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IACP 2012 video interview: FLIR Systems

These LS devices take that seemingly-impossible balance between brute strength and feather weight to a totally new level


Editor’s Note: Many thanks to our friends at TASER International for equipping me with the TASER AXON Flex body-worn video camera and Evidence.com digital evidence management solution for secure video storage and retrieval.

During IACP 2012 in San Diego, I stopped by the FLIR Systems booth to speak with Jim McGowan for a few moments about their latest handheld thermal imaging devices for law enforcement. 

Having had some experience in using some of the units on display at the FLIR booth, I was most interested in hearing about what the market response has been to the recently-released FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging cameras.

Announced earlier this year, the FLIR LS-Series cameras give law enforcement officers the ability to see clearly in the darkness in a nearly perfect ergonomic form factor. 

The market response to the FLIR LS-Series has — quite understandably — been tremendous.  The LS-32 produces images at 320 by 240 pixels, while the LS-64 produces images at 640 by 480 pixels, and both versions come with rechargeable Li-Ion batteries offering a long usable life before needing to be recharged.

Picking up one of the LS Series devices is a case study in contrasts. All of FLIR’s handheld devices are incredibly rugged but simultaneously surprisingly lightweight, but these LS devices take that seemingly-impossible balance between brute strength and feather weight to a totally new level.

Check out the video below.

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