Blackfly S Embedded Camera: Fully-Featured, High Performance Board Level Machine Vision Camera

The Blackfly Board Level models from FLIR Systems are high performance, machine-vision, area-scan cameras that are specifically designed for integration into limited spaces.

In contrast to several board-level cameras, the Blackfly S board-level models have a rich set of features applied to the advanced CMOS sensors—the same set of features as the cased model.

The Blackfly S board-level models can be readily integrated into well-known SOMs and SBCs with established compatibility. These models allow OEMs to develop lighter, smaller and more economical solutions with rich features and embedded system connectivity.

Designed for Integration in Small Spaces

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

High Performance Imaging

It is uncommon for board-level cameras to combine the latest CMOS sensors and include a complete set of features. The Blackfly S board-level models combine the new Pregius global shutter CMOS image sensors for capturing distortion-free and high dynamic-range images.

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

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 ARM, x86, x64 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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