HotShot HD IR Cameras
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For Professional ThermographersFAIRFIELD, N.J., Dec. 19, 2007 -- Electrophysics Corp. has introduced several models of the HotShot HD portable infrared (IR) camera, what it said is the first affordable 640 x 480 resolution thermographic camera.
With four times the number of pixels of 320 x 240 cameras and over 20 times the pixels of entry-level IR cameras, HotShot HD produces infrared images that are substantially sharper, making diagnosis of equipment reliability issues much more accurate, intuitive and precise, according to the company. HotShot HD is designed for maintenance professionals responsible for inspection of high-voltage electrical systems, production machinery and building envelopes.
The camera includes a patent-pending laser highlighting system which for the first time permits camera users to easily identify objects on the thermal image. The software included with the camera can suggest to the user typical problem causes and recommendations for observed equipment symptoms.
The camera packs a significant number of functions into its compact 2.7-lb body, including an integrated megapixel visible camera, advanced image fusion, an intuitive icon-based touch-screen user control, integrated inspection detail data collection and optional inspection route software, the company said. HotShot HD's easy-to-use touch screen interface facilitates the automatic capture of inspection point locations, fault information and observation details that can later be automatically incorporated into reports. Users can store hundreds of images to either a removable CF memory card or to the camera's internal memory.
"During the early phases of our product development program, we interviewed a large number of infrared camera users to learn what they wanted in a next-generation thermography camera. Two requests were always at the top of any wish list, improved image quality and ease of use," said Chris Alicandro, Electrophysics director of sales. "We selected the highest performance infrared imaging sensor available, designed the highest quality optics and created what is arguably the finest infrared camera available in the world. Most important, we are pleased that we can now offer this level of performance at extremely attractive prices."
Electrophysics said the HotShot HD also features the company's new LaZir-X target marking system. While other IR cameras feature an integrated laser pointer, normally the pointer is not aligned with the thermal camera image for points at any distance. This alignment problem (called parallax error) causes the laser pointer to drift away from the center of the thermal image as you move closer or further away from the factory-set distance. The novel (patent pending) dual laser-line system precisely marks the visual center of the image on the object from very close up to far away.
In addition, the laser lines are easier to see on typical industrial gear than a small laser pointer whose red spot is often reflected away from the view of the camera operator, particularly when inspecting electrical equipment.
Several HotShot models are available, including highly sensitive models for building inspections, maintenance professionals that demand professional grade equipment and thermal inspection consultants who demand the finest image quality, accuracy and efficient report generation, Electrophysics said.
For more information, visit: www.electrophysics.com/hotshotHD
373 Route 46W
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (973) 882-0211
Fax: (973) 882-0997