Review of the FLIR Building Thermal Imaging Camera

When considering using thermal imaging technology for construction purposes and building diagnostics, FLIR are known widely for their highly innovative, practical and accurate thermal imaging cameras.

So why use a FLIR thermal imaging camera when carrying out building work?

There are many uses for this type of camera which include some of the following:

  • Damaged, missing or inadequate building insulation
  • Detection of air leaks within the building
  • Detection of any moisture

Ultimately a FLIR thermal imaging camera can quickly assist you in finding any problems with regards to structural issues, water damage as well as helping you with making choices regarding the best path of repair.

What FLIR thermal imaging cameras do

They can inspect building work in a non destructive manner, causing no damage to the structure of the building and any associated materials. During operation the cameras can also show instantly any differences in temperature, so that you are made aware of what is wet and what is dry.

Below we examine and review two types of FLIR thermal imaging camera that are used for building work

1 FLIR C2 pocket imaging camera


  • Slim and lightweight, meaning it can fit into any size pocket
  • LED spotlight that you can use as a flashlight
  • MSX enhanced technology gives a crisp and clear image
  • The camera includes reporting software
  • Can store up to 4800 pixels from a temperature of -10C up to 150C

What you get in the box

  • A C2 Thermal Imaging system
  • Lanyard
  • Power supply and charger
  • USB memory stick
  • USB cable
  • FLIR software tool and user’s manual.


The FLIR C2 is specifically designed for the building industry. As it is pocket sized this ensures that you can always have it with you while out on a job. As well as presenting clear images that can be stored, the camera also offers real time viewing via a wide lens angle. The thermal imaging camera also enables the user to view full impressive radiometric images.


In appearance it very much looks like a smartphone. It is therefore very accessible, but ideally a case should be acquired in order to prevent damage to the camera when out and about.

Easy to use

This camera is very easy to use and operates via a simple push button that is nearly 2″ in diameter. You simply point and press to view/record the image.

Lens Guard

The camera and sensor are in a crevice which enables them both to be protected from scratches and breakage.

2 FLIR E4 compact imaging camera


  • 3″ LCD display that is in colour
  • Digital camera
  • Can store infrared images as well as MSX images
  • Reads temperatures from -20C up to 250C
  • Battery life of 4 hours
  • What you get in the box
  • FLIR thermal camera
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Power supply
  • USB cable
  • Protective case
  • FLIR software tool and user’s manual.


This camera has been specifically designed for the building, mechanical and engineering sectors. It has been designed in the use of finding any overheating issues and any insulation problems. It hosts a 4,800 pixel resolution for thermal imaging purposes and encompasses this with a user friendly design that is particularly robust. This is further reinforced with the hard case that is also provided.


The camera does a calibration every few couple of seconds while in use. This ensures that you get the most accurate results and in real time.

USB Charging

The camera comes with a USB charger that charges up the camera fairly quickly. Once fully charged the camera will last around 4 hors, which is pretty impressive.

MSX View

When viewing the camera in MSX mode, you will be offered a more crisp and clear image. However, to really take advantage of this feature you do need a well lit environment or the addition of an artificial light source.


FLIR thermal imaging cameras are built specifically for building and diagnostic work. They are affordable in a variety of sizes and styles to suit all budgets. More information about the full range of FLIR thermal imaging cameras can be found on the FLIR website.