FLIR launches LS-Series:
Ultra-compact handheld thermal night vision cameras
October 1st, 2012
The new FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging camera gives every law enforcement officer the power to see clearly in total
darkness. It gives law enforcement officers, security patrols and any other person that needs to see at night without
being seen himself, the information needed to make critical decisions, enhance mission effectiveness, maximize
operational capabilities and improve safety.
The FLIR LS-Series are extremely affordable units. From now on, every law enforcement officer can be equipped
with thermal night vision. Price is no longer an issue. There is no longer a need to use a less effective night vision
Crisp thermal images
The FLIR LS-Series are equipped with an uncooled, maintenance free, microbolometer detector. It delivers crisp
thermal images in any day or night situation. The FLIR LS64 produces thermal images of 640 x 480 pixels. Users that
do not need this high resolution can choose for the LS32 which produces images of 320 x 240 pixels. All cameras are
equipped with advanced internal camera software that delivers a crisp image without the need for user adjustments.
The FLIR LS32 comes with a 2x digital zoom. The FLIR LS64 is equipped with a 2x, 4x digital zoom and continuous
The FLIR LS64 is equipped with a 35 mm lens. It allows detecting human targets at a distance of no less than 1,080
meters. The FLIR LS32 is equipped with a 19 mm lens that allows detecting a human target at a distance of 640 m.
Portable and rugged, ready for long missions
The FLIR LS-Series comes with long-life rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. The FLIR LS-Series has a typical operating time
of 5 to 7 hours on a single load. Weighing 340 grams, batteries included, the FLIR LS-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, FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging cameras are fully controlled with the buttons on top of
the unit. Conveniently placed the buttons are all right underneath your fingertips.
Both versions of the FLIR LS-Series come with an integrated laser to quickly and safely pinpoint suspects in the dark.
The unique InstAlert feature colors the hottest part of the scene red. This makes it easy to spot suspects in the thermal
Thermal imaging versus image intensification (I2)
Image intensification, also referred to as I2 technology, amplifies small amounts of visible light thousands of times so
that objects can be seen at night. Image intensification does require a certain level of ambient light, but even starlight
can produce an image on a cloudless night.
Because the system requires at least a minimum level of ambient light, conditions such as heavy overcast can limit its
effectiveness. Similarly, too much light may overwhelm the system and reduce its effectiveness.
Thermal imaging cameras like the FLIR LS-Series offer substantial benefits over image intensification. They work
by detecting the heat energy being radiated and need no light at all to produce a clear image in the darkest
environments. Thermal imaging cameras are not affected by the amount of light so that you will not be blinded when
looking at a light source.
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