DRS Thermal Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 25, 2013

Recently, DRS entered the IP thermal market with far lower pricing than any incumbent, aiming to make this technology affordable to users who could never previously consider it. However, with such low pricing, performance and usability concerns are obvious, wondering what is lost at such a far lower cost.

In this report, we share our test results of DRS' WatchMaster IP Elite thermal camera, testing it against Axis, FLIR, Pelco, and SightLogix at short and long range. We also give our recommendations for optimization, and provide an overview of the camera's configuration and physical construction.

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Comments (2)

If I understand correctly, the automatic shutter in thermal cameras tends to be an expected failure point. (Please feel free to expound on that, or correct me if that is not so.) The DRS cameras are rated for a 50,000 hour life of the shutter - or less than 6 years. Is this a significantly lower value than for the other manufacturers? Even if it is, their aggressive pricing is certainly appreciated, if for no other reason than because it cuts in half the cost of testing out thermal imaging technology and gaining some proficiency with it prior to selling it.

Any thoughts / corrections on that shutter question?

Great review. Thanks
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