Any thought on the Flir i7 ??
120x120 resolution, .1C at 25C (100mk / 100 NETD) thermal sensitivity and 3.71 MRAD. The thermal sensitivity and MRAD do not meet the proposed Resnet IR standard.
The screen is small. It is an okay camera if you are just doing electrical inspections and maybe light industrial.
Jason Kaylor – JJ
What do you plan to use it for?
Every camera out there has a purpose. The opinions floating around out there that home inspection usage for thermal imaging does not require high-resolution cameras is a bunch of baloney!
You are required to show up for a home inspection at a determined time (this may not coincide with the best conditions for scanning). You’re not flexible as you would be if you were doing a roof scan or an energy audit for the property owner.
When you’re required to push temperature differential, vapor pressure differential and wet bulb/dry bulb differential, low-end cameras don’t cut it.
Using thermal imaging is to speed up the inspection process and detect latent conditions that are not seen with the naked eye. Documentation of the condition is the second use. Low-resolution for documentation provides poor quality. A blue shadow versus a defined shape makes the difference between determining air versus moisture intrusion.
You should always back up your thermal scans with other equipment like moisture meters, however a highly sensitive thermal camera can detect moisture inside the wall that is not detectable with a moisture meter as moisture diffusion on the exterior of the wall is not the same as inside insulation (which thermal camera can measure).
There are thousands of other applications that you can use a low-end camera on, just don’t think you can “do it all” as so many camera owners depict on their websites.