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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.

Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

As our society advances we become a little wiser and learn from our mistakes. We also learn more about our environment and how we fit in it. The Earth’s population is rising rapidly and at this point in time it can be said that humankind is directly impacting the environment more than ever before. As one can imagine this impact is mostly negative. You may look at this and ask your self what you can do.

Well there are many things we can all do at the grass roots to make a positive change. To slow down and eventually halt this negative impact. One of the many things that we can do is to make our homes energy efficient. This will reduce the carbon footprint of our homes thereby reducing greenhouse gases.

At Scantherma we conduct Energy Audits using state of the art Thermal Imaging equipment. These inspections along with the accompanying reports have helped countless homes and business save money and lower their carbon footprint. The following are some areas we look at when inspecting buildings for energy efficiency using our thermal imaging cameras.

Insulation

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Missing insulation can be clearly seen here as the warmer orange to yellow colours.

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Again there is some areas with missing roof insulation in the corner of the room as seen in yellow.

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Here we can see some damaged roof insulation in yellow. The exposed tin roof is radiating heat into the roof space thus elevating the ambient temperature. This will in turn reflect the overall temperature of the building interior.

Air Leeks (infiltration – exfiltration)

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Here we can see the effects of air infiltration by the blue tones in the image. The room behind this door is air-conditioned and the cool air is pushing through micro-gaps at the bottom of the door.

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Cool air is pushing through gaps behind the garage roller door represented by dark blue.

Moisture

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In this image we can see an area with severe moisture damage in purple. This area was inundated by rain water pushing through small gaps in the exterior structure of the building.

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Structural damage in the building roof has allowed rain water to enter in and heavily damage this wall corner.

Heating / Cooling

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This image shows the flow of cool air from the ducted air-conditioner vents. As can be seen the cool air flow is concentrated in one direction.

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Cool air flow can be seen here in dark purple in the air vent.

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Heating vent can be seen here in yellow.

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Image of wall mounted reverse cycle air-conditioner unit after service. The blue shows unobstructed cold air flow.

Lighting

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Here we can clearly see a conventional down-light that has just been turned on.

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The same down-light after a few minutes of use. The core has heated up a fair amount and now shows the light at it’s optimum temperature range. Many similar lights heated up to above 80 degrees. These were later found to be faulty.

 

 Our FLIR Building Inspection Video.

You can find more of our FLIR videos on our YouTube channel here. Or if you would like to find out more about our Thermal Imaging services visit us here. Alternatively you can visit us at our Perth office here and one of our friendly technicians will be glad to help.