FLIR Scout TK Field test and review

The flir scout tk hand held thermal imagING MONOCULAR IS THE PERFECT POCKET SIZED THERMAL FOR CLOSE RANGE WORK at a low cost.

Paul the Sales Director asked me to review the FLIR Scout TK  hand held thermal imager. In this review I will talk about about the specifications of the device and will also give my general thoughts on it's performance after using it for the day in the local area.

The Specifications:

Built In Display: 640x480 LCD Display

Color Palettes: Black Hot/White Hot/InstAlert/Rainbow/Iron/Lava/Arctic/Graded Fire

Detector Type: 160x120 VOx Microbolometer 12μm

Rated to: Drop Test 2m, IP-67, Submersible

Image Processing: FLIR Proprietary Digital Detail Enhancement

Package Includes: Hand Held Thermal Camera, Neck Strap, USB Cable, Lens Cap

Waveband: 7.5-13.5μm

Run Time: 5 Hours

Built in Recording



When I took out the FLIR Scout TK hand held thermal imager the first thing that I noticed was even though the thermal core has a low resolution of 160x120 it still gives a reasonable image due to its 12μm thermal sensor and 640x480 LCD display. If you are going to be using this for surveillance/secuirty purposes or watching large wildlife then the Scout TK is very good for the job as it only costs £523 and can easily be put in your pocket due to its small size and low weight of 170g . It would also be perfect for following blood trails of a wounded animal as it can detect heat sigantures at very close ranges without any image quality being lost. One disadvantage of the unit is that the refresh rate is only 9hz which means that the image will become very laggy when scanning an area, there is an advantage to this as because of the low refresh rate you can take out of the country without requiring an export license. 

When I took out the Scout TK to test at our local loch I had the chance to test it out on some swans  and people who were walking by. When looking at the swans you could still detect and identify that they were there out to about 25m which is quite a short distance however swans are heavily insulated and so do not give off a great amount of heat making them very difficult to detect. When looking at a human target you can detect them out to 70m but trying to detect a heat source further than that it becomes difficult as the heat source becomes to small or the image becomes to blurry. See below for images from the FLIR Scout TK.



Overall the FLIR Scout TK hand held thermal imager is very good if you are using in close ranges and  looking to detect a heat source but to not identify. If you are looking for a thermal thats for looking at wildlife at short distances or if you need to detect very large heat signatures such as fires large animals. It's also one of the cheaper options in thermal imaging in the current market making it much more affordable than most other thermal imagers while still giving adequate performance.