For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, finding the right thermal imaging camera is of utmost importance. These IR systems should be more than capable of delivering high-quality images, even in pitch-black darkness. Whether it’s tracking pray during hunting, or just watching animals during nighttime, FLIR has produced some of the most impressive units that can easily satisfy your demands.
Introducing the TS24 and TS32. These systems are packed with plenty of features and specifications that are sure to give you the image quality you want, even in the most adverse of conditions.
- FLIR Scout TS24 Pro
- Temperature range0˚C to 50˚C
- Item Weight 1.59 lbs (0.72kg)
- Resolution240 x 180
- Zoom 2X
- FLIR Scout TS32 Pro
- Temperature range-20˚C to 60˚C
- Item Weight 1.59 lbs (0.72kg)
- Resolution 320 x 240
- Zoom 2X
Both units come with the same rugged features set in a gray and green color combination. These systems are clearly designed for outdoor use and are even fully submersible, thus were given an IP67 rating. They are also both sturdy, being able to withstand drops of up to 1 meter.
They are also with similar dimensions measuring 9.36” long, 3.33” wide and 2.62” high. The T Series models are rather lightweight at 1.59 pounds, enabling them to be easily supported for long periods of time, even just by using one hand. They feature a hand strap on both sides of the unit that allows these cameras to be easily handled by both right and left-handers. A red-state LED light is located right next to the display screen and is used to determine the current power state of the camera. The lens comes with a flip lens cap that keeps all external particles away.
These units are easy to operate and can be used within 2 seconds from startup if turning it on from standby and when turning it on from the Off mode, it takes about 90 seconds before it becomes operational, which makes the TS24 and TS32 suitable for those with fast-paced viewing needs. There are also 5 adjustment buttons that help you adjust the systems’ configurations, the image delivery included. The battery is impressive in both cameras. They are equipped with four rechargeable NiMH batteries that can support a continued use of up to more than 5 hours.
The two models come fitted with an exceptional 19 mm lens that is more than capable of detecting a man-sized target from 350 yards for the TS24 and 500 yards for the TS32. They are also equipped with a Bayonet Lens Mounting System that enables you to have field-interchangeable optics options. When attached with an optional 2x optical extender, these 2 units have an increased detection range of up to 600 yards for the TS24 and a whopping 900 yards for the TS32, as well as an overall enhancement of object resolution in the field of view in both units. However, the 2x optical extender cannot be used in wet terrains because it is not waterproof. This detection range depends on several factors such as the camera set-up, condition of the environment, and the experience of the user. The lenses of these cameras come with the same field of view at 24 x 18 degrees. Even with similar lenses, the IR resolution between the two thermal cameras is different. The TS24 offers a resolution of 240 x 180, whereas the TS32 delivers a 320 x 240 resolution.
IMAGE PRESENTATION AND DELIVERY:
These two models are capable of detecting images within a specific temperature range. The TS24 can see those that are between 32 to 122 degrees F (0 to 50 degrees C), which is somewhat limited unlike the TS32 at -4 to +140 degrees F (-20 to +60 degrees C). Both units feature a thermal sensitivity of <50 mK.
The cameras feature Freeze Frame capabilities that allow you to stop a video in a specific frame for further examination. However, unlike the TS24, the TS32 also offers an E-Zoom feature that enables you to detect distant images with ease. Diopter adjustment options are also offered with these two units with the help of an adjustment lever located near the eyepiece. A -2 to +2 adjustment is allowed to give you the sharpest image in the viewfinder.
There are three image palettes that come with these infrared cameras. One is White Hot which shows the warmest parts in the images as white, whereas Black Hot depicts the warmest areas in the pictures as black. Another image palette is the FLIR exclusive InstAlert which delivers the warmest areas in the image in shades of yellow and red. These image palettes can be adjusted by using the polarity adjustment button located at the top surface of the unit. These two thermal imagers offer a video output with a 9Hz refresh rate that delivers an NTSC or PAL composite video.
As you have noticed with the differences, there is bound to be a difference in the price too. The TS24 is offered with a price range of $3000-$3150. The TS32, on the other hand, is a bit pricier considering that it has better specs than the TS24; it comes with a tag of $5000-$5300.
There are plenty of amazing specifications and features that come with these two impressive units from FLIR. Although there are similar features, there are major differences between these cameras that play a part in helping you decide which one is more suitable for your demands.
The TS24 is relatively cheaper than the TS32, but it still offers impressive specs that make it suitable for any outdoor terrain. The only downsides I’ve noticed with this unit are the small temperature range and the lack of a zoom feature. The TS32 comes with additional top-notch features that help it outrank the TS24; however, it comes with an expensive price tag.
So, if you’re looking for a budget thermal system that delivers exceptional image quality, the TS24 is worth considering. However, should you prefer a unit that offers excellent clarity of images, and you are able to afford it, then you’d want to take a look at the TS32.