About Opus

Company Profile

Opus Instruments are the team behind the Apollo and Osiris cameras, world leaders in the field of infrared reflectography (IRR). Our cameras have been used to examine thousands of artworks at leading auction houses, galleries, conservation studios and educational establishments worldwide making notable contributions within the fields of art conservation, preservation, restoration and art authentication.

With a background in optical technology, Laurence Robinson founded Opus Instruments after consulting with the National Gallery (London) on updating their system for the infrared inspection of paintings. In 2014, Opus Instruments joined the SDI Plc group who have experience with imaging systems from cell research to astrophotography. In 2016, Opus joined forces with another member of SDI Plc, Atik Cameras, the leading European manufacturer of CCD cameras used in scientific and astronomy imaging.

Opus is based in the city of Norwich, England. Here, we design, develop and support our cameras. All camera production takes place in our ISO 9001 accredited facilities in Lisbon, Portugal.

Infrared photography at the National Museum of Norway. Photo Annar Bjorgli/The National Musuem.


The Team

Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke

Research & Development Engineer

Since joining Opus Instruments in 2016, Tom has been instrumental in the development...

Andrew Kirkby

Andrew Kirby

Technical Support Manager

Andrew joined Opus Instruments in 2014 and is responsible for supporting customers...

Rui Tripa

Rui Tripa

Production Manager

Rui oversees the manufacture of Opus cameras in Portugal. He co-founded Atik Cameras...

Hannah Conway-Laws

Business Development Manager

Hannah joined Opus Instruments in the Spring of 2022 and is our international representative...

Introduction to Opus Instruments

This video explains the basics of infrared reflectography, discusses a pertinent case study from Opus camera owners Arcanes and elaborates on the impressive capabilities of the Apollo camera, from its high dynamic range through to its custom build software where you can see a live scan in action.

The Apollo camera has fomented new research in art history and English literature

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University

Apollo Camera Opus Instruments

An introduction to Opus Instruments

Apollo camera demonstration