The new Flir T1K thermal imaging camera is the latest and greatest model on the market. It could quite possibly be the most sophisticated handheld thermal imaging camera on the market.
Let me start off by saying one thing – you cannot afford this. I cannot afford this. Many companies cannot afford this. The Flir T1K thermal imaging camera, model 1020, which is available with different lens options, costs $40K.
Yes, that’s right – 40 thousand dollars, give or take a little.
I’m only going to give you some info on it because, if you’re seriously interested in buying one for your company, you should probably contact a Flir regional sales rep for a demo.
Flir claims that their new T1K thermal imaging camera offers:
- Best-in-class optics
- Outstanding image quality
- Flexibility and ease of use
- Fully radiometric jpegs and video
It features new OSX high definition optics – yes, they really named it “OSX” and Apple doesn’t seem to have complained thus far – which enable the sensor to measure temperature with the highest accuracy and deliver stunning image quality. The lens feel durable and polished at the same time.
Durable and polished at the same time? I don’t get that part, do you?
The HDIR optics are precise, and they feature continuous and quiet ultrasonic autofocusing. There are also manual focus controls, but the autofocus in the video looks to perform beautifully. They say that you can pick out details from twice the difference than if you were to use any of their previous lenses.
There are 4 lens options – a wide angle 45° lens, “standard” 28° general purpose lens, a 12° telephoto lens, and a 3x close-up lens. It’s not clear as to whether the lenses are removable and interchangeable, although it seems that they are.
Flir equipped the T1K thermal imaging camera with a 1024 x 728 pixel sensor. But wait… using UltraMax technology, which I will post about separately, you can get up to 3.1 MP of image resolution. Wow, that’s a lot. Most thermal imaging sensor resolutions are measured in kilopixels, not megapixels.
320 x 240 is a fairly premium thermal imaging sensor size. That’s only 76,800 pixels. 1024 x 728 is 9.7 times that amount, and 3.1 MP is 40 times greater.
It also of course features Flir’s MSX technology, with enhances the thermal image using visible camera details. You can see examples of how well this works in my Flir E4 before-and-after-mod post.
You get programmable buttons on the camera body, a pivoting lens system, wireless connectivity, one-click instant reporting, ambient temperature compensation, and autofocus system, dynamic focus control, and of course the UltraMax and MSX image enhancement software.
Here’s the promo video: