The following review was written by the editorial department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

FLIR Systems has announced the introduction of the latest addition to its family of handheld thermal night vision cameras: the First Mate MS. The First Mate MS uses the same thermal imaging technology as FLIR’s Navigator II, Voyager II and M-Series thermal night-vision systems, but it’s even smaller, lighter and more affordable. The First Mate MS, which sells for $1,999, is ultra-compact, easy to use, weighs only 12 ounces and has a long-life rechargeable Li-Ion battery housed in a rugged, all-weather design. It’s available in two resolutions (240 x 180 or 320 x 240), and also features a 2x digital zoom capability and a host of other features. FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Oreg., 800-727-3547;

October 2011