Thermal Imaging Cameras have over the past 20 years become a device that most any professional can afford. These cameras used to require a sophisticated cooling system internal to the device, then once that technical hurdle was overcome, then the high end FLIR systems most people recall selling were in the $50,000.-$75,000. range. Early commercial adopters were law enforcement in South Florida used to track drug shipments and interdict them in the dense brush and areas in the Everglades and other hidden areas at night. This “Night Vision” tool was successful and used in helicopters to locate suspects.
Of course, this is standard issue for many of the world’s military forces now and of different portable configurations and sensitivities. Infrared sensors and equipment is also embedded in all models of modern aircraft for advanced thermal imaging in combat and civilian applications.
Now fast forward to present day, and any professional can use them for machine problem diagnosis with a simple point and shoot laser temperature measuring gun, or overheating electric breakers and thermal insulation defects in cold climates. The applications for small businesses are wide ranging and all Law Enforcement, not solely the DEA can afford these for capturing fugitive suspects at night. In fact a recent story of a man who escaped police after leaving the scene of a crime was found and rescued from hypothermia using a drone that had an Infrared Camera on board.
Thermal Imaging Cameras are available in all price ranges, configigurations such as pistol grips, detection resolutions, sensitivities and for various applications. Both common Smart phone cellular phone Operating systems are supporting allowing both owners of Android and iPhone Thermal Cameras to be purchased and are now available and connect through the power/charging connector.
The Flir E4, Flir E5, Flir E6 and Flir E8 models all use MSX /Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging in false color IR images.
This technology helps edge detection of objects and more detail to what is displayed on the imaging display.