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First Mate - Compact Thermal Night Vision Camera
First Mate Thermal Night Vision

FLIR First Mate Thermal Night Vision

Motorboating Best of the Year / Sail 2009 Pittman Innovation AwardsFLIR's First Mate family of handheld thermal night vision cameras give mariners on any type of vessel the power to see clearly in total darkness. Using the same technology as FLIR's best-in-class Navigator II, Voyager II, and M-Series thermal night vision systems, First Mate gives every boater the information they need to operate more safely night and day.

Using a high-quality thermal imaging core, First Mate provides better image clarity and detail than earlier systems, so boaters can see more of their surroundings than with any other night vision technology in the world. FLIR's advanced image-processing algorithms produce crisp, clear thermal video day and night.


HM-224B Pro

HM-324B XP+

Sensor Type

240 x 180 VOx Microbolometer
320 x 240 VOx Microbolometer
24° x 18° NTSC
Focal Length
19 mm
User Interface
Picture Button
Still image capture to SD card
Zoom Button
2x E-Zoom
SD Card
Stores still images
Operating Temp.
32°F to 122°F (0°C to 50°C)
-4°F - 140°F (-20°C - 60°C)
Weight (incl. lens)
1.45 lb (653 g) with batteries
Detect Man
~1,050' (320 m) / ~1,800' (550 m)
~1,500' (450 m)/ ~2,590' (790 m)
Detect Small Vessel
~2,940' (896 m)/ ~4,940' (1.5 km)
~4,200' (1,280 m)/ ~1.3 mi (2,150 m)

New! Now Featuring Instalert™!

White Hot, Black Hot, and the powerful Instalert™ detection palettes provide excellent image detail in different environments

First Mate Thermal Night Vision Controls
First Mate Thermal Night Vision Controls
HM First Mate's Control Panel
  • First Mate’s control panel provides direct, pushbutton access to all camera functions, making it easy to use and comfortable to operate.
  • Brightness – Adjusts the brightness of the internal viewfinder so that there will be minimal impact to the operator’s night vision.
  • Polarity – Toggles the image display between white-hot, black-hot, and powerful Instalert™ detection palettes
  • Zoom – Toggles the 2× E-zoom function on and off. (Pro version only)
  • Picture – Activates the Freeze Frame function, or captures still images and video to the on-board SD card (see the specification table in the back for more details).
  • Power – Turns the First Mate on and off, and puts it into the power-saving Standby mode
  • First Mate Video Outputs
    HM First Mate's Video Outputs / Storage
  • SD Card Slot for Image Storage*
  • USB Connector for Field Upgrades
  • Standard Tri-Pod Mount for External Installation
  • Composite Video Output
  • Power Input for Operation and Battery Charging
  • Perfect for use on vessels of any size, First Mate is a handheld thermal night vision camera that runs off batteries and displays its video on a built-in screen. It can also be run from vessel power and its video output to most multi-function monitors. Rugged, all-weather design keeps First Mate going day in and day out. It's even submersible! Two-sided hand strap makes First Mate easy to use for right-handed operators and southpaws alike.