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tv84:
Hi all,

Today i'm asking the forum for advice on buying an infrared camera (thermal imager). First time in this Section of the forum...

My target would be a handheld, at least 320x240 resolution, with a max price around 500-600 Euros (or USD).

No specific task for it. Just as another toy to inspect electric equipments, house cooling, etc...

A quick search on the web lead me to the Perfect Prime IR0019 but I have no experience in this field and would deeply appreciate your opinions, suggestions or experiences.

BTW, I also find interesting a FLIR E4 modded to E8 (i love these upgrades... ;) )... Is this better than my previous scenario or just not worthy the extra cash?

TIA

RBsonic:
If you can work with USB dongle, I would recomand T3Pro or HT-301. They both have same hardware and cost about 600 Euro on aliexpress. Their advantages is a big 13mm lens, 384x288 sensor resolution and 25Hz framerate. But they can work only with android smartphone. You can easy find some reviews for these thermal cameras in this forum.



Bill W:
If you are looking for a full camera, and don't mind a bit of a project you could also consider eBay second hand fire cameras.
Several have teardowns on here, and also a few 'tear ups' making cameras from the internals after binning the cases.

regards
Bill

tv84:

--- Quote from: Bill W on January 04, 2020, 11:09:02 pm ---If you are looking for a full camera, and don't mind a bit of a project you could also consider eBay second hand fire cameras.

--- End quote ---

Bill, thanks. Do you have any model suggestions?

Bill W:
For a Raytheon BST (320x240) :
EEV / Marconi Argus2 and Argus3 (yellow)
ISG Talisman K90 as the recent thread
Bullard T4 (less common in europe)
I will also soon have some reclaimed but tested cores available.


For a Raytheon ASi (160x120 20Hz)
EEV / Marconi Argus3 (blue)
Bullard T3
My 'new old stock' as mentioned by Fraser

ULIS sensor cores
ISG
Recent E2V/Avon MiTIC/P/T - not really into the second hand market yet

ITC cores
ISG E380 (some of them)

The E2V Argus4 and ISG K1000 etc are more integrated cameras, so not so easy to split and rebuild to your own satisfaction.

Another plus with the EEV/Marconi/E2V is the level of support from myself (designed and built them) and Fraser (having taken several apart).

regards
Bill

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