Infrared Camera Core Family

Leoptera is a family of flexible Infrared Camera Cores offering a high-performance, ITAR-free, compact thermal imaging solution designed for integration into a variety of products. This camera core provides exceptional thermal imaging capabilities and manages interfaces with a broad range of Leonardo IR detectors.

This provides an advantage to system integrators such as:

  • Reduction in integration time
  • Common interface between sensors
  • Optimized design to achieve peak performance from Leonardo IR Detectors
  • Standard output format

The ‘Light Core’ provides corrected video out (Nonuniformity correction (NUC) and defect concealment), for the lowest SWaP offering which gives integrators greatest flexibility to integrate within existing systems. It supports MIPI-CSI for flexible connectivity to external devices and has base CamLink available as an alternative. Additional options include a thermal reference source and image-processing electronics.

The processing electronics offer the full range of image processing techniques common with the Leonardo IR camera products, such as world-class Horizon Thermal Imager.

This modularity allows integrators to tailor their designs to customer needs, as well as offer standardized interfaces for quicker integration. This provides quicker time to market and overall cost savings.

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  • Key Features
  • Technical Specifications
  • Applications

A range of image formats, pixel densities and waveband suitable for a wide range of imaging applications.

Modular Design: Designed for easy integration, enabling seamless incorporation into a variety of systems such as targeting pods, surveillance turrets, vehicle sights, and IR cameras. Also allows integrators to trade optional modules for optimal thermal and power management.

Image Enhancement: Processing electronics incorporate advanced image processing algorithms such as LACE, Edge Enhancement, Turbulence mitigation, and Image stabilization for improved clarity and detail.

  Low SWaP SuperHawk Leoptera Camera Core Condor HD Leoptera Camera Core
Detector Type MCT MCT
Pixel Pitch 8 μm 12 μm
Resolution 1280 X 1024 1280 x 1024
Waveband MWIR DWB (MWIR and LWIR)
F/number F/2.8 - Others available F/2
Weight (inc. electronics) 352 g (TBC) 890 g (TBC)
Dimensions (W x H x D) (inc. electronics) 54 x 59 x 95 mm (TBC) TBC
Power Consumption 7.5 W (TBC) < 15 W (TBC)


  • Thermal Reference Source: Used in conjunction with the Leoptera light core to provide reference scenes for the NUC
  • Processor: Provides functionality such as Local Area Contrast Enhancement (LACE), Edge Enhancement, Turbulence mitigation, Image Stabilization, Electronic Zoom, Freeze Frame, Graphical overlays
  • Processing Electronics Interfaces include: SDI (HD-SDI & 3G SDI), DisplayPort, Ethernet (H264 / Gig-E)
  • Control Interfaces: RS422 and Ethernet


  • Airborne Gimbals
  • Border Security and Surveillance
  • Force Protection
  • Counter-UAS
  • Research and Development
  • Customer own build camera program


Environmental Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to +71°C
  • Storage Temperature: -46°C to +85°C


  • 2-year warranty is offered as a standard


Future Provisional Options

  • Higher resolution
  • SW Avalanche Photo Diode (APD)
  • Digital ROIC
  • AI/ML processing module
  • Other waveband options



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