Thermal imaging cameras can measure the thermal energy of a surface and represent it in a digital image. As a result, these valuable tools help detect any structural damage, plumbing faults, electricity failures, moisture problems or leaks in a building. However, in order to get the most precise readings and avoid costly mistakes, it’s important to choose a quality thermal imaging camera. Since there’s a large variety on the market, looking for the following features can help you make the right choice.
The most important factor when choosing a thermal imaging camera is image quality. Details are much easier to notice in thermal images with high resolution, which helps increase the accuracy of your reading. Usually, cameras that can produce images with quality resolution tend to cost significantly more. But recently, due to advances in the technology, there are some models like the FLIR E53 which offer optimal image quality at a lower price. In addition to its high resolution of 240 x 180, the FLIR E53 also has amazing thermal sensitivity of 0.03oC which allows it to produce exceptionally crisp images even from a distance or in areas where temperature differences are small.
Ease of Use
Thermal imaging cameras are advanced tools which can often be complicated to use. So, if you don’t want to waste time fumbling with buttons, make sure to choose a device that is user-friendly. This usually means a thermal imaging camera with a simple interface and a large and bright touchscreen. So, instead of going for a camera with a complicated menu, look for models that have an intuitive navigation system which helps reduce the steps you need to take to get a reading.
When performing readings from a distance, a camera with a manual focus can be of great help. Instead of automatic focus which is unreliable, manual focus allows the user to pinpoint a precise spot in any image to focus on. This way, you can have more control over what is being measured.
Wireless & Bluetooth Connection
Many building inspectors and other thermal imaging camera users need to transfer the obtained images on a computer for further evaluation or storage. Since this can take time to do, it’s very convenient when a camera has a wireless connection. This way, you can instantly upload thousands of images on a cloud, or create a report and mail it directly from the field in real time, increasing productivity. Additionally, if the camera also has Bluetooth, you can connect it to a clamp meter, multimeter or moisture meter for readings with more details.