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Produce the Exact Images You Need and Accelerate Your Application Development: Blackfly S USB3

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

Packed with robust features, the camera allows users to easily produce their preferred, exact images and expedite their application development. This involves both automatic control and accurate manual control across on-camera pre-processing and image capture. The Blackfly® S comes in USB3, GigE, cased and board-level versions.

The Exact Images Needed by Users

The Blackfly® S camera offers users a choice of high sensitivity BSI sensors, polarization and CMOS global shutter. Color transformation tools also guarantee true-to-life color. Advanced auto-algorithms or accurate manual control are available in the camera.

Develop Once, Deploy Anywhere

The Blackfly® S camera has been designed to support a broad range of host system hardware architectures and operating systems. Users can simply switch to board-level models for embedded systems. Streamlined product iteration with constant form factor is ensured across different sensor sizes.

Accelerate Application Development

The Blackfly® S camera can be used with third-party hardware and software. Rugged strong on-camera features minimize code-writing tasks. Users can quickly construct custom applications with descriptive API logging and a rich sample code.

FLIR Blackfly S Family: Develop Once, Deploy Everywhere

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Source: FLIR Systems

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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