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The FLIR Ex Series

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…

 

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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…

Common Specs

Imaging performance
Field of view/min focus distance 45º x 34º / 0.5 m
Spectral range 7.5 – 13 µm
Image Frequency 9 Hz
Focus Focus free
Focal Plane Array (FPA) Uncooled microbolometer
Image Presentation
Display 3” 320 x 240 color LCD
Image adjustment Automatic adjust/lock image
Measurement
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
Measurement analysis
Spotmeter Center spot
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
Setup
Color palettes Iron, Rainbow and Black/White
Set-up commands Local adaptation of units, language, date and time formats
Image Storage
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
Power system
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
Environmental specifications
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
Physical characteristics
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)
Standard package

 

Functional Comparison

FLIR E4 FLIR E5 FLIR E6 FLIR E8

IR resolution

x 60 pixels x 90 pixels x 120 pixels x 240 pixels

MSX resolution

x 240 pixels x 240 pixels x 240 pixels x 240 pixels

Thermal sensitivity

0.15°C 0.10°C 0.06°C 0.06°C

Spatial resolution (IFOV)

10.3 mrad 6.9 mrad 5.2 mrad 2.6 mrad

Image modes

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

Colour alarm

NA NA Blue below or red above set temperature Blue below or red above set temperature

Image Comparisons

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Ex image comparison: Image mode-Thermal Only with Rainbow colour pallet.

 

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Ex image comparison: Image mode-MSX with Rainbow colour pallet.

 

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.

The E4

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.

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.

FLIR revamps thermal camera range – i-Series discontinued, new Ex-Series launches

The new Ex-series cameras

World leading thermal camera manufacturer, FLIR,  are changing the market with the launch of the new Ex-series handheld thermal cameras. The new models E4, E5 E6 and E8 are a leap ahead in the function and flexibility of handheld thermographic tools.

With IR resolutions ranging from 80 x 60 pixels to 320 x 240 pixels for the new E8 model, is the first time FLIR has offered this resolution for pricing under $10,000 here in Australia.

The four new cameras in the Ex-series are replacing the old i Series cameras, which are now discontinued. The Ex-series also introduce new functionality above what the old i Series delivered including a revamped and simpler UI (user interface). In addition, all new Ex-series cameras come with an integrated a 1.3 Megapixel digital camera for additional functionality.

Patented MSX technology

One of the greatest leaps forward with the new Ex-series is the incorporation of FLIR’s patented MSX multi-spectral enhancement feature. This technology is unique only to FLIR cameras and adds an extra dimension to thermal imaging technology, particularly for domestic and industrial users.

Example image taken by the FLIR E8 with no MSX

Example image taken by the FLIR E8 with no MSX

 

Example image taken by the FLIR E8 with MSX. The difference most certainly increases the ability to better analyse thermal imagery.

Example image taken by the FLIR E8 with MSX. The difference most certainly increases the ability to better analyse thermal imagery.

Other changes to the Ex series

The Exx-series has also undergone some changes with the dropping of the E30 and upgrades to the E40, E50 and E60 cameras. While the IR resolution and many aspects such as inbuilt WiFi connectivity and manual focus don’t change. The upgraded Ex-Series cameras all now include:

  • MSX image technology
  • Auto orientation to switch between landscape and portrait views.
The new FLIR E6 thermal camera with MSX technology. At only 575 grams, the new Exx series are an excellent investment for those requiring a reliable, state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera.

The new FLIR E6 thermal camera with MSX technology. At only 575 grams, the new E series are an excellent investment for those requiring a reliable, state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera.

 

Our FLIR Ex-Series videos.

You can view more of our FLIR thermal Camera videos on our YouTube channel here. Or if you would like more information on our range of FLIR products you can visit our thermal camera website at www.australianthermalcameras.com.au.

Alternatively you can visit or contact our Perth office here and one of our friendly technicians will be glad to help.