Flir Systems has announced two new additions to its Lepton-based range of thermal imaging solutions. The pocket-sized Scout TK is aimed at outdoor types like campers and hikers, giving them the ability to take in their surroundings even when it's pitch black outside. Meanwhile, the entry-level TG130 is heading for home and small business use, to aid in DIY building projects or assist with office energy efficiency measures.

The Lepton microcamera core – the same technology that brought thermal imaging to smartphone users with last year's Flir One – is reported similar in size, weight and power consumption to a CMOS smartphone camera module. The design also allows for high volume manufacture, lowering production costs and enabling thermal imaging technology to be delivered into the hands of consumers.


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The monocular Scout TK is said to be the smallest and lightest in the company's Scout Series, at 4 x 1.5 x 1.5 in (101.6 x 38.1 x 38.1 mm) and 6 oz (170 g). It's been designed for one-handed operation and can be used to detect the heat of objects, people and animals up to 300 ft (90 m) away. It features a four button control interface, integrated 640 x 480 resolution LCD display and has still image and video recording capabilities, though we've no word on device-based storage.

Image processing is taken care of by the company's own Digital Detail Enhancement technology, there's a built-in Li-ion battery that offers over 5 hours of use between charges, and its rugged construction is designed to withstand the inevitable knocks and bumps of outdoor use.

The focus-free, grab and go TG130 spot thermal camera has been designed to help locate and identify temperature-related issues within and around a structure, such as troublesome drafts, heat loss zones, missing insulation, or to check air conditioning performance and electrical issues in the home or office. This model measures 6.6 x 4.4 x 1.9 in (169 x 113 x 48 mm) and tips the scales at 7.4 oz (210 g), and has been constructed to withstand drops from a height of 6.6 ft (2 m) in addition to being IP40 ingress rated.

Images are displayed on a 1.8 in TFT screen, it has a temperature detection range of -10 to 150° C (14 - 302° F) and is powered by three AAA-sized replaceable batteries, which should be good for 4 hours of continuous scanning.

Both devices are due for a first quarter 2016 release. The Scout TK is priced at US$599, while the TG130 will cost $249.

Product pages: Flir Scout TK, TG130

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