Hamamatsu Photonics has introduced their smallest grating spectrometer, the SMD series mini-spectrometer C14384MA. This offers high near infrared sensitivity, compact size, light weight and low cost. Compared to Hamamatsu’s existing range of MS series mini-spectrometers, the C14384MA is about 1/40th of the cubic size and 1/30th of the weight. It also offers sensitivity in the same near infrared range, but around 50 times higher. This makes the C14384MA suitable for applications where real-time, on-site measurement is required; for example quality inspection of food or agricultural crops and environmental analysis from quadcopters to drones.