Thermal Imaging Camera

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

Category: Knowledge

Know-how and tips on the topic of thermal imaging cameras, infrared thermometers and thermography. Here, the beginner as well as the professional will find valuable information on the subject of thermal imaging.

Knowledge

Emissivity Coefficient – Meaning

Emissivity coefficient for thermal imaging cameras

The correct setting of the emissivity coefficient in a thermal imaging camera is essential in order to measure the correct temperature.

It must be done manually and match the test object. It can be fine-tuned for most models between 0 and 1.
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What is Image-Combining / -Fusion / MSX® for thermal imaging cameras

Anyone who is interested in modern thermal imaging cameras will encounter concepts such as “image-combining”, “image fusion” or “MSX® technology”.

Many wonder what this means and what the difference is. Even more important is to know whether these features are relevant in practice and it is worthwhile to pay a premium for them.
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Check photovoltaic and solar modules with thermal imaging cameras

Photovoltaic power plants often have a planned lifetime of several decades. They are subjected to various aging processes, which can lead to local defects or even partial defects.

These defects are not always recognizable with the naked eye or electrically measurable.
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Thermal imaging cameras for thermal inspection of cars

Thermal imaging cameras can help with troubleshooting cars and in the workshop.

When inspecting the car, diagnostic procedures can be accelerated with thermal measurements and even undetected problems can be unveiled.

Possible fields of application of thermal imaging cameras in the repair garage are the investigation of the engine compartment, the brake system and the cooling and heating systems.
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Camera Traps – Animal observation with infrared technology (+ pictures)

With the help of wild-cameras, hunters, foresters and nature enthusiats can observe animals in their habitant.

Thanks to infrared technology, a wild camera detects a moving, living object in the field of view and even – like a thermal imaging camera – can take pictures of animals at night.
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Thermal imaging cameras for fire brigades and rescue teams

At the fire brigade, thermal imaging cameras can help save lives. More and more fire brigades are expanding their equipment to include high-quality thermal imagers that can be used to search for people in the event of a fire.

Use at the fire brigade

If the fire brigade has to respond to a fire, the following occurs frequently.
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Rent / borrow a thermal imaging camera

When is it worth renting a thermal imaging camera?

Rent instead of buy? Thermal imaging cameras can be expensive, and many consider whether it is useful or not to simply rent the device for the required project / investigation.

The most important question you should ask to decide between buying or renting is how often you will use the device.
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FOV (Field of View) – What does it mean?

FOV (Field of View)

The so-called FOV (Field of View) is the extent that a camera or an optical instrument can record of its surroundings.

In the human eye, the eyelids, eyelids, etc., limit the facial field, and the opening can be specified with fixed angles (horizontal and vertical).
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Buy a thermal imaging camera or infrared thermometer?

Infrarot-Thermometer

Infrared thermometers are a simple device for the non-contact measurement of temperatures. You can only display the average temperature in a measurement area (measurement cone).

The distance to the measuring object and the optics of the device determines the size of this measuring cone – which should be considered at the time of purchase.
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What to consider when buying a thermal imager?

Think about quality

First of all, a solid quality product should be considered. What good is a great sensor resolution and many additional functions, if the device already shows deficiencies after the unpacking?

The temptation is often large, especially for the beginner and private user, to buy cheap far east products to seemingly save a lot of money.
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Application fields of thermal imaging cameras

Building diagnostics

One of the most important fields of application for thermal imaging cameras is the investigation of buildings for structural defects and the detection of weak spots. These include:

  • Leaking windows, doors, gas lines
  • Cold walls (moisture)
  • Leaks in floor heating systems and water pipes
  • Damaged insulation
  • etc.

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The 7 most common myths about thermal imaging cameras

Myth #1: Thermal imaging cameras should not be used in daylight

Thermal imaging cameras use the thermal sensor to cover a wavelength range that is outside the visible spectrum. This is why they can also be used easily on the bright day.
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