FLIR FX Tested

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Apr 08, 2015

FLIR is going after the home / consumer surveillance market with their FLIR FX. A few of the notable competitive features offered:

  • Video analytics for search (RapidRecap)
  • Built-in Battery
  • Built-In Storage
  • Outdoor housing

Dropcam, now a Google/Nest division, is certainly the big name now in this market. IPVM has also tested Samsung, Simplicam and D-Link's home offering.

How does FLIR FX compare?

We tested Dropcam and FLIR FX head to head to better understand the tradeoffs. Below is a preview from the two side by side:

 

Our report answers:

  • How well does the included SD card storage work?
  • How effective is FLIR's video analytics?
  • Who has better image quality?
  • For the features provided, how does pricing / value compare?

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Pricing *** ***** *****

*** **** ** ****** ***** ******* ** $*** *** (**** as ******* ***), *** *** ******* ***** *** $***. ******* *** available *** ***-***** *** *** ****** ********* **** ********,**** *****,**** ***, *** **** **** ******** ******* ** *****. *** ** will **** ** **** **-***** ** ***** *********.

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Setup *******

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Rapid *****

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Mobile *** ***

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Image *******

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Comments (11)

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