Pulsed-laser-deposited polycrystalline/amorphous films of mixed-valent manganites [La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO), La0.5Sr0.5MnO3 (LSMO), La0.5Ba0.5MnO3 (LBMO), and (La0.6Pr0.4)0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LPCMO)] grown at low temperature (450 °C) on single crystal (001) silicon substrate are evaluated for uncooled bolometric applications. It is shown that the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and electrical noise (Sv) depend on the chemical composition. The optimum performance is found for LCMO with TCR of ∼7% K-1 and spectral noise ∼8.9×10-13 V2/Hz. In LBMO and LSMO the noise is much lower, but so is the TCR (1.5%–2% K-1). In LPCMO the TCR is high (∼10% K-1) and the noise is as well. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.