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40 kHz high speed uncooled SWIR line-scan camera

Smallest SWIR GigE Vision line-scan camera with excellent sensitivity

Machine vision inspection using Lynx-512-GigE provides you valuable information about process stability and quality assurance measurements. The SWIR camera matches perfectly the absorption spectra of various plastics, is less sensitive to emissivity changes for thermal measurements and reveals invisible internal defects. 

The Lynx-512-GigE offers in many ways  an affordable solution. The small form  factor and small pixel pitch allows you to optimize compact systems  with lower cost lenses. In addition  the camera comes with an industrystandard  GigE Vision and Power over  Ethernet interface for much easier  integration. The Lynx-512-GigE comes  without cooler and therefore lower  power consuming. The Lynx-512-GigE is  perfectly suited for high speed scanning  with high line rates up to 40 kHz.

You will reach optimal image quality with low dark current and excellent signal to noise ratios. You can choose from various configurations in between High Sensitivity mode (HS) or High Dynamic Range mode (HDR).

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Benefits & features

  • Made in Europe
    Easy to export - no ITAR
  • Smallest SWIR line-scan camera
    SWIR linescan camera with up to 2048 pixels and pixel pitch of 12.5um
  • High sensitivity for low-light conditions
    Low noise detector for high sensitivity under low photon flux conditions
  • Standard GigE Vision and trigger functionality
    GigE Vision standard available for machine vision applications - trigger for synchronization
  • Compliant with any software supporting GenICam
    GigE Vision and GenICam compliant for machine vision
  • Easy exchangeable lenses via C-Mount
    Our cameras are equipped with the standard C-mount lens interface

Designed for use in

  • Food inspection
    Bruises on food can be detected due to the higher moisture contect which will appear darker in the SWIR images
  • Non-destructive testing
    Optical flash thermography, where the sample surface is heated by a brief pulse of heat/light. Mainly used for composites in aerospace industries.
  • Industrial web inspection
    Inspection of objects with large surface area using a linescan SWIR camera
  • Semiconductor inspection
    SWIR cameras are able to see through silicon
  • High speed line scan imaging
    Llinerate up to to 40 kHz (selected models)
  • Non-contact thermal imaging of (hot) objects
    Objects are detected based on their thermal radiation. No contact needed


IR camera software included

Xeneth camera control and imaging software is included

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

The Gigabit Ethernet interface allows for Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity

GigE Vision standard compatibility

The Gigabit Ethernet interface is compatible to the GigE Vision standard

SWaP (Small size, weight and power )

Small volume, low weight and low power consumption for demanding applications


External trigger for signal synchronization

14 bit image

Digitization: The camera uses a 14 bit ADC

High speed

High line rate imaging at more than 40000 lines per second

High dynamic range

High dynamic range mode available

Camera specifications

Array Specifications

Array Specifications Square pixel array Rectangular pixel array
Detector type InGaAs
Image format 512 (w) x 1 (h) pixels
Pixel size 25 μm x 25 μm 25 μm x 250 μm
Spectral range 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm
Peak Quantum Efficiency (QE) ≈ 80 % @ 1.6 μm
Pixel operability 99.6 % (no adjacent bad pixels)
Array length 12.8 mm
Array cooling Uncooled
Dark current 3 x 10⁶ e-/s 3 x 10⁷ e-/s

Camera Specifications

Camera Specifications Lynx-512-GigE
Imaging performance
Maximum line rate 40 kHz
Pixel rate 25 MPixels/sec
Exposure time range Full flexibility in settings from 3 μs to several seconds
CDS Correlated Double Sampling
Gain settings Various settings from 30 fF (HS) till 2130 fF (HDR)
Pixel well depth from 450 Ke- (HS) till 32 Me- (HDR)
Gain From 8 e-/ADU count (HS) till 580 e-/ADU count (HDR)
Dynamic range From 280:1 (HS) till 2600:1 (HDR)
Analog-to-Digital (ADC) 14 bits
On-board image processing Configurable single Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC) with intelligent bad pixel replacement; user adjustable fixed offset and gain control
Optical interface C-mount (optional filter retaining ring) F-mount (optional)
Command and control GigE Vision Xeneth API/SDK
Image acquisition Integrate While Read (IWR) / Integrate Then Read (ITR); Snapshot acquisition
Trigger Trigger in and/or out; LVCMOS
Operating mode Stand-alone or PC-controlled
Power requirements
Power consumption +/- 4.6 W
Power supply DC 12 V
Physical characteristics
Ambient operating temperature range -40ºC to 70ºC
Storage temperature range -50ºC to 85ºC
Dimensions (width x height x length) - excluding lens (approximately) 49 x 49 x 71 mm
Weight (excluding lens) < 208 gr

Broad range of accessories available

Lens & filter options


  • Xeneth
  • Xeneth SDK (optional)
  • Xeneth Labview SDK (optional)


Press Releases
Highest resolution uncooled SWIR line-scan camera Lynx-GigE/CL offers up to 2048 Pixels in an ultra-compact housing The uncooled Lynx-GigE and Lynx-CL SWIR line-scan cameras have a very small form factor which allows for an easy integration in any industrial process. (2012)
Application notes
Space developments resulting in industrial camera platforms Xenics, involved in several space projects such as Proba-V, is responsible for the design and development of the short-wave infrared detectors. A novel high resolution InGaAs line-scan camera from Xenics conquers many applications in the near infrared.
Technical documents
T3 Lynx D This file contains all the technical documents for the Lynx camera.


Industrial brochure Lynx-512-GigE

Versatile infrared analysis and reporting software

The Xeneth user interface is common to all the Xenics cameras. This makes it easy for customers to apply their familiarity with this comprehensive product to any new applications, covering wide ranging capabilities in various parts of the IR spectrum.

Learn it once and apply it over and over again.

Karl Niedermeyer, President, Spectro Associates, Inc.