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What is needed to use (legacy) Photon cameras? Connector for power? Polarity?

This question applies to the legacy Photon camera models. The Photon product line and it accessories have been discontinued. The information here is provided for historical reference.

The answer depends on how the legacy Photon camera was to be used, i.e., whether or not camera control was desired. At a minimum, a cable was needed from the Photon camera that provided power in to the camera and video out from the camera. FLIR offered such a cable, called a “power/video cable”, as an optional accessory. Power/video cables required that the Photon be configured with a wearsaver connector and wearsaver rear cover, both of which were accessory items.

The maximum length of the Photon interface cables was 10 feet. If camera control was required, then an “interface cable” was needed that went from the camera into a break-out-box (called an I/O module). The I/O module accessory included a standard DB-9 connector to allow a PC to communicate with a Photon via RS-232 protocol. Power was required either to the input power jack of the power/video cable or the I/O module, or otherwise directly to the camera. The input power jack for both the I/O module and power/video cable mated to the Switchcraft S760 Miniature Power Plug. Pin definitions for the power interface connector on the power/video cable:

Pin # Signal Name Signal Definition

Pin PWR input power

Sleeve PWR_RTN input power return

FLIR offered an AC/DC power supply as a Photon accessory, as well as a rechargeable battery that would run a camera for 5-6 hours. Typically customers take the video out signal to a monitor or display. Some legacy Photon accessories may be available. To inquire, email