L-3 Thermal-Eye X50 Thermal Imaging Camera

Model no: TIMNX050

Not exportable outside of the USA. See Export Policy


Not exportable outside of the USA. See Export Policy

On-screen battery level indicator
Left- or right-hand operation with rugged slip-resistant grip
1/4-20 tripod mount
Tactile battery loading feature for stealth nighttime operation
External video and power jacks
One-Year Warranty

L-3 Thermal-Eye X50 Thermal Imaging Camera description

The L-3 Thermal Imaging Camera offers great in-field performance for anyone from SWAT Teams to Police Officers to even the Military. Offering an incredible Amorphous Silicon microbolometer as well as a manual focus adjustment, the L-3 personifies everything that thermal imaging technology should be.


Thermal imaging technology allows the end user to see in situations that normal night vision devices would fail at. This includes bad weather conditions or total darkness where a run of the mill night vision device would have little to no light to amplify - a thermal imaging device will still be able to pick up images, simply because it uses heat waves that are broadcast off of everything from human beings to trees. This makes it easy to use a thermal imaging camera for even complex surveillance tasks, turning what used to be difficult or impossible into a simple process that anyone can learn.


The L-3 offers an 11 x 8 Field of View and a Monochrome color format, this gives you everything you need to see the scenery and gather important information. Whether you are a First Responder or dealing with Security tactics, the L-3 Thermal Imaging Camera will serve you well. This device is pocket size and lightweight, making it perfect to be carried along on any mission where you may need thermal imaging technology and easy to use surveillance equipment.


The L-3 can detect heat patterns up to 1000 feet away - even in bad weather conditions or total darkness. Can your regular light-amplifying night vision device do this? No, it can’t.


The L-3 Thermal Imaging Camera ships with a lens cap, a lens tissue, a soft carrying case, a warranty card, an operation manual, 2 AA batteries, a neck strap, and wrist strap.

As with all our Night Vision and Thermal Imaging devices, Night Vision Guys offers competitive pricing on the best devices. The high quality of these devices guarantees that they will meet your expectations and serve you well. Buying these units from NightVisionGuys.com guarantees quick handling as well as excellent service and price.

Thermal Imaging

Please note that most thermal devices are built per order.  It may take 3-5 days or more for your order to ship.  If timely shipping is important to you, please, contact us to verify availability prior to ordering. 

Thermal devices can produce various types of images.  Some are color others are monochrome.  In either case change in shade or color indicates temperature differences.

color thermal image thermal bw image

Here is how thermal imaging devices work...

A special lens focuses the infrared light emitted by all of the objects in view.

The focused light is scanned by a phased array of infrared-detector elements. The detector elements create a very detailed temperature pattern called a thermogram. It only takes about one-thirtieth of a second for the detector array to obtain the temperature information to make the thermogram. This information is obtained from several thousand points in the field of view of the detector array.

The thermogram created by the detector elements is translated into electric impulses.

The impulses are sent to a signal-processing unit, a circuit board with a dedicated chip that translates the information from the elements into data for the display.

The signal-processing unit sends the information to the display, where it appears as various colors depending on the intensity of the infrared emission. The combination of all the impulses from all of the elements creates the image.

There are a few key Manufacturers when it comes to thermal imaging.  

ATN: produce such well knows devies as ThOR-HD thermal scope, BINOX-THD thermal binoculars, and OTS-HD thermal monocular.  

FLIR/Armasight: the largest maker of consumer level thermal products is well knows for their full product line.  Zeus thermal scopes, Q14 and Scout monoculars, Helios and Scout binoculars and many more.

Pulsar: a very popular brand for digital night vision and thermal imaging.  Key products include Pulsar Trail and Apex thermal scopes and Pulsar Helion and Quantum thermal monoculars.

Seek: mobile device mounted thermal cameras are the main products of this brand.

Delivery Time and Manufacturing Process for L-3 Thermal-Eye X50 Thermal Imaging Camera:

Most of our manufacturers do not keep products like L-3 Thermal-Eye X50 Thermal Imaging Camera assembled on the shelf. Night Vision tubes are kept separate from the body of the unit. When the order is placed, the manufacturer starts the order processing and assembly process which includes the following:

  • Order processing - we collect all the necessary information including address and phone numbers. We also make sure that our customer ordered the correct product for their needs and that the product can be exported by US law to the country of destination. In some cases a signed export compliance form is required.
  • QC - in this step the manufacturer will inspect all individual parts which will be used to assemble the night vision device for any defects.
  • Production & Assembly - during production, all the parts are put together. Night Vision tubes in inserted into the body of the unit and all the complex electronics for the device are connected. This process takes place in a special lab called the "clean room" as even a small speckle of dust can cause undesired optical effect.
  • QA - one the night vision device is assembled, it goes through a rigorous testing process to make sure it meets all the expected specifications and all parts function as expected. For this most manufacturers have a special "dark room" designed to allow testing of the units without causing incidental damage to the night vision tube by exposure to bright light.
  • Packaging - this is a key process as well. In most case your night vision device will be shipped to you directly from the manufacturer but sometimes needs to be sent to us first. In either case items need to be packaged securely to avoid any kind of damage during transportation.
  • Shipping - as described above items will most of the time ship from the manufacturer. For most domestic orders (unless shipping to POB or AFB) a premium shipper like FedEx or UPS will be used.

Only by following the above steps can we along with our manufacturers bring you - our customer - night vision products of highest quality, However as you can understand the above process can take several days to complete. For example if your device fails QA, the entire process restarts. Also at QC stage a manufacturer may realize that the tube they have in stock has a defect and a replacement tube needs to be ordered. Due to the complexity of this process, it is prudent to expect 3-4 business days for production and handling of the purchased device. Keep in mind that this process is designed to guarantee your satisfaction with the night vision device of your choice.  It occasionally possible to expedite the process for urgent orders but addional fees or other restrictions may apply.

Technical Specifications

Objective Focal Length
FOV11 x 8
Focus Rangefrom 1m to infinity
Focus AdjustmentManual
Exit Pupil
Eye Relief
Detector TypeAmorphous Silicon Microbolometer
Spectral Response7-14 m
Pixels100 x 80
Pixel Size
Angular Resolution, mrad
Thermal Sensitivityd150 mK
Range to Detect a Humanto 305 m
Output Format
Display320 x 240 pixels
Display Format
Digital ZOOM
Brightness Adjustment
Contrast AdjustmentAutomatic
Available User Interfaces
Power Supply2 x 1.5 V AA type battery
Start-Up Time~ 5 seconds
Operating Time w/one battery pack2 hrs with AA/ 5 hrs with lithium
External Power Supply12 vdc input on rear outlet jack
Operating Temperature Range-10 to +50 C
Dimensions134 x 114 x 51mm
5.25" x 4.5" x 2"
Weight (w/batteries)380 g / 13 oz
Warranty1 year

Questions on L-3 Thermal-Eye X50 Thermal Imaging Camera

From on

Q: Can you use this camera to create a live video feed?

A: Hi Ryan. in short, yes. However, L-3 Thermal-Eye X50 has a pretty low resolution. Therefore the size of the image you would be seeing is relatively small compared to what we have come to expect of modern digital cameras and camcorders. Please let us know specifically what you are trying to achieve so we can suggest the best device for the task.

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