The best thermal-imaging cameras in 2023 (2023)

By Sebastian Oakley, Adam Juniper

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Tom May

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The best thermal-imaging cameras let you see the world in a whole new way and they're ideal for DIYers and contractors

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The best thermal imaging camerasallow you to explore the world in a whole new way. They let you see, measure, and capture temperature differences, accurately and from a safe distance.

Beyond the visible spectrum, there is an unseen world of heat radiation. Arty infrared film photographs aside, the practical uses of thermal imaging devices – also known as infrared thermal imagers – traditionally belonged only to military and professional budgets.

But now anyone can access thermal imaging, whether you want to spot heat sources in dark places – ideal for wildlife spotting – or identify where heat is being lost from your property. If you simply want to measure temperatures, you may prefer our guide to thebest infrared thermometers, but for HVAC, electronics, and plumbing these are now essential.

Find out more about how thermal imaging cameras work at the bottom of this guide. Below are the best thermal-imaging cameras you can buy right now, which I have either personally tested or sought expert advice and first-hand experience of.

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FLIR One Edge Pro

The latest and best thermal-imaging camera for phones has a wireless connection and a great app, plus a rugged build.

For

  • Easy-to-read hybrid images
  • Top-notch app
  • Rugged build

FLIR C5

FLIR’s Cx-Series of thermal-imaging cameras has features for DIY and pro users, a built-in screen, and a rugged design.

For

  • Rugged build
  • No need for phone
  • Touchscreen

Tiny lightweight thermal camera which plugs into iPhone or USB-C android with detachable macro lens

For

  • Cheaper than many
  • Fast frame rate
  • Incredible size

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1. FLIR ONE Edge Pro

The latest and best thermal-imaging camera for phones

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 px

Sensitivity range: -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F)

Sensitivity: 70 mK

Dimensions: 37.5 × 35 × 149 mm (1.5 × 1.4 × 5.9 in)

Battery: 1.5 hours

Reasons to buy

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Works on most phones

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Measures up to 400°C (752°F)

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better

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Not the cheapest option

The FLIR ONE Edge Pro is a wireless thermal-visible camera for camera phones and iPads. It's designed with a spring-loaded clip, which allows different users (or companies with several workers) to attach the camera to both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Unlike previous FLIR thermal imaging models that plugged into the bottom of the phone, the ONE Edge Pro doesn't actually have to be connected at all – and can be used up to 30 meters (100ft) away with a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection.

Is a compact, easy-to-use imaging device for builders, mechanisms, building inspectors and even homeowners who want to see how much heat their home is leaking! IP54-rated, it can measure temperatures up to 400°C (752°F) and has a maximum 1.5-hour battery life.

Teledyne FLIR promises that it's easy to recognize where problems are located and identify targets, thanks to FLIR's MSX (Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging), 160 × 120 (19,200 pixels) thermal resolution and VividIR, which combines multiple image frames together to deliver a clearer image.

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2. FLIR 5C

The best thermal imaging camera with a rugged body

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 px

Sensitivity range: -20˚C to 400˚C (-4˚F to 752˚F)

Optical Resolution: 5MP

Dimensions: 138 × 84 × 24 mm (5.4 × 3.3 × 0.94 in)

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Reasons to buy

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3.5-inch touchscreen

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Six thermal color palettes

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Withstands 2m (6.6ft) drop

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than 128 x 96 C3 version

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Turning on takes about 20 seconds

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No GPS

The FLIR C3-X and FLIR C5 are good-looking compact thermal imagers that are well suited to DIYers and contractors.With a rugged body that’ll survive a bit of workplace rough-and-tumble, both have two cameras and a 5-megapixel optical lens. The IR maxes out at 160 x 120 on the pricier C5, allowing it to take advantage of Flir’s MSX technology. This patented method uses an edge-detection algorithm on the higher-resolution visual light image, overlaying this with the IR image to make the picture easier to comprehend.

Both versions have a 3-inch touchscreen and can store around 500 images onboard to transfer via Micro USB. The ability to type notes via a touch keyboard can be handy, too. If you can stretch to it, the FLIR C5 model adds more analysis features and Wi-Fi so you can get images to your phone and to your software.

FLIR’s analysis software, FLIR Tools, allows you to change the color palettes and take readings from 4,800 measurement points in the image files, a little like using the eyedropper in Photoshop.

Read our full FLIR C5 review for more details

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3. InfiRay P2 Pro

The smallest thermal camera in the world – and also great

Specifications

Resolution: 256 x 192 pixels

Sensitivity range: -20˚C to 550˚C (-4˚F to 1022˚F)

Sensitivity: ±2°C or ±2% (whichever greater)

Weight: 9g (0.02lbs)

Dimensions: 27 × 18 × 9.8mm (1.1 × 0.7 × 0.4 in)

Battery: Power from phone

Reasons to buy

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Very portable

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High refresh rate of 25Hz

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Thermal self portraits possible

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Macro lens option

Reasons to avoid

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Must choose Lightning or USB-C when buying

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Doesn't align with camera (no hybrid images)

This amazingly compact device nevertheless beats more expensive alternatives in a number of ways. It only works when connected to a phone, and the connector – a lightning or USB-C plug – must be specified at purchase. But the app is good and offers a choice of easy or pro modes.

Another stroke of genius is the magnetically attachable macro lens, which is ideal for those examining circuit boards or other electronics, making this a very versatile tool. We worry that for some the connection might be delicate, but it is reversible (both USB-C and Lightning ports are) and you can see the level of detail in my full InfiRay P2 Pro review, in which I tested the device against simple insulation, plumbing, and electronics situations.

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4. Seek Thermal RevealPRO

The best thermal-imaging camera for night use

Specifications

Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

Sensitivity range: -40˚C to 330˚C (-40˚F to 626˚F)

Sensitivity: 70 mK

Weight: 117g

Dimensions: 127 x 61 x 31mm (5 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches)

Battery: 4 hours rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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High resolution thermal sensor

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High refresh rate

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Built-in flashlight

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Emissivity adjustment

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t capture video

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No visual-light camera data

While the FLIR C-Series produces useful images in good light via MSX, this camera can do so at any time, since it doesn’t rely on visual light to boost its resolution. For our money, that makes it the best thermal-imaging camera for night use today.

Combined with its 15Hz refresh rate (many are only 9Hz), it can easily be used to spot animals or people in the dark, or through dense foliage. There’s also a 300-lumen LED light, should you want to surprise someone you’ve spotted in the dark. The simple menu system provides access to other useful features too, such as Level and Span adjustments (a little like manual exposure, allowing you to isolate a thermal range), and Emissivity adjustments (manual or pre-sets).

The fixed-focus camera works between 30cm (12 inches) and 550m (1,800 ft) and the 2.4-inch color screen is protected with Gorilla Glass. The 4GB memory can capture as many images as you’d need to (you can hold the shutter down if you like). For distance temperature readings, you can use the 4x digital zoom, though be warned that the resolution suffers.

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5. Bosch GTC400C

Rugged pistol-grip thermal imaging camera for the jobsite

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 pixels

Sensitivity range: -40˚C to 400˚C (-104˚F to 752˚F)

Sensitivity: 50 mK

Dimensions: 95 x 63 x 233mm (3.7 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches)

Battery: 5 hours with lithium ion rechargeable pack; 2 hours with AA cells

Reasons to buy

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Uses worksite rechargeable 12V batteries or 4xAA

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Rugged build with built-in protective cap

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Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity

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Manual focus

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Reasons to avoid

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Bigger investment than less rugged devices

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Micro USB for data transfer, not charging

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Accuracy +/- 3˚C (At this price 2 would be better)

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No SD Card slot

This thermal-imaging camera is easy to use in the workplace but fully equipped with wi-fi and Bluetooth to share data with a phone. Held with a pistol grip, the image can be frozen with a trigger and saved using the camera icon below the screen. The design, with a built-in lens cover and rubber guards to protect the 3.5-inch screen, is strong and IP53 dustproof.

The device includes a picture-in-picture context function, which places the thermal image in the centre of a frame with a visual image around the outside providing context. Also useful on-site is the lock feature which fixes the minimum and maximum temperature (like an exposure lock).

Bosch also provides a supporting app so you can transfer images beyond the 600 the device will hold. This is great for additional analysis and report creation, and the radiometric data is there for later analysis (but it’d still be nice to store more onboard).

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6. Seek Thermal CompactPro

The best phone-connected thermal-imaging camera for resolution

Specifications

Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

Sensitivity range: -40˚C to 330˚C (-40˚F to 626˚F)

Sensitivity: 70 mK

Dimensions: 41 x 20 x 15mm (1.6 x 0.8 x 0.6 inches)

Reasons to buy

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Doesn’t need batteries

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Mini USB or iOS Lightning

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High-resolution IR sensor

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Manual focus offers great range

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High refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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Picture-by-picture parallax issue

This thermal-imaging camera also connects to your phone but provides more resolution (320 x 240 pixels) as well as higher sensitivity (-40˚F to 626˚F) than the Flir One – even the Pro version. And while that pushes up the price, it does make it a great choice for contractors, engineers, inspectors, and others looking for more detailed images.

With adjustable focus, the lens can be set on subjects as far as 550m (1,800ft). That’s not only handy for outdoor pursuits but allows you to take full advantage of the relatively high resolution to get sharp thermal images at any distance.

On the downside, while the FLIR One includes a visible light camera, the Seek CompactPro uses your phone’s camera to provide a split-screen picture-by-picture function, which is subject to some parallax issues.

On the plus side, the 15Hz refresh rate makes for better video (but can raise export issues when leaving the US, as it becomes “military grade”). Also, the app can give center-spot measures, or automatically highlight the hottest and coldest spots in a scene.

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7. FLIR TG267

The best thermal-imaging camera for spot measurement

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 pixels

Sensitivity range: -25˚C to 380˚C (-13˚F to 716˚F)

Sensitivity: 70 mK

Dimensions: 210 x 64 x 81mm (8.3 x 2.5 x 3.2in)

Battery: 5 hours rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Great choice for industrial use

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Spot measurement of temperature

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One-handed operation

Featuring a laser and a continuous-scanning IR thermometer, the FLIR TG267 is a kind of hybrid between a non-contact thermometer and a thermal imaging camera.

The grip shape is ideally suited to tasks like car maintenance, since the one-handed operation is easy, and the cool bullseye-shaped laser dot makes it simple to direct the point of interest. The 2.4-inch color screen (refreshing at 8.7Hz) gives you plenty of confidence that you’re getting the right readings for your work, boosted by the MSX tech for a sharp view.

The generous battery will provide five hours' use in the workshop, and charges via the same USB connector, which can be used to offload the saved images –up to 50,000 of which will fit on the built-in 4GB. The system also allows for emissivity correction (manually or with four handy pre-sets) and includes a tripod mount at the bottom of the grip.

Enthusiast mechanics may prefer to hunt down the cheaper TG165, an earlier FLIR product aimed at this category that still features a laser and IR thermometer, while the near-identical TG275 can perceive an even greater temperature range.

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8. Seek Thermal ShotPro

The best thermal-imaging camera for analysis tools

Specifications

Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

Sensitivity range: -40˚C to 330˚C (-40˚F to 626˚F)

Sensitivity: 70 mK

Weight: 205g

Dimensions: 80 x 140 x 28mm (3.1 x 5.5 x 1.1in)

Battery: 4 hours rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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SeekFusion image combination

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Ruggedised design

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Wi-Fi transfer

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High-resolution camera

Reasons to avoid

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Menus are not quite as elegant as FLIR C series

The Seek ShotPRO is a compact IR camera that boasts a much better thermal resolution than its immediate competitors but, unlike some other accessibly priced Seek products, also includes the ability to mix visual light. The technology, SeekFusion, allows you to adjust a live overlay with an on-screen slider, a little like changing opacity in Photoshop layers. It lacks the edge enhancement of FLIR MSX, but on the other hand, the greater thermal resolution means that isn’t really needed.

The Short Pro, like the FLIR C3, is capable of Wi-Fi streaming (it partners with a free app called SeekView), though still boasts 4GB of memory to capture stills and video. Even without the app, the 3.5-inch touchscreen can be used with built-in analysis tools; you can create up to three boxes and monitor the minimum, maximum, and average temperature in each. Using the tripod mount can be handy for watching things change over time.

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9. FLIR Scout TK

The best thermal-imaging monocular for value

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 pixels

Sensitivity range: -20˚C to +40˚C (-4˚F to 104˚F)

Sensitivity: 50 mK

Weight: 170g

Dimensions: 152 x 51 x 51mm (6 x 2 x 2in)

Battery: 5 hours rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Waterproof

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Good-quality optics

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Can store images & video

Reasons to avoid

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Range restricts tasks

Combining a 160x120 pixel sensor with a 640 x 480 pixel LCD display means the Scout TK has the resolution and tech to identify a mammal – a person or a deer, say –hiding at around 100 yards (91m) away while being no harder to use than a traditional scope. That’s not a stunning level of detail, but without the scope your eyes might well not make out targets at a much shorter distance, giving this device a broad range of security and hobby uses.

The compact size and rechargeable battery boost the practicality; there will be no trouble fitting this into a decent coat pocket. The USB image download is convenient, and there's a cable included too, although no wireless transfer.

With a fixed field of view (20˚), the controls are not challenging:just brightness and the option to switch the color palette (White Hot, Black Hot, InstAlert, Graded Fire, and others). A single button handles recording, with a short press for a still and a long press for video. The 9Hz refresh rate is fast enough to make hand-holding practical.

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10. CAT S62 Pro

The best thermal-imaging smartphone

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 pixels

Sensitivity range: -20˚C to 400˚C (-4˚F to 750˚F)

Sensitivity: 150 mK

Weight: 248g

Dimensions: 158 x 77 x 12mm

Battery: 4000mAh (Up to 2 days general use)

Reasons to buy

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Super rugged construction

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Fully waterproof

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Full-feature Android smartphone

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Indoor air quality monitoring

Reasons to avoid

-

Average visible-light camera

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No 5G

The CAT S62 Pro is designed to take serious abuse, with the construction thatmeans that it can be dropped without having to worry about dents or cracking its Gorilla Glass 6screen. With an IP68 rating, CAT phones can be submerged in 3m of water, too, without fear of ingress. And thisindustrial design also comes with some useful additional features that you don'tfind on a phone – including a very capable thermal imaging camera built on the FLIR 3.5 sensor (160 x 120).

This is useful because it reduces the things you need to carry and avoids any connecting with IR cameras via Bluetooth or cables. The phone, too, is a perfectly serviceable affair with a 660 Octo Core 2GHz CPU that will runyour favorite apps and 6GB storage for them. Even if it may lack some of the refinements of thetopcamera phones, it has a 12MP Sony sensor, comes with Android 10, and supports the Android Enterprise feature set.

Note: the older CAT S61, still available in places, had a lower resolution IR camera, but offered laser measuring, offering an alternative with even more flexibility.

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11. FLIR E8-XT

The best professional handheld infrared camera

Specifications

Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

Sensitivity range: -20˚C to +550˚C (-4˚F to 1022˚F)

Sensitivity: 50 mK

Weight: 570g

Dimensions: 94 x 244 x 140mm (3.7 x 9.6 x 5.5in)

Battery: 5 hours rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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High resolution

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Extended temperature

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Wireless data sharing

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

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Visible light camera only 640 x 480

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FLIR’s rugged E-series, of which the E8-XT is the top of the line (I have reviewed the E5-XT, which has a similar build). It offers the advantages of the company’s image enhancement, which merges visible light with the IR thermograph for easier-to-understand imagery. At this price, it seems a little unfair that the visible light camera is only 640x480, but in this context, it works well enough.

Of more concern to a working professional is the combination of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and the FLIR Tools app, which enables timely delivery of your assessment, with imagery, to clients. This is well-realized, easy to operate, and can also be used, via screen recordings, to capture video from the camera.

When you’re regularly working in rough environments, the E8 represents the kind of reliability you need. The autofocus makes it easy to use and the lenses and 3-inch screen are well-shielded in a drop-proof IP54 enclosure.

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12. FLIR MR277 Moisture Meter

A handy tool for building inspectors

Specifications

Resolution: 160 x 120 pixels

Sensitivity range: 0˚C - 100˚C (32˚F-212˚F) Temp | 30˚C to +50˚C (-22˚F to 122˚F) Dew point

Sensitivity: 60 mK

Weight: 340g

Dimensions: 160 x 85 x 44 mm (6.2 x 3.3 x 1.7in)

Battery: rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Moisture hygrometer

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Higher-res FLIR camera

Reasons to avoid

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MR160 might be more cost effective

The benefits of MSX-enhanced IR imagery are clear in any scenario, but especially when you just want to get the job done. Here the extra contrast from the natural light camera combined with the detail (in line with FLIR’s patent) makes identifying moisture problems, air leaks, and insulation issues a relative breeze for anyone in the field.

The 8GB of internal memory will store up to 15,000 images, and their associated hygrometer readings and measurements from the laser measure, the beam of which is directed from a lens near the cameras.

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13. Perfect Prime IR202

The best cheap thermal-imaging camera for Android

Specifications

Resolution: 80 x 60 pixels

Sensitivity range: -40˚C - 400˚C (-40˚F-1832F)

Sensitivity: 150 mK

Dimensions: 56 x 30 x 14 mm (2.2 x 1.18 x 0.55in)

Reasons to buy

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Accessibly priced

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USB-C or Lightning versions available

Reasons to avoid

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-Low resolution

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You need to get the right one for your phone (and provide the phone)

The IR202 is an ideal home inspection tool, made extremely portable by its compact design and piggybacking off the power from the host phone (Android only). At 15fps, the imaging is faster than some thermal images, though the 80 x 60 resolution means you’ll want to be relatively near your subject – meaning that hunters might want to look elsewhere for a tool to scan the woods.

It is nevertheless a noticeably higher resolution than the device’s immediate predecessor, the IR0102, which had a 32 x 32-pixel resolution. As a low-priced device, adding this to your toolkit is a lot less painful than some of the devices on this list, and with fuel prices on the rise, locating leaks (an ideal task for this adapter) could cover the cost surprisingly soon.

How thermal imaging cameras work

For the most part, the best thermal-imaging cameras work like regular ones, except that the image sensor detects invisible IR light and it is translated to a visual “thermogram”. This is what you see through the creature’s perspective views in The Predator and Prey.

Like visual cameras, these images are made of pixels but start at lower resolutions such as 80x60 pixels, or 0.003 megapixels. That sounds limited, but it's enough detail to pick out hotspots in wiring, for example.

See also Best thermal drones

Higher resolutions are always better, allowing you to work at a distance, which is especially important in security and rescue scenarios. Digitally overlaying the thermal image with a high-resolution, visible one can make understanding the picture easier, and many devices on this list do that.

The sensors are also of varying detail (150mK sensitivity means each pixel takes readings to the nearest 0.15˚C, so lower numbers are better). Meanwhile, refresh rates aren’t always high; 9Hz is typical, which is fine for locating hotspots, but not exactly cinematic.

Read more: Best indoor security cameras or Best outdoor security cameras

Thermal imaging works in the dark, or through smoke, but can be fooled by the reflectiveness (emissivity) of a surface. Because IR is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, like visible light, it also has similar properties when it encounters lenses or rain. For professional use, it pays to read up a bit on understanding thermograms, but you’ll understand the basics the moment you power on your thermal camera. Depending on the software, you can also take retrospective measurements from the thermal JPEGs.

How we test thermal cameras

Although there are several of us on the team, including me (Adam Juniper), we generally test thermal cameras by using them in day-to-day tasks like inspecting ventilation/insulation, heating equipment (radiators, boilers) and plumbing (hot water pipes and taps). We also test any special claims made by the manufacturer about individual products, as well as the overall experience.

You might also like the best inspection cameras and borescopes and the best night vision goggles.

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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing. He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association.

He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.

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FAQs

The best thermal-imaging cameras in 2023? ›

UltraMax® – the Ultimate Resolution

With UltraMax, researchers can further improve the resolution of their native thermal images for even greater clarity and a higher level of temperature measurement accuracy.

What is the highest resolution thermal imaging? ›

UltraMax® – the Ultimate Resolution

With UltraMax, researchers can further improve the resolution of their native thermal images for even greater clarity and a higher level of temperature measurement accuracy.

What is the best thermal imaging camera for moisture detection? ›

FLIR E8 XT Thermal Imaging Camera

The FLIR E8 XT is one of the most accurate and reliable thermal cameras on the market, perfect for professional home inspectors. This camera offers exceptional thermal sensitivity and can detect issues such as moisture damage, electrical problems, and structural defects.

How do I choose a thermal imaging camera? ›

Apart from cost and quality, the two major factors that you should keep in mind when buying a thermal camera are Detector Resolution and Thermal Sensitivity. The Detector resolution is the number of pixels that the thermal imager can fill in a frame. More the pixels, more detailed the image is going to be!

What is the difference between infrared camera and thermal imaging camera? ›

Active IR systems use short wavelength infrared light to illuminate an area of interest. Some of the infrared energy is reflected back to a camera and interpreted to generate an image. Thermal imaging systems use mid- or long wavelength IR energy. Thermal imagers are passive, and only sense differences in heat.

What is the difference between FLIR and thermal imaging? ›

Thermal imaging cameras are actually sensors that detect heat rather than cameras (also called thermal energy or infrared). These devices detect radiation in a technical sense. The amount of radiation increases as the temperature rises. FLIR and Fluke cameras make pictures from heat, not visible light.

How far can MLX90640 thermal camera see? ›

Featuring an array of 32 x 24 pixels, the MLX90640 provides accurate temperature readings at a distance of up to 7 meters.

What is the highest temp thermal camera? ›

The FLIR TG297 combines accurate measurement with the ability to image temperatures as high as 1030°C (1886°F) in a one-of-a-kind diagnostic tool.

Can thermal imaging see through rain? ›

Although thermal imaging cameras can see in total darkness, through light fog, light rain, and snow, the distance they can see is affected by these atmospheric conditions.

Can thermal imaging see through fog and rain? ›

Fog and rain can severely limit the range of a thermal imaging system due to scattering in the droplets of water. The higher the density of droplets, the more the infrared signal is diminished.

How far can a thermal camera detect? ›

Additionally, the bigger the resolution, the farther your thermal camera can detect heat. Thus, a 320 x 240 resolution thermal device can detect accurately from a distance of 60 feet, a job a 60 x 120 resolution thermal can do at a 30-feet distance.

Can phone cameras do thermal imaging? ›

Made for iPhone® and Android™ top models, Seek Compact transforms your smartphone or tablet into a professional thermal imaging tool. By utilizing the power and convenience of your smartphone, our cameras make it easy to take thermal photos and video, share findings, and send for documentation.

What is the difference between night vision and thermal camera? ›

The only difference is a greater magnification – a night vision device will absorb any light available to it, magnify it, and then display the image in black and white. Meanwhile, thermal imaging works by measuring the heat signals of various objects and comparing them to each other.

What is the disadvantage of thermal camera? ›

Drawbacks or disadvantages of Thermal Imaging

Images are difficult to interpret in specific objects having erratic temperatures. ➨Accurate temperature measurements are hindered by differing emissivities and reflections from surfaces. ➨Thermal imaging cameras are not used for study of under water objects.

Can infrared see through walls? ›

Walls can block infrared rays. This means an object cannot be seen on a thermal imaging camera when hidden in the walls. The infrared rays cannot pass through the walls, which makes the person invisible on a thermal imaging camera.

Why are thermal imaging cameras so expensive? ›

High-Quality Germanium Glass Lens: While regular cameras use optical glass or plexiglass, thermal cameras use germanium to create their lenses in addition to regular glass. Germanium glass has a high refractive index, which is a measure of how light filters through a material.

Who competes with FLIR thermal camera? ›

FLIR Systems's competitors include Seek Thermal, AdaSky, MOHOC, Logos Technologies. FLIR Systems ranks 1st among 53 active competitors.

Can FLIR thermal camera see through walls? ›

Can you see through walls with thermal imaging Cameras? No, Thermal imaging cameras do not see through surface but detect surface temperatures. If a wall is thick enough to trap the heat on one side without leaking it into the other side then thermal imaging will not detect it.

Can you see alligators with thermal imaging? ›

These are 'cold blooded' creatures, but they're seldom the same temperature as their surroundings. A thermal drone paints different colors or shades of grey for different temperatures, so a croc or a snek on land or on the surface can sometimes be spotted by a thermal drone.

What is the coldest color on a thermal camera? ›

Thermal imaging cameras use color to show the relative temperature of objects: cold is purple, moderate is red, and hot is yellow.

Can a thermal camera see through a house? ›

Thermal imaging devices can't “see” through walls. But pointing a thermal camera at a building still reveals sensitive information about what's going on inside. Thermal cameras read the heat radiating off of an object.

Can a thermal camera see underground? ›

By mapping the different temperatures recorded in a given area, thermal imaging shows you where liquid is running through pipes within a structure and underground, as well as where the liquid is seeping out of them.

Can a thermal imaging camera detect water leaks? ›

A thermal imaging camera cannot “see” moisture in walls, but it can detect subtle temperature differences and patterns that reveal the existence of water. Moisture is one of the most difficult issues to detect in a building - the signs are subtle and easy to miss until water starts dripping from the ceiling.

Can iPhone do thermal imaging? ›

An iPhone can be made into a thermal imaging camera, but it does require users to purchase a separate camera accessory that connects to the Lightning port before true infrared photos can be taken.

How accurate is the FLIR thermal camera? ›

Example
RangeAccuracy
Range –20 to 120°C (–4 to 248°F)–20 to 100°C (–4 to 212°F), accuracy ±2°C (±3.6°F) 100 to 120°C (212 to 248°F), accuracy ±2%
Range 0 to 650°C (32 to 1202°F)0 to 100°C (32 to 212°F), accuracy ±2°C (±3.6°F) 100 to 650°C (212 to 1202°F), accuracy ±2%
Range 300 to 2000°C (572 to 3632°F)accuracy ±2%
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Can thermal cameras see through cars? ›

Requiring no visible light to function, our cameras see through the darkness, dust, snow, rain, and even vegetation, picking up on pedestrians, animals, vehicles, and other road obstructions.

Can thermal imaging see through drywall? ›

No, thermal cameras cannot see through walls, at least not like in the movies. Walls are generally thick enough—and insulated enough—to block any infrared radiation from the other side. If you point a thermal camera at a wall, it will detect heat from the wall , not what's behind it.

Can thermal camera see through clothes? ›

As Wired say: "But one odd side effect of infrared photography is that, in some cases, it can see right through clothing. Not always, and the clothes have to be pretty thin in the first place." The issue being that nowadays, the majority of high street clothes are indeed incredibly thin.

Can dogs see in thermal? ›

Dogs are able to sense the thermal radiation coming from warm bodies or weak thermal radiation and they can also direct their behavior according to this signal,” said Anna Balint.

What is the difference between thermal and infrared? ›

Infrared imaging is very different from thermal imaging. While the former uses heat to produce images, the latter uses light. The light produces a super sharp image of your target area.

Can a thermal camera see rodents? ›

Thermal imagers are an increasingly popular, non-intrusive solution for finding pests in walls and other hidden places. From rodents to hornets to termites, many homeowners and building maintenance professionals are using thermal to quickly locate nests and avoid spreading chemicals like insecticides around homes.

Can a thermal camera see through windows? ›

The short answer to this question is no, thermal cameras cannot see through glass. This is because glass is a poor conductor of heat and does not emit any significant amount of infrared radiation. As a result, thermal cameras are unable to detect any temperature differences on the other side of the glass.

Which phones have a thermal camera? ›

Blackview BL8800 Pro is a 5G thermal imaging rugged smartphone, integrated a built-in FLIR® Lepton® thermal imaging camera that locates the heat source and translates it into a thermal image(good resolution) that you can see and measure, regardless of lighting conditions.

What is the highest resolution thermal phone? ›

The Seek Thermal Compact offers the highest resolution of the thermal cameras I tested, capturing 206- by 156-pixel images and a temperature range of –40 to 626 degrees Fahrenheit (–40 to 330 Celsius).

What is better for coyote hunting thermal or night vision? ›

Thermal gives you much better detection, while night vision gives you much better identification. Several people, including myself, choose to run an ATN OTS Thermal monocular for detection and an ATN X-Sight 4K for ID and shooting purposes.

What is better for night hunting thermal or night vision? ›

Night vision uses light to work; hence can be affected by fog or dust storms compared to thermal imaging, which uses temperature detectors to form images. Thermal imaging will be a better hunting option in areas with little light, but struggle under extreme heat conditions.

Can thermal vision see through smoke? ›

In sum, thermal cameras can see through smoke and fog to a certain extent, but their effectiveness is limited by various factors such as the thickness of the smoke or fog layer, the temperature of the objects behind the smoke or fog, and the sensitivity of the thermal camera itself.

What is the highest resolution image size? ›

This is the largest and most detailed photo ever taken of a work of art. It is 717 gigapixels, or 717,000,000,000 pixels, in size. The distance between two pixels is 5 micrometres (0.005 millimetre), which means that one pixel is smaller than a human red blood cell.

What is the resolution of thermal imagery? ›

Good thermal resolution means that a thermal imager can show an object with a certain temperature on the background with a very close temperature, and the smaller difference between the temperatures of object and background that can be displayed, the higher thermal resolution.

What is the highest image resolution? ›

At 717 billion pixels, the museum says that the distance between two pixels in the photo is just five micrometers (0.005 millimeters), which means the size of one pixel is smaller than a human red blood cell.

What is a good resolution for a thermal scope? ›

Resolution of the scope sensor

Some scopes will have 800A-600 display but a thermal sensor of 320A-240, which means poor image quality. The best thermal scopes have an average of 640x480 resolution and their prices start from $1,000.

How many megapixels is high resolution? ›

HD refers to 1280 x 720, or 1366 x 768 pixels. These are around 1 megapixel! FullHD is twice as large, at 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 2 megapixels.

How many megapixels is good for a camera? ›

Most modern cameras fall somewhere between 16 MP and 60 MP, all of which are more than sufficient to meet your needs. You should base your camera buying decisions on other features beyond sensor resolution.

How many megapixels is 4K? ›

The 4K label on a camera means that the device will record images at a level of about 12 megapixels or video at double the resolution of a standard HD TV (1920 x 1080).

What is the resolution of FLIR thermal camera? ›

FLIR cameras like Boson are available in qVGA (320x256) resolution and VGA (640x512) resolution, and have horizontal fields of view (FOV) ranging from 4° to 92°.

What is the resolution of FLIR infrared? ›

The FLIR E96 is our first pistol-grip camera with 640 × 480 thermal resolution so inspectors can survey high-voltage, hazardous targets safely and quickly diagnose electrical and mechanical failures.

What is the resolution of the FLIR K2? ›

Manufacturer Specs
ModelK2
IR resolution160 × 120 pixels
Thermal sensitivity/NETD< 100 mK @ +30°C (+86°F)
Field of view (FOV) / focus47° × 35°
Image frequency9 Hz
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What is the highest quality image type? ›

RAW files are the highest quality image format. They are loved by photographers as RAW format records all data from the sensor of the camera. Since RAW is an uncompressed format, it gives immense creative liberty to the photographers during post-processing.

What is the most zoomable picture? ›

London 320 Gigapixel (2013)

This is the world record photo! With 320 Gigapixels of resolution, it really made its away around the Web, with tens of millions of visitors.

What color is best for thermal scope? ›

Thermal Camera Color Palette Options

White hot is the most popular palette option and it's used primarily for hunting and surveillance. The image displayed shows warmer objects as light or white and keeps colder objects darker to provide enhanced definition.

What is the lifespan of a thermal camera? ›

CST has a 20-years track record in delivering thermal sensor cameras performing in the most challenging environments and guarantees a lifespan of up to 20 years.

What does the military use for thermal scopes? ›

The AN/PAS-13B uses thermal imaging so that it can be used day or night. Thermal imaging also allows the sight to see through smoke or fog, things that may normally obscure other night vision devices.

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