With the development of infrared technology and material, infrared zoom system is playing an important role in the field of photoelectric observation, the demand of infrared systems is increasing rapidly. In order to satisfy the requirement of infrared tracking imaging requirements of a car optoelectronic devices, different kinds of mechanical structure has been discussed, finally, according to the character of the optical design result, cam mechanism is adopted in zoom mechanism design, ball screw has been used in focusing mechanism design. As is known to all, cam is the key part in zoom system, the static, dynamic and thermal characteristics of the cam make great effect on the system performance because of the greater impact of the car’s shaking and a larger range of temperature changes, as a result, the FEM analysis is necessary. The static performance is all right obtained by the finite element analysis results, the cam’s first -order natural frequency is 97.56 Hz by modal analysis, the deformation of cam in the temperature difference of 80 °C is no more than 0. 003 mm by thermal analysis, which means the mechanical performance of the cam is fine. at last, the focusing mechanism has been designed, and analysis of focusing mechanism precision and encoder theoretical resolving power has been done, this mechanism has the advantages of simple transmission chain and low friction, as well as reducing the transmission error, an absolute encoder is chosen to detect the displacement of the focusing mechanism, the focusing precision is 5μm, the encoder theoretical resolving power is 0.015μm. In addition, the measurements on how to suppress stray radiation have been put forward. The experiment afterward showed that the infrared zoom system performs well, which provides lot of experience in infrared zoom system design and adjustment.