Flir Vue640 Thermal Imaging Camera Review

Jul 07
Flir Vue640 thermal imager for drones

The FLIR Vue 640 is a higher end thermal imaging camera suitable for sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft System) operators to attach to their drones. This thermal camera has many features and comes from a trusted name in the thermal imaging camera space, FLIR. This camera can operate at heights of up to 40,000 and has a large operating temperature range of -20C to +50C. The camera is small, easy to set-up and light weight. You can use a Go-Pro compatible 10 pin mini USB cable to provide the needed 5 volts of power for the camera. There is also a Pro version of this camera as well for those who need to additional features that is provides. The only downside currently is that there are not very many reviews for this camera. Also be aware that the camera depending upon options selected is not allowed to be exported/sold in certain countries.

Features:

  • ​5 Stars on Amazon Currently
  • Thermal Imager - Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
  • 640x512 Resolution
  • Multiple Lens Options: 9mm, 13mm, 19mm
  • Spectral Band: 7 to 13.5 um
  • Full Frame Rates: 30 Hz (NTSC); 25 Hz (PAL) (US ONLY – Non-Exportable
  • Size: 2.26" x 1.75" x 1.75" (57.4 x 44.4 mm x 44.4 mm) (including lens)
  • Weight: 3.25-4 oz (92.1 – 113.4 g) (configuration dependent)
  • Mounting Holes: Two M2x0.4 on each of two sides & bottom One 1/4-20 threaded hole on top
  • Image Optimization for sUAS
  • Digital Detail Enhancement
  • Invertible Image
  • ​Prime Eligible

PROS:

  • Very Versatile - works in a majority of situations 
  • Many different configuration options
  • Comes from a trusted leader in the industry
  • Very easy to use and set-up
  • Light weight - won't through your drone off

CONS:

  • Not the pro-version so you may not get the features you need
  • Not exportable/sold in all countries