New FLIR M300 cameras – visible light, thermal and color thermal

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

15 Responses

  1. Mike mccue says:

    Looks fantastic! Do you know if these cameras support the clearcruise object detection feature?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Raymarine says that the cameras are capable of ClearCruise but, at launch these cameras won’t have it. ClearCruise will be added in an upcoming release along with some other unannounced features.

      • Anonymous says:

        Terrific. I’ve been working on a big refit for my 1967 Cal48 and I standardized on Axiom and Raymarine. The AR feature is really great but didn’t want to have two separate cameras (1 FLIR and 1 vis) on the mast. The combination of both cameras into a single stabilized unit greatly simplifies and enhances adding AR to my boat.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I agree with young Ben that Raymarine displays have gotten so good with cameras that on some boats that may make sense as their main use, with chart plotting, sonar, radar etc. as nice optional and/or backup uses. And it’s not just the special features discussed above. Managing camera settings, snapping photos (higher res than screenshots), and taking videos is all easy with the Axiom operating system.

    Also, while I’ve been pleased using a Ray CAM220 and a FLIR M232 with Axiom, I’ve recently learned that Axiom supports other brand IP cameras via ONVIF. In other words, Raymarine is extending its marine camera platform beyond its own camera family, which I like.

    Specifically, Iris Innovations says that all their fixed IP cameras work fine with Axiom, and they’re checking their PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) models. (And hope to have detail on interesting new Iris cams shown at NMEA soon.)

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Ben’s mention of broader ONVIF support made me realize I should expand on my own use of ONVIF cameras aboard Have Another Day. For the last 3.5-4 years I’ve been using first LightHouse II and now LightHouse III’s ONVIF capabilities to display the output from inexpensive multi-megapixel IP Cameras.

      I’ll do a more thorough writeup soon, but here’s the camera app on one of my Axiom’s happily displaying the output of a $40 -$50 camera as well as a Raymarine CAM210 and FLIR M232.

  3. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    I’ve gotten a few requests for additional footage from the demo ride. I’ve uploaded more clips and created a playlist with all the videos. It can be viewed at

  4. Larry Olson says:

    This is very interesting. Perhaps we could discuss some of the less expensive hand held units for us boaters that don’t need the full time capability of the built in units. What would be good units to consider for night running and fog running. There’s a lot of choices out there.

  5. Joe Ferrara says:

    Hi Ben,
    Where did you get the information that the cameras will support ClearCruise AR without an AR200? What I’ve been getting is that even with the M300 series cameras an AR200 will be required to enable ClearCruise AR, but won’t be necessary for ClearCruise.

    • Jim McGowan says:

      Hi Joe. I apologize for the confusion. This erroneous info probably came from me during our NMEA preview event when I first showed this new platform to team Panbo. In the pre-launch excitement I may have misunderstood the camera’s capabilities, missed a change in the product, or a bit of both.

      The Attitude and Heading Reference Sensor (AHRS) in the M300-series camera gimbal is used for its own vertical and horizontal stabilization, but not for Augmented Reality (AR). AR does rely on the AR200 Stabilization Module to be in the network. That sensor has GPS, AHRS, and additional specialized algorithms inside which provides additional information to the Axiom MFDs to keep the AR overlay stabilized and synchronized with the visible or thermal video.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions about the the product.

      Best Regards,

      Jim McGowan
      Marketing Manager, Americas
      FLIR Maritime | Raymarine
      [email protected]

  6. Ray David says:

    Hi Jim
    I have just purchased a new M364CLR camera for our new 80ft.sports cruiser and i have 3 x 22 inch Garmin screens.
    What features do i miss out on from the camera by not having Raymarine screens

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Hi Ray,

      I suspect Jim is in Fort Lauderdale right now preparing for the boat show. I believe the biggest things you will give up by not having the M364 connected to an Axiom or Axiom Pro would be ClearCruise AR, color thermal and MSX edge detail enhancement.


  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    This investigative journalism may cause rage and/or depression, but credit to FLIR for developing thermal cameras that can image normally invisible methane gas leaks:

  8. Maldwin M Drummond says:

    I notice a lot of Vendee Globe participants have Oscar systems for collision avoidance. Would that be more effective than a 300 series FLIR at detecting trees, and other debris in the ocean?

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