FLIR’s point and shoot line of I series thermal imagers are extremely easy to use infrared cameras. They’re rugged, light and portable, and to top it off they’re the most affordable thermal-imaging cameras.
If you’re looking for a simple camera for occasional troubleshooting, an HVAC contractor inspecting ductwork and compressors, or an electrician, or utility trouble man would like one handy all the time for quick scans and safety checks. FLIR I series is a good fit in all those cases. It’s definitely the right tool for instant non-contact temperature measurements, and the way to see hidden problems before they get away from you.
The i3 is fast and reliable at finding equipment that’s running too hot, or may be about to fail. A standard heat-map imaging thermometer might work in a few applications with large enough targets, but the i3 provides a lot more thermal imaging power. The i3 60 x 60 thermal detector provides 3600 measurement pixels in each image and it produces a recognizable thermal picture of the scene on the 2.8 inch LCD. It shows you where the hot spot is right away. It also gives you a 50:1 spot size ratio so you can scan one-inch targets 50 inches away and get an accurate temperature. Compare that to a single spot ir thermometer with only one average reading at a time and no image at all to show you where to measure.
All I series cameras have a focus free lens for easy scanning just power up flip open the lens and get ready to scan. A simple interface lets you set emissivity and other parameters so you’re detecting correctly. You can also change the color palette to the one that works best lock the temperature range and so on.
Every I series camera also stores thousands of radiometric jpg images pull them up in the archive or import them later to a Mac or PC with the USB cable or from the removable SD card. Then you can use the easy FLIR tools software we include to tune and analyze the images further adjust the levels change the palette, add more measurement tools capturing images that have all this stored temperature data and analyzing it later makes it easier to measure any spot on the image, This certainly beats jotting down dozens of readings from one of these. Even better, Flare tools can help you create a professional report in no time to reinforce your findings.
The i5 gives you ten thousand pixels that’s over two and a half times the imaging and measurement resolution of the i3, plus the i5 gives you a wider view to cover more area and greater sensitivity to kick up the quality.
To image even more clearly the i7 has the most resolution in the iseries class at 140 x 140 it’s almost 20,000 pixels. It’s also got the widest field of view to capture more of the scene for quicker scans along with the spot meter and i7 also gives you an in camera area box tool with an automatic marker to find hotspots quicker. Plus you can set an isotherm to alert you when something is above or below a specific temperature threshold, and all I series cameras come with flares and a warranty that covers the detector for twn full years, batteries for five years, and parts and labor for two years.
If you’re going to be using your camera to do more frequent inspections and reports and you need reference photos to go along with your thermal images, check out flares e-series.They have a ton of productivity features that can really help you breeze through inspections. E series definitely offers the best imagery and price to performance value in their class so be sure to look at e series before you make your decision.