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The IR 250 camera is a lightweight thermal imaging system that is ideal for surveillance, energy audits, condition monitoring, flat roof inspections and a wide variety of industrial applications. The ir 250 thermal imager comes complete and ready to go out of the box. Charge up the battery, select your target area, then point and shoot. The ir 250 provides you with a crisp clear image on it's internal LCD screen or you can attach a monitor for remote viewing or a VCR for evidentiary playback.
The ir 250 is a state of the art thermal ir imaging device that is both aesthetically pleasing (looks like a small camcorder) and ergonomic in design. Underneath the pleasing exterior of the 250 beats the heart of a true workhorse. The 250 is designed to the meet the high standards of the elite US military, the internal components of the 250 are state of the art and designed to withstand the rigors of combat. This image illustrates the "Black Hot" feature of the camera. With this mode selected hotter areas appear blacker and cooler areas appear more white. This mode is very useful for night time navigation and suspect pursuit. This image was taken at night in near total darkness.


The IR 250 thermal infra-red imaging viewer stands out as a high tech piece of equipment that's surprisingly easy to use. If you can use a camcorder you can use the 250. This ease of use translates into lower training costs and a much shorter integration period. Agents can be out in the field using the 250 thermal imager almost immediately. While the 250 imager package is simple to operate it's state of the art technology will stretch the limits of your imagination. This image shows a similar scene in "White Hot" mode. Note that the target can stand out more with a "White Hot" setting but the background is not as defined as it is in "Black Hot" mode.


The system is available with long range lens options for military and surveillance applications. The 250 can also be retrofitted with wide FOV lenses for industrial and condition monitoring applications. The image shows the 250 with super telephoto 100mm lens attached. The 250 Digital also has a crisp 2x digital zoom giving you the long distance imaging of much more expensive units at a fraction of the price.

Detector Type/Format:  Uncooled ferroelectric (320x240) BST 
Spectral Response:  7 to 14 microns (LongWave) 
Standard Lens:  75mm. Optional 25mm, 50mm, 100mm, 150 mm, and Dual field of view 50mm-150mm Gm lens. 
Range to Detect a Person:  2400 ft (w/75mm Lens) 
Auto Brightness Control (ABC):  Internal w/Manual override 
VCR / camcorder Compatible Video Output:  EIA RS-170 NTSC [RCA jack] 
Power Source:  Rechargeable camcorder battery (6VDC) 
Power Consumption :  < 3.5 watts 
Power conservation:  "Standby" mode 
Operating Time per Charge:  > 4 hours with supplied battery 
Dimensions:  9.5"L x 4"W x 4"H 
Weight Without Battery:  2.6 pounds 
Ergonomic Design:  One hand operation 
Mounting Provisions:  Tripod mount, and optional Gimbal aerial mount 
Operating Temperature:  -20° to 49°C 
Storage Temperature:  -40° to 80°C 
Water resistance:  Splashproof [IEC pub.529 IPX4] 

Full Automatic / Manual Performance - No buttons to push or settings to master. Point and shoot simplicity allows for easy one hand operation. The IR-250 D can also be used in manual mode giving you full control over gain, level, brightness, image polarity (white hot / black hot), and zoom features. The new Palm IR 250 D now comes with onscreen numeric symbology so you can easily duplicate manual settings from session to session.

Enhanced Digital - The new 320x240 BST digital detector in the 250 offers enhanced image resolution and reduced noise providing you with crisp clean imaging at a low price.

Light Weight Leader - The 250D is among the smallest thermal imagers in the world. It is the only one to incorporate the latest BST digital 320 x240 detector technology.

Video Output - Standard NTSC video output via RCA type jack allows you to easily document your scenario with almost any consumer or professional recording device. Popular choices include the Sony Mini DV or Digital 8mm decks and camcorders.

Standard Batteries - Easy to find 6v camcorder batteries give you long time operation on each charge. The batteries are available at most retail stores making them much less costly than proprietary battery cells used on many other systems.

High Performance thermal imaging has never been this easy or this cost effective. The IR 250 D is the latest evolution of the very popular Palm IR 250 handheld thermal imager. The low cost of this high resolution unit allows individuals and small agencies to step up from old technology Night Vision to the latest generation thermal imaging. Larger companies and agencies are able to implement multiple imagers within their budgetary limitations.

The new 250 D is also ideally suited to a number of industrial maintenance applications including; electrical / mechanical predictive maintenance, home energy audits, and flat roof inspections. Multiple imagers in the field or around the facility provide for maximum coverage in any situation and increase the potential ROI of this valuable tool.

Standard power pole scan is easily accomplished with the 250D. The Digital zoom lets you bring distant objects in close.


This substation disconnect switch was caught with the 250 during a routine weekly inspection. The simplicity of the system makes frequent inspections much more practical than they are with more complicated Quantitative cameras.

Suspect at 2:49 AM in total darkness

50mm lens, 220 feet (67 meters) to truck @ pitch darkness

150mm lens, 220 feet (67 meters) to truck @ pitch darkness

50mm lens, 26 feet (8 meters) from bumper

150mm lens, 26 feet (8 meters) from bumper

IR image of a human @ 90 yards in total darkness

Roof survey w/ 25mm lens : the white / light grey areas on the image represent moisture on the flat roof. The iR 250 has the capabilities of detecting defective roof construction / reconstruction

IR thermal image of a Cessna Sea Plane recently docked at lake mead, Nevada. This image was taken at 1:30 AM & is shown in reverse polarity ( black = Hot )




  • Surveillance / Stakeout
  • Riot control / Recon
  • Suspect pursuit and capture
  • Perimeter control

Fire safety:

  • Wild fire recon
  • Poor visibility navigation
  • Flammable liquid detection in drums and storage tanks
  • Victim location
  • Search and rescue


  • Oil spill location
  • Navigation aid
  • Search and rescue
  • Vessel Identification


  • Process control
  • Predictive maintenance in power transmission and machinery
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Energy audit


  • Wildlife observation and control
  • Wildfire hot spot detection
  • Wilderness search and rescue
  • Poaching control
  • Geo-thermal event detection



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