FLIR i7 vs Fluke TiS Review – Sub $2500 Thermal Imaging Camera Battle
Please Note: This post is in reference to the old i-series. You can find information on the new FLIR i3, i5 and i7 units on Optimum Stores.
Earlier in July, Fluke announced the launch of their first sub $2,500 thermal imager, the Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Scanner. The Fluke TiS features a 120×120 thermal sensor with 5% accuracy. The Fluke TiS is competitively priced at USD$2,495. Today, FLIR lowered their FLIR i7 infrared camera US pricing from USD$2,995 to USD$1,995 – a $1,000 price drop.
Ever wonder what these camera’s key features would look like if they were put up side by side to one another? Well, now you can:
Fluke TiS vs. FLIR i7
If we only shopped by price, its easy to see which one of these cameras would take the cake.
Feature for feature, the FLIR i7 has a higher accuracy, a higher temperature range, a Hot/Cold detection feature and has emissivity correction. Emissivity correction is essential for any thermographic imaging system required to provide accurate temperature measurement. For example, if an object is at a higher temperature than background and has a low emissivity, it will be detected as being at a lower temperature than it really is. Emissivity correction will compensate for this measurement error. Emissivity variations can however be used to advantage when distinguishing between surfaces at the same temperature but having different emissivity characteristics (source).
Let’s have a look at the new Fluke TiS! The Fluke TiS is a manual focus camera, in fact it is the ONLY manual focus camera under $2,500. This allows users the flexibility to focus on exactly the object in focus at any distance. In contrast, a fixed focus camera (much like the disposable visible light cameras) are limited to focusing several feet away from the target and you have no control to focus on a particular object – If you’re looking for the versatility to focus in any situation, a manual focus camera is the only way to achieve that. The Fluke TiS also has a larger LCD screen and also comes with a 2GB Memory card compared to only a 512MB card that comes with the FLIR i7 (But, the FLIR i7 can still store over 5,000 images).
Both of these infrared cameras come with free reporting software that you can use for inspection reports, these are simply one of the other things to consider if you’re deciding on either camera. Overall these cameras are very similar from a technical specifications level but to be fair, have different bodies (ie. in a drop test) – Fluke thermal imagers are the only camera rated to handle a more than 6 foot drop which I believe is valuable for customers who are in a rough environment or appreciate a very rugged design.
The FLIR i7 and Fluke TiS are both terrific cameras. Which one you choose will likely come down to your needs and commonly price no doubt.
So, if you are looking for an entry level infrared camera or thermal imager, I recommend having a look at both of these terrific cameras. You can learn more about them on our websites or feel free to give one of our Certified Thermographers a call toll free at 1.877.766.5412