FLIR PS24 and PS32 Scout Thermal Camera Review

FLIR PS32 PS24 Scout Thermal Camera

FLIR PS32 PS24 Scout Thermal Camera

You have everything, we get it…but, do you have a FLIR thermal camera?  Probably not.  Why do you need one?  Because they are AMAZING!  I have had one for a year or so and I played around with it a little, and it was at best a novelty with a few legitimate uses I came up with so my wife wasn’t as upset at me for getting it….  That all changed a few days ago when I took it with me out to the tree stand for deer season.  I was skunked the day before, and as I was going back to the house, I literally took 1 step from the tree stand ladder and spooked a few doe that were about 50 yards from my tree stand that had been there all morning, and I never noticed.  So I thought the next day I’d take the FLIR PS32 Scout out with me to see if I could see anything bedded down close to the tree stand.  Well I picked the perfect morning, it was foggy, I mean can’t see where you are walking foggy.  As I approached the woods I again spooked up a few doe, I assumed they ran off down the mountain, but just to check I pulled out the FLIR to see what I could see.  They had not ran down the mountain, but rather across a culvert 90 degrees from where I thought they went.  This was on the other side of a massive thicket that you can’t see through, about 40 yards away.  So, pitch black outside, foggy, and the deer are on the other side of a large thicket, but I can see exactly where they are thanks to the FLIR PS32 Thermal Camera.  I sat there for a few minutes just watching them through the camera walk up the hill.  I was astonished how clearly it was to locate them using the red hot mode of the camera.  I decided to continue down to the tree stand, stopping and scanning every 30 yards or so with the FLIR.  It was cool to be able to see in the pitch black fog, but it was more valuable to know that there were no deer around and to keep moving.

After I got myself settled in the tree stand, a quick scan around the perimeter to see if there was anything interesting around, and about 100 yards away I see a small red speck using the red hot mode.  It was still too foggy to see more than about 15 yards, but I had spotted this deer a long ways away, in between a lot of trees.  It continued to move away from me and there was no way I could see it through my rifle scope to determine anything further.  I ended up sitting there a few more hours and didn’t see anything, and I know nothing evaded me because I was continually scanning with the FLIR Scout.  This experience was very eye opening because it demonstrated to me how much actually gets by us when we are in the woods, and how effective the thermal camera was at viewing through dense vegetation to see a deer sized animal.

Aside from the intended use of the FLIR Thermal Scout as a tool for wildlife viewing and hunting, I have also used the FLIR for a lot of other uses.  I have identified leaks or poorly insulated places in our home.  You can find air leaks in your house easily so you can seal them up and lower your heating/cooling costs.  I have used it to view overloaded circuit breakers in a breaker box.  Varmint hunting at night is awesome with a thermal camera, you can see them long before they can see you, if you pair it with a night vision scope, you can completely hunt in the dark and never spook them, making your shots even easier.  I have also used it to diagnose problems with cars, as you can easily target exhaust leaks, sticking brake pads, or overheating components.  It also makes it very easy to determine if a car has been started recently as the whole front half of the car will show as warmer than the rear.  You can see footprints, hand prints, even people with a fever will stand out when compared to others.  The uses are literally limited only by your imagination.

If you are using this as an alternative to traditional tube night vision, I find that the black hot mode provide excellent contrast for navigating your way around.  FLIR Cameras excel in this particular use, because they require absolutely no ambient light, and do not need an illuminator in low light conditions.  This means if you are wanting to remain hidden, you won’t have to use what is equivalent to a flashlight to other people with night vision (illuminator), and you will see them coming from several hundred yards away!  Maybe one of the biggest differences when using a FLIR Scout versus traditional night vision is the ability to see through fog.  I discussed it earlier in regards to the deer, but it is very significant.  Very thick fog will cut down on how far you are able to see with the camera, but you will still be able to see other warm blooded or hot objects a good ways off.

The FLIR Scout PS32 comes with a native resolution of 320×240, and has a 2x digital zoom, which basically cuts the resolution in half, but makes the perceived image larger.  The FLIR Scout PS24 has a native resolution of 240×180.  Both have an integrated tripod adapter, a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can be charged from a USB port, and feature a rubberized outer case that is comfortable to hold.  My biggest complaint however, is the lack of a hot shoe for these units.  For surveillance or wildlife viewing, the ability to capture video on an external device is a necessity, and I can only speculate at why that functionality was left off these units.  There are sites showing a “diy” hot shoe using the connectors on the bottom, which I have used to capture video, but do that at your own risk.

With the revolutionary FLIR PS32 and PS24 Scout Thermal Camera, FLIR has essentially brought thermal imaging capability to the masses.  Sure it’s still expensive, but it is at least attainable without literally trading in a car to buy it.  If you can find other uses and reasons to own it, such as insulating your house, finding faulty wiring, security, missing person searches, varmint control, etc…. there I go with that list of great uses to tell your wife again….  The bottom line, if you have always wanted thermal imaging from the time you first saw it, it is now available, and there are some very good reasons to have one.  Buy the FLIR PS24 and PS32 Scout at  You can watch our demo video on Youtube (we used the ports on the bottom where a hot shoe should attach and a video recorder to get this footage).