Flir E5 Review

Nov 21
Flir thermal imaging camera model E5

Flir E5 is the next step up from the highly rated Flir E4 thermal imaging camera (rated as the best cheap thermal imaging camera in 2017).

Flir E5 has the same great lightweight body as others cameras in the E series line up. The sensor has been upgraded to 120 x 90 pixels with slightly improved thermal sensitivity (<0.10˚  C). That might be enough for most people who would be using this thermal camera for electrical, building and mechanical inspections. For users who need more precision, look into the FLIR E6 or the Flir E8 cameras, since their sensor is slightly better. The thermal images are combined with regular digital images on a 3 inch 320 x 240 color LCD using Flir's MSX technology. Btw, the digital camera has a 640 X 480 resolution, which is sufficient for the 3" display. All E series have the same object temperature range - -4˚F to +482˚F. 

A one button operation and the ability to share images with built in WIFI makes this a great all around camera.. Download the native FLIR Tools Mobile app and enjoy wireless communication between the thermal camera and a smartphone. The app also allows you to create reports and edit images.

FLIR E5 has a rechargeable 3.6V battery that lasts up to 4 hours of use. If your budget is under $1,500 - this is the one to get!

Features include: 

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    120 x 90 pixels thermal resolution
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    <0.10˚C thermal sensitivity 
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    List 45˚ x 34˚ field of view
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    9Hz refresh rate
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    Minimum distance of operation - 1.6ft
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    3" cold LCD display with 320 x 240 resolution
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    640 x 480 built in digital camera
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    -4˚F to +482˚F object temperature range
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    Wifi
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    Flir Tools
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    Rechargeable battery
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    up to 4 hours of operation
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    Weighs only 1.27 lbs

Pros:

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    Affordable​​​
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    120 x 90 resolution
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    MSX 
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    Wifi

Cons:

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    higher end applications require higher resolution
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    4 hours of operation might not be enough for professionals