FLIR Vue Pro

Flir Vue Pro Thermal Imaging Camera TeAx


FLIR Vue Pro – Overview

Introducing FLIR Vue™ Pro – Take drone thermal imaging and data recording to the new heights with Vue Pro

With FLIR Vue™ you get all the thermal imager you need for sUAS operations without having to pay for functionality you’ll never use.

Designed for professional use, FLIR Vue Pro is more than a thermal camera, it is a thermal measurement instrument and data recorder that adds tremendous value to your sUAS operations and services.

Still with the same industry-leading thermal imaging quality and great value as the best-selling FLIR Vue, the Vue Pro adds full data recording of thermal video and 14-bit still imagery. FLIR Vue Pro also uses FLIR Vue’s popular and convenient power-in/video-out connection over a 10-pin mini-USB making integration a snap, and ensuring that you’ll have easy access to analog video for downlinking.

FLIR Vue Pro gives you in-flight control of two camera functions through direct PWM connections, and it’s future MAVLink compatibility will make it ready for the easy image stitching required for mapping, survey, and precision agriculture applications. Plus, it’s compatible with Pix4Dmapper right out of the box.

The convenient mobile app makes pre-flight camera set-up and configuration quick and easy so you won’t have to drag a computer out to your flying site just in case you need to change a camera setting.

Best of all, with MSRPs starting at only $1,999, FLIR Vue Pro is the only thermal imager your drone operations will ever need, and it’s affordable for today’s commercial sUAS operations.

FLIR Vue Pro gives you more than thermal images, it gives you thermal data for informed decisions.


On-Board Recording

Vue Pro records 8-bit digital video in MJPEG or H.264 formats and 14-bit still imagery to a removable micro-SD card so you won’t lose any of your data to transmission loss. Imagery is saved to the micro-SD card and can be retrieved either from the card or by plugging the camera into a USB cable, where your computer will see it as a storage device.


MAVLink Integration & Camera Control

Like Vue Pro, Vue Pro R’s Accessory Port connection gives you access to MAVLink commands camera controls over PWM commands, so you can select color palettes, start and stop recording, or trigger the camera’s e-zoom in-flight from your radio controller. If MAVLink is enabled, two camera controls are available; without MAVLink you can control up to four camera controls.


Easy to Configure

Vue Pro comes with a built-in, low-power Bluetooth module, so you can easily configure your camera with our custom iOS or Android apps before you take off. Change color palettes, set your image optimization features, configure your PWM inputs, and start recording all without lugging a computer to the field.


Power & HDMI Video Module

An optional accessory, the Power/Video Module makes Vue Pro R easier to integrate than ever. Its 10-pin mini-USB connector accepts a much wider span of input power – from 5 to 28 VDC – and provides reverse polarity protection. This connector still provides analog video output and gives you access to the camera’s on-board storage like any other USB device.

Its micro-HDMI connector outputs HDMI video that is compatible with digital drone airborne systems like DJI Lightbridge and 3DR Solo, making full digital downlink of thermal video a breeze. All this in a package that’s only 11 mm thick and weighs 15 grams.

The Power & HDMI Video Module is an accessory and is sold separately.



With the same powerful thermal imaging core used in the most popular cameras in the world, FLIR Vue Pro gives expanded flexibility and performance for a price that makes it perfect for applications like:

  • Search and rescue
  • Precision agriculture
  • Roof inspections
  • Power line inspections
  • Substation inspections
  • Cell tower inspections
  • Security
  • Surveying
  • And anything else you can dream up



FLIR Vue Pro – Product Video



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FLIR Vue Pro – Technical Specs

Sensor Type Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
Resolution 640x512 336x256
Lens Options 9 mm; 69° x 56°
13 mm; 45° x 37°
19 mm; 32° x 26°
6.8 mm; 44° x 36°
9 mm; 35° x 27°
13 mm; 25° x 19°
Spectral Band 7.5 - 13.5 µm
Full Frame Rates 30 Hz (NTSC); 25 Hz (PAL)
Export Controlled
Exportable Frame Rates 7.5 Hz (NTSC); 8.33 Hz (PAL)
Physical Attributes
Size 2.26″ x 1.75″ (57.4 x 44.4 mm) (including lens)
Weight 3.25-4 oz (92.1 – 113.4 g) (configuration dependent)
Precision Mounting Holes Two M2x0.4 on each of two sides & bottom
One 1/4-20 threaded hole on top
Image Processing
Image Optimization for sUAS Yes
Digital Detail Enhancement Yes – Adjustable in Bluetooth APP
Invertable Image? Yes – Adjustable in Bluetooth APP
Polarity Control (black hot/whitehot) & Color Palettes Yes – Adjustable in Bluetooth APP
Power Supply
Input Supply Voltage 4.8 – 6.0 VDC
Operating Temperature Range -20°C to +50°C
Non-Operating Temperature Range -55°C to +95°C
Operational Altitude +40,000 feet



FLIR Vue Pro – Field of View List

Lens 6.8mm 9mm 13mm 19mm
Vue Pro 640 FoV n/a 69° x 53° 45° x 35° 32° x 24°
iFoV n/a 1.889 mr 1.308 mr 0.895 mr
Vue Pro 336 FoV 44° x 33° 35° x 26° 25° x 18° n/a
iFoV 2.500 mr 1.889 mr 1.308 mr n/a
Hyperfocal Distance 1.2m 2.1m 4.4m 9.5m
Min Focus Distance 0.6m 1.1m 2.2m 4.8m



FLIR Vue Pro – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the FLIR Vue’s power and video connections?

Vue has a 10-pin mini-USB connector that you can use to supply the camera with 5VDC power and get its analog video signal out. This connector has the same pinout as the GoPro 3/4 cables you can find from most leading drone supply and FPV retailers, so using one of those makes integration quite easy.

These cables take two basic forms – one has a combined ground, and the other uses discrete grounds for power and video.

For cables with a combined ground, like those for use with ImmersionRC and compatible video transmitters, the transmitter’s input/output cable provides a regulated 5VDC to the camera, while the same harness feeds video to the transmitter.

Other cables, like the Tarot TL68A10 shown here, use discrete grounds, which may be more desirable for your installation. Note that if you use this type of connection you must verify that you’re supplying the Vue with a clean 5VDC supply, as the camera has no internal power conversion circuitry.

Q: What are the camera’s power requirements?

The FLIR Vue operates on 5VDC with a steady-state power dissipation of 1.2W. Input voltage of more than 6VDC will damage the Vue and invalidate your camera’s warranty.

Q: How can I mount the FLIR Vue?

Vue has a number of different mounting options.

First, there are two M2x0.4 threaded mounting holes the camera’s left side, right side, and bottom (note that the mounting screws are not included).

There is also a ¼-20 threaded insert in the top of the camera housing.

Finally, a lens mount can be installed to allow the camera to be mounted with GoPro-compatible mounts. See the Vue User Guide, which is available on the FLIR Vue webpage, for more details on installing this mount.

Users can take advantage of any of these mounting options to either hard-mount or gimbal-mount the Vue.

Q: Are there any airframe-specific mounting solutions available?

Not yet, though a few are in the works. However, the existing mounting options mentioned above should provide ample methods for mounting to any number of existing third-party mounts or gimbals.

Q: Does the FLIR Vue include a video transmitter or recorder?

No. Because the optimal transmit power and frequency can vary so widely from one application to another, the choice of which type of transmitter to use has been left up to the user. The camera does output a standard analog video signal, however, and it has been successfully tested on all of the common video systems in use today.

Q: Can the user control the camera’s color palette or other camera functions in flight?

At this point the FLIR Vue does not permit external control of its serial commands. However, many of the camera’s functions can be configured in the standard Tau Camera Controller GUI that is available on the Vue website (

Q: Can I change any of the Vue’s stock settings?

Yes, many of the cameras settings can be optimized for your current conditions by using the free Tau Camera Controller GUI that is available on the Vue website ( By connecting the camera to your compatible computer with the included Bench Cable, you will be able to access many camera settings, and view the effects of these changes in real time. (See the Vue User Guide for more details on connecting the camera to your computer.)

Many of the most vital image control and optimization settings can be changed in the GUI, including:

  • Invert the image (for when you have to mount the camera upside down)
  • EZoom
  • Color Palette – choose from White Hot (default), Black Hot, Fusion, Arctic, and Lava palettes
  • Auto-Gain Correction (AGC) Mode
  • Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE)
  • Active Contrast Enhancement (ACE)
  • Smart Scene Optimization (SSO)
  • Region of Interest (ROI)

Q: Does the FLIR Vue output digital data?

The Vue is outputs standard NTSC or PAL analog video, not digital data. For markets outside the USA, FLIR offers <9Hz camera solutions in both NTSC and PAL analog video.

Q: There is dust and dirt on my lens. How do I clean it?

The best method for cleaning all optics are to use air whenever possible. Forced air in a spray can works well to remove the majority of dust in corners and hard to reach spots. The next best tool is a soft lens brush used to whisk away dust and debris. If you must resort to using a liquid for cleaning the optic, use only non-ammonia based cleaners. Ammonia based cleansers may damage the coatings of your optic.

Q: How does the FLIR Vue differ from the FLIR Tau2?

The FLIR Tau and Tau2 are calibrated over a wider temperature range than FLIR Vue, additional AGC’s and Color Palettes, and provides for digital data. The FLIR Vue is only calibrated for commercial temperature ranges and is an analog system.

Q: What’s the difference between Full Frame Rate and Exportable Frame Rate cameras?

Exportable Frame Rate cameras output a video signal that doesn’t use the full 30 or 60 Hz frame rate of the camera, so it may look a little choppy during fast maneuvers. This is a restriction placed on thermal imaging technology by the US Government. While the exportable Frame Rate cameras output video that looks different, there is no inherent difference in image quality or sensitivity between the cameras. A video showing a comparison between the two types of cameras is available here.

This video was taken with two cameras mounted to a quadcopter simultaneously, to give you a realistic idea of how an Exportable camera differs from a Full Frame Rate camera when hard-mounted to a multirotor aircraft. Note that mounting an Exportable camera to a brushless gimbal greatly mitigates the apparent differences between the two.

Q: Can I remove the FLIR logo from the video output?

No, the FLIR logo will be displayed on the Vue’s video output and cannot be removed.

Q: Can I install the FLIR Vue on DJI Zenmuse H3-3D or H4-3D gimbals?

Possibly, but it will take a fair amount of work. As the name implies, these gimbals are designed to work with GoPro® Hero 3® and Hero 4® cameras respectively. Even though the FLIR Vue is not significantly heavier than either the Hero 3 or Hero 4, its shape is quite a bit different. This means that the area where the Vue could sit on these gimbals is very small, and the bracket designed to hold the GoPro on the gimbal back plate won’t fit around the Vue. It is possible to fashion some sort of mechanical interface that would hold the camera to the gimbal back plate, but FLIR does not supply this mechanism. Once the camera is mechanically attached to the gimbal, the other issue is that the Vue’s center of gravity (CG) is significantly farther forward than is the GoPro’s CG, requiring the use of a counterweight to balance the gimbal. Take care that the counterweight does not become so heavy that it stresses the gimbal motors.

Q: How can I use FLIR Vue in a fire fighting mission?

The FLIR Vue can be very effective at seeing through smoke, allowing incident commanders to keep track pf personnel and vehicles when they would otherwise be blinded by dense smoke. It can also be used to find residual hot spots around a fire area after the fire itself has been contained. However, because the sensor’s maximum specified operating temperature is +50ºC (+122ºF) the image could become saturated when viewing an active fire.



FLIR Vue Pro – Software

Keeping your Vue Pro up to date – How to update App

Please download the latest handset application from the appropriate web store for your platform. Some handy links are listed below. Also be sure to keep the OS up to date on your device as Bluetooth is an evolving protocol and receiving continuous improvements.



How to update Firmware

Download the latest firmware here: Download firmware


Related Products

FLIR Vue Pro is compatible with our ThermalCapture Calibrator module, which drastically enhances image uniformity and absolute temperature measurements. Those enhancements save you valuable flight times when doing mapping missions or critical inspections, where accuracy is the key to success.

For more information visit ThermalCapture Calibrator product page and the corresponding press release.


TC Calibrator for FLIR Vue Pro / R – Front View

TC Calibrator for FLIR Vue Pro / R – Back View