Thermal Imaging Camera

Comparison of the best thermal imaging cameras of 2018! Detailed test reports and professional knowledge.

Category: Comparison

Comparison, Infrared Thermometer

Infrared thermometer with camera – comparison

Camera infrared thermometers are a hybrid of infrared thermometer and thermal imaging camera. They are used wherever the use of conventional non-contact infrared thermometers is too costly. Sometimes only one object with a small measuring range has to be examined and a high resolution of the thermal image is not absolutely necessary.
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Thermal imaging cameras for smartphones (under 500 dollar)

A cost-effective alternative to all-in-one thermal imagers are attachments for smartphones (Android or iOS). The mobile phone displays the thermal image of an external sensor and offers the possibility to save the images to view them later.

This variant is particularly interesting for homeowners, technicians and beginners who want to perform a qualitative evaluation of a thermal engineering problem at low cost and already have a compatible smartphone

The best thermal image camera attachments for the smartphone in direct comparison:

NameSeek Thermal Compact -
Standard Range
Seek Thermal Compact XR -
Extended Range
FLIR One -
Protective Case for
iPhone 5/5S              
FLIR ONE for
Android/iOS          
Price (approx.)$210$240$215$120
Temperature Range-40°C to 330°C (-40°F to 626°F)-40°C to 330°C (-40°F to 626°F)0 to 100 °C (32°F to 212°F) -20 to 120 °C (-4°F to 248°F)
TechnologyVanadium Oxide MicrobolometerVanadium Oxide MicrobolometerFLiR Lepton®FLiR Lepton®
Resolution206×156 Pixel206×156 Pixel80×60 Pixel160×120 Pixel
Operating SystemAndroid / iOS Android / iOS iOS Android / iOS
ChargerMicro-USBMicro-USBMicro-USBMicro-USB
FocusfixedAdjustable
Focus
fixedfixed
Wavelength Range7.2 to 13 µm7.2 to 13 µm8 to 14 μm8 to 14 μm
Water Resistant
Weight14 g14 g110 g78 g
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Seek Thermal Compact Standard Range/Extended Range

The Seek Thermal attachment convinces with its wide temperature range and high resolution.
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Professional thermal imaging cameras – under 2000 dollar

For professional applications where powerful devices are needed, there are also cheap models. The thermal imaging cameras can be used in daily use, where challenging and versatile issues are investigated and reliable measurement results are required.

Application areas of the presented thermal imaging cameras are the use by the professional in building diagnostics, laboratory and measuring technology, medical technology and the safety sector.
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Thermal imaging cameras – under 1500 dollar

For all advanced users, who need valuable and reliable measurements, but at the same time want to keep the costs within limits, there are some models that meet this compromise. In this price category there are above all well-known branded products, as well as a few devices of smaller manufacturers.
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Entry-level thermal imaging cameras – under 1000 dollar

In the beginners section, there are already some powerful models which can be used for little money even in the professional field. This model is particularly interesting for real estate owners, hobby hunters, pet owners and hobbyists for occasional use.

The best entry-level thermal imagers in direct comparison:

NameFLIR i3Dostmann
Electronic TC-1
FLIR C2CEM DT-980

Price (approx.)$1000$670$1099
Temperature Range-20 to 250 °C0 to 50°C-10 to 150 °C-20 to 350 °
Sensor Resolution60 x 60 Pixel40 x 50 Pixel80 x 60 Pixel80 x 80 Pixel
Optics12.5° x 12.5°32° x 31°41° x 31°17 x 17°
Display240 x 320 Pixel (2,8 Zoll)40 x 50mm (2,5 Zoll)320 x 240 Pixel (3 Zoll)320 x 240 Pixel (2,8 Zoll)
TechnologyBolometermatrixBolometermatrixBolometermatrixBolometermatrix
Memory 2 GB MiniSD-Card (incl.)8 GB Micro-SD-Card (incl.)512 MB MiniSD-Card (incl.)100 MB internal, 8 GB Micro-SD-Card(incl.)
ChargerSocket (Li-Ion Battery)BatteriesUSB (Li-Ion Battery)Socket (Li-Ion Battery 2600 mAh)
Image-Combining
FocusfixedAutomatic, manuallyfixedmanually
With digital camera
(visual spectrum)
Dimensions (WxLxH) in mm79 x 223 x 8395 x 234 x 7480 x 125 x 24 77 x 224 x 96
Weight365 g450 g130 g500 g
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FLIR i3

With the FLIR i3*, the manufacturer FLIR offers a favorable starter model in well-known top quality.
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