Raymarine introduces thermal cameras, but FLIR Nexus still open

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. ValkyrieYachts says:

    The new Raymarine Thermal camera systems are esentially the FLIR M-series. These are awesome cameras that do far more than their cousins the Mariner or Navigator.
    Besides the higher resolution, they can also zoom-in in Thermal mode. Also the higher level camera has a second camera that is for low-light use. Even near dark, as long as there is some ambient light around, the low-light camera provides incredible images.
    The Valkyrie had one equipped for testing on a recent outing with the Channel Islands Sea Ray Club trip to San Francisco and back. At dock we could use the camera to see hundreds of sea lions at Pier 39 in front of the boat. At the same time Alcatraz and the marina enterance were clearly visible even without any moon.
    Yes these items are pricy and as technology increases, the prices should decrease. A number of people have told me that they have no interest in buying the thermal cameras because they don’t travel at night. However, the low-light camera is awesome even in the day especially dawn and dusk. Also, thermal cameras are excellent for use when traveling directly into the sun as they do not see the blinding rays and can show on-coming vessels.
    Much like AIS, these items will take a while for the “typical” boater to understand uses for them other than specialty situations. However, as with all technology, that time will come quickly.
    The software is not out just yet to pan and tilt using the E-wides, but it is soon to be released. In the meantime, the joy stick is easy to use.
    Integration with radar and chartplotters, gyro stabilization, etc, will come. Some of this is already available with their even higher end equipment ($70,000 and up).
    They are pretty impressive cameras.

  2. Jim says:

    Check out http://www.nitetoday.com for another alternative. These are Low Lux cameras and are very low cost. Check them out and let me know your thoughts.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I got to try the E140 Widescreen pan and tilt controls for the thermal camera at the Newport Show and and they seemed very quick, using either touch or the cursor pad. And all the other camera controls are easily available via the soft keys. Slew to cue — i.e. aiming the camera, and locking it onto, an AIS, Marpa, or cursor/touch spot on a chart — are not yet included, but I’m told they’re in the works.

  4. tony Digweed says:

    http://www.boat-cameras.com also just launched a thermal PTZ which looks like it ticks even more boxes at around $8,000

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