Tau® CNV Color Night Vision Camera Delivers Quality Video in Ultra Low-light Conditions

Press Release


January 19, 2012

Portland, OR – January 19, 2012 –FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced the availability of its newest camera in the Tau family, the Tau CNV, a rugged compact and low-power CMOS HD camera for ultra low-light, video rate imaging applications.

The Tau CNV color and monochrome cameras deliver near starlight-level imaging and are designed for security, military EO systems, hyperspectral imaging, and traffic monitoring applications. The CNV operates on less than 4 Watts of power, weighs less than 175 grams, and takes up approximately 150^2cm of volume.

Incorporating Fairchild Imaging’s sCMOS technology, Tau CNV delivers best‐in‐class wide dynamic range of 90 db (30,000:1) and ultra‐low read noise resulting in low‐light performance of 600 microlux (color) and 200 microlux (monochrome). In addition, CMOS sensor technology eliminates blooming effects common to EBAPS and EMCCD cameras.

The highly configurable Tau CNV supports a variety of HD formats at 30 FPS and is compatible with either C or F series lenses. An optional integrated motorized day/night filter (IR cut) is available to support 24/7 operation and takes advantage of the camera’s excellent NIR response for added lowlight sensitivity. The Tau CNV interface options include parallel, Camera Link or NTSC/PAL analog video outputs.

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