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.
The presented thermal imaging cameras are suitable for people with technical experience who need a precise and reliable measurement. Areas of application are mainly building diagnostics, electrical engineering, medical technology and security.
The best thermal imaging cameras for advanced users in direct comparison:
|Name||FLIR E4||FLUKE |
|Temperature Range||-20 to 250 °C (-4° F to 482° F)||-20 to 250 °C (-4° F to 482° F)||-20 to 250 °C (-4° F to 482° F)||-10 to 250 °C (14° F to 482° F)|
|Sensor Resolution||80 x 60 Pixel||80 x 60 Pixel||160 x 120 Pixel||15 x 15 Pixel|
|Accuracy||± 2 °C||± 2 °C or 2 % (at 25 °C nominally, the bigger value applies)||± 2 °C, ± 2 % of measured value||+ / - 2°C ( + / - 2 % above 100 °C / 212° F)|
|Thermal Sensitivity||150 mK||150 mK||≤ 80 mK|
at 30 °C
|Optics||45 ° x 34 °||19.5 ° x 26 °||21 ° x 28 °||20 ° x 20 °|
|Display||320 x 240 pixel (3 inch)||3.5 inch color LCD||5 inch touch LCD||2.2 inch color LCD|
|Technology||Bolometer matrix||FPA (Focal Plane Array), uncooled microbolometer||FPA (Focal Plane Array), uncooled microbolometer||microbolometer|
|Memory||Internal SD card (500 pictures)||8 GB SD card||21 GB (fix)||2 GB micro SD card|
|Charger / Battery||Socket charger (Li-Ion Battery)||Socket charger (Li-Ion Battery)||Li-Ion Battery||10.8 Volt / 2.0 Ah|
|Wavelength Range||7.5 to 13 µm||9 to 15 µm||8 to 14 µm||8 to 12 µm|
|Digital camera included|
|Miscellaneous||Schock resistant||USB 2.0, WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth|
|Dimensions (WxLxH) in mm||95 x 244 x 140||86 x 135 x 284||174 x 102 x 35||108 x 290 x 348|
|Weight||575 g||726 g||405 g||500 g|
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The model FLIR E4* of the market leader impresses with the MSX® image overlay (image-combining) function, which allows a continuously adjustable overlay of visible and thermal image. The simple handling and the adequate resolution make it suitable for example for building diagnostics, for use in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.
It is a compact device for advanced users, which is priced in the mid-range and is used in many application areas.
- Emission correction adjustable from 0.01 to 1.0
- Battery life approx. 4 hours at 25 ° C ambient temperature and normal use
- Quality and workmanship
- MSX® image overlay (image-combining) – interesting for advanced users
FLUKE offers with the FLK-Ti90* a powerful device similar to the FLIR E4. A significant weakness is the lack of image-combining. Even a picture-in-picture is unfortunately only possible with the FLK-Ti95 from the Ti9x series . The device is interesting for advanced users who want to rely on a brand and do not necessarily need image-combining.Check out Offer!*
- Emissivity correction adjustable from 0.1 to 1.0
- Battery runtime approx. >= 4 hours for continuous, average use
- Quality and workmanship
- 8 GB SD Memory Card (incl.)
- Designed to survive a drop from 2 meter height
- No Image-Combining
The Trotec AC080V thermal imaging camera comes in a handy tablet format with a large 5 inch display.
The high sensor resolution for the price segment as well as the high-resolution integrated digital camera make the device particularly interesting for applications where the advanced user needs a high performance and a robust, impact-resistant design.
Unfortunately, no image-combining is integrated, but the AC080V allows up to 5 adjustable measurement points. The recorded images can be transferred to the PC via WLAN and further analyzed using the supplied software.
- Emissivity correction adjustable from 0.01 to 1.0
- Operating time approx. 2h
- Android-based operating system
- High sensor resolution
- Integrated LED photo light
- Robust housing
- 8 MP digital camera (visible spectrum)
- WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth
- 21 GB memory
- No Image-Combining
The DeWalt DCT416 for advanced users is called by the American manufacturer a “battery thermal imaging camera”. The low resolution of the thermal sensor is partly compensated by the image-combining feature and the easy handling of the device.
It is particularly suitable for applications requiring a low-cost model that will be used in a very harsh environment.Check out Offer!*
- Emissivity correction adjustable from 0.1 to 1.0 in increments of 0.01
- Battery runtime approx.> = 2 hours for continuous, average use
- Good battery life, replaceable battery (10.8V)
- Easy handling
- Hot-cold tracking (marking the warmest and the coldest point in the image)
- Low sensor resolution
- Small Display