Blackfly S USB3 Camera Packed With Advanced Sensors and Powerful Features in an Ice-Cube Size

The Blackfly® S camera from FLIR Systems takes advantage of the industry’s next-generation sensors in an ice-cube form factor.

Packed with rugged features, the Blackfly® S camera enables users to easily create their preferred, exact images and expedite their application development. This comprises both accurate manual control and automatic control across on-camera pre-processing and image capture. The Blackfly® S now comes in USB3, GigE, board-level and cased variants.

The Exact Images Needed by Users

The Blackfly® S camera offers a choice of polarization, CMOS global shutter, and high sensitivity BSI sensors, and besides this, color transformation tools guarantee true-to-life color. Accurate manual control and sophisticated auto-algorithms are also included in the camera.

Develop Once, Deploy Anywhere

The Blackfly® S camera has been designed to support an array of host system hardware architectures and operating systems. Users can effortlessly switch to board-level versions for built-in systems. Streamlined product iteration with reliable form factor is ensured across different sensor sizes.

Accelerate Application Development

The Blackfly® S camera is compatible with third-party hardware and software. Rugged on-camera features reduce code-writing jobs. Customized applications can be rapidly developed with descriptive API logging and a rich sample code.

FLIR Blackfly S Family: Develop Once, Deploy Everywhere

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ADC 8-bit, 10-bit, 12-bit
Chroma Color
Frame Rate 522
Lens Mount CS-mount
Megapixels 0.4
Part Number BFS-U3-04S2C-CS
Pixel Size 6.9
Readout Method Global shutter
Required Accessories Lens, Cable, Host Adapter (USB 3.1 Gen 1), Tripod Mount Adapter (ACC-01-0003)
Resolution 720 × 540
Sensor Format 1/2.9"
Sensor Name Sony IMX287
Sensor Type CMOS
Compliance and Certifications
Compliance CE, FCC, KCC, RoHS. The ECCN for this product is: EAR099.
Machine Vision Standard USB3 Vision v1.0
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 4 µs to 30 seconds
Flash Memory 6 MB non-volatile memory
Gain Range 0 db to 47 dB
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) 7.55
Dynamic Range dB 74.35
Quantum Efficiency Blue 49.86 (460 nm)
Quantum Efficiency Green 56.96 (530 nm)
Quantum Efficiency Red 45.11 (625 nm)
Saturation Capacity (e-) 22436
Temporal Dark Noise (e-) 3.80
Auxiliary Output 3.3 V, 120 mA maximum
Dimensions [W x H x L] 29 mm × 29 mm × 30 mm
Interface USB 3.1 Gen 1
Mass 36 grams
Non-isolated I/O Ports 1 bi-directional, 1 input
Opto-isolated I/O Ports 1 input, 1 output
Power Consumption 3 W
Power Requirements 8-24 V via GPIO or 5 V via USB3
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 USB 3 Port
RAM 2 GB RAM or more




  • USB 3.1 locking cable (cast metal connectors)
  • USB 3.1 locking cable

GPIO Cables

  • Hirose HR10 (6 Pin) GPIO cable


  • Fujinon 12.5-mm 2/3″ C-mount lens

Host Adapters

  • USB 3.1 Host Controller Card

Optical Mounts

  • CS to C-Mount 5-mm spacer adapter

Tripod Adapters

  • Tripod adapter for BFS (30mm), BFLY, CMLN, CM3, FFMV, FL2, FL3 and FMVU
  • Tripod adapter for 39-mm Blackfly® S Models


  • Hirose HR10 Circular GPIO connector

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