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FLIR MD-324 Thermal-Imaging Camera

$3,499; www.flir.com

FLIR MD-324 Thermal-Imaging CameraFLIR launched the MD-324 as one of the company’s MD-Series of fixed-mount thermal-imaging cameras. The cameras are simple to mount and easy to integrate into existing electronics, and come at an affordable price point.

Weighing in at less than 3 pounds, and measuring 6 inches in diameter and 7 inches tall, the MD-324 is an unobtrusive addition to the bow or hardtop of any boat. The camera can pan 60 degrees, and tilt 60 degrees, angles that are fixed upon installation of the unit. The housing is rated IPX6, meaning water projected in powerful jets from any angle should have no harmful effects.

The MD-324 gets its thermal-imaging power from a 320-by-240 VOx microbolometer sensor with a 24- by 18-degree field of view.

FOR REAL-WORLD applications, FLIR considers the MD-324 able to detect a man-size object at a distance of approximately 1,500 feet and a small vessel at a range of 4,200 feet.

The MD-324 has a three-year warranty.

This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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