FLIR launches MLS-series


Portable thermal imaging cameras for maritime applications

The MLS-Series are handheld shock-resistant thermal imaging cameras. They produce a crisp image in the darkest of nights.

The MLS-Series will dramatically increase your situational awareness. The MLS-Series can be used on board of all types of vessels. Yachts, commercial ships, tug and tow boats, work boats, police and law enforcement boats will all benefit from the power of thermal imaging.

The MLS-Series thermal imaging cameras are excellent tools for navigating in total darkness, securing any shipboard environment, antipiracy and many other maritime applications. Whether you are anchored in port or sailing in the open sea, you will be able to see in total darkness.

Extremely affordable

The MLS-Series are extremely affordable units. From now on, everyone can afford thermal night vision. Price is no longer an issue. There is no longer a need to use a less effective night vision technology.

Different versions available

The MLS-618 is equipped with a thermal detector that produces thermal images of 640 x 480 pixels. Equipped with a 35 mm lens it provides an 18° (H) x 14° (V) field of view. It is equipped with an up to 4X continuous digital zoom. The FLIR MLS-618 can detect a small vessel at a distance of no less than 3.25 kilometers away.

Users that do not need this high image quality can choose for the MLS-317. It is equipped with a thermal detector that produces crisp images of 320 x 240 pixels. Equipped with a 19 mm lens it provides a 17° (H) x 13° (V) field of view. It is equipped with an up to 2X digital zoom. The FLIR MLS-317 can detect a small vessel at a distance of no less than 1.95 kilometers away.

Both versions are equipped with advanced internal camera software that delivers a crisp image without the need for user adjustments.

InstAlertTM feature and Laser Pointer

The unique InstAlert feature colors the hottest parts of the scene red. This makes it extremely easy to spot people in the thermal image.

The InstAlert feature is now included on all FLIR Systems handheld thermal imaging cameras that are marketed for maritime applications like the MS-, HM- and BHM-Series.

A laser pointer allows the user to see exactly where he is looking with the FLIR MLS-Series.

Extremely portable and rugged

Weighing 340 grams, batteries included, the MLS-Series are extremely compact and extremely light systems. They are ideal for go-anywhere operations, in all circumstances. They are IP67 rated and operate between -20°C and +50°C.

Ergonomic and easy-to-use, the MLS-Series are fully controlled with just 4 buttons on top of the unit. Conveniently placed, all buttons are right underneath your fingertips.

Long battery life

The MLS-Series have an operating time of 5 to 7 hours on a single charge. They work on 4 rechargeable long-life Li-ion batteries that come with the camera. The MLS-Series can also run on standard non-rechargeable Alkaline AA batteries.

About thermal imaging

Thermal imaging is the use of cameras constructed with specialty sensors that “see” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible to the human eye because its wavelength is too long to be detected. It’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.

Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a clear image. It is an excellent tool for predictive maintenance, building inspections, research &development and automation applications.

It can see in total darkness, in the darkest of nights, through light fog, in the far distance, through smoke. It is also used for security and surveillance, maritime, automotive, firefighting and many other applications.

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of thermal imaging cameras for a wide variety of applications. It has over 50 years of experience and thousands of thermal imaging cameras currently in use worldwide for predictive maintenance, building inspections, research & development, security and surveillance, maritime, automotive and other night-vision applications. FLIR Systems has eight manufacturing plants located in the USA (Portland, Boston, Santa Barbara and Bozeman), Stockholm, Sweden, Talinn, Estonia and near Paris, France. It operates offices in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, UK and the USA. The company has over 3,000 dedicated infrared specialists, and serves international markets through an international distributor network providing local sales and support functions.

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