FLIR's Super Low Cost Thermal Cameras

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 02, 2014

FLIR has been hyping the future of super low cost thermal cameras seemingly forever. 

And yet, it has been a competitor, DRS, who a few years ago delivered a breakthrough in thermal camera pricing at $2,000, while FLIR thermal IP cameras remained $4,000+. 

Now, FLIR has announced a new line of low cost cameras starting at only $499 MSRP, plunging prices to the level of conventional cameras. In this note, we look at these new models, how they compare to existing options, and their potential impact.

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Comments (4)

If, like me, you've never had the chance to deploy a thermal camera, you may find the Thermal Camera Tutorial useful.

Did the low cost (~$499) Flir's actually make it to market yet? It's been a while and I'm not seeing much info out there on them past the original annoucements.

Jeppie, they have been delayed and they mentioned that to use at ASIS. I just emailed FLIR now asking for an update. I'll post feedback when I receive it.

FLIR is saying that shipping is expected in the next few months - Q1 2015.

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