M Series

FLIR M Series: Premium Mult-Sensor System

Premium Multi-Sensor systems combining a thermal imaging and a low light camera

The M-Series combines a thermal imaging camera with a low light camera. It provides crisp, clear thermal imagery in total darkness and light fog or smoke. Packaged in a small, ultra-compact gimbal it is designed for the most demanding maritime applications. The FLIR M-Series  is a perfect tool for night time navigation, shipboard security, man overboard situations, anti-piracy and many other applications. The FLIR M-Series is the standard for maritime thermal imaging systems against which all others are compared.



Thermal imaging camera and ultra-low light cameraThe M-Series are equipped with both a thermal imaging camera and a low light camera. The thermal imaging camera is the perfect tool for navigating on the darkest of nights, needing no light whatsoever to produce a crisp image. The low light camera can be used when at least some light like moonlight or environmental light is present. It provides enhanced navigational abilities during twilight hours and for docking inside a marina. Anywhere you can see a little, the low light camera will help you to see more.

The M-Series are available in 2 different versions: M-320L: this version is equipped with a Vanadium Oxide microbolometer detector that produces crisp thermal images of 320 x 240 pixels. M-626L: this version is equipped with a Vanadium Oxide microbolometer detector that produces images of 640 x 480 pixels. This is four times the resolution of the M-320L. It produces the sharpest thermal images on which the smallest of details can be seen. Both systems are also equipped with a low light camera.

Designed for Harsh environments: M-Series cameras are extremely rugged systems. The camera's vital core is rated IP66 and is well protected against humidity and water. The M-Series operate between -25°C and +55°C. The M-Series cameras have a built-in heater to defrost their protective window. This ensures a clear lens and good quality infrared images displayed on your monitor even in extremely cold environments.

Easy-to-use Pan/Tilt system: The M-Series come standard with a remote Joystick Control Unit (JCU) to operate the Pan/Tilt. Additional JCUs, which can be used to control the M-Series from different locations on board of a vessel, are optionally available. The JCU is the primary method of control for the M-Series camera. It can be used to move the camera (pan or tilt), electronically zoom the camera in and out, switch between the thermal imaging and low light camera, adjust the image quality, and access the on-screen menus.

JCU (Joystick Control Unit)

The M-Series control panel is fully sealed for use in a maritime environment. Just like the camera itself it meets IP66 standards. The control knob provides precise proportional speed control. Use it to have the M-Series look in the exact direction you want. The JCU Puck functions like a joystick - it can be moved left or right, or fore and aft, and it can be rotated in either direction. It can also be pressed down (like a mouse click) or pulled up. It is used to move the Pan/Tilt position of the camera and to navigate through the on-screen menus.

Lightweight: Extremely lightweight, both versions of the M-Series can be installed at any position on board. They can be mounted at an optimal observation point providing maximum field of view.

Electronic Zoom: To have a closer look at the situation the M-Series are equipped with an electronic zoom. Just push the control knob of the Joystick Control Unit down for 3 seconds to turn on 2X electronic zoom on the thermal image. Push and hold for 3 seconds for 4X zoom (M-626L model only). Pull up on the control knob to return to 2X zoom and pull again to return to no zoom.

Image Freezing: The M-Series allow you to momentarily pause the video and freeze the current image on the screen. This can be useful when you want to have a more detailed look at certain objects on your screen.

Parking Position: When not in use, the M-Series can be set to a "parking position". This assures that the valuable lenses of the thermal imaging and the low light camera are protected.

Simple Installation Options: The M-Series can be mounted ball-up or ball-down. A menu setting allows the user to turn the direction of the image on the screen. The M-Series are extremely easy to integrate on board of a yacht. The images from the M-Series' 320 x 240 pixel or 640 x 480 pixel detector can be displayed on virtually any existing multifunction (i.e. chart plotter) display that accepts composite video. The M-Series cameras provide two video outputs. One output is for the video signal from the thermal camera only. The other output is for video from either the thermal camera or the lowlight camera; it is switchable from the JCU. The video from the M-Series camera can therefore be displayed on one or two video displays.  

Multiple control station with optional switch ensures easy installation