Powerful Cameras for Embedded Systems: Blackfly S Board Level

The FLIR Blackfly Board Level variants are machine-vision, high performance, area-scan cameras developed for integration into limited spaces.

The Blackfly S board level models are different from several board-level cameras; for example, it includes a set of rich features applied to the advanced CMOS sensors—the same set of features as the cased model.

The area-scan cameras can be readily integrated with established compatibility into well-known SOMs and SBCs. The Blackfly S board level versions allow OEMs to design lighter, smaller and lower cost solutions with rich features and built-in system connectivity.

Designed for Integration in Small Spaces

The Blackfly S board-level models are perfect for integrating into mobile, desktop and handheld devices, thanks to their 29 x 29 x 12-mm board-level footprint and GigE or USB3 across FPC connection with a latching connector. Besides this, the models do not require a fixed lens mount and include low profile JST GPIO connector.

High Performance Imaging

It is unusual for board-level cameras to incorporate the latest CMOS sensors and come with a complete set of features. The Blackfly S board level models incorporate the advanced Pregius global shutter CMOS image sensors for capturing high dynamic range and distortion-free images.

The models include the same set of rich features as the cased ones, enabling both automatic and accurate manual control across image capture and on-camera pre-processing.

Embedded Eco-System Support

The entire Blackfly S camera range is perfect for embedded systems and offers established compatibility with well-known SBCs and operating systems, such as Linux on x64, x86 and ARM and desktop Windows.

FLIR Blackfly S Family: Develop Once, Deploy Everywhere

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ADC 10-bit, 12-bit
Chroma Color
Frame Rate 78
Lens Mount Lens mount sold separately
Megapixels 1.6
Part Number BFS-GE-16S2C-BD2
Pixel Size 3.45
Readout Method Global shutter
Required Accessories Lens, Cable, Host Adapter (GigE)
Resolution 1440 × 1080
Sensor Format 1/2.9"
Sensor Name Sony IMX273
Sensor Type CMOS
Compliance and Certifications
Compliance CE, FCC, RoHS. The ECCN for this product is: EAR099.
Machine Vision Standard GigE Vision v1.2
Warranty 3 years
Operating Humidity 20 to 80% (no condensation)
Operating Temperature 0° to 50°C
Storage Humidity 30 to 95% (no condensation)
Storage Temperature -30° to 60°C
Acquisition Modes Continuous Single Frame Multi Frame
Exposure Range 7 µs to 30 seconds
Flash Memory 6 MB non-volatile memory
Gain Range 0 dB to 47dB
Image Buffer 240 MB
Image Processing Color correction matrix, gamma, lookup table, saturation and sharpness
Partial Image Modes Pixel binning, decimation, ROI
User Sets 2 user configuration sets for custom camera settings
Absolute Sensitivity Threshold (y) 4.98
Dynamic Range dB 71.63
Quantum Efficiency Blue 47.91 (460 nm)
Quantum Efficiency Green 58.07 (530 nm)
Quantum Efficiency Red 44.96 (625 nm)
Saturation Capacity (e-) 11017
Temporal Dark Noise (e-) 2.39
Auxiliary Output 3.3 V, 120 mA maximum
Dimensions [W x H x L] 29 mm × 29 mm × 10 mm
Interface GigE
Mass 10 grams
Non-isolated I/O Ports 3 bi-directional
Power Consumption [Maximum] 3 W (2.8 W nominal)
Power Requirements 5 V via FPC connector
Recommended System Configuration
CPU 3.1 GHz or equivalent CPU
Hard Drive 200 MB hard drive space
Operating System Windows or Linux (32–bit or 64–bit)
Port Gigabit Ethernet Port
RAM 2 GB RAM or more




  • 30-cm FPC cable for board level Blackfly S
  • 30-mm FPC cable for board level Blackfly S
  • 15-cm FPC cable for board level Blackfly S

GPIO Cables

  • JST GPIO connector for Firefly S/DL and BFS-BD


  • Fujinon 6-mm 1/2″ C mount lens
  • Tamron 8-mm 1/1.8″ C mount lens
  • Tamron 16-mm 1/1.8″ C mount lens

FPC Cable Bulkhead Connector

  • Standard A bulkhead BD
  • RJ45 POE bulkhead BD
  • Micro B bulkhead BD

Board Level Lens Mounts

  • S-mount front for Blackfly S board-level cameras
  • C-mount front for Blackfly S board-level cameras
  • CS-mount front for Blackfly S board-level cameras

Hubs and Repeaters

  • Four-port TF38 to USB3.1 Gen1 Hub

Optical Mounts

  • Heatsink for board-level Blackfly S

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