MIAMI — FLIR Systems hosted industry insiders on an evening cruise Wednesday, the eve of the Miami boat shows, to introduce new marine consumer thermal imaging and sonar technology.
"We've engineered our new sonars and thermal cameras with FLIR's latest technological innovations to enhance boaters' awareness both on the water and under the surface," FLIR Marine vice president and general manager Gregoire Outer said.
In thermal cameras, FLIR showcased its new M400, the latest in its M-Series. The new versatile multi-sensor unit features a 640-x-480 thermal imager, paired with a 3x continuous optical zoom lens, an integrated high-density LED spotlight, active gyro-stabilization, radar tracking and optional video tracking and an intuitive joystick controller.
The Ocean Scout is essentially the third generation of its handheld First Mate thermal imager. The night vision camera lets users see other boats, landmarks, buoys and even people in the water in total darkness.
The units enable the detection of human-size targets as far as 600 yards away.
The CP470 CHIRP Sonar is geared toward saltwater anglers and features filtering for clear, low-noise imagers, Raymarine's wide-spectrum CHIRP technology and high-resolution depiction of fish targets.
The units will be available to dealers in April.