Nikon Thermal Vision LAIRD-S270

Ultra-compact infrared (IR) CCD camera provides advanced features and superb image quality

May 1998
Revised : Jun. 1998
Nikon Corporation has announced the launching of a compact infrared (IR) CCD camera,
the Nikon Thermal Vision LAIRD-S270 as of Sep. 1998, that provides excellent image quality and a wide range of advanced features in an ultra-compact body.

Weighing just 2.5 kg (5.5lbs.) (body only) and measuring a mere 100 (W) 120 (H) 165 (D) mm (4.0 4.8 6.5 in.) (not including protrusions), this camera provides virtually the same outstanding image quality as the Nikon Thermal Vision LAIRD3A Series.
On top of that, it can be used indoors or out, thanks to an optional battery pack, and offers an LCD monitor, memory cards, and other optional features.
In addition, it's available at an amazingly atractive price.

The LAIRD-S270 is expected to find use in a wide variety of applications including those where monitoring was difficult with conventional cameras, for example, monitoring and searching for defects and abnormalities in manufacturing plants, electric transformer stations, and other industrial facilities; implementing quality control (QC) programs and performing heat analyses in the manufacturing of automobiles, electronics products and other consumer goods; searching for signs of aging or paint faults in the facades of buildings.

Background of Development

Nikon Corporation succeeded in developing a charge-coupled device (CCD) in May 1992 that featured the highest number of pixels possible for an infrared ray receiving device compatible with today's television (NTSC) systems.
Since then, Nikon has continued to develop high-performance infrared (IR) CCD cameras, combining the latest microelectronics technology with Nikon 's advanced optical technologies developed through huge amount of experience in optical and precision engineering.

Unlike visible ray, infrared ray is not dependent on sunlight or artificial light sources, making it possible to monitor the thermal energy radiated from any object in question.
In recent years, the demand has grown for monitoring systems that can be used at night or in smoky or foggy environments where it is otherwise impossible to ensure sufficient visibility, and for systems that can detect signs of aging or determine the extent of fire damage in buildings and other structures.
The market has been waiting for a camera that not only provides excellent resolution but also high precision in the measurement of heat and temperatures.

To meet this demand, in March of 1995 Nikon released the Thermal Vision LAIRD3 Series infrared CCD camera, with a 410,000-pixel CCD, the highest in the world, and since then, this camera has been used in a variety of different fields.

The new Nikon Thermal Vision LAIRD-S270 ultra-compact infrared CCD camera provides advanced and superb image quality, while offering portability and exceptional cost performance.

Main Features

  • Ultra-Compact Body Provides High-Quality Images
    Measuring 100 (W) 120 (H) 165 (D) mm (not including protrusions) and weighing only 2.5 kg (body only), the LAIRD-S270 is the world's first portable infrared camera incorporating a striking 270,000-pixel CCD developed by Nikon.
    It covers all the necessary features required of a video camera, making it ideal for use outdoors, where portability is essential.
  • Exceptional Cost Performance
    Although this camera provides excellent image quality and a wide range of advanced features such as the ability to measure thermal radiation, its price is quite reasonable.
  • A Wide Variety of Options
    The Nikon Thermal Vision LAIRD-S270 is available with a number of useful options including :
    1) A battery pack designed to provide extra convenience and portability during outdoor use, plus an LCD monitor for viewing images while shooting.
    2) Memory card (Flash ATA Type I / II) drive for use in storing and transferring data.
    3) PC card interface (with card bus) allows connection to PCs for high-speed capturing of infrared images.
    4) Wide variety of new software packages and add-ons designed to measure temperature levels in infrared images.


Detector type PtSi Schottky-Barrier IRCCD
Detection wavelength 3 to 5 um
Total number of pixels 537 (H) 505 (V) pixels (Approx. 270,000 pixels)
Effective number of pixels 475 (H) 442 (V) pixels (Approx. 210,000 pixels)
Temperature range -20 to +250 C
NETD 0.2 C
Cooling system Stirling Cycle Cryocooler
Display output Color : 256 / 16,
Black & White : 256
Field of View (w / 21mm f/2 standard lens) 19.4 (H) 14.5 (V)
Focusing (w / 21mm f/2 standard lens) 0.5 m (1.7 ft.) to infinity
Frame rate 1 / 60sec. (30Hz)
Interface Video out : BNC connector (NTSC TV system),
Digital control : RS-232C
Function Gain adjustment, Level adjustment,
Motorized lens control,
Freeze mode, Image enhancement mode,
Time and / or date display, Point temperature display (5points), Color bar temperature display, Pseudo color display
Power supply 12V DC
Power consumption 50W
Dimensions (W D H) and Weight (body only)(approx.) 100 120 165 mm (4.0 4.8 6.5 in.) ; 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.)
Operating environment 0 to 40 C, 30 to 85 %RH
Options Interchangeable lenses :
f=45mm (9.6 (H) 6.9 (V)) lense and
f=14mm (29.9 (H) 21.3 (V)) lense ,
Close-up attachment lens,
LCD monitor,
Handy battery pack, Memory card drive,
Temperature measurement analysis system,
Carrying case

These products are strategic products subject to Japanese / International export control regime.
They should not be exported without authorization from the appropriate governmental authorities.

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