The FLIR Ex Thermal Cameras
FLIR has an ever growing range of thermal cameras that meet any need you could think of. From tiny little thermal sensors that fit onto your iPhone, to large scale surveillance units, they’re used by scientists, military, law-enforcement, educational institutions and trades-people. If you’re the latter, there’s a particular series that’s perfect for you. Say hello to the Ex Series Thermal Cameras…
What’s under the Hood?
There are a total of four cameras in the Ex series. The E4, E5, E6 and E8.
Physically all the Ex series cameras look identical except for the model name displayed directly above the 3″ LCD screen, but internally they’re very different. Let’s take a closer look…
|Field of view/min focus distance||45º x 34º / 0.5 m|
|Spectral range||7.5 – 13 µm|
|Image Frequency||9 Hz|
|Focal Plane Array (FPA)||Uncooled microbolometer|
|Display||3” 320 x 240 color LCD|
|Image adjustment||Automatic adjust/lock image|
|Object temperature range||-20°C to +250°C|
|Accuracy||±2 °C or ±2% of reading , for ambient temperature 10°C to 35°C and object temperature above + 0°C|
|Emissivity correction||Variable from 0.1 to 1.0|
|Emissivity table||Emissivity table of predefined materials|
|Reflected apparent temperature correction||Automatic, based on input of reflected temperature|
|Color palettes||Iron, Rainbow and Black/White|
|Set-up commands||Local adaptation of units, language, date and time formats|
|Image storage capacity||Internal memory store at least 500 sets of images|
|Image storage mode||Simultaneous storage of images in IR, visual and MSX|
|File formats||Standard JPEG – 14 bit measurement data included|
|Data communication interfaces|
|Interfaces||USB Micro: Data transfer to and from PC and Mac device|
|Battery Type||Li-lon rechargeable|
|Battery voltage||3.7 V|
|Battery operating time||Approx. 4 hours at +25ºC ambient temperature and typical use|
|Charging system||Battery is charged inside the camera or in specific charger|
|Charging time||2.5 hours to 90% capacity in camera. 2 hours in charger|
|Power management||Automatic shutdown|
|AC operation||AC adapter, 90-260 VAC input, 5 VDC output to camera|
|Operating temperature range||-15°C to +50°C|
|Storage temperature range||-40°C to +70°C|
|Humidity||IEC 60068-2-30/24 h 95% relative humidity|
|Dimensions||244 x 95 x 140 mm|
|Weight||575 g, including battery|
|Shipping size||303 x 206 x 128 mm|
|Shipping weight||2.7 kg (FLIR E8: 2.95 kg)|
|FLIR E4||FLIR E5||FLIR E6||FLIR E8|
|x 60 pixels||x 90 pixels||x 120 pixels||x 240 pixels|
|x 240 pixels||x 240 pixels||x 240 pixels||x 240 pixels|
Spatial resolution (IFOV)
|10.3 mrad||6.9 mrad||5.2 mrad||2.6 mrad|
|IR image, visual image,MSX®, thumbnail gallery||IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery||IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery||IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery|
|NA||NA||Blue below or red above set temperature||Blue below or red above set temperature|
Video tour of the FLIR Ex-Series
Which camera is best for me?
As you can see from the information above, the four thermal cameras in the Ex range do share some common functionality, but they also differ in many ways. This can be a little confusing when choosing a camera from the Ex series.
The first thing you must take into account is your budget as there is quiet a price difference between the four camera models. Ranging from approximately AUD $1400 to $5500 it is important to make the right choice.
The second point that must be addressed is your purpose. What are you going to be using the camera for? Are you going to require a sharp image or will a low detailed image give you the information you need? This is where you have to consider the camera’s “Thermal Sensor”. As the images above show, the higher the thermal sensor’s resolution, the higher the accuracy of the image.
This is the baby of the series and is a good camera suitable for a wide range of situations. If you require basic temperature gauging and inspection then it will achieve that with no issues. But don’t expect the sort of detail, or clarity you may get with the higher models.
The E5 & E6
For most trades related projects (plumbing, electrical, building structure, moisture investigations, energy efficiency, etc) an E5 or E6 are perfect as their features and thermal sensor resolution along with their price tag make them good value for money. The E5 functions are closer to the E4 while the E6 is closer to the E8.
This camera is the most advanced, equipped with the highest resolution thermal sensor with the most accurate thermal range. The E8 is ideal for all the above stated trades as well as the veterinary, medical and mechanical fields, however naturally this all comes with a much higher price.
At the end of the day your budget may dictate your choice of camera, but have in mind that buying the wrong camera for the job may end up costing you more in the long term.
Where do I go from here?
If you would like more information on the Ex series, including current pricing and downloadable brochures you can visit our thermal camera website here. Or if you would like a closer look you can contact one of our helpful technicians at our Perth office on 0434 065 203 and organise a demonstration.