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FLIR M500 Ultra High Performance Multi-Sensor Camera System

FLIR M500 Ultra High Performance Multi-Sensor Camera System
FLIR M500 Ultra High Performance Multi-Sensor Camera System

Thermal Camera:

  • Cooled MWIR InSb 640x512 Focal Plane Array
  • 25 Hz (PAL) / 30 Hz (NTSC)
  • 28° x 21° WFOV 
  • 2° x 1.5° NFOV
  • 1x to 14x (continuous)
  • 4x E-Zoom

Visible Camera:

  • 1/2.8” CMOS Visible Sensor
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 63.7° x 35.8° WFOV 
  • 2.3° x 1.29° NFOV
  • 12x E-Zoom

  • SKU: FLIRM500

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FLIR M500 

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 Mid Wave Infrared (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 color visible camera system and a spot-beam LED target illumination system. Built on a ruggedized marine gimbal system, the M500 is a pan and tilt camera with standard gyro stabilization, 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 stabilization delivers a steady image in rough seas, simplifying target identification and enhancing situational awareness
  • Superior FLIR thermal technology allows captain to quickly recognize 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


  • High performance thermal and visible camera payloads for detection and visible identification
  • A 14× optical thermal zoom and a field of view between 2° and 28° enables long range target detection
  • Easily identify long range targets with a HD color visible camera with 30× zoom and 64° to 2.3° HFOV
  • The M500’s integrated spotlight Illuminates nearby targets with powerful LED beam
Thermal Resolution | FLIR Systems

Cooled Thermal Sensor

Cooled MWIR Thermal imager with 640 x 512 resolution and 14x Optical Zoom.

Video Tracking | FLIR Systems

Video Tracking

Follow objects in the camera’s view.

Radar Integration | FLIR Systems

Radar Integration

Radar integration lets the M400 follow specific radar targets.

HD Camera | FLIR Systems

Long-Range HD Visible Camera

HD Color lowlight camera with 30x optical zoom.

Stabilization | FLIR Systems


Gyro stabilized to ensure steady viewing in heavy sea conditions.

High Intensity LED | FLIR Systems


High intensity LED spot-beam can highlight targets of interest, while preserving the night vision of on-deck personnel.

Pan & Tilt | FLIR Systems

Pan & Tilt

360° pan and +/-90° tilt capability.

Durability | FLIR Systems


Rugged, waterproof gimbal enclosure with automatic window heaters for ice management.

Detection Ranges

Detector Type Cooled MWIR InSb 640x512 Focal Plane Array
Video Refresh Rate 25 Hz (PAL) / 30 Hz (NTSC)
Field of View Limits Optical 28° x 21° WFOV to 2° x 1.5° NFOV
Optical Zoom 1x to 14x (continuous)
E-Zoom 4x
NETD <30 mK
Spectral Response 3-5 μm
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
Pan / Tilt Range 360° pan and +/-90° tilt capability
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, NMEA 0183, Pelco D
Communications TCP/IP, RS-422, Pelco D
Video Formats NTSC or PAL NTSC or PAL, 720p30, 1080p30
Power Requirements 12 VDC to 24 VDC (-10%+30% per IEC 60945)
Power Consumption 250 W (max w/heaters)
Output Modes Black hot, white hot, false color palettes
Contrast Enhancement AGC or manual, histogram equalization, local contrast enhancement algorithms available
Sharpness Enhancement Automatic, adjustable Digital Detail Enhancement
Overlays Integrated 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 (20.4 kg)
Size 10.75” (273 mm) dia. x 15.65” (397.5 mm) ht
Person in the Water ~4.9 nm (9.0 km)
Small Vessel ~8.3 nm (15.4 km)
What's In The Box
  • Camera unit
  • FLIR Joystick Control Unit (JCU2) kit
  • 5-Port PoE+ Ethernet Switch
  • Power cable, right angle, 12 AWG, 3 meters
  • Ethernet cable, right angle to RJ45, 1 meter
  • RJ45 waterproof Ethernet coupler
  • AV and serial cable, right angle, 1 meter
  • HD-SDI cable, 1 meter
  • HD-SDI Isolation Transformer
  • Camera base O-ring and stainless steel mounting hardware kit

Notes: Additional cables or accessories may be required depending on planned installation. Prices subject to change without prior notice. Equipment described herein may require US Government authorization for export purposes. Diversion contrary to US law is prohibited. All images for illustrative purposes only.

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