Long-Range Multi-Sensor System

The VZ-500 is a highly capable and reliable electrooptical infrared (EO/IR) multi-sensor camera system with continuous zoom capabilities. The VZ-500 is a cost-effective, compact, mid-range surveillance system that is used in a variety of security applications, such as protecting critical infrastructure, securing borders, airports and ports of entry.

  • Mid-Wave IR Camera
  • Visible Spectrum Color Camera
  • Pan Tilt Mechanism

Product Details

The General Dynamics VZ-500 family has proven its value, utility and reliability, serving worldwide for over a decade. This newest addition builds on its trusted ancestry with a more capable EO sensor and lens that offers an upgrade path to EO HD with an optional IP interface. In standard definition (SD), the sensor offers upgraded EO performance and features over previous SD on existing infrastructure with the option of extending to HD. Featuring a proprietary, ruggedized design and cooled sensor technology, the VZ-500 captures precise target signatures in Mid-Wave IR, day or night and in color during daylight and transition. The VZ-500 includes an integrated precision 2 axis positioning system with high reliability direct drive architecture.

Mid-Wave IR Camera

  • 640 x 512 Focal Plane Array
  • Continuous Zoom Lens 100mm-500mm, 5X, f/# 4
  • Auto and Manual Focus
  • Automatic Gain Control

Visible Spectrum Color Camera

  • High Performance 1/3 Format HD Sensor
  • Continuous Zoom HD Lens 16mm-528mm, 33x
  • Auto and Manual Focus
  • Auto Exposure Control
  • Standard Definition PAL/NTSC
  • Full HD Capable (With IP Option)

Pan Tilt Mechanism

  • Precision Positioning System
  • Direct Drive
  • 2-Axis Gyro-Stabilization (Optional)
  • Multiple User-Defined Presets

General Dynamics Mission Systems designs and manufactures a full portfolio of high-performance cameras and camera systems that provide our customers the clarity, accuracy and reliability to capture the shot that matters and successfully complete their mission.

You may contact our customer service center by email, phone or fax.

Email:  ircamerasupport@gd-ms.com
Phone: 603-864-6294
Fax: 603-864-6250

24 Simon Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Our fundamental mission is to ensure the continued precision performance of your cameras in the field.

Our products and solutions play mission critical roles in some of the harshest environments across all domains. Customers depend on these maintenance services for their rugged reliability and performance in the field.

Our Customer Service operation works closely with users to maximize the, performance, reliability and up time of our mission critical imaging systems. We have established long term relationships with defense, homeland, commercial and international communities for logistics, support and depot.

VZ-500 Camera System Datasheet

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Thermal Camera Characteristics Detector: Option 1: 640 x 512 InSb (Standard), Option 2: 640 x 480 MCT (Optional)Cooler: Option 1: Standard Life or Optional Long Life, Option 2: Longest LifeSpectral Band: MWIR 3–5μm 

Lens Type: Continuous Motorized Zoom (100-500mm EFL), Motorized Focus, f/# 4
Optical Zoom: 5X
Field Of View: Option 1: 5.5° x 4.1° (Wide) to 1.1° x 0.8° (Narrow), Option 2: 4.4° x 3.3° (Wide) to 0.88° x 0.66° (Narrow)
Features: Multimode Automatic Gain and Level Control, Manual Gain and Level Control, High Sensitivity Mode Integration Time, Multiple Color Palettes, Inverse Polarity, Auto and Manual NUC, Auto and Manual Focus, Digital Zoom 2X

Visible Camera Characteristics Sensor:1/3” Format HD 1944(H) x 1092(V) Effective PixelsLens Type: Continuous Motorized Zoom (16-528mm EFL), HD, Motorized Focus, DC Iris Control, f/# 2.4Optical Zoom: 33X 

Field Of View: SD: 14.11° x 10.61° (Wide) to 0.43° x 0.32° (Narrow), HD: 18.74° x 10.61° (Wide) to 0.57° x 0.32° (Narrow)
Resolution: Horizontal resolution > 800 TV lines
Min. Illumination: 0.2 lux (F1.2 AGC: 48dB, Gamma: High, SENS UP: OFF), ƒ0.007 lux (F1.2 AGC: 48dB, Gamma: High, SENS UP: x 60)
Signal To Noise: SNR > 50dB
Features: Automatic Integrated Exposure Control, Scene Files, Auto or Manual Focus, Standard Definition and High Definition (Optional) Outputs

Pan/Tilt Head Mechanism: DC Brushless Direct DrivePan Range: 360° Continuous, Mechanical and soft limits optionalTilt: ±60°, ƒ Mechanical and soft limits optional

Accuracy: 0.05°
Repeatability: 0.01°
Position Rate: Pan < 0.01° to > 300°/second, Tilt <0.01° to >300°/second

System Specifications Video Format: SD NTSC / PAL / Differential (Standard),ƒ HD TCP/IP Video Encoder (Optional)Serial Interface: RS-422Power Input: 18-28VDC (24 VDC nominal direct to P/T), 100-240VAC or 12VDC (with optional DCU)Environmental: Cameras sealed and dry nitrogen backfilled, IP67 Certified, Front Element Defroster

Temperature Range: -32°C to +60°C Operating, -40°C to +71°C Non-Operating
Weight: ~65 lbs (29kg) (Pan/tilt head & sensors)
Controls: Joystick (optional with DCU), Via PC through an RS-232/422 link, TASS and Pelco-D Protocols, Proportional Pan & Tilt speed controls, Field of View & Focus Slaving, Visual/Thermal Zoom, Focus (Auto/Manual), Auto Scan with 10 tables of 10 presets, Variable speed, dwell, and camera selection, Optional TCP/IP Interface