FUNDAMENTALS

Tips For Selecting An Infrared Camera For Research And Development Applications

There are arguably countless types of infrared cameras on the market that can be used in research science applications. So how do you go about choosing the best one for you? Jerry Beeney of FLIR Research & Science discusses some important considerations in the decision process for choosing a camera including temperature, speed and distance requirements. Check out the following 6 min video for more information.

There are two main types of cameras for R&D and scientific applications: Cooled and uncooled. The cooled cameras are fundamentally faster and more sensitive than uncooled cameras. With cooled cameras also much smaller microscopic targets can be seen. Check out the following videos for more information (a couple of minutes each).

What’s the difference between cooled & uncooled thermal detectors?

Cooled vs Uncooled Thermal Cameras: Sensitivity

Cooled vs Uncooled Thermal Cameras: Speed

Cooled vs Uncooled Thermal Cameras: Field of view

Infrared Camera Accuracy And Uncertainty In Plain Language

Trusting measurements from instruments can be difficult without a clear understanding of how the sensitivity and accuracy is derived. Many times, infrared camera measurement accuracy is confusing and can involve complex terms and jargon that may be misleading. Researchers who don’t understand these terms sometimes avoid the tools altogether and miss out on potential advantages of thermal measurement for R&D applications. The following article aims to strip away the technical terms and explain measurement uncertainty in plain language.