FLIR Exx-Series E75 E85 E95: The ultimate affordable thermal cameras for NDT

Jun 20, 2017

FLIR Exx-Series: E75 E85 E95

The ultimate affordable thermal cameras for NDT & condition monitoring

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Image: FLIR E95

FLIR has released three new thermal imaging cameras offering NDT inspectors, tradies and professionals in HVAC, electrical contracting and maintenance fields a new range of imagers with increased resolution, better thermal sensitivity, and a host of excellent hardware and software developments. It can be said that the new imagers serve as an update to FLIR’s existing Exx-Series range but importantly they have not simply been given a facelift. The FLIR E75FLIR E85, and FLIR E95 are all brand new models with solid performance improvements in resolution, temperature ranges, and measurement capabilities. The lenses are now interchangeable and the focus has been upgraded to laser guided. The touchscreen is larger and brighter so the new Exx-Series camera boasts a picture that’s better than ever.

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Here's the deal...

To break each camera's specs down, we will look at four main areas: Resolution, focus, lenses and touchscreen.

1. Resolution

The FLIR Exx-Series cameras have received an increase in resolution, with the lowest resolution now being 320 x 240 in the E75 (76,800 pixels). In recent years this has become the workhorse resolution for professionals, thanks in part to the popularity of the FLIR E60 and FLIR T420. The FLIR E85 does even better, with a resolution of 384 x 288 (110,592 pixels). And the FLIR E95 offers a beautiful 464 x 348 (161,472 pixels) image. Sensitivity (NETD) is the same on all three imagers, rated at 0.04 °C for the standard 24 degree lens. Sensitivity gets even better for the 42 degree wide angle lens (0.03 °C). Temperature ranges vary by model, but all three have sufficiently large ranges for most applications. The FLIR E95 will measure temperatures up to 1500C ° -  unheard of in this price range! 

2. Focus

One of the fantastic new features of the FLIR Exx-Series is the laser guided auto-focus. The cameras have a built-in laser distance meter that can precisely measure to 30M. The camera then uses this data to focus the lens for the target distance. This amounts to a very accurate and quick focus at the push of a button. In case of a complicated target area with multiple focal points, the new Exx cameras incorporate a manual focus ring to dial in the image by hand. The E85 and E95 also use the laser distance meter for another feature: calculating area. Because the distance and lens qualities are known to the camera, you can draw a box on the touchscreen and the E85 and E95 can tell you the area contained by that box (square feet or square meters). All distance and area measurements are recorded with any corresponding image. 

3. Lenses
Normally getting an accessory lens for your thermal camera meant you needed to return it the manufacturer for calibration with the new lens. FLIR has changed all that by including a chip on the lens itself that carries calibration data from the factory. You can now have an extra lens shipped directly to you, attach it to your camera, and run the built-in calibration program. The camera will read the data on the lens then make adjustments, resulting in accurate measurements with no downtime.  Furthermore, this means that one lens (maybe seldom used) can be shared between multiple cameras. Lenses are no longer tied to a single camera as before, adding enormous flexibility and convenience for users. 

4. Touchscreen
To make the most of the new resolutions and lenses, FLIR has created a fabulous new touchscreen. The screen is 30% larger, 25% brighter, and has a wide 160° viewing angle. There’s no more squinting to see the image when you’re outside, and it’s easy to view the camera when looking over someone’s shoulder (of course, if you need to share the camera, you could just use the built in Wi-Fi to relay the live screen to your phone or tablet). The touchscreen on the new E75/E85/E95 is made of tough Dragontrail glass, and gives the glossy picture and touch sensitivity you would expect from a smartphone or tablet. The screen makes use of multi touch gestures for a greatly improved interaction with the infrared camera. You can use two fingers for pinch zoom, or swipe down from the top to access frequently used shortcuts.  

That's not all...

Underpinning all of these fantastic new upgrades are the best of FLIR's performance characteristics. The new E75/E85/E95 imagers have visible light cameras as well as thermal cameras, which means they can perform the popular FLIR MSX image enhancement. Also included is UltraMax super-resolution imaging, to combine multiple images into a single image of double the original resolution. Communications include Wi-Fi to a phone or tablet, Bluetooth to FLIR electrical and moisture instruments, and even GPS to record where each image was taken. You can capture still images or thermal video (and even time lapse on the E95). The cameras have a tough rubberized housing to resist dust and water. I hope you are as impressed as we are with FLIR's new Exx-Series thermal cameras. If we can assist you in any way please contact us.

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