As of this writing I hadn’t seen a teardown of this device and I was anxious to see inside… so I did my own. This is the new 160×120 version of Flir’s cheap $250 thermal camera. It features a 160×120 resolution sensor and slick new packaging.
The Canon A4000 is a great tiny camera for flying aircraft applications. It is fairly new, has image stabilization and only weighs about 150grams. At 16MP it has more than enough pixels for its tiny image sensor. Being a Canon, it also works with CHDK which gives a lot of flexibility for automating and controlling the camera. Due to this, it is a pretty good candidate for conversion to a Near-IR camera. I had read online that it was a challenging camera to convert but it actually wasn’t bad. Heres a step by step.