FLIR C5 Compact Thermal Camera Review
The FLIR C5 Compact Thermal Camera (CTC) is a compact thermal imaging camera designed to provide high quality images at low cost. It features a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with auto exposure and image stabilization, and supports up to four simultaneous frames per second (fps). It is equipped with a wide range of image capture modes including: stills, video, time lapse, burst mode and panorama.
It is capable of capturing both still images and videos at resolutions up to 1080p30. The CTC also includes a built-in flash for use when necessary. There are two microphones on the front panel; one microphone captures audio while the other records video. The CTC’s battery life lasts approximately 4 hours depending upon your settings and usage conditions.
Flir C5 is available in three models: C1, C2 and C3. The model number refers to the resolution of the captured images. The first digit indicates the pixel size (i.e., “C” means it uses a 1-megapixel sensor), while the second digit denotes whether it captures still or video images.
For example, “C1” would mean it captures still images at 720p30 resolution and videos at 30 fps.
The C1 captures both still images and videos in 1280×720. The C2 records video at 720p60 and the C3 captures still images at 1080p30.
The C5 has the following technical specifications:
Available in three models; C1, C2 and C3
1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
Auto exposure mode and image stabilization
Captures both still images and video
Supports up to four fps (frames per second) for still images and two fps for videos
Automatic white balance function and low lux setting for improved visibility in dark settings ( 0.001 lux )
) Multiple image capture modes including time lapse, burst, panoramic and remote imaging among others
Still images: Up to 12 megapixels (C3), 8.3 megapixels (C2), 5.4 megapixels (C1)
Videos: Up to 1080p30 (C3), 720p60 (C2), 540p30 (C1)
USB 2.0 port
Supports Micro SD cards up to 32 gigabytes (SDHC compatible)
Power and battery status indicator
Multiple adjustments for color, hue and white balance. Also includes preset modes for underwater filming, etc.
Supports IEEE 1394 (Firewire) and Gigabit Ethernet
Operating temperature: -4 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit
Dimensions: 4.9×3.5×1.3 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds (C1), 1.2 pounds (C2), 1.3 pounds (C3)
In the package: FLIR C5 camera unit, USB 2.0 cable, IEEE 1394 cable, video cable, hand strap, AA batteries, lens cloth and download card.
What’s in the box?
The FLIR C5 comes in a small rectangular black box with the company’s name in big green letters at the top. The front of the box displays the C5 at the top with various details about the camera underneath. A window in the middle allows you to see the camera itself. The back of the box displays a chart that compares the C1, C2 and C3 specifications side by side. Finally, at the bottom is a brief product description and feature list in several different languages.
Inside the box, you will find the camera unit itself, two AA lithium batteries, hand strap, USB 2.0 cable and IEEE 1394 (Firewire) cable. A small fold-out sheet with a download voucher card is also included.
Design and Features
The C5 is a cylindrical shaped camera with a cross-like grip on the bottom. A small display screen and buttons for navigating the menus are located at the top. The lens is located in the middle of the unit, with the flash at the very top. The bottom of the camera has a standard 1/4-inch tripod mount hole as well as a rubber plug that covers the battery compartment.
The C5’s casing seems to be made of a strong, durable plastic. While it feels a little cheap compared to some of the other cameras we’ve tested in the past, it seems like it could definitely take a beating especially since it’s designed to be used outdoors.
The top of the camera unit features a small display screen that shows the status of the camera, including battery life and available storage space. It also displays the time, date and any warnings that need to be addressed by the user. As with most FLIR products, the screen has a VGA resolution of 480×234 pixels. While this is perfectly functional for viewing what’s going on, it’s not the highest resolution available on the market today.
The C5 has a small joystick-type controller below the screen that allows you to move a cursor and select different options in the menu system.
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