FLIR M-Series Thermal-Imaging Cameras
Starting at $2,500; flir.com
The FLIR M100 and M200 cameras mark the start of a new era in thermal-imaging. These are the company’s most compact pan and tilt cameras to date. Both come equipped with FLIR’s Boson thermal-camera core, which provides images with 320-by-240 thermal resolution in low-light and poor-visibility conditions. Thanks to the company’s proprietary digital detail enhancement, as well as a 2X digital zoom, these cameras offer an effective range of around 1,500 feet to spot a person in the water, and more than a half nautical mile to spot another vessel. The M200 offers remote-control 360-degree continuous pan and tilt from 90 degrees down to 110 degrees up. The M100 offers a tilt-enabled housing that allows the camera position to be adjusted remotely through the same tilt range, to work with the trim of the boat while underway. FLIR says both cameras are lightweight and simple to install, and are Ethernet-enabled, using an H264 IP video stream. They also add artificial intelligence features, according to the manufacturer, and additional functionality when used in conjunction with a Raymarine Axiom multifunction display from FLIR’s sister company. Thermal analytics identify potential “non-water” hazards, such as boats, navaids, and other obstacles, and increase the user’s awareness with visual and audible cues. FLIR has never played favorites before, and offered a different function set for a specific brand of MFD.