Ben Parker
Sales Manager
+44 (0)1372 378822
Specim Hyperspectral Cameras

Specim Hyperspectral Cameras

Digital imaging and Spectroscopy Combined

Specim is a pioneer and world leader in hyperspectral imaging instrumentation.  With a hyperspectral imaging camera from Specim you will have spectral information at each and every pixel of your image.  All the cameras from Specim operate according to the push-broom technique, meaning that the target is imaged line by line to build up the full 2D image. Specim have instruments designed to operate in specific discrete bands across the VIS-IR spectrum (400 nm to 12 µm).

Specim’s instruments are suited for a whole host of applications including remote sensing, geology, food quality, plastic sorting, online inspection and colour measurement. Additionally, the instruments are extremely versatile, and in most cases the same camera can be configured for use in the lab, field or sky.

Don’t know where to start? See our introductory  guide below:


  • All cameras based on push-broom (line scan) technology
  • Spectral ranges from the VIS to the LWIR
  • Suitable for operation in the lab, field or sky
  • Turn-key systems available
  • Contact: Ben Parker
    Sales Manager

    +44 (0)1372 378822


    Specim IQ

    Specim IQ is a portable hyperspectral camera, where data capturing, data processing and result visualisation are integrated into a one ready-to-use package.  The camera is able to screen the imaging target and show the results on the camera display in just seconds. The weight of the camera, 1.3 kg containing a chargeable battery and a memory card for data storing, allows true portability for imaging in locations, where it has not been possible before.



    VNIR 400-1000 nm (CMOS)

    5 Mpix

    SD card max 32 GB

    Specim Dataset with ENVI compatible data files

    5200 mAh Li-Ion (Type 26650)

    Appx. 100 measurements with one SD card and battery

    4.3 ” touch screen + 13 physical buttons



    Vegetation research

    Food analysis

    Crime investigation

    Art analysis

    Health sector


    Learn more about the new Specim IQ

    VNIR: FX-10

    The FX10 is a compact, lightweight, cost-effective hyperspectral camera for the VNIR spectral range (400-1000 nm). F/1.7 optics enables excellent light throughput, high sensitivity, short integration times and high signal-to-noise ratio. The FX10 operates with an impressive frame rate of 330 fps (full frame) using 1024 spatial pixels and 220 spectral bands. By reducing the number of spectral bands, the frame rate can be increased up to 9,900 fps. The camera is supplied with a high quality lens (38 deg FOV) and includes an integrated shutter and order sorting filter. The camera is also IP52 rated, making it suitable for use in harsh environments.



    400-1000 nm spectral range

    5.5 nm spectral resolution

    220 spectral bands

    F/1.7 optics

    1024 spatial pixels

    330 fps (full frame)

    CL or GigE models

    600:1 SNR (peak)



    Vegetation analysis

    Food inspection


    Plastic sorting

    Colour comparison



    Additionally, there are other VNIR camera models available for low-light applications, or if greater spectral resolution is required. Please contact us for more details.

    NIR: FX-17

    The FX17 is a small footprint hyperspectral camera built around an InGaAs detector. It operates in the NIR spectral range (900-1700 nm). As with the FX10 camera, F/1.7 optics enables excellent light throughput, high sensitivity, short integration times and high signal-to-noise ratio. The FX17 operates with a frame rate of 670 fps (full frame) using 640 spatial pixels and 230 spectral bands. By reducing the number of spectral bands, the frame rate can be increased up to 15,000 fps. The camera is supplied with a high quality lens (38 deg FOV) and includes an integrated shutter. The camera is also IP52 rated, making it suitable for use in harsh environments.



    900-1700 nm spectral range

    8 nm spectral resolution

    230 spectral bands

    F/1.7 optics

    640 spatial pixels

    670 fps (full frame)

    CL or GigE models

    1000:1 SNR (peak)



    Vegetation & agriculture


    Colour & density in printing

    Display & light source inspection

    Food quality



    For hyperspectral imaging applications in the SWIR (1000-2500 nm) Specim offer a cryogenically-cooled MCT camera with 384 spatial pixels (MTTF 25,000 hours). A frame rate of 450 fps (full frame) is achieved through the CameraLink (CL) interface. The camera is IP54 rated, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. An electro-mechanical shutter is included for dark image acquisition and crucially all optics are temperature stabilised – an important consideration when operating in this specific spectral range.



    1000-2500 nm spectral range

    12 nm spectral resolution

    288 spectral bands

    Optics temperature stabilisation

    384 spatial pixels

    450 fps (full frame)

    CL interface

    1050:1 SNR (peak)



    Chemical and material sorting

    Pharmaceutical manufacture


    Mineral mapping

    Food and agriculture

    Moisture content distribution

    Art research and archiving



    For the MWIR spectral range (3-5 µm), Specim use a cryogenically-cooled InSb detector with 320 spatial pixels (MTTF 10,000 hours). Frame rates of greater than 300 fps are possible (full frame) using the CameraLink or GigE interface. The MWIR hyperspectral camera  is truly unique to Specim.



    3-5 µm spectral range

    35 nm spectral resolution

    320 spatial pixels

    30 µm pixel size

    380/800 fps (CL/GigE)

    CL/GigE interface

    Two possible objective lenses (24 and 45 deg FOV)



    Black polymer sorting


    Gas detection

    LWIR: HS / OWL

    Specim offer two cameras in the LWIR spectral range (8-12 m); these are the HS and the OWL. The HS is based on an uncooled microbolometer detector, whereas the OWL uses a cryogenically-cooled MCT detector. Both have 384 spatial pixels. The OWL benefits from more spectral bands, higher spectral resolution, faster frame rate and temperature stabilised optics. It is also commonly used in airborne applications.



    8-12 µm spectral range

    384 spatial pixels

    30 / 84 spectral bands

    400 / 100 nm spectral resolution

    Uncooled microbolometer / cryogenically-cooled MCT detector

    60 / 100 fps



    Geological mapping

    Mineral classification


    Water temperature

    Camouflage detection

    Gas detection

    Flame analysis

    Land cover type recognition

    sisuROCK / SCS (single core scanner)

    Specim offer a number of turn-key systems for hyperspectral imaging and analysis of geological samples such as drill cores – whether this be a single core or a complete box. Any number of silicate and non-silicate minerals can be imaged and identified with the use of VNIR, SWIR and/or LWIR (thermal imaging) cameras. The choice of system of course depends on the specific requirements of the user, but normally speed, throughput and total sample volume/variety are the key factors in making this decision.



    The sisuROCK system can be equipped with up to x3 different cameras

    Single core scanner for lower throughput work

    Automated workflow

    No sample preparation required

    Option for high-resolution RGB camera

    Objective and consistent data

    High speed, high throughput machine


    App notes:

    Hyperspectral imaging of lake sediments using SCS (single core scanner)


    High speed drill core analysis




    SCS (single core scanner)


    The sisuCHEMA system combines NIR spectroscopy with high resolution imaging. It provides detailed spectral reflectance information  for a given sample and in turn, information on the chemical composition of a specific material (individual components, local distribution map etc). This is invaluable information for the characterisation and quality assurance of advanced materials, where the functionality of the material is dependent on its chemical and physical structure.



    Designed for high resolution imaging of small samples

    Uniform sample illumination (line)

    Adjustable illumination intensity according to camera type used

    Compatible with VNIR, NIR and SWIR cameras

    Adjustable height sample stage (for non-flat objects)

    Built-in laser guide for sample height alignment







    General purpose high resolution imaging


    App notes:



    As all of the Specim cameras operate according to the push-broom technique, some form of spatial scanning is required in order to built up the 2D image. In some scenarios however, this is not necessary – for example, in the case of a camera installed on an aircraft, the movement of the plane takes care of this requirement. However, for lab or field based analysis of static samples (food, vegetation etc) it is necessary to mount the camera on a scanner. For small size samples this is normally achieved with a lab scanner – which moves a sample tray underneath a stationary camera (looking down from above the sample). For larger samples (such as large paintings on the wall) the camera is moved relative to the object – either in a horizontal linear or rotary translation.



    Required for when neither the object or camera moves under normal conditions

    Scans either the object or the camera

    Lab or field based solutions

    Complementary accessories available (white reference calibration tiles, radiometric calibrations, illumination  sources etc)

    Controllable through the Specim LUMO software



    40 x 20 cm lab scanner

    100 x 50 cm lab scanner

    RS10/RS50 rotary scanners (10 kg and 50 kg payloads)

    Mirror scanner

    120 cm or 190 cm art scanner

    Imaging Spectrographs

    There are three main components of a spectral camera; 1) Fore objective lens, 2) Imaging Spectrograph and 3) 2D detector. All the commercial systems from Specim incorporate each of these three elements. However, it may be that you already own a 2D detector and a suitable lens. Therefore, the main component you require to start making spectral measurements is the imaging spectrograph.

    In this case, we can provide an imaging spectrograph optimised for a particular spectral range (matched to that of the existing 2D detector). There are no moving parts within the spectrograph and they all use standard C-mount lens interfaces.



    Different models optimised for the VIS, VNIR, NIR and SWIR

    Insignificant or no astigmatism

    Very low smile and keystone aberrations

    Multiple slit widths available (depending on spectral resolution required)

    No moving parts

    Integration of order blocking filters possible

    Fibre optic option for input (multi-track imaging)



    ImSpector V8

    ImSpector V10H

    ImSpector V10E

    ImSpector N17E

    ImSpector N25E​

    Airborne - Aisa series

    The Aisa hyperspectral cameras from Specim are specifically designed for airborne applications. Specim offer a number of systems depending (primarily) on the required spectral range. Depending on the specific aircraft, the cameras can also be installed in commonly used gryo-stabilised mounts. Additionally, the LWIR system (aisaOWL) is provided with a dual black body calibration unit

    The AisaFENIX system is also typically used in other non-airborne lab or field based applications (such as in the sisuROCK drill core scanning system). The FENIX camera spans a spectral range of 400-2500 nm and crucially uses common input optics to enable co-registration of the data from the two detectors within the camera.



    VNIR, SWIR and LWIR cameras

    Remote control with LUMO ground station software

    CaliGeoPro software for radiometric and geometric data pre-processing

    Compact size for installation in standard gyro-stabilised mounts, as well as turrets and medium-sized UAVs

    Supports 4 different GNSS/IMU systems



    Remote sensing

    Vegetation health

    Precision farming

    Water quality









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