Thermal imaging with Flir C5

Thermal imaging with Flir C5

Thermal imaging is widely popular predictive method to find hidden faults and reduce diagnostic time in electrical switch gear and motors, building facility maintenance much before the actual problem occurs.
To start with, You can owe a basic camera and basic knowledge and will be able to identify most of the issues in your area.
There are many entry level basic thermal cameras from masters of this field like Fluke, Flir, Testo and as well as many new players thrown their hats into this arena. flir-c5-thermal-imaging-camera
You can purchase any brand as per your choice but need basic knowledge to choose the best one fit into your business. Among those one of our choice for basic thermal imaging to start with is Flir C5 camera.
C5 Compact Professional Thermal Camera w/MSX and WiFi 160 x 120 Resolution/9Hz. Bellow is the basic points for which we pick this one as our choice.

The FLIR C5 compact thermal camera is a go-to tool for building inspections, facilities maintenance, HVAC/R, electrical repair, and other troubleshooting applications. Featuring a thermal camera, visual inspection camera, and LED flashlight, the powerful FLIR C5 makes it easy to identify hidden problems. Built-in FLIR Ignite™ cloud connectivity allows direct data transfer, storage, and backup, so images are always available on all your devices.


  • Indispensable tool for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing maintenance and inspection
  • Touchscreen with 5-megapixel camera makes using and interpreting C5 data very simple
  • Shortens inspection times immensely
  • Change image contrast to suit your needs
  • Reveals potential problems early for better preventative maintenance
  • LED Flashlight aids inspection
  • Makes notes about images and uploads directly to FLIR Ignite Cloud
  • quick and simple sharing and reporting
  • Tough rubber case with IP54 rating


  • Slight lag in processing speed makes C5 feel a bit sluggish

Manufacturer Specs

IR sensor 160 × 120 (19,200 pixels)
Thermal sensitivity/NETD <70 mK
Field of view (FOV) 54° × 42°
Minimum focus distance
  • Thermal: 0.1 m (3.94 in)
  • MSX: 0.3 m (11.8 in)
Image frequency 8.7 Hz
Focus Focus free
Spectral range 8–14 μm
Screen size 3.5 in
Visual camera 5 MP
Digital camera focus Fixed
Image Presentation
Image adjustment
  • Automatic level and span
  • Manual level and span
  • 1-Touch level and span
Image modes
  • Infrared image
  • Visual image
  • MSX (Embossed visual details on thermal image)
  • Picture-in-picture (IR area on visual image)
Gallery Thumbnails and custom folder structure
Color palettes Iron Gray Rainbow Arctic Lava Rainbow HC
Screen rotation Yes
Touchscreen Capacitive touch
Measurement & Analysis
Object temperature range -20 to 400°C (-4 to 752°F)
Accuracy At ambient temp. 15 to 35°C (59 to 95°F) and object temp. above 0°C (32°F)

0 to 100°C (32 to 212°F): ±3°C (±5.5°F)

100 to 400°C (212 to 752°F): ±3%

Measurement functions
  • Spot
  • Box with max./min.
Measurement correction
  • Emissivity; matt/semi-matt/semi-gloss + custom value
  • Reflected apparent temperature
  • Atmospheric compensation
Image Storage & Streaming
Storage media Internal memory and onboard FLIR Ignite cloud connectivity (with Wi-Fi)
Image storage capacity >5000 images
Image file format Standard JPEG, 14-bit measurement data included
Communication & Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz)
USB USB 2.0, Type-C connector
Bluetooth PAN
Image upload Directly upload images to FLIR Ignite cloud library and services
Additional Information
Battery type Rechargeable built-in Lithium ion battery
Battery operating time 4 hours
Charging system USB-C (1 A)
Charging time 2 hours
External power operation 5 V, USB-C
Operating temperature range -10 to 50°C (14 to 122°F)
Storage temperature range -40 to 70°C (-40 to 158°F)
Encapsulation Camera housing and lens: IP54 (IEC 60529)
Drop test Designed for 2 m (6.6 ft)
Weight (including battery) 0.19 kg (0.42 lb)
Size (L × W × H) 138 × 84 × 24 mm (5.4 × 3.3 × 0.94 in)
Tripod mounting (built-in) UNC ¼”-20
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