Ultra High Performance Multi-Sensor Camera System

The FLIR M500 cooled thermal night vision camera is our most technologically advanced M-Series camera ever. Designed around a cryogenically cooled Mod Wave Infared (MWIR) thermal sensor, it excels at both short and ultra-long range target detection and identification. The M500 includes a cooled midwave, high resolution 640 x 512 pixel thermal camera with a 1X to 14X continuous optical zoom and a field of view between 28° and 2°. It also comes with an integrated HD colour visible camera system and a spot-beam LED target illumination system. Built on a ruggedised marine gimbal system, the M500 is a pan and tilt camera with standard gyro stabilisation, video tracking and radar integration.


  • Cooled thermal core technology and continuous optical zoom enables early detection of vessels or navigation aids in the distance
  • Active gyro stabilisation delivers a steady image in rough seas, simplifying target identification and enhancing situational awareness
  • Superior FLIR thermal technology allows captain to quickly recognise nearby buoys and detect key landmarks, such as islands or docks


  • Video target tracking automatically keeps the M500 locked onto a moving or stationary target
  • Radar integration allows the M500 to automatically track selected radar targets
  • Firefighting mode provides enhanced awareness for first responders with a target temperature meter and isotherm displays


  • High performance thermal and visible camera payloads for detection and visible identification
  • A 14x optical thermal zoom and a field of view between 2° and 28° enables long range detection
  • Easily identify long range targets with a HD colour visible camera with 30x zoom and a 64° to 2.3° HFOV
  • The M500’s integrated spotlight illuminates nearby targets with powerful LED beam
Thermal Camera
Detector Type Cooled MWIR InSb 640×512 Focal Plane Array
Video Refresh Rate 25 Hz (PAL)/30 Hz (NTSC)
Field of View Limits Optical 28° × 21° WFOV to 2° x 1.5° NFOV
E-Zoom 4x
NETD <30 mK
Spectral Response 3-5 μm
Color Camera
Visible Sensor 1/2.8″ CMOS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Field of View Limits Optical 63.7° x 35.8° WFOV to 2.3° x 1.29° NFOV
E-Zoom 12x
System Specifications
Pan/Tilt Range
Video Interface Analog video, HD-SDI
Video over Ethernet 2 channels of streaming MPEG-4, H.264, or M-JPEG
NMEA0183 TCP/IP, RS-422, NMEA0183, Pelco D
Communications TCP/IP, RS-422, Pelco D
Video Formats NTSC or PAL, 720p30, 1080p30
Power Requirements 12 VDC to 24 VDC (-10%+3-% per IEC 60945)
Power Consumption 250 W (max w/heaters)
Output Modes Black hot, White hot, false colour palettes
Contrast Enhancement AGC or manual, histogram equalisation, local contrast enhancement algorithms available
Sharpness Enhancement Automatic, adjustable Digital Detail Enhancement
Overlays Intergrated graphics overlays to indicate azimuth, AGC, active camera and menu control
Operating temp -25°C to +55°C
Storage temp -50°C to +80°C
Weight 45 lb (20.4kg)
Size 10.75″ (273 mm) dia. x 15.65″ (397.5mm) ht
Range Performance
Person in the Water ~4.9 nm (9.0 km)
Small Vessel ~8.3 nm (15.4 km)