What is the Difference Between Cooled and Uncooled Thermal Imaging Cameras?

October 25, 2016

In an uncooled thermal imaging camera, the infrared-detecting elements are contained in a unit that operates at room temperature. The more common type of thermal imaging devices, uncooled systems operate quietly and can be activated immediately. Cooled thermal imaging devices have their detectors stored in a unit that cools them to -32 degrees F (0 degrees C) or lower. While these cryogenically-cooled systems have incredibly high resolution and sensitivity as a result of their elements being cooled, they are more expensive and are more susceptible to wear and tear from use than uncooled cameras.

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