Ventus Micro

Low SWaP 16-180 mm MWIR camera

The newest addition to the Ventus family of cooled mid-wave infrared (MWIR) continuous zoom cameras, the Micro is a condensed but cutting edge system designed for space-constrained UAV/UAS applications.


The Ventus Micro delivers unparalleled functionality and standoff range relative to its size, weight and power (SWaP). It pairs the latest 10 um pixel pitch HOT MWIR long-life cooled core with a detector-specific 16-180 mm folded zoom lens and adds the advanced image processing features and universal integration offered by Sierra-Olympic electronics. Powerful image processing algorithms include one-touch autofocus, electronic image stabilization, Adaptive Contrast Control (CLAHE/LAP), onboard video and still storage, and a range of optional features including target detection and tracking.

The camera was designed specifically for space-constrained integrations in airborne and other low-SWaP applications. It weighs just over 800 grams and will fit into a 150 mm (6″) space claim.

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Product Highlights
  • Long-life HOT MWIR detector
  • 16-180 mm continuous zoom folded optic
  • Designed to fit in 6″ (150 mm) gimbals
  • Automatic/Manual Gain Control
  • Adaptive Contrast Control (CLAHE, LAP)
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Multiple color palettes and White Hot/Black Hot
  • Up to 512 GB of On-board Video Sequence / Still Image Storage
  • 1/4-20 & M4 Tapped Mounting Holes


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Lens / F# HFOV Sensor Weight HxWxD (mm)
16-180 mm 22.6 - 2.0 ° HOT MWIR 812 g 119 x 75 x 121 mm


Detector Type
High Operating Temperature (HOT) MWIR
640 x 512
Spectral Response
3.6 - 4.2 μm
30 Hz (ethernet) / 60 Hz (Camera Link)
16-180 mm
22.6 - 2.0 °
One-touch autofocus
Digital zoom
Digital Video Output
14-big Camera Link
Analog video output
IP Video Output
MJPEG or H.264 encoded RTP
Camera control
Serial or Ethernet
Onboard Video Storage
Up to 512 GB microSD
Power Consumption
12 W typical
Size (LxWxH) mm
119 x 75 x 121
Weight (approx)
812 g (1.8 lb)
1/4-20 and M4 tapped holes
Input voltage
11-14 DVC


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