At Eurosatory 2018 on 12 June MKS Instruments announced the OPHIR SupIR family of compact infrared lenses, designed for use in 10-12µm pixel size uncooled cameras.
The new collection includes 11 lenses optimised to meet reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements. They deliver high MTF and range from 2.4mm f/1.0 athermalised fixed focus, to the new LightIR 15-75mm f/1.2 motorised continuous zoom, with fields of view (FoV) from 91.9 to 2.4 degrees. The lenses work with a variety of camera formats, including VGA, QVGA, and XGA. They are targeted for use in air, marine, and land applications, such as UAS, perimeter surveillance, handheld devices and drones.
“The latest market trend is a shift to smaller, 10-12µm pixel size cameras. To address the needs of these next generation devices, we've worked with major camera manufacturers to refine our designs. The new collection of lenses responds to demanding SWaP standards. This results in a reduction in the size of the optical element, as well as a shortened focal length and longer detection range,” explained Ophir Optics Group Vice President and General Manager, Yitzak Raif.