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Infrared Camera Includes Laser Highlighting System

Electrophysics has introduced its new HotShot HD 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 infrared cameras, HotShot HD produces infrared images that are substantially sharper, making diagnosis of equipment reliability issues more accurate, intuitive and precise.

The camera includes a patent-pending laser highlighting system that for the first time permits camera users to easily identify objects on the thermal image. The camera also includes expert system technology whereby camera software suggests to the user typical problem causes and recommendations for observed equipment symptoms.

The camera packs a significant amount of functionality into its compact 2.7 lb body including an integrated mega pixel visible camera, advanced image fusion, an intuitive icon-based touch-screen user controls, integrated inspection detail data collection and optional inspection route software. 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.

HotShot HD also features Electrophysics’ newest invention, the LaZir-X target marking system. While other IR camera 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 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.

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