Dnk, what info would you like? I use a Flir P45 IR Camera regularly. I am a Level II Certified Infrared Thermographer & Master Electrician. Flir makes very good IR Cameras. What you are going to use an IR Camera for should determine model & price. Do you have a general idea of what you want to use an IR Camera for? I'll do my best to answer any questions you have. Al
I am curious on how and why they would be needed. I did a google and some range from 2K-15K..15K is a big investment for something I may only use 3 or 4 times. I thought of renting one for a week or two.
My general need would be small right now, maybe doing some plant preventive maintenance with transformers and panels and stuff. Nothing too involved. Maybe scan my house to look for leaks...more or less just playing around.
I don't think I need a 15K one, but something not grey scale, but in color would be nice..
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Dnk, renting one would meet your needs (3 or 4 times) the most financial way. The EC I work for spent 40K - 50K for the camera I use. We do not use it daily yet, but are close to that goal.
We do predictive preventative maintenance with IR. I am still amazed at some of the problems we have found before a plant has an unplanned outage. We will look at all the electrical equipment in a plant or office facility. A report of our findings is giving to the customer including IR & Digital images of problem areas. At that point the customer can have his in house staff make repairs or hire the EC I work for make them.
Flir makes a nice camera using color around 15K, Fluke makes one around 9.5K color also. Check out a number of cameras before you purchase one. Also ask the salesman if you can try it for a set time period before making a purchase.