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Offline ixfd64

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http://www.tequipment.net/Dwyer/TIC-10/Building-and-Industrial-Thermal-Imagers/?v=7249

They're made by a company called Dwyer. Anyone know if they're any good?

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2014, 02:35:23 pm »
I saw the same deal and came here wondering the same thing!  Pretty high resolution for pretty cheap.
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 02:52:07 pm »
I imagine they're feeling some pressure from the sub-$1000 80x60 FLIR E4 ("oh, look, it's still easily hackable to 320x240!") for professional users, and from the $200 Seek (206x156) for casual experimenters.

The Dwyer unit might be outstanding, but if they aren't already an entrenched brand, the new competitive landscape must be harsh indeed.
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 05:22:57 pm »
I doubt this is a real thermal camera. According to the datasheet it sounds more like a IR spot thermometer with a lepton sensor attached to it. Much like the Flir TG165.
There are small lies, big lies and then there is what is on the screen of your oscilloscope.
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2014, 05:53:19 pm »
I doubt this is a real thermal camera. According to the datasheet it sounds more like a IR spot thermometer with a lepton sensor attached to it. Much like the Flir TG165.

Are we looking at different things? I see the manufacturer's information page here:

http://www.dwyer-inst.com/Product/DiscontinuedProducts/TestEquipment/SeriesTIC

It's shown as a "Discontinued Product", but it does claim an IR resolution of 160x120.

Here's a catalog page:

http://www.dwyer-inst.com/PDF_files/2015/INTL/TIC.i.pdf

A quick perusal of their website doesn't turn up any comparable current products. I wonder if they've decided to bail out in the face of inevitable price and resolution wars...
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 05:01:57 pm »
TEquipment.NET recently further reduced the price to $459: http://www.tequipment.net/Dwyer/TIC-20/Building-and-Industrial-Thermal-Imagers

It seems the company is rather desperate to get rid of them. On the other hand, the reviews are pretty positive...

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2015, 05:11:32 pm »
What about the thermal imager from CEM equipment? Is that any good?
http://www.cem-instruments.com/en/pro/pro-828.html
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2015, 05:40:30 pm »
What about the thermal imager from CEM equipment? Is that any good?
http://www.cem-instruments.com/en/pro/pro-828.html
Actually I just noticed today one of their cheaper products (80x80):

http://www.reichelt.de/Thermal-Imaging-Cameras/CEM-DT-980/3/index.html?&ACTION=3&LA=2&ARTICLE=151718&GROUPID=4408&artnr=CEM+DT-980

but can't find any user comments.
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2015, 05:46:42 pm »
Here are all the thermal imagers in their product line:
http://www.cem-instruments.com/en/pro/sort34-1.html
 

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Re: TEquipment.NET selling 160 x 120 thermal cameras for below $1,000
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2015, 03:49:25 am »
TEquipment.NET recently further reduced the price to $459: http://www.tequipment.net/Dwyer/TIC-20/Building-and-Industrial-Thermal-Imagers

It seems the company is rather desperate to get rid of them. On the other hand, the reviews are pretty positive...

Thanks for the heads-up. 

I picked one up and used the forum discount which made the price $430.

Must be a tough market to have to cut the price that drastically.  I guess I'll see if it was worth it or not.
 


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