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Flight thermography with optris PI LightWeight

The newly developed optris PI LightWeight is a market innovation which allows for  fully radiometric recordings of video imagery from the air. The combination of a miniature lightweight PC and a light version of the optris PI thermal imager weighs only 380 g. The PI LightWeight is therefore ideally suited for maintenance work and quality inspections of solar and wind power systems and also for thermographic surveys of buildings.

Important Specifications

  • Fully radiometric IR inspection with up to 640x480 px
  • Weight (Recording Box + IR Cam): 380 g
  • GPS and GoPro support
  • Flexible data acquisition and analysis software PIX Connect
  • Automatic transfer of flight videos (IR and GoPro) to USB flash drive

Technical details of the optris PI LightWeight


Scope of supply

  • optris PI 400/ 450 LightWeight kit:
    optris PI 400, PI 450 or PI 640 camera in lightweight housing with 40 cm USB cable, Recording box with Exynos5422 CPU, 2 GHz, 32 GB eMMC, 32 GB Micro-SDHC, 2 GB RAM, 10-48 VDC, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, TVout, GPS and GoPro support, 24 VDC Power supply, Video cable, Power cable, USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB), Software package PIX Connect, Operators manual

Specifications of LightWeight PC (Recording Box)

  • Power supply 10-48 VDC
  • Power consumption: 6 W
  • Cooling: Active (integrated fan)
  • Operating temperature: 0 - 50°C
  • Relative humidity: 10 ... 95 %, non-condensing
  • Dimensions: 96 x 67 x 47 mm
  • Weight: 380 g (PI camera + Recording Box)
  • Material (housing): Aluminum
  • Module: Odroid XU4
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos/ 2 GHz
  • Operating system: Linux
  • Memory: 16 GB eMMC, 2 GB RAM (LPDDR3), SDHC card (16 GB), USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB)
  • Connections: Ethernet (GigE/ 1000 Mbit/s), 2x USB 3.0/ 1x USB 2.0, 1x Mini-USB for GoPro Hero3+ (or better), 1x HDMI, 1x TVout, 2x JR connectors
  • Terminals: +5V DC out, Video IN (VIS camera), TVout, 2x external switches
  • Control (via JR connectors or terminal): Start/ Stop recording, Switch VIS/ IR camera
  • Additional features: GPS support, 5 status LEDs


Specifications optris PI camera head

  • Measuring range: -20 °C ... 900 °C
  • Spectral range: 7.5 - 13 μm
  • Accuracy: ± 2 % or ± 2 °C
  • Thermal sensitivity (NETD): 40/ 80 mK (depending on camera model)
  • Optrics: 13° ... 90° HFOV
  • Resolution: 640 x 480 px / 382 x 288 px
  • Dimensions: 46 x 56 x 90 mm
  • Operating temperature: 0...50/ 70 °C (PI 450)

optris PI LightWeight for flight thermography

The optris PI LightWeight has been especially designed for aerial thermographic inspections. Mounted on a UAV, the optris PI Lightweight allows recording of radiometric IR images and videos. The flight thermography system is therefore eminently suitable for error detection and quality inspections of solar farms and wind power systems. The innovative combination of a lightweight mini PC and a thermal imaging camera is also ideally suited for thermographic analyses of hard-to-reach places like roofs of buildings (building thermography) and it is already in use in agriculture where fields are being inspected before being mowed (presence detection)

Thermography software optris PI Connect included

All IR cameras are delivered with the thermography software optris PIX Connect, which has been developed specifically for the extensive documentation and analysis of thermal images. It allows you to analyse temperature data in real time as well as the remote control of your infrared camera. Furthermore, you can setup individual alarm levels for your process and define visual or acustic alarm signals.

Our thermography software is licence free and can easily be adjusted to your requirements.