FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the FLIR Vue Pro R, the latest member of the company’s Vue thermal imaging camera series for commercial drones.
According to FLIR, the new camera retains all the capabilities of the standard Vue Pro model but adds calibrated radiometric imaging, which allows users to capture the temperature data of every pixel in an image. When saved in radiometric JPEG format, still images can be imported into the FLIR Tools software for detailed analysis and reporting.
FLIR Tools, a free download on FLIR.com, lets drone operators adjust settings such as object emissivity, background temperature, target distance, relative humidity and thermal sensitivity. The software also assigns various color palettes for each image.
The Vue Pro R records digital thermal video, along with radiometric thermal still images, to an on-board micro-SD card. For applications such as electrical inspection, infrastructure assessment and precision mapping, on-board recording allows operators to capture high-quality thermal data for post-processing and analysis, explains FLIR.
“Without a doubt, radiometry is the most popular feature drone operators have requested, and we’re delivering that with Vue Pro R,” notes Jeff Frank, FLIR’s senior vice president for product strategy.
An updated mobile app with advanced radiometric functions uses the camera’s Bluetooth interface to connect to iOS and Android devices. Through the app, operators can configure functions to ensure the best imagery possible for their conditions without having to connect the camera to a computer, says FLIR.
The Vue Pro R, starting at $2,999, will be available for purchase this month through FLIR’s global network of drone camera dealers.