A thermal infrared camera can help capture energy and transform it into visible light that can be used to analyze an object. However, learning the ins and outs of the camera can take some time. If you are considering a new camera or already own one, here is what you need to know.
What Should You Look For?
If you have yet to purchase a thermal infrared camera, it is important to know what features can offer the best in quality. For instance, a camera with a higher resolution offers the best images.
One feature to pay attention to is the thermal sensitivity. Thermal sensitivity refers to the lowest temperature difference that a camera is capable of detecting. In other words, if there are two objects in the frame, how well the camera is able to detect the difference between their temperatures is the thermal sensitivity.
For the best images, look for a camera that offers the lowest thermal sensitivity setting available. A camera with 100 milliKelvin or lower is better for capturing images.
You also need to ensure that you have the ability to adjust the emissive settings, reflective temperature, and focus on the camera. The emissive setting refers to the radiation that is emitted from the camera. You will need to adjust it to contrast between different objects.
The reflective temperature refers to the reflection from other surrounding objects on a particular object. Depending on the object, more or less reflection might be needed, which means an adjustment must be made.
What Should Be in Your Camera Bag?
Some items that you should have in your thermal infrared camera bag are considered standard items. For instance, you most likely know to include a memory card in your bag. However, some items are a bit more unique to the particular camera you have.
A pocket weather station is an item that can be used to accurately gauge the conditions in which you are planning to shoot. Weather conditions can have a positive or negative impact on your ability to capture objects. You can even use the pocket station indoors to help in conditions in which the temperature fluctuates.
A thin plastic bag can be useful for protecting your camera in harsh conditions, such as dirty and wet environments. A very thin bag can remain over the camera while you use it since it relies on heat to transmit images.
Consult with an electronics specialist to learn other features you should look for and learn tips for preparing to use the camera.