Portable thermal cameras help you see in the dark on water and land.

One reason iPhones are popular is because they are portable—they work as well on your boat as they do at home. Portable products like iPads and iPhones are enjoying a wave of integration into boat systems, and handheld thermal imaging cameras and scopes are riding that wave. Thermal night vision cameras do what the human eye cannot because they see heat they are not dependent on light and contrast to create an image. Thermal cameras work both day and night and provide benefits beyond what you may think.

Handheld thermal imaging cameras by FLIR and Iris Corporation are similar to the fixed-mount thermal imaging cameras both companies offer. But since they are portable they can be used on both water and land. On the water, their ability to clearly detect dangers such as rocks, unlit buoys, jetties, vessels, commercial fishing gear, floating debris, and other objects give boat operators confidence to explore unfamiliar waters and let people keep fishing long into the night. In emergency situations, the thermal cameras can help boat captains and crew find people in the water. Thermal cameras can see the heat signatures of people and vessels in total darkness, as well as through smoke, haze, and light fog—nothing can help you find someone in the water faster than a thermal camera. A person floating in the water often only has his head visible, but this can show up on the thermal video display as a white ball against a black or dark gray background.