- Pro: Can read up to 9 Hz of Thermal Frequency
- Pro: Takes Thermal and Regular Pictures Simultaneously
- Pro: WiFi Capabilities to Send Thermal Images
Trying to make a home or facility functional and efficient if every engineer’s and facility manager’s challenge. And one of the biggest challenges that interfere with that goal is heat loss.
If a you’re trying to heat a building or home in the middle of winter, you don’t want your warm air escaping the house. Which is why excellent insulation is important. But with the help of Flir’s C2, any home owner can quickly see where the heat is escaping. And he can quickly address those areas with the proper amount of insulation.
Or, if an electric panel box is overheating. It’s important to know, for the safety of everyone inside of the building, that a panel box is properly working. But is any of the circuits is drawing too many amps, then that can cause a fire hazard, which can cause serious injury and property damage.
And the list of values that thermal imaging cameras bring to the table is much more extensive. And although you can find many other thermal imaging cameras for the purpose of maintaining a home, you’ll have a hard time finding one more impactful than Flir’s C2.
Review of FLIR C2 Compact Thermal Imaging System
What does the FLIR C2 do? Well, lets start by saying that it is very much like a camera, in that it “sees” things, but not what most cameras see. In this case, what you see is a “thermal” world, or you can say you basically “see” temperature, where things are divided into hot and cold. Simply turn on the FLIR C2 and touch the screen anywhere and you will get six icons which provide access to the camera’s main functions: Image mode, Image Playback Menu, Measurement Mode, Lamp, Colour Palette, and Settings.
In regards to the C2’s resolution, if you’re expecting this thing to have the resolution of your average high-tech camera, it doesn’t have that. But for what it does, it does it very well. Images are clearly recognizable and functionally speaking, the FLIR C2 is actually quite amazing. You have several different views to choose from, and each one is easy to select and these options make it very easy to do the job that the camera is meant for, which is to assess structures for any sort of issues such as drainage issues, poorly sealed windows, inadequate weather stripping, and more.
If you are familiar with the FLIR TG165 Imaging Thermometer, or the FLIR ONE, you might know about the FLIR Lepton thermal core, which is like the brain of the unit, and a smart one at that. In terms of resolution, thanks to the Lepton, we get 80 x 60, giving us up to 4800 pixels per shot. Maybe this does not impress you on its own, but when you combine this with the fact that each pixel of this camera has a sensitivity of variations in temperature up to 0.10 °C, you’ve got yourself a highly useful little device that fits right into your pocket.
In terms of an overall temperature range for the FLIR C2, it ranges from 14 to 302 °F (–10 to 150 °C). This will do nicely if you are going to be using it for what you might expect – assessing the condition of a building, or looking at electrical or mechanical problems.
The FLIR C2 has a wide angle lens, which most customers are happy to see, and which allows for a bigger picture to be captured all at once. It will enlarge the pixels slightly but it can be done. The FLIR C2 is similar in a way to a smart phone camera, with a fixed lens, and it can provide a thermal image detailing anything in front of it that is over six inches away from it quite clearly.
Most users will be thankful for the C2’s wide angle lens, allowing more of a scene to be imaged at one time, even if pixel size is slightly enlarged. The lens is fixed as on a smart phone camera, and will give a clear thermal image of any object over 6” away.
Along with the thermal detector there is a built-in 640 x 480 visible light camera. When you record a thermal image with the FLIR C2, a visible image is also captured. If you are creating a report of any kind, this will come in handy in many ways. Even better though is the MSX blending technology that comes built-in to the FLIR C2. What does it do? MSX is designed to help you identify objects by recognizing and then passing on visible details such as writing, edges, and patterns onto the thermal image, resulting in easy to recognize objects. If you are using this camera in a darker area, the C2 camera also comes equipped with an LED flash which can be used as a spotlight.
MSX is designed to help you identify objects by recognizing and then passing on visible details such as writing, edges, and patterns onto the thermal image, resulting in easy to recognize objects. If you are using this camera in a darker area, the C2 camera also comes equipped with an LED flash which can be used as a spotlight.
It is very slim
It has a rugged design
Combination of thermal core and digital camera can show details better than just a thermal core.
- Expensive for a gadget
- Primarily intended for those who would find uses for it at work.
This camera basically offers you all you might ask for from a thermal tool like this. It is compact, durable, and highly functional. The sensitivity rivals cameras that cost twice as much. Overall, it is a combination of both form and function that makes this device so appealing, and it comes at a price that is basically quite hard to ignore.
Our bottom line is if you are looking to analyze thermal patterns either professionally or not, this device is definitely a worthwhile investment.