After 20 years of experience in land-based IR systems, THOMSON-CSF is able to offer its customers a new product: SOPHIE. It is the fruit of an assortment of skills mustered at the heart of THOMSON-CSF OPTRONIQUE and of the Integrated Cooler Assembly developed by SOFRADIR and CRYOTECHNOLOGIES. SOPHIE, the world's first handled IR camera/binocular, weighs only 2 kg and offers a reconnaissance range performance well beyond 2 km, comparable to the cameras of the first generation. It can run from its own self-contained power supply or from the mains, giving it further flexibility in use. It is a genuine night-or-day instrument, operating in the 8-12 micrometers wavelength. Its leading edge technologies, together with its light weight, make it a dual-purpose product, functioning either as a camera that can be linked to a monitor, or as a conventional pair of binoculars.