FLIR - The Global Leader in Infrared Cameras
8 REASONS WHY
Sure, thermal imagers are cool. Once you see what youve never been able to see before, its hard to think of where you cant use it. But is cool-factor enough of a reason to add a
thermal camera such as the FLIR Scout to your gear? Definitely! Here are a few tips to help you find the right thermal imager for your outdoor adventure needs.
During daylight hours, thermal imagers are ideal for seeing through camouflage, light foliage, smoke, dust and haze. Thermal imagers create their own contrast based on the temperature
differences of the objects in the frame. Traditional night vision is useless during daylight hours.
Unlike night vision goggles, thermal cameras generate images based on infrared radiation (basically heat, which everything emits). The technology inside the cameras is so ensitive and
powerful that even the smallest temperature differences will be revealed in the darkest of conditions (e.g., spelunking, hiking under overcast night skies, exploring after dark beneath thick
tree canopies, etc.).
Night vision equipment is restricted by available illumination, such as moonlight, star light, city lights, etc. Thermal imagers have no such limitation and optics are available in the FLIR Scout
series to detect a man-sized target more than two kilometers away.
The temperature differences of the objects in the scene determine how the image is rendered. Live bodies are typically going to be the hottest objects in your scene, and most likely what
you're looking for. With tools like InstAlertTM (available in FLIR Scout cameras), the hottest object gets highlighted in red so it stands out among the clutter.
Be wary of any boasting about LCD resolution. What matters is the resolution of the detector or microbolometer. LCD resolution pertains to what youre seeing on the display. Detector
resolution pertains to the sharpness of the image being captured. A 240 x180 detector is sharper than a 160 x 120; a 320 x 240 is sharper than the 240 x 180; you get the drift.
Handheld thermal imagers arent for photographers; theyre for adventurers. Make sure you get a thermal imager that can:
- Do anything its designed for at the push of a button: instant on, e-zoom, change palettes, record, etc.
- Pack easily. It has to fit easily into your pack and the palm of your hand, be quickly accessible and perform flawlessly to make it worth the weight, even if its only 12 ounces.
- Handle abuse. Youve got no patience for dainty gear on your trek!
- Operate continuously for many hours on a single charge , or stand by for days until you need it to power up immediately. You want an imager that runs on a high-efficiency,
rechargeable battery or a convenience store AA.
Not all thermal imagers save stills or record video, because digital storage comes at a premium. For use in the outdoors, most adventurers are only concerned with seeing whats here and
now and not recording a scene for extended review later. Once you see what your thermal imager can do, youre going to invent reasons to use it. At that point, you may want to record video or
capture a still image. Will your buddies believe your story about the 14-point buck? Here are a few other storage examples.
Just as thermal night vision will help keep you safe in the outdoors, investing in the right camera from a reputable manufacturer will protect your investment. Companies such as FLIR know
that thermal imaging is used to protect lives, so they want to make sure your thermal imager offers you peace of mind for many years. Especially when youre alone in the woods on a
pitch-black night, when quality construction, proven technology, and a solid warranty really matter.
The Scout PS-Series fits easily into the palm of your hand, and its simplified operation makes it an ideal choice for sportsmen, hikers, ranchers, rangers, or backyard nature enthusiasts.
The Most Rugged, Compact Thermal Imager Available
The compact, lightweight FLIR Scout PS-Series provides clear, crisp thermal imagery from dawn to dusk and through the
dead of night. It fits easily and naturally into the palm of your hand and features simplified operation, making it an ideal choice
for sportsmen, hikers, ranchers, rangers, or backyard nature enthusiasts. The Scout PS-Series Handheld Thermal Night
Vision Camera satisfies your thirst for adventure for only $1,999.
With its small form factor, light weight, and powerful imagery, the Scout PS-Series allows you to scan vast areas for long
periods of time without arm fatigue. Straightforward operation ensures that you can rely on it for superior vision, day or
night, while you concentrate on more important matters.
Like all FLIR thermal cameras, the Scout PS-Series creates images from heat, not light, giving you a tactical advantage out
in the wild. You can navigate rough terrain to scope out the perfect spot at dusk, before dawn and even when its pitch
black outside. Track nocturnal animals, find wandering members of your party, locate lost livestock or spot downed game.
See through light fog, smoke or trail dust and even use it to help insulate your home, check out things that go bump in the
night, and much more.
Key Features of The Scout PS-Series:
" Palm-Sized Portability
" Light Weight Only 12 Ounces
" Rugged, Weathertight, Ergonomic Design
" Multiple Resolution Choices
" Up to 2× Digital Zoom
" Polarity: White Hot, Black Hot and InstAlert TM
" Easy operation: Power, Polarity, Zoom and LCD Brightness
" Embedded LED Tasklight
" Rechargable Li-Ion Internal Battery