Flir i7 and Flir e30 Thermal Imaging Cameras Comparison

  • Posted on: 8 May 2013
  • By: Mark

Flir e30 Thermal Imaging CameraThe FLIR E30 and i7 have been discontinued. Please browse the FLIR Infrared Cameras Catalog.

Greetings Thermography enthusiasts! Today’s post will find us taking a look at the improvements the Flir E30 makes over the Flir I7. For starters, both cameras are lightweight and rugged feeling, instantly alleviating any worries about storing an expensive tool like these with your other gear. Fear not, these guys are built to last and to take a little rough use (within reason of course!).

Both cameras have a very high resolution (over 19,000 pixels) so you’re going to notice a big improvement over some lesser models you may have used. Where the E30 shines though is its refresh rate which is much higher than the i7 (60hz vs. 9hz). So your still images will be of similar qualities, but as you move the camera around your field of view you will find that the E30 is going to keep up with your movements much more fluidly and provide more accurate readings as you track targets in the field (or shake too much from that morning cup of joe.) The E30 also features a manual focus as opposed to the fixed free focus of the i7, so you have much more control over the images and readings you are getting with E30.

Flir i7 Thermal Imaging CameraFor all you tech savvy folks, the E30 provides a whole host of features to keep up in this digital age. The E30 has a larger (3.5” vs. 2.8”) landscape oriented screen with a touch screen interface so that you can access all of the necessary analytics right on the screen without the hassle of potentially confusing button combinations (the i7 is still easy to navigate but not as intuitive as it lacks the touch screen interface). Another neat feature is that you can touch the screen in up to three places to create a box that will provide you with more targeted and accurate temperature information. Also, included are wi-fi connectivity for transferring your images and the ability to connect through Bluetooth to some Extech clamp meters so that you can combine electrical readings with your temperature information.

Finally, the E30 features Thermal Fusion which allows you to overlay a real photograph with your thermal imaging data to allow for easier location identification and helps you to have more complete data on your stored pictures. Ultimately both cameras can get the job done, but if you want ease of use, a crazy amount of handy and cool features, and cutting edge technology, the E30 is the way to go.  Click on Flir Thermal Imaging Cameras to learn more about all imagers made by Flir. offers wide range of thermal imaging cameras, and their technical support will help you select the best camera for your testing needs.

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