Night vision goggles are great when you need to make your way around the dark. If you’re looking to photograph scenes in the dark, though, that won’t exactly help. And while smartphones with thermal vision should get that particular job done, so can the FLIR Scout TK.
Measuring just 4 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches and weighing 6 ounces, this thermal vision monocular has just the right dimensions to slip into a pocket, making it just as easy to bring along as your phone. Whether you’re going camping, hitting a music festival, or just want to creep around town people-watching in the dark (hey, we don’t judge), this thing will do the trick.
Because of the compact size, the FLIR Scout TK isn’t a super-powerful monocular, although it can let you clearly see (as clear as night vision can be anyway) people, animals, and objects at distances of up to 100 yards. You can switch between different color palettes to help enhance the viewing experience, with the ability to record both stills and video without having to pair with a smartphone. It comes with a design that enables single-handed operation, with a rugged, weather-resistant enclosure (IP67 rating) that makes it suitable for bringing during outdoor adventures.
Features include a 20 x 16 degree field of view (horizontal x vertical), a simple four-button layout, and a built-in LCD display (640 x 480 resolution). It comes with a rechargeable battery that can keep it running for a five straight hours in a single charge.
Slated for availability soon, the FLIR Scout TK is priced at $600.