FLIR M-Se­ries Ther­mal-Imag­ing Cam­eras

Start­ing at $2,500; flir.com

Power & Motor Yacht - - SPORTFISHING - BY JA­SON Y. WOOD

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.

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