FOTRIC 326 vs FLIR E8 Handheld Thermal Imaging Camera Comparison

What's the difference between the FOTRIC 326 and FLIR E8 handheld infrared thermal cameras?

Fotric 326_vs_Flir E8_comparison_image

 

 Key Differences

 FOTRIC 326 Thermal Camera FLIR E8 Thermal Camera
  • IR Resolution: 384x288, 110,592 pixels
  • Spatial Resolution: 1.27 mRad
  • Lens Focus: Adjustable
  • Temperature Range-4°F to 1,202°F
  • Frame Rate: 30 Hz
  • Screen Size: 3.5-inch. Upgradable
  • Laser Pointer: Yes
  • Voice Annotation: Yes. 60 s.
  • Battery: Standard camera battery.
  • IR Resolution: 320x240, 76,800 pixels
  • Spatial Resolution: 2.6 mRad
  • Lens Focus: Fixed
  • Temperature Range: -4°F to 482°F
  • Frame Rate: 9 Hz
  • Screen Size: 3-inch
  • Laser Pointer: No
  • Voice Annotation: No
  • Battery: Special order battery.

 

Key Feature Differences

 Both FOTRIC 326 and FLIR E8 are the high-resolution models of handheld industrial thermal cameras with durable rugged, durable, accurate and portable design. Same specifications include an accuracy rating of ±2°C or ±2%, thermal sensitivity of 0.06°C (60mK), picture-in-picture feature, adjustable level and span. a 2-year warranty on the cameras. 

 The top key difference between these two thermal cameras is the infrared detector resolution - Fotric 326 has 384x288 resolution compared to 320x240 resolution on the Flir E8 (44% more pixels on Fotric 326). It means the Fotric 326 will provide higher quality and larger radiometric images, and can reveal more details. 

 The second key difference between them is the adjustability of the lens focus. Flir E8 has a fixed focus lens which means you can only get a clear picture at a certain distance from the object. When the object is further away or closer to the camera you will get a blurred or vague thermal image. Fotric 326 has an adjustable focus lens and you can easily adjust the focus to get a precise view of the object of interest by gently rotating the lens' ring. An adjustable focus lens is preferred by most professional inspectors to supply high-quality images to their customers. Some inspectors like the FLIR MSX feature on E8 which overlaps the objects' profile lines from the built-in visible light camera to the thermal image. The infrared image looks clearer with MSX, however, MSX has nothing to do with the focus. You may get an out-of-focus infrared image behind MSX. Sometimes the MSX can create misleading information, such as seeing through a glass window with a thermal camera. 

 The third key difference between them is the temperature measurement range - Fotric 326 has -4°F to 1,202°F compared to -4°F to 482°F on the Flir E8. This means Fotric 326 can cover more application tasks, especially the inspection high-temperature object. 

 The fourth key difference between them is the camera sensor frame rate - Fotric 326 has 30Hz compared to 9Hz on the Flir E8. This means you can see a smoother thermal image and video on Fotric 326 without ghosting. 

The fifth key difference between them is the screen size - Fotric 326 has 3.5-inch screen displayer compared to a 3-inch screen on the Flir E8. This means Fotric 326 has a larger screen display and you can see the details better and easier. Fotric 326 also support to use a smartphone as the display and data processing center. You can fix mount an Android smartphone on top of the built-in screen, get a high-resolution thermal image display, and turn your Fotric 326 into a smart thermal camera. 

Fotric 326 handheld thermal camera 05 Smartphone as screen display

The sixth key difference between them is the laser light spot - Fotric 326 has the built-in laser pointer while Flir E8 doesn't. FLIR put the laser pointer on some of their cheaper models, but not the Ex series. Laser point can be very helpful sometimes to show the customer whether the camera is observing.

The seventh key difference between them is the voice annotation function - it is available on Fotric 326 while not on Flir E8. Instead of taking note by hand and write down the image file name number, it is sometimes very convenient to just record short audio as the note to the infrared image taken. The audio note is saved along with the thermal image and can be retrieved in the post-processing. 3.5mm audio interface is available on Fotric 326.

Other Important Features 

 Battery

Both cameras have interchangeable Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. While Flir E8 uses Flir's customized battery, Fotric 326 uses standard Li-ion batteries (LP-E6N) used in Canon DSLR cameras. This means you can buy extra batteries for you Fotric 326 through other online places such as Amazon with a much less cost. 

 Visible light camera

Both Fotric 326 and Flir E8 have a built-in visible light camera and can take picture-in-picture fusion image. Fotric 326 also has the flashlight which can be helpful when you are inspecting in a dark or low-light environment, such as the attic. The flashlight can help shot a bright visible light image. 

 Internet Connection

Both cameras can connect to the internet but with different methods. Flir E8 Wifi has a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone or a tablet so the image can be streamed. Fotric 326 can use a smartphone as the display screen and data processing center. With a smartphone directly connected via Micro USB, the signal transmission is generally more reliable. And it can take advantage of the powerful and advanced processor of the smartphone. A brand new operation APP, Fotric LinkIR, is available for the Android smartphone, which turns it into an upgraded thermal camera with a full touchscreen HD user interface. The operation becomes fairly easy just like an App you used every day on your smartphone. And most importantly, you will get lots of new features on the smartphone App, such as taking radiometric video, sharing the thermal images instantly with your colleagues or social media, etc. And you can always upgrade your smartphone every one or two years with a little cost to upgrade your Fotric 326 thermal camera. If you need to upgrade your E8 thermal camera, you will need to buy another Exx or Txx series camera which costs a fortune.

 Radiometric and Non-Radiometric Video

 Both cameras cannot record any videos. However, with the smartphone as the display screen, Fotric 326 can record short Radiometric videos (up to 1,000 frames and up to 5 frames per second). 

 Movable Measurement Spot, Box or Line

While Flir E8 provides 1 center spot and 1 area box measurement tools. Fotric 326 offers 5 spots, 5 area boxes, and 1 line measurement tools, and all the spots, boxes and line can be movable to the area you desired. This can be very helpful when multiple areas are inspected simultaneously. 

 Storage Capacity

 Internal memory in Flir E8 can store at least 500 sets of images. Fotric 326 provide 16GB memory SD card which can store at least 1,000 sets of images. You can also change the memory SD card to larger storage for your Fotric 326. 

 Color Palettes

3 color palettes, Iron, Rainbow, and Gray, are available in Flir E8. 6 color palettes are available in Fotric 326. 

 Product Specifications

 Purple color indicates the spec is different!

  Fotric 326 Flir E8
IR Detector Size 384 x 288 Pixels 320 x 240 Pixels
Thermal Sensitivity <0.06°C (60mK) NETD <0.06°C (60mK) NETD
Temperature Range -4°F to 1,202°F -4°F to 482°F
Frame Rate 30 Hz 9 Hz
Field of View 28x21 Degrees 45x34 Degrees
Spatial Resolution (IFOV) 1.27 mrad 2.6 mrad
Screen Size 3.5 Inch / 5.5 Inch 3.0 Inch
Color Palettes 6 3
Video Output Yes. PAL/NTSC composite No
Lens Focus Adjustable Fixed
Laser Pointer Yes No
Picture-in-Picture Yes Yes
Radiometric Video Recording Yes on Smartphone No
Moveable Spots Yes No
Moveable Boxes Yes No
Moveable Lines Yes No
Touch Screen Display Yes on Smartphone No
Minimum Focus Distance 0.5 Ft (0.15m) 1.6 Ft (0.488m)
Accuracy ±2% or 2°C ±2% or 2°C
Battery Use Time 2.5 hours 4 hours
Battery Type Standard Li-ion Flir's Li-ion
Camera Light Yes No
IR Digital Zoom No No
Voice Annotation Yes, 60 seconds No
Data Logging Yes yes

Warranty

2 YEARS

2 YEARS

Calibration Included Factory Calibration Factory Calibration
Power Supply Voltage 120V/220V Universal 120V/220V Universal
Interfaces I/O Micro USB Wifi, USB
Storage SD card 16GB, upgradable Internal Memory, 500 images
IP Rating IP54 IP54
Product Weight 1.006 kg (2.22 lbs) 0.576 kg (1.27 lbs)
Battery Type Li-ion Li-ion
Dimension

310mm×130mm×110mm
12.20inx5.12inx4.33in

406mmx330mmx178mm
16.00inx13.00inx7.00in

Level and Span

Yes, adjustable

Yes, adjustable