I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Wouldn’t one of these little R2-D2 units look great on top of my boat?
The big news with this unit, the M-618S, is the gyro-stabilization. In a bouncy lightweight boat (like mine!), that feature could really enhance the camera’s usability. Particularly in demanding conditions where every reduction in the cognitive demands placed upon the operator produces a corresponding performance improvement and/or fatigue reduction.
Wait, what did I just say?
Alls I’m sayin’ is that you don’t get a headache so fast when the image isn’t jiggly, and if you don’t get a headache you don’t get cranky and make bad decisions.
Anyway, here’s the press release…
High-Resolution Thermal Night Vision with a Color TV Camera
Portland, OR – FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced the release of the latest addition to its industry-leading M-Series family of thermal night vision cameras at the Miami International Boat Show: the new gyro-stabilized M-618CS.
This exciting new M-Series camera offers powerful new features, including:
- High resolution thermal night vision – 640 x 480 resolution, along with 2× and 4× E-Zoom, provide clear, detailed images from farther away than you ever thought possible, even in total darkness.
- Extended range performance – The M-618CS’s 35 mm thermal lens can detect small vessels from over 2 miles away, giving you more time to see and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- Active gyro-stabilization – Provides steady imagery, even in rough seas; this is critical for getting the most out of the M-618CS’s long-range cameras.
- Color TV camera with 10x optical zoom – Continuous zoom can match the thermal camera’s e-zoom for easy operation when switching between cameras.
Housed in a rugged, waterproof gimbal enclosure that provides continuous 360° pan and +/-90° tilt capability, the M-618CS provides horizon-to-horizon coverage, and incorporates cutting-edge Ethernet connectivity for easy installation and control.
No one else has ever offered all of these cutting edge features at this price point.