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:
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)
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
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
1024 spatial pixels
330 fps (full frame)
CL or GigE models
600:1 SNR (peak)
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.
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
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
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)
1050:1 SNR (peak)
Chemical and material sorting
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)
Two possible objective lenses (24 and 45 deg FOV)
Black polymer sorting
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
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
No sample preparation required
Option for high-resolution RGB camera
Objective and consistent data
High speed, high throughput machine
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
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)
120 cm or 190 cm art scanner
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)
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
The FX10c is a small, fast, and affordable hyperspectral camera specifically designed for colour measurement with a spectral range of 400-800 nm and a higher sensitivity in the blue when compared to other cameras. 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 514 fps (full frame) using 1024 spatial pixels and 140 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.
400-800 nm spectral range
5.5 nm spectral resolution
140 spectral bands
1024 spatial pixels
514 fps (full frame)
CL or GigE models
600:1 SNR (peak)
Advances in technology are changing the world of art and cultural heritage investigation, and hyperspectral imaging has found its place there. With imaging technology, there is no risk of damaging the works of art: it is a non-invasive and safe way to collect data from paintings and manuscripts.
Remote sensing is a term commonly used to describe a setting where information is acquired from a distance. During the last few years a tremendous increase has been seen in the use of unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs) for data acquisition in agriculture. Hyperspectral cameras are seeing increased use in this field as they enable the detection of phenomena that are difficult or impossible to detect using other remote sensing techniques.
Minimize the risk of food fraud, protect your customers as well as your brand reputation and ensure food authenticity with hyperspectral imaging. It is a quick and reliable way to check food quality and safety on the spot.