Sustainability Recipe: Thermal Imaging Camera

January 28, 2018

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Professor David Shalloway of Cornell’s Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics recently obtained a premium thermal imaging camera for Mann Library. This free resource is now available for check-out at the Mann Library circulation desk to anyone with a Cornell ID!

The FLIR C2 camera is the first full-feature compact thermal imaging camera tailored to contractors and building industry professionals. It enables users to discover energy inefficiencies as a result of abnormal heat distributions, building structural defects, and plumbing issues, among others. In addition to assisting in academic projects, the camera can be used by students, faculty, and staff for exploring highly-frequented built environments such as offices, classrooms, and even homes to pinpoint and reduce heat waste. For more information on how to identify energy savings with thermal energy, click here.

 The C2 allows for real-time MSX-enhanced thermal images, a wide field view, fully radiometric imagery, and high sensitivity. After image-capture, users can save thermal images as JPEGs instantly, then analyze their images using FLIR Tools, the industry standard in thermal image reporting and analysis.

Some other unique features of the C2:

  • 3” touch screen with auto-orientation

  • integrated LED flashlight for illuminating photos

  • Pocket-sized

  • Captures measurements from -10 °C to 150 °C