FLIR C5 review: A thermal imaging camera for all?

FLIR’s Cx-Series of thermal-imaging cameras has features for DIY and pro users

FLIR C5 thermal imaging camera on a table
(Image: © Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The FLIR C5 is a portable, drop-proof thermal-imaging camera which, for most pros and certainly all DIY enthusiasts, will make much pricier alternatives seem unnecessary. Its fusion images are sharp, the measurements are accurate enough for most tasks and the WiFi image transfers are practical and easily used.


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    Easily understood ‘MSX’ hybrid thermal images

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    3.5-inch touchscreen

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    Six thermal color palettes

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    Rugged IP54 build for up to 6.6ft drop

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    1GB free cloud storage


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    Pricier than 128 x 96 C3 version

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    Turning on takes about 20 seconds

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    No GPS

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FLIR are a leading brand in thermal-imaging cameras and have an extensive range of devices to cover nearly every application. Their technology, which takes the relatively low-resolution data from the thermal camera and combines it with contrast data from an aligned optical camera, has given them that position. 

It has also taken thermal photography from a niche pro and military category into the “for the rest of us” territory, suited to any tradesman or sensible DIY enthusiast.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook