With Thermal Cameras, Image Matters
Monday, March 20, 2017
A 640x480 infrared detector like this packs
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The simple fact is: not all thermal security cameras are created equal. Simply
comparing manufacturer's specification sheets won't give you the information you need to
get the most effective imagers for you money.
For many security professionals, the process of evaluating thermal cameras for
purchase or recommendation is a new endeavor that exposes them to a whole new set of
specifications and performance parameters that they are unfamiliar with. This unfamiliarity
makes them vulnerable to the vagaries of slick marketing literature.
So, how can you get the right cameras? Don't leave it up to an analysis of specifications;
see the camera's image quality for yourself, because image quality matters.
The quality of the images a given camera produces is a function of a number of factors
including detector resolution, optics, and image processing.