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12 Things to Know Before Buying an Infrared Camera

Download FLIR tools  and try out some of its useful capabilities on the following images which can be downloaded here.
  1. Look for a camera that can reproduce accurate result all of the time - All FLIR handheld thermography cameras follow the industry standard that demand accuracies of ±2% or ±2.2°C, whichever is greater.
  2. Detector resolution vs. image quality - an analogy is that you cannot get HD image quality on a HD TV if the you are feeding in a standard definition signal. Detector resolution is the number of points for which the temperature is measured.
  3. Cameras should allow the user to quickly interchange batteries and quickly recharge - All FLIR cameras feature pop-in/pop-out battery access, be sure to purchase a spare battery in the event you need to have one handy in the middle of an inspection. FLIR cameras use Lithium Ion battery to gives them up to 4 hours charge repeatedly
  4. Get a Camera that uses a standard picture compression format. Images taken on FLIR thermal cameras are compressed using JPEG format. This widely used formats makes for easy viewing using any image software and inclusion in reports.
  5. Make inspections a breeze by using lightweight and ergonomically designed cameras. Holding a camera for a even a short period of time can become uncomfortable if the camera is not as light as possible.  FLIR thermal cameras are designed to improve your efficiency and speed whilst carrying out inspection.
  6. Cameras should help you document your inspection work. To assist you in collecting details in even the darkest the of environments FLIR cameras are fitted with LED lights to help capture information like serial codes and cable numbers.
  7. To keep your hard away from danger choose a FLIR camera that is fitted with a laser pointer.
  8. To get the most out of your thermal images, buy a FLIR camera that gives you the choice to upgrade your software. Take a look at the specification sheets and Software sections to see what programs you or your business could benefit from using.
  9. Gain a clearer understanding of the objects you are inspecting by choosing a FLIR camera that is capable of thermal fusion. This technology has the ability to combine thermal images with regular images, and enhances your documentation.
  10. Being a thermal camera it should be able to detect a wide range of temperatures. 
  11. Choose a camera which has the option of easy upgrade. FLIR releases firmware upgrades which can increase the pixel count and infrared resolution
  12. Buy a camera that comes with excellent after sales support. Here at IMC we can provide you with the basic training to get you started with your brand new FLIR thermal camera, and can help arrange any extra training that you might require.