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.

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• VIS-SWIR technologyCompatible with VIS-SWIR illuminators, markers, & pointers

• 15µm x 15µm pixel pitchEnables the highest resolution VIS-SWIR image

• Ultra high intrascene dynamic rangeEnables 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 TypeInGaAs PIN-Photodiode
Active Pixel640 x 512
Pixel Pitch15µm x 15µm
Active Area9.6mm x 7.68mm
Spectral response0.4µm to 1.7µm
Readout Noise (RMS)LG: 174 electrons (typical), HG: 36 electrons (typical)
Quantum Efficiency>80% @ 1.55μm
Full Well CapacityLow Gain: 650Ke-, High Gain: 10Ke-
Pixel Operability>99.5%
Camera Specification 
Digital Output Format14 bit Camera Link (Base Configuration)
Exposure time10µs to 26.8
Shutter modeGlobal shutter
Frame RateUp to 120Hz
Optical InterfaceC mount or M42
Dynamic RangeLow Gain: 71dB, High Gain: 49dB
Trigger interfaceTrigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power supply12V DC ±0.5V
TE CoolingActive
Image Correction3 point NUC (Offset, Gain & Dark Current) + Pixel Correction
Functions controlled by serial communicationExposure, 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 & Weight90.93mm 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

Video footage of OWL 640 M42 – Harbor – taken with StingRay optics

Video footage of VIS-SWIR OWL 640 – Marina

See some amazing VIS-InGaAs footage of new OWL 640

Raptor OWL 640 SWIR – Active Image Enhancement functionality – making good excellent!

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

Footage of OWL 640 with OPTEC SWIR lens