FLIR's First Mate MLS 317 is an all new compact light weight marine thermal night vision camera. This handheld thermal camera allows any boater the ability to see clearly in any condition. Identify other water crafts, bridges, rocks, and even



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Manufacturer: FLIR Systems
Model: 432-0011-01-00
Warranty Information
3 Year Full / 10 Year On Detector
Product Highlights
  • 320x240 Resolution
  • 17°(H) x 13°(V) FOV
  • 60Hz Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Tactical Marking Laser
  • 2x Digital Zoom
  • Does NOT Record Video/Photos

Visible Camera

Thermal Camera

Handheld thermal imaging camera for marine navigation

The FLIR FirstMate MLS-317 is the most recognized handheld marine thermal night vision cameras available. The First Mate MLS-317 is ultra light weight and offers a 320x240 resolution, 19mm focal length, and a 17°x13° optical field of view. The FLIR First Mate Series delivers the same great thermal imaging technology as FLIR's best in class Navigator II, Voyager II, and M-Series thermal night vision systems, but it's even more compact, and even more affordable than ever before.

The light weight FLIR FirstMate MLS-317 handheld thermal camera allows any boater the ability to see more clearly in bright sun-glare, dense fog, or the darkest of night. The First Mate MLS uses a high-quality thermal imaging core, which improves clarity and gives better detail than earlier models. The First Mate MLS-317 allows boaters to be more aware of their surroundings than with any other night vision technology available.

The First Mate MLS-317 thermal imaging camera is equipped with advanced image-processing technology to create pictures from heat, not light, which allows the user see clearly in any weather condition, at any time of the day.

Seeing Red: First Mate II's new InstAlert feature highlights the hottest objects in a scene red. This is extremely valuable when you're trying to avoid hazards in your path or in crew overboard situations, when time is of the essence to save a life.


FLIR First Mate MS Applications

The importance of thermal night vision is that is enhances what the eye can't see. The First Mate MS gives the user the ability to see hazardous obstacles such as floating debris, rocks, buoys, landmarks, and other water crafts.

The heat sensor technology discovers faint heat signals that many others would over look allowing the user ability to identify people in the water that radar would miss.

Key Features:

  • Ultra-Compact, Easy-to-Use Design
  • Lightweight – Only 12 Ounces
  • Rugged All-Weather Design
  • IP-67 Rated
  • Choice of Resolutions (320 × 240 or 640 × 480)
  • 2× Digital Zoom (MLS 618 only)
  • Freeze Frame (MLS 317 only)
  • Simple Three-Button Operation
  • LED Task Light
  • Long-Life Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
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First Mate MS FLIR First Mate MS 224 FLIR First Mate MS 324
System MLS 317 MLS 618
Detector Type 320 x 240 V0x Microbolometer 640 x 480 V0x Microbolometer
Focal Length 19 mm 35 mm

Field of View (Hx W)

17° x 13°
18° x 14°
Waveband 7.5 - 13.5 µm
Freeze Frame Yes No
Digital E-Zoom No 2x
Start-up from Stand-by <2 seconds
Focus Automatic
Diopter Adjustment +2
USB Port
Software Updates/Upgrades
Task Light
Audible Alert
Indicates Camera
Image Presentation
Built-In Viewfinder Display Color VGA LCD Display
Polarity/Detection Palettes Toggles White Hot, Black Hot, and InstAlert
Video Output NTSC or PAL Composite Video; 9 Hz Refresh Rate

Weight (with battery)

12.9 oz (366 g)
Size (L x W x H) 6.70" x 2.31" x 2.44" ( 172 x 5.87 x 62 mm)
Fixed Use Stand Tripod Mount
Standard Warranty
1 Year
Battery Type
Internal Camera Battery/Li-Ion
Battery Recharging USB Cable for Internal Battery Charging; Charging Cradle (optional)
Battery Life (operating) 5 to 7 Hours (nominal)
Rating IP-67
Operating Temperature -4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C)
Camera Package Includes: Maritime Handheld Thermal Night Vision Camera, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, Product CD, Charging Cradle (optional), Soft Carrying Pouch (optional)
Range Performance

Detect Man-Sized Target (1.8 m x 0.5 m)


Detect Small Vessel (4.0 m x 1.5m)

~ 1,050 ft (320 m)



~2,940 ft (895 m)

~1,467 ft (~450 m)



~4,200 ft (~1.23 km)


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