life detection for SAR applications)
  • Find Cool Spots (Ignore hot objects and mark cool ones)(Building Isolation Control)

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