Today, a variety of new thermal products exist to meet the ever-rising demand for these devices by the average consumer as well as professionals in various fields.
As far back as the last century, thermal cameras were only utilized for military purposes during the sad moments of war but the plot has changed and thermal products are being put into more productive uses by technicians, home inspectors, hunters, law enforcement agencies and professionals from different walks of life.
As expected, thermal products come with various features depending on how they would be utilized. This accounts for the different price ranges as the top brands pack numerous mouthwatering features that keep them above the fold. These features ultimately determine the quality of performance you should expect from your thermal device.
In evaluating any thermal product for a possible buy, we have put together this shortlist of important features to look out for when buying a new thermal device.
WIFI streaming can surprisingly add an extra level of excitement to a new thermal device.
Modern thermal devices now sport high tech connectivity features like Bluetooth and WIFI that allow you to stream live thermal images from your smartphone display.
Most of these thermal cameras have an app that can be downloaded to your android or iOS devices. These apps allow a seamless connection between your thermal product and your smartphone.
When enabled, wifi streaming allows you to connect your scope to smart devices within a 15 yards radius.
This great feature comes in handy when tracking an animal with a partner – it allows both of you to simultaneously view a single thermal device even when you are far apart.
Some brands have taken this even further by allowing users an additional means to control the thermal device wirelessly from a smart device.
Having a built-in video recorder is a no-brainer when trying to purchase a new thermal product.
This feature is the only way that you get to film or take photos of those once-in-a-lifetime moments that occur during your adventures.
With a press of the REC button, you get to capture various footages that can be shared with friends and family via social media.
A few top brands also sport a form of automatic recording known as recoil activated recording (RAV).
When activated, as soon as the trigger is pulled and the thermal scope perceives the recoil of a weapon, RAV automatically starts capturing the moment up to 30 seconds before and after the shot.
All these videos are usually stored into the internal memory or a detachable micro SD card that can support up to 64GB.
Thanks to this amazing feature, capturing your wow moments in high definition can become a recurring element in your campaigns.
New generation thermal sensors
Like the human eye, thermal products work by special sensors that detect the heat signature emanating from objects.
However, atn thermal scope can detect things that the human eye just can’t see. They were created to detect and measure heat signatures even as small as 0.01° Celsius.
As such, the quality of a pulsar thermal is directly dependent on sensor sensitivity. To put it simply, if the sensor resolution is good enough, you will get outstanding images on the product.
This is why a thermal product with a 4th generation 640×480 resolution is the way to go when purchasing a new thermal device. In fact, it is now possible to find new thermal products with 1024×1024 sensors inbuilt.
Whatever the case, new generation thermal sensors are more sensitive, clearer, and easier to use under different conditions.