FLIR C2 THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA
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As an entry-level thermal imaging camera in pocket format, the FLIR C2 delivers expressive images.
The patented MSX technology allows you to quickly identify the surrounding structures in the thermal image and thus facilitate the diagnosis.
Read more about the FLIR C2* below and get to know the strengths and weaknesses of this thermal imaging camera.
The FLIR C2 thermal imaging camera
The FLIR C2 is relatively easy and intuitive to use via the 3-inch touchscreen. There is only a button on the side for switching on and off and a generous trigger button to save the displayed image.
The workmanship makes a very high-quality impression as it is expected from the brand manufacturer FLIR. There is also an eyelet for attaching a safety belt to prevent a fall. A switchable LED for illuminating the visible spectrum has also been integrated. All in all, this thermal imaging camera has been designed for easy transport in trousers or shirt pockets and is therefore well-suited for daily use.
On the display, the buttons were large enough to reach them simply by touching the finger. You can quickly find yourself in the menu bar. The temperature measured in the crosshair on the upper left is displayed as standard, together with the battery and memory status as well as other status symbols. On the right is a scale which adaptively adjusts the upper and lower limits of the temperature range. If the infrared camera is rotated, the menu items are automatically adjusted to the new position (can be deactivated optionally).
With a tap you get to the menu and from there to the picture gallery. With strokes to the left-right or up-down, you can toggle between the images and the display variants.
Four different color palettes can be selected for display. These include: “Iron”, “Rainbow”, “Rainbow HC” and “Grey”.
The FLIR C2 is equipped with the MSX technology and can merge the thermal image and the visible spectrum. This increases the expressivity of the images despite the low sensor resolution. To compensate the small distance between the two sensors, the distance to the object can be set in the menu. Further adjustment possibilities are, for example, a fixed temperature scale and the degree of emissivity. There are also possibilities to activate an automatic switch-off to save power.
On the internal memory the images are stored radiometrically in order to be used either directly in the JPEG format, or to be analyzed more precisely with the “FLIR Tools” software. With every thermal image a photo of the digital camera with the visible spectrum is taken. In total about 500 picture sets can be stored. An expansion of the memory with standard SD cards unfortunately is not possible.
The FLIR C2 battery is charged via a USB cable. You can use the supplied power supply. The nominal charging duration of the 3.7 V LiPos is 2 hrs and according to the data sheet it provides an operating time of only approx. 1.5 hrs. With the help of the clearly written and comprehensible operating instructions, beginners can quickly find their way with the FLIR C2 thermal imaging camera. Advanced users can use the “FLIR Tools” software package to get even more out of the recordings.
Technical data and details
The temperature range extends from -10 ° C to + 150 ° C (10° F to 302° F). This means that only building technology and simple technical fields are suitable for the application of this device. The wide field of view (FOV) of 41 ° x 31 ° also helps in the examination of interior spaces and windows.
No manual focus adjustment is necessary due to the fixed focus. The minimum focus distance is only 15 cm (0.5 foot) for the IR image and unfortunately 1 meter (3.2 foot) for MSX.
The 3-inch display has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and the IR sensor is only 80 x 60 pixels with a spectral range of 7.5 to 14 μm. The accuracy is indicated in the data sheet with ± 2 ° C or 2% of the measured value. The digital camera has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixel.
The thermal sensitivity of <10 mK is good, which makes the smallest temperature differences visible in the infrared image.
The FLIR has only a weight of 130 g with the handy dimensions of 12.5 x 8.0 x 2.4 cm. There is no possibility to attach a tripod.
This thermal imaging camera from FLIR is definitely an entry-level device, but it can also be used in professional life. The low sensor resolution in the infrared range, of course, does not permit the production of legally valid thermal assessments, but the MSX technology still provides meaningful images.
Especially in the interior, the FLIR C2 is good for detecting moisture damage and heat bridges. This thermal imaging camera can, for example, also detect cabling defects or damage to fuses in the electrical system.
The supplied PC software
The extensive software “FLIR Tools” allows users to transfer the images from the thermal imaging camera to the PC and analyze them precisely there.
There are a number of tools available to subsequently display and characterize the radiometric images. Templates for creating a report are also available.
With the FLIR Tools even a video stream can be done via USB (not radiometrically) from the FLIR C2. It is also possible to update the firmware using this PC software.
- FLIR C2 thermal imaging camera
- USB cable
- USB stick with user manual
- Getting Started Guide
- Power supply
- Carrying loop
- battery pack
Conclusion – FLIR C2
The FLIR C2 scores with the handy design and the meaningful pictures in the beginner class. Also the operation is intuitive and clear.
The battery life and the sensor resolution could have turned out somewhat better, but are still sufficient for ordinary use. The thermal imaging camera has a robust, high-quality and well thought-out design.
All in all, a purchase recommendation for users in building technology and simple thermal questions is to be clearly stated for the FLIR C2.