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Cooled midwave infrared camera for scientific and industrial applications

High speed MWIR camera extendable into the SWIR realm

The Tigris-640 is a cooled midwave infrared (MWIR) camera equipped with a state-of-the-art InSb or MCT detector. It has a resolution of 640 x 512 pixels and a pixel pitch of 15µm. This thermal camera is equipped with a number of unique features including a motorized filter wheel. Interfacing is either done via its GigE Vision or CameraLink output. Analog out, HD-SDI and triggering are also available. 

The Tigris-640 is available with an MCT or InSb detector and each version is available with a BroadBand option. This option allows you to increases the sensitivity of the camera into the shortwave infrared (SWIR) realm. 

The Tigris-640-MCT offers 14-bit MWIR images at a maximum full frame rate of 117 Hz. The Tigris-640-InSb features a digital detector with selectable 13, 14 or 15-bit ADC, and high gain or high dynamic range mode. This version offers a maximum frame rate up to 357 Hz. If that is still too slow you can increase the frame rate by using its window-of-interest (WOI) mode.

All Tigris versions are optimized for highly stable thermal imaging and thermography in R&D and industrial applications.

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Benefits & features

  • Access to all camera settings
    Our standard Xeneth software allows for easy access to all camera settings
  • Filter wheel
    Up to 5 filters can be added to the filter wheel in order to perform multi spectral measurements
  • GigE Vision, CameraLink and analog interface
    Easy to use and to integrate due to its various interfaces
  • Temperature measurement accuracy within +/- 2˚ C or +/- 2%
    The Tigris is optionally available with thermography. Its temperature measurement accuracy is +/- 2˚ C or +/- 2%
  • Various MWIR lenses available
    We offer 4 MWIR lenses that range from 25 to 100 mm

Designed for use in

  • Bio-Medical
    The MWIR are sensitive thermal cameras which can be used for temperature profiling of the human body.
  • Industrial process monitoring
    Various applications based on thermal imaging in MWIR
  • 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.
  • R&D (MWIR range)
    Various scientific applications using infrared cameras in the 3 to 5 um range (or 1 to 5 um range)
  • Thermography
    MWIR cameras can be used for accurate and stable temperature measurements (up to 2000degC)


Video output

Analog video output available


External trigger for signal synchronization

Windowing mode

Imaging in a reduced window of interest for increased frame rates

Compatible with a variety of framegrabbers

Several compatible frame grabbers for CameraLink interface are available

High resolution

640x512 pixel resolution

High sensitivity

Low noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD)

High speed

High frame rate imaging at 250 fps in full frame


Xenics Image Enhancement for improved image quality in low contrast situations

Camera specifications

Array Specifications

Array Specifications Tigris-640-MCT Tigris-640-MCT-BB Tigris-640-InSb Tigris-640-InSb-Bb
Detector type MCT InSb
Spectral range 3.7 μm to 4.8 μm 1.5 - 6 µm 3.6 μm to 4.9 μm 1.5 - 5.4 µm
Image format 640 (w) x 512 (h) pixels
Pixel pitch 15 μm
Array cooling Stirling cooled
Detector NETD (Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference) 25 mK
Gain modes 1 gain mode HG & HDR mode
Analog-to-Digital (ADC) NA 13-14-15 bit selectable
Pixel operability > 99.5 %
F/# F/3

Camera Specifications

Camera Specifications Tigris-640-MCT Tigris-640-InSb
Lens LWIR 18 mm F/1
Optical interface Bayonet
Imaging performance
Maximum frame rate (full frame) 117 Hz 357 Hz
Min region size Minimum size 144 x 64 Minimum size 64 x 64
On-board image processing Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC), Bad Pixel Replacement, Auto-Gain & Auto-Offset, XIE
Command and control CameraLink and GigE Vision
Image acquisition CameraLink, GigE Vision, HD-SDI and Analog (PAL/NTSC)
Trigger Trigger in or out (configurable)
Power requirements
Power consumption 25 W
Power supply 24 V
Physical characteristics
Camera cooling Forced convection cooling
Ambient operating temperature range -40ºC to 60ºC
Dimensions (width x height x length) - excluding lens (approximately) 100 x 149 x 200 mm
Weight (excluding lens) 3.5 kg
Filter wheel options Start - stop mode
# filters Up to 5 filters, 25.4 mm diameter, 1.0 mm thickness

Broad range of accessories available

Lens & filter options


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


Press Releases
New ruggedized thermography camera and cooled MWIR camera At Vision 2016 Xenics presents its new Serval-640-GigE Thermography camera and Tigris-640 MWIR camera.
New cooled MWIR & extended SWIR camera At BiOS and Photonics West 2017 Xenics presents its new cooled MWIR camera and extended SWIR camera
Cameras for the security and commercial sensing market Xenics comes to SPIE DCS 2017 with its line up of cameras suited for safety & security applications.
Laser beam profiling and infrared cameras In this white paper, we will address the general need for laser beam profile analysis. Further, we will briefly describe laser beam analysis instruments and give an overview of laser applications, in particular for infrared wavelengths.


R&D brochure Tigris-640

Extreme compact size and low weight

Given the extremely compact size and low weight of the Xenics XS-1.7-320 SWIR camera it was extremely easy to integrate it into our existing optical setup.

University of Strathclyde