FLIR’s New Drone Camera Offers Both Thermal and 4K Video

FLIR has unveiled its latest infrared camera for commercial drones, the FLIR Duo Pro R dual sensor thermal imaging and mapping system.

Featuring a thermal sensor with radiometry, the FLIR Duo Pro R gives professional drone operators the range and image detail needed to capture actionable thermal and visible data in a single flight, the company says.

The FLIR Duo Pro R allows operators to switch between thermal and video cameras in flight. With the option of a 336×256 or 640×512 thermal resolution sensor and a high-definition 4K color video camera, the FLIR Duo Pro R uses FLIR’s patented multispectral dynamic imaging technology, MSX, to emboss high-fidelity, visible-light details onto the thermal imagery to improve image quality.

Equipped with thermal, visible and picture-in-picture mode, the Duo Pro R records raw video and stills to two dedicated microSD cards and allows for live digital video output over micro-HDMI and analog video out for easier integration, explains FLIR.

Furthermore, the dual sensors create a self-contained airborne mapping package: The fully integrated GPS receiver; inertial measuring unit; and temperature, humidity and altitude sensors provide an onboard source for high-fidelity, reliable geo-tagging data to create accurate maps and 3D models from an airborne platform, according to the company.

“With the ability to select either a thermal or visible camera image in flight or watch video streams of both simultaneously in picture-in-picture mode, we’re making it easier for drone operators to capture imagery and thermal data from the air,” states Jeff Frank, senior vice president of global product strategy at FLIR.

The FLIR Duo Pro R will be available for purchase starting at $5,199 from authorized FLIR dealers in the fourth quarter of this year.

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