Infrared camera
VarioVIEW™ 150

The powerful diffractive 150mm optical system is Made in Germany and allows amazing views:

  • Person detection up to 5 km, vehicle detection up to 7 km and higher
  • A maximum of spatial resolution by utilizing uncooled, European (640x480) pixel detector
  • Maintenance-free 24/7 operation possible
  • Since 2009 more than 320 units are used by border guard units, crime investigation authorities and customs services

Details about Infrared camera

  • Spectral range: 7,5 ... 14 µm
  • Detector type/format: FLIR with uncooled microbolometer focal plane array, 
    (640x480) IR pixel
  • Thermal resolution at 30°C: better than 0.05 K
  • IR frame rate: 25/30 Hz
  • Objective lens (focal length/field-of-view): 150 mm/(6.1 x 4.6)°
  • Electronical zoom: 2x and 4x
  • Laser rangefinder: diode laser, 1,550 nm operational wavelength, eyesafe
  • Measuring range LRF: (50 ... 5.000) m
  • Viewfinder: binocular, monochrome OLED, brightness adjustable
  • A/D conversion: 14 bit
  • Interface: PAL/NTSC video, FireWire IEEE1394, external power supply (12 ... 24) VDC
  • Power supply: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, quickcharge option, 
    up to 6 hours operational lifetime
  • Weight: 2.9 kg

The handheld VarioVIEW™ 150 thermal binocular combines extended range performance with high resolution and maximum mobility for a broad variety of homeland security applications. It offers a detection range of persons up to 5 km and usually a detection range of at least 7 to 8 km  for ground vehicles. The top features of this FLIR (=Forward Looking InfraRed) are:

Infrared sensor

The heart of the VarioVIEW™ 150 thermal core is a (640 x 480) pixel sensor utilizing an uncooled focal plane array. The low-noise sensor system works with an amorphous silicon detector. The thermal resolution is a better than 0.05 K. Next to  the image quality a very long lifetime and low maintenance level are further advantages of this system.

Lens/optical system

The infrared camera VarioVIEW™ 150 is provided with an unique high-resolution, fast Germanium lens. The rigid lens system is modified with an additional DLC coating for durability and enhanced transmission. The viewfinder eyepieces offer an adjustable interpupillary distance and long eye-relief for extending observation sessions. The OLED viewfinder display is offering a 800x600 pixel resolution, its very large brightness adjustment range allows perfect viewing under any light conditions. Glare and counterintelligence measure are suppressed by this feature.

Laser rangefinder

A high-precision eyesafe laser rangefinder is integrated into the VarioVIEW™ body, it allows measurements up to 5 km distance. Due to the operational wavelength of 1,550 nm it cannot be detected by the image intensifiers of tube-based night vision devices.

Control buttons

The ergonomical user interface of VarioVIEW™ 150 is operated via 2x3 buttons, they can be used even with gloves on. The straightforward menu structure is very easy to understand and allows efficient operation with a minimum of training efforts. 


A variety of choices and flexibility are additional benefits of the infrared binocular VarioVIEW™ 150, this is supported by the different interfaces. They allow attaching to analogue video monitors or recorders, digital image and control data transmission via serial or FireWire PC interface and different external power supplies.

Internal power supply

For a maximum of independence from external power sources VarioVIEW™ 150 is using powerful rechargeable Lithium ion batteries that offer up to 6 hours of continous operation. Instead of special camera solutions an industrial solution available worldwide has been chosen.


The light-weight body of the infrared camera is made of an enforced Aluminum alloy, its construction protects the delicate sensor technology and fine mechanics during daily harsh operational conditions of a security authority.

Tripod adapter

The standardized tripod adapter allows attaching VarioVIEW™ to all kinds of video heads or pan-tilt solutions, both during long-term observations and deployed operation.

The infrared camera VarioVIEW™ is also available without laser rangerfinder (version ec) and with 9Hz frame rate (version sl), respectively.

The following infrared camera models might also be of interest to you:

VarioVIEW™ 75
ViewIR ® 60
ViewIR ® 50
Nyxus Bird
Nyxus Bird LR

Applications areas for infrared camera

  • Investigation

    State-of-the-art infrared technology expands the options of the Police´s investigation capabilities via increasing range performance, 24/7 operation options and completely passive technology.

  • Surveillance at a SAR operation

    Powerful, uncooled thermal sensors and innovative optical design create a maximum range performance and high image resolution for quick missions and long-term observation tasks.

  • Border guard
    Border guard

    Comprehensive guarding of border areas and the related hinterland is perfectly handled by mobile infrared cameras with top-class range performance. Their mobility and efficiency supports contemporary border guard units even during very limited observation conditions.

  • Harbour protection
    Harbour protection

    All over the world seaports and inner harbors are very special critical infrastructure locations. By using mobile infrared cameras extended and inaccessible units can be guarded safely and comprehensively.

  • Security - Site protection
    Site protection

    High-resolution, long-range infrared cameras allow efficient guarding and protection of critical infrastructure areas all around the clock. Dedicated using of infrared systems allow in-time realization of effective counteractive measures.

  • Security - Search and rescue
    Search and rescue

    Infrared cameras are indispensable tools for searching and rescueing missed persons, casualties or wreckage debris. All around the clock high-sensitivity infrared sensors can provide substantial aid even under limited visibility conditions, they help to save lives.

Case Study

Ukrainian Border Protection

Border Protection in the Ukraine

The implementation of the BOMUK project utilizing VarioVIEW™ infrared cameras

For a couple of years the European Union (EU) is upgrading its Schengen treaty borderline by the means of selective personal and technical measures. Numerous projects have improved the general border security significantly by implementing state-of-the-art technologies. This process has not been totally finished, however. Next to the protected Schengen borderlines the EU is also looking beyond. The Ukraine is one of the countries the EU selected to improve the local border protection authorities.

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