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FLIR Camera Comparison: Thermal Camera Selection Guide

Selecting the right FLIR Thermal or Infrared Camera for your application can be a difficult decision, with many models and features to choose from. Transcat’s FLIR Thermal Camera selection guide helps simplify the process, with a side by side comparison of every FLIR Camera we currently offer. Generally speaking, there are several key considerations when selecting an infrared camera.


Thermal Imaging Applications

FLIR Infrared Cameras can be broken up by the following application types:

  • Electrical / Mechanical Applications
  • Building and Diagnostic Applications
  • Research and Science Applications

Your application type helps identify the type of infrared camera you should consider. You may be looking for an easy to operate, low cost camera, such as the FLIR Ex-Series, to help identify short-range problems in mechanical or building systems. For more advanced or frequent applications, you likely need an infrared camera with more accuracy, higher resolution, and an ergonomic design.

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Infrared Camera Uses

Frequency and usage also play a role in determining the best FLIR Infrared Camera for your application. FLIR Cameras can assist with:

  • Performance Spot Checks
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs
  • Energy Loss Analysis

The more critical the application, the more advanced thermal imaging capabilities are needed. Professional thermographers and preventative maintenance professionals often choose thermal imaging cameras with additional data storage, reporting and mobile communication features such as the FLIR Exx-Series.

Thermal Camera Accuracy, Range and Resolution

Thermal Imaging Camera accuracy, range, and resolution are often the largest contributors to a camera’s price.

  • IR Resolution indicates the number of pixels, or the clarity of a thermal image
  • Thermal Accuracy indicates the precision with which the camera measures temperature
  • Temperature Range indicates the maximum and minimum measurement capabilities

FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras are competitively priced across a wide range of required resolution levels, accuracy levels, and temperature ranges. The FLIR T-Series thermal imaging cameras are some of the most powerful and dynamic cameras available today.

 

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Accuracy
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
IR Pixel Resolution
4800(80 x 60)
10800(120 x 90)
19200(160 x 120)
76800(320 x 240)
19200(160 x 120)
43200(240 x 180)
76800(320 x 240)
Thermal Sensitivity
<0.15°C
<0.10°C
<0.06°C
<0.06°C
<0.045°C
<0.05°C
<0.045°C
Temperature Range
-4°F to 482°F (-20°C to 250°C)
-4°F to 482°F (-20°C to 250°C)
-4°F to 482°F (-20°C to 250°C)
-4°F to 482°F (-20°C to 250°C)
-4°F to 248°F (-20°C to 120°C)
-4°F to 1,202°F (-20°C to 650°C)
-4°F to 1,202°F (-20°C to 650°C)
Display Size/Format
3.0”/Landscape
3.0”/Landscape
3.0”/Landscape
3.0”/Landscape
3.5”/Landscape (Widescreen)
3.5”/Landscape (Widescreen)
3.5”/Landscape (Widescreen)
Measurement Modes
Spot (center) mode
2 modes: 1 Spot (center); 1 Area Box (Min/Max)
3 modes: 1 Spot (center); 1 Area Box (Min/Max); Isotherm (above/below)
3 modes: 1 Spot (center); 1 Area Box (Min/Max); Isotherm (above/below)
5 modes: 3 Spots; 3 Area Boxes (Min/Max); Isotherm (above/below); Auto hot/cold spot; Delta T
5 modes: 3 Spots; 3 Area Boxes (Min/Max); Isotherm (above/below); Auto hot/cold spot; Delta T
5 modes: 3 Spots; 3 Area Boxes (Min/Max); Isotherm (above/below); Auto hot/cold spot; Delta T
Frame Rate
9 Hz
9 Hz
9 Hz
9 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
Field of View
45° × 34°
45° × 34°
45° × 34°
45° × 34°
25° × 19°
25° × 19°
25° × 19°
Optional Lenses
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
2: 15° Tele, 45° Wide
2: 15° Tele, 45° Wide
2: 15° Tele, 45° Wide
Focus
Focus Free
Focus Free
Focus Free
Focus Free
Manual
Manual
Manual
Battery Operating Time
~4hrs
~4hrs
~4hrs
~4hrs
>4hrs
>4hrs
>4hrs
Touchscreen
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Digital Zoom
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Laser Pointer
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
MSX™ Thermal Image Enhancement
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

 

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Accuracy
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
±2% or 2°C
IR Pixel Resolution
76800(320 x 240)
76800(320 x 240)
172800(480 x 360)
307200(640 x 480)
307200(640 x 480)
786,432 (1024 x 768)
Thermal Sensitivity
<0.045°C
<0.045°C
<0.04°C
<0.04°C
<0.035°C
<0.02°C
Temperature Range
-4°F to 1,202°F (-20°C to 650°C) Optional to 2,192°F (1,200°C)
-4°F to 2,192°F (-20°C to 1,200°C)
-40°F to 1202°F (-40°C to 650°C)
-40°F to 1,202°F (-40°C to 650°C) Optional: to 3,632°F (2,000°C)
-40°F to 3,632°F (-40°C to 2,000°C)
-40°F to +150°C (-40°F to +302°F), 0°C to +650°C (+32°F to +1202°F), +300°C to +2000°C (+572°F to +3632°F)
Display Size/Format
3.5”/Landscape (Widescreen)
3.5”/Landscape (Widescreen)
4.3”/Landscape (Widescreen)
4.3”/Landscape (Widescreen)
4.3”/Landscape (Widescreen)
4.3”/Landscape (Widescreen)
Viewfinder
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Measurement Modes
5 modes: 5 Spotmeters, 5 Area Boxes, Isotherm, Auto hot/cold spot, Delta T
5 modes: 5 Spotmeters, 5 Area Boxes, Isotherm, Auto hot/cold spot, Delta T
6 presets: center spot; hot spot (box max); cold spot (box min); no measurements; user preset 1; user preset 2
5 modes:10 Spots, 5 Area Boxes/Circles, Isotherm, Auto hot/cold spot, Delta T
5 modes:10 Spots, 5 Area Boxes/Circles, Isotherm, Auto hot/cold spot, Delta T
6 modes: 10 spots, 5 areas boxes/circles, Isotherm, Auto hot/cold spot, Delta T, 1 line profile with max./min. temperature
Frame Rate
60 Hz
60 Hz
30 Hz
30 Hz
30 Hz
30 Hz
Field of View
25° × 19°
25° × 19°
25° × 19°
25° × 19°
25° × 19°
28° × 21°
Optional Lenses
6: 6°, 15° Tele, 45° & 90° Wide; Close up: 100, 50µm
6: 6°, 15° Tele, 45° & 90° Wide; Close up: 100, 50µm
7° & 15° Tele, 45° & 80° Wide; Close up: 100, 50µm
6: 7° & 15° Tele, 45°& 80° Wide; Close-up: 100, 80, 50µm
6: 7° & 15° Tele, 45°& 80° Wide; Close-up: 100, 80, 50µm
28°, 45° wide, 12° telescopic
Focus
Manual & Automatic
Manual & Automatic
Manual & Automatic
Manual & Automatic
Manual & Automatic
Manual & Automatic
Battery Operating Time
>4hrs
>4hrs
>2.5 hrs
>2.5 hrs
>2.5 hrs
>2.5 hrs
Touchscreen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Digital Zoom
Laser Pointer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
MSX™ Thermal Image Enhancement
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes