What's the difference between the FOTRIC 225 and FLIR E8 handheld thermal cameras?
|FOTRIC 225 Pro.||FLIR E8|
Key Feature Differences
Both FOTRIC 225 and FLIR E8 are the high-resolution models of handheld industrial thermal cameras with durable and portable design. Same specifications include an accuracy rating of ±2°C or ±2%, thermal sensitivity of 0.06°C (60mK), picture-in-picture feature, adjustable level and span. a 2-year warranty on the cameras.
The top key difference between them is the adjustability of the lens focus. Flir E8 has a fixed focus lens which means you can only get a clear picture at one certain distance from the object. When the object is further away or closer to the camera you will get a blurred or vague thermal image. Fotric 225 has an adjustable focus lens and you can easily adjust the focus to get a precise view of the object of interest by gently rotating the lens' ring. An adjustable focus lens is preferred by most professional inspectors to supply high-quality images to their customers. Some inspectors like the FLIR MSX feature on E8 which overlaps the objects' profile lines from the built-in visible light camera to the thermal image. The infrared image looks clearer with MSX, however, MSX has nothing to do with the focus. You may get an out-of-focus infrared image behind MSX. Sometimes the MSX can create misleading information, such as seeing through a glass window with a thermal camera.
The second key difference between them is the temperature measurement range - Fotric 225 has -4°F to 1,202°F compared to -4°F to 482°F on the Flir E8. This means Fotric 225 can cover more application tasks, especially the inspection high-temperature object.
The third key difference between them is the camera sensor frame rate - Fotric 225 has 30Hz compared to 9Hz on the Flir E8. This means you can see a smoother thermal image and video on Fotric 326 without ghosting.
The fourth key difference between them is the screen size - Fotric 225 has 5.5-inch screen displayer compared to a 3-inch screen on the Flir E8. This means Fotric 225 has a much larger HD full touchscreen display and you can see the details better and easier. Many Android smartphones are supported as the display and data processing center. You can easily upgrade the smartphone to get an even better and higher-resolution display and faster CPU data processing power with minimum cost compared to buying a new thermal camera.
The fifth key difference between them is the laser light spot - the battery of Fotric 225 thermal camera can last for 10+ hours, enough for one-day inspection work without worrying about charging while the battery in Flir E8 can only last for 4 hours.
The sixth key difference between them is the voice and text annotation function - it is available on Fotric 225 while not on Flir E8. Instead of taking note by hand and write down the image file name number, it is more convenient to just record short audio or type on the smartphone as the note to the infrared image taken. The audio and text note is saved along with the thermal image and can be retrieved in the post-processing.
The seventh key difference between them is the radiometric video recording function - it is available on Fotric 225 while not on Flir E8. You can record up to 1,000 frames of radiometric video clips with up to 5 frames per second, or timelapse radiometric video with up to 1-hour interval. The audio and text note is saved along with the thermal image and can be retrieved in the post-processing.
Other Important Features
Visible light camera
Both Fotric 225 and Flir E8 have a visible light camera and can take picture-in-picture fusion images. Fotric 225 uses the smartphone camera as the visible light camera, which can have much higher resolution than the built-in low-resolution visible camera in Flir E8. And you can turn on the flashlight of the smartphone which can be helpful when you are inspecting in a dark or low-light environment, such as the attic. The flashlight can help shot a bright visible light image.
Both cameras can connect to the internet but with different methods. Flir E8 Wifi has a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone or a tablet so the image can be streamed. Fotric 225 can use a smartphone as the display screen and data processing center and can access the internet via the SIM card data, or wifi directly. It can take advantage of the powerful and advanced processor of the smartphone. Fotric LinkIR APP is available for Android smartphones. The operation is fairly easy just like an App you used every day on your smartphone. You can share the thermal images instantly with your colleagues or social media, etc with Fotric 225. And you can always upgrade your smartphone every one or two years with a little cost to upgrade your Fotric 225 thermal camera. If you need to upgrade your E8 thermal camera, you will need to buy another Exx or Txx series camera which costs a fortune.
Radiometric and Non-Radiometric Video
Flir E8 cannot record any videos. Fotric 225 can record short Radiometric videos (up to 1,000 frames and up to 5 frames per second).
Movable Measurement Spot, Box or Line
While Flir E8 provides 1 center spot and 1 area box measurement tools. Fotric 225 offers 8 movable spots, 8 movable area boxes, and 1 movable line measurement tools, and all the spots, boxes and line can be movable to the area you desired. This can be very helpful when multiple areas are inspected simultaneously.
Internal memory in Flir E8 can store at least 500 sets of images. Fotric 326 provide 16GB memory SD card which can store at least 1,000 sets of images. You can also change the memory SD card to larger storage for your Fotric 326.
3 color palettes, Iron, Rainbow, and Gray, are available in Flir E8. 15 color palettes are available in Fotric 225 and instant previews are available. You may pick up the most suitable color palette without guessing the name and trying different palettes.
Purple color indicates the spec is different!
|Fotric 225||Flir E8|
|IR Detector Size||320 x 240 Pixels||320 x 240 Pixels|
|Thermal Sensitivity||<0.06°C (60mK) NETD||<0.06°C (60mK) NETD|
|Temperature Range||-4°F to 1,202°F||-4°F to 482°F|
|Frame Rate||30 Hz||9 Hz|
|Field of View||28x21 Degrees||45x34 Degrees|
|Spatial Resolution (IFOV)||1.27 mrad||2.6 mrad|
|Screen Size||5.5 Inch. Upgradable.||3.0 Inch|
|IR/Overlay Fusion Image||Yes||Yes|
|Radiometric Video Recording||Yes on Smartphone||No|
|Touch Screen Display||Yes on Smartphone||No|
|Minimum Focus Distance||0.5 Ft (0.15m)||1.6 Ft (0.488m)|
|Accuracy||±2% or 2°C||±2% or 2°C|
|Battery Use Time||2.5 hours||4 hours|
|Battery Type||Standard Li-ion||Flir's Li-ion|
|IR Digital Zoom||No||No|
|Voice Annotation||Yes, 60 seconds||No|
|Calibration Included||Factory Calibration||Factory Calibration|
|Power Supply Voltage||120V/220V Universal||120V/220V Universal|
|Interfaces I/O||Micro USB||Wifi, USB|
|Storage||16GB on the smartphone, upgradable, >1,000 images||Internal Memory, 500 images|
|Product Weight||1.006 kg (2.22 lbs)||0.576 kg (1.27 lbs)|
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