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FLIR Systems launches handheld BHS Series thermal imaging cameras

BHS-Series are shock-resistant thermal imaging cameras. They produce a crisp image in the darkest of nights, FLIR says.

With the BHS-Series security professionals and law enforcement officers can see suspects in total darkness, through smoke, and light foliage.

The BHS-Series complement the successful HS-Series, which are monoculars. According to FLIR, many users requested binoculars for their missions.

“By using a binocular the ability to detect faint objects is enhanced,” a statement said.

“This means that you have more chance to detect small objects against the background. It is also easier to hold binoculars steady when looking at an object. An advantage if you are looking at small things which are far away.”

Extended range options: BHS-X and BHS-XR

The BHS-X is equipped with an uncooled vanadium oxide detector. This provides long range viewing with sharp 320 x 240 native resolution in the viewfinder and a 2x digital e-zoom step to 160 x 120 resolution.

Powered by FLIR’s 640 x 480 core, the BHS-XR delivers greater range performance with 320 x 240 native resolution in the viewfinder and while in the 2x digital e-zoom mode, plus an additional 4x digital e-zoom step to 160 x 120 resolution.

Full 640 x 480 resolution imagery from the BHS-XR Series is also accessible via the “aux video” jack in the hot shoe.

Portable and rugged

All FLIR BHS-Series are compact and extremely light systems, the company says. They are IP67 rated and operate between -20degC and +60degC. The BHS-Series are fully controlled with just 5 buttons on top of the unit.

In operation, the BHS-Series are totally silent units. Eyebrow style light shield eye-pieces allows the operator to remain fully covert, in total darkness.

Both versions of the BHS-Series allow users to store thermal images in JPEG format on a removable SD card, and they can also record thermal video on a removable SD card.

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