FLIR X8500sc and X8500sc SLS Cameras

Speed, Sensitivity, and Resolution for R&D and Science Applications

The FLIR X8500sc and X8500sc SLS are high-sensitivity, high-speed, high definition infrared cameras designed for science and R&D applications. Advanced features such as on-camera RAM/SSD recording, combined with 1280 x 1024 resolution and fast frame rates, allow researchers to fully image the scene and stop motion on high-speed events – whether they’re in the lab or on the test range.

The X8500sc comes in two versions, one featuring a cooled FLIR indium antimonide (InSb) with sensitivity down to <20 mK, and the second, a strained layer superlattice (SLS) detector with sensitivity down to <40 mK. While both camera versions offer short exposure times and fast frame rates, the X8500sc SLS camera offers even shorter snapshot speeds and wider temperature bands than the MWIR X8500sc variant, perfect for high-speed dynamic applications. Save up to 36 seconds of data to on-camera RAM without worrying about dropped frames using FLIR’s DVIRTM. After recording, play back from RAM or save to the removable solid state drive (SSD) in just 90 seconds and be ready to begin a new recording. The X8500sc also streams the fully radiometric high speed data over GigE, CameraLink, and CoaXPress simultaneously for live viewing, analysis, or recording in FLIR ResearchIR or compatible third-party software.

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FLIR X8500sc and X8500sc SLS Camera Features

  • Captures 1280 x 1024 data at 181 fps
  • On-camera full-frame recording to RAM for up to 36 sec.
  • Minimum integration times down to 270 ns
  • Synchronization with other instruments and events
  • Full GenICam support over GigE, CXP, and Camera Link interfaces
  • Thermal sensitivity of <20 mK (InSb) / <40 mK (SLS), for detecting subtle temperature changes
  • Works seamlessly with FLIR ResearchIR Max or third-party software, such as MATLAB

FLIR X8500sc & X8500sc SLS Camera Optics

Focal Length FOV F Number Spectral Band Minimum Working Distance
17 mm 48.6° x 39.7° f/2.5 3.0 – 5.0 µm 60 mm
25 mm 34.2° x 27.6° f/2.5 3.0 – 5.0 µm 200 mm
50 mm 17.5° x 14° f/2.5 3.0 – 5.0 µm 500 mm
100 mm 8.8° x 7° f/2.5 3.0 – 5.0 µm 3 mm
200 mm 4.4° x 3.5° f/2.5 3.0 – 5.0 µm 5 mm
25 mm 34.2° x 27.6° f/2.5 1.5 – 5.0 µm 200 mm
50 mm 17.5° x 14° f/2.5 1.5 – 5.0 µm 500 mm
100 mm 8.8° x 7° f/2.5 1.5 – 5.0 µm 3 mm
1x Close-up 15.4 mm x 12.3 mm f/4.0 3.0 – 5.0 µm 50.8 mm
4x Close-up 3.8 mm x 3.1 mm f/4.0 3.0 – 5.0 µm 38.1 mm

FLIR X8500sc MWIR and X8500sc SLS Camera Product Literature

FLIR A8500sc MWIR Infrared Camera Datasheet

FLIR A8500sc SLS Infrared Camera Datasheet

FLIR X8500sc & X8500sc SLS Camera Specifications

Model Number X8500sc MWIR FLIR X8500sc SLS LWIR
System Overview
Detector Type FLIR Indium Antimonide (InSb) Strained layer superlattice (SLS)
Spectral Range 3.0 – 5.0 µm or 1.5 – 5.0 µm 7.5 – 10.5 µm
Resolution 1280 x 1024
Detector Pitch 12 µm
Readout Type Snapshot
Synchronization Modes Genlock, Sync-in, Sync-out
Image Time Stamp Internal IRIG-B decoder clock TSPI accurate time stamp
Minimum Integration Time 270 ns
Frame Rate (Full Window) Programmable; 0.0015 Hz to 181 Hz
Subwindow Mode Flexible windowing (steps of 32 columns, 4 rows)
Dynamic Range 14-bit
Radiometric Data Streaming Simultaneous Gigabit Ethernet (GigE Vision®), Camera Link, CoaXPress (CXP)
Standard Video HDMI, SDI, NTSC, PAL
Command and Control GigE, USB, RS-232, Camera Link, CXP (GenICam protocol supported over GigE or CXP)
Temperature Measurement
Standard Temperature Range -20°C to 350°C (-4°F to 662°F) -20°C to 650°C (-4°F to 1200°F)
Optional Temperature Range Up to 3,000°C (5,432°F)
Accuracy +/- 1C or +/-1% of reading*
Operating Temperature Range -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)