thermal-cameraSENSOR systems manufacturer Flir Systems has made the C2, which it describes as the world’s first compact full-featured professional thermal camera, available in the Asia Pacific region.

The pocket-sized Flir C2 is designed to help building professionals see hidden heat patterns that can reveal sources of energy loss, signs of structural defects, and plumbing issues.

The C2’s wide angle fixed-focus lens is ideal for viewing and analysing large areas typically found in building inspections, Flir said, while a built-in work light and flash helps illuminate the poorly-lit areas common in building inspection environments.

It has a simple-to-use touch screen with autoorientation, and is built in a rugged casing.

The C2 is powered by Flir’s patented Lepton micro thermal detector, which captures and displays subtle thermal patterns and small temperature differences using 4,800 pixels of resolution.

Featuring FLIR’s patented MSX real-time image enhancement, the C2 creates thermal images with enhanced clarity and readability.

MSX automatically embosses edge detail captured by an onboard visible camera onto the thermal image – meaning numbers, letters, textures, and other features become recognisable without compromising the thermal image.

The extra illumination of the work light also helps ensure that a brighter visible photo is captured along with the C2’s thermal image.

With quick point-and-shoot operation, the C2 stores radiometric thermal and visible JPEG images with the push of a button.

The images can later be downloaded with FLIR Tools, free software that allows users to adjust thermal image levels, isolate and add temperature measurements, change color palettes, and create compelling reports.

Vice president and general manager of FLIR’s Instruments business segment Rickard Lindvall said the C2 was one of the company’s most exciting new products.

“We’re thrilled customers in the APAC region can now experience the power of this pocket-sized thermal imager,” he said.

“Whether you’re a plumber, HVAC tech, inspector, roofer, or contractor, the C2 can give you a distinct advantage over your competition.”

The C2 will be available through FLIR partners in Australia and New Zealand.